Satisfaction for D of E expeditioners despite the rain

By Ally Swain, Block 4

Last weekend, 19 Block 3 and 4 students went to the New Forest on our practice Bronze expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We spent two days following a route and a night outdoors. It was not easy; we had to use compasses and maps, and walk for hours in the pouring rain, whilst carrying all our equipment. The low point was getting trapped in a flooded marsh, and having two of my team members pull me out. The highlight however, was when my group walked the last 15 metres, arm in arm, with immense satisfaction. I’m really glad that I’m doing D of E, because it has made me more resilient, work well as a part of a team, and get outdoors doing interesting and exciting things with my free time.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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