The annual Expedition training weekend for our pupils undertaking their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award took place Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November at Abriachan. Over the weekend, the pupils were trained in preparation for their expeditions which will take place in May 2018. When the pupils arrived on Friday afternoon, they had to pitch their tents and cook their own dinner in their tent groups.
After this, the pupils gathered in their expedition groups to discuss the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and the aims of the Expedition section of the Award. The pupils then went on a short night walk accompanied by staff members. After cooking breakfast on Saturday morning, the participants had to take down their tents and pack their rucksacks before undertaking a walk complete with their pack. After a break for lunch, the participants re-pitched their tents in preparation for Saturday night. They then split into two groups and practiced how to read a map and use a compass. Following this, the groups learnt about emergency first aid including putting someone into the recovery position and how to treat burns and breaks. Saturday dinner was again followed by a night walk using only the light of the moon and stars to navigate safely through the woods. After breakfast and packing up on Sunday morning, the groups undertook an orienteering course set up by Suzanne Barr from Abriachan Forest Trust. A final tidy up of the campsite to ensure that the pupils left no trace was undertaken with the pupils leaving at 12noon. Thank you to Abriachan Forest Trust and especially Suzanne for allowing us to once again use their facilities.
Miss L Gray
Learning support Teacher