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Duke of Edinburgh Award Camp Craft Training

On Saturday 11th March, 58 members of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme arrived at The Priory Academy LSST ready to embark on their camp craft training in readiness the expedition season.

The day started at 0900 at Priory LSST Academy. The training was predominately aimed at the new Bronze Award students, however there were also 4 direct entrants from the Silver Award, and 4 direct entrants from the Gold Award. We also accommodated 8 students from The Priory City of Lincoln Academy. Saturday's training was located at the Go Outdoors retail shop on outer circle road. Go Outdoors provided a day's worth of training for our students that will prove to be beneficial for their expeditions. There were six stands throughout the day for the students to visit. These were: tent erection; cooking - menu selection; choosing the correct footwear; rucksacks – the wearing of and loading; Ccothing -choosing the correct attire for the expedition and free time. Each training station lasted 30 minutes. The Go outdoors staff passed on their wealth of knowledge and expertise to the students, providing them with useful tips in relation to embarking on their expedition. The free time was an opportunity for students to meet with their parents and purchase any clothing/ equipment ready for the expedition. This was at a greatly reduced cost a discount provided by Go Outdoors for Priory Federation students.

 

We returned to the Academy at 1500 where we began to put our newly taught skills into practice. We first pitched our tents for the night and practised folding our tents away as we would on an expedition campsite. Once the students were assessed on their tent erecting, they could prepare to start cooking.

The students were told to design a menu for their groups before their arrival on Saturday. This meant they had to work as a team to cook enough food for everybody to eat. This is a vital element on the expeditions to ensure that you have enough energy to keep going through the day. Groups' menus varied from pasta and rice to sausages and eggs.

The evening finished with a briefing from the DofE leaders and then a film in the lecture theatre.

Sunday morning started as early as 0600 for some students, others had a more laid back approach of getting up at 0715. Once awake and washed the students cooked themselves breakfast. A lot of porridge was consumed on this wet and cold morning. The students were then tasked with their administrative duties such as dismantling the campsite and clean up. This involved cleaning and handing in all the loaned equipment, clearing the area of rubbish and cleaning the Academy area. This year’s students were the first to finish before the stated time and be able to leave at exactly 1000.

The weekend provided essential  training and experience for the students before their expeditions. I'd like to thank all of the DofE volunteers for providing the weekend's training and for all of the staff at Go Outdoors for their valuable training. Without the adult staff support, these training weekends could not go ahead.

Callum Frances

Gold DofE participant - Year 12