On Saturday 5th March, armed with nearly all their essential kit, the remaining four teams of LV girls set out for their local two-day Bronze DofE Practice expedition.
After short minibus journeys to their starts, they followed their planned routes, with only a couple of encounters with barbed wire fences, to reach their check points en route to Blackland Lakes Campsite. Here they pitched their tents and cooked a hot evening meal in preparation for a very early night, thereby missing the sleet shower which turned their tents into igloos. Shortly before 6am on Sunday, aided by the dawn chorus of rooks and ducks, they did a brilliant job of getting going again after cooking their own breakfast, packing their icy tents away and having their stoves inspected (and re-inspected!) for cleanliness. All left the campsite in good time and navigated with increasing confidence to the end, keen to get back to school, a hot shower, their much-missed phones and the internet. They made good time and were back by mid-afternoon.
Congratulations to them all; the Practice was a valuable learning experience and they are now ready for their Final Expedition early next term.