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Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Expedition 2

March 16th, 2022

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award – Qualifying Expedition 2 Details 

Dear Parents & Students,  

Unfortunately on the Bronze qualifying expedition a few groups did not pass all the DofE 20 conditions and there for needs to complete a second expedition. Please find below details for the second Bronze D of E Qualifying Expedition which will take place on Wednesday 30th March

Many skills were demonstrated on the last expedition, so the second expedition will only be one day. Students will still be required to carry full expiation kit as if they were camping overnight, but there will be no need to cook a hot lunch unless students want to as this was demonstrated very well by everyone on the last expedition.

Expedition Area, Start & Finish Points
The qualifying expedition will take place around the Bromsgrove area. 

Starting - Alvechurch Train Station

Finishing - Waseley Hills Country park

Transport
Due to the smaller size groups, we will be using the school mini bus to transport students to and from their start and finish points. Please meet at school for 8am, we plan to be back at school for around 5pm.

Food
As cooking was already demonstrated on the pervious expedition, there will be no need to cook a hot lunch (unless students want to) but a packed lunch with enough food/snacks and water for the day is required. 

Please ensure they have sufficient ‘Emergency Rations’, as indicated in the following statement taken from the DofE Expedition Guide – ‘Every participant needs emergency rations.  
It does not have to be much, but it is an essential part of participants thinking about risk management and preparing for their expedition.  A good ration pack should include a favourite high energy snack (Snickers and Mars bars work well or, in hot weather, Kendal Mint Cake), sweets (such as Haribo, wine gums, fruit pastilles, raw jelly cubes etc.), energy drink powder/hot chocolate sachets and a substantial filling snack like a flapjack.  Keep it all in a waterproof bag or container.’  Failure to observe this instruction may result in your non-participation of the expedition.' 

Equipment
Included in their expedition booklet is a kit list for each student along with team kit that needs to be carried despite them not staying overnight. It is important students carry the current kit despite not staying overnight. Rucksacks will be checked before they depart in the morning.

The following items will be provided by school for each group:
Map & Compass
Route Card
Group first aid kit (personal ones are still required to be carried by individuals)
Tent(s)
Survival Bag
Stove, Fuel & Matches

These will be packed into bags before we depart school 

Rucksacks and roll mats can be arranged from school if you do not have one of your own, please email me to arrange. 

Debrief
On completion of their expedition, their assessor will undertake a debrief with the expedition team which will cover their aim, experiences and outcomes. This will take place at their finish points.


Other Notes

Mobile Phones
In line with guidance given by the DofE in conjunction with the requirements of the insuring organiser, one fully charged mobile phone can be carried by the team during the expedition.  
The mobile phone should only be unsealed and used in the case of a serious accident or emergency.

Other than the one phone that will be carried, students can hand in their phones before they start, and they will be returned to them once they have completed.

Consent Form
For the expedition programme, a consent form needs to be completed due to the nature of the activity. Please return this before the expedition, failure to do so means for son will not be able to attend. 

DofE Consent Form

 

Emergency Contact
In case of an emergency please contact the school reception 0121 6280010 or the Outdoor Education Department Mobile on 07731558262. Please understand that the phone may be out of signal, so please leave your name, a small message, and a contact number.

 

If you have any questions regarding the expedition or DofE please do not hesitate to email me. 

Kind Regards

Mr Julian
Outdoor Education - D of E Manger
b.julian@knbs.co.uk