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Stoke Damerel Community College

Gold DofE Students Embark on their practise expedition

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh students embarked on a thrilling four-day, three-night practice expedition in the enchanting wilderness of Exmoor.

Equipped with their unwavering determination, trusty maps, and laden rucksacks, these young adventurers set out to conquer the picturesque landscapes Exmoor had to offer.

Over the course of their expedition, spanning more than 50 kilometers, they not only navigated challenging terrains but also mastered the art of camping and cooking their own meals. This remarkable feat is a testament to their resilience and dedication. The students encountered hardships along the way, but their spirit and memorable experiences made it a journey they will cherish for a lifetime.

Day one began with a 90-minute journey, which only added to the students' eagerness to commence their adventure from Dulverton. The vast expanse of Exmoor lay before them, promising captivating views and a wealth of experiences. With maps in hand and determination in their hearts, the students set out to navigate the breathtaking countryside. The ever-changing landscapes, from rolling hills to dense forests, challenged their navigation skills and pushed them beyond their comfort zones.

Covering a total distance of over 50 kilometers during the four-day expedition was no small feat. The students faced physical and mental challenges along the way, but their resilience shone through. The shared experience of toasting marshmallows by the campfire and engaging in joyful singalongs brought them closer together, forging bonds that will endure beyond this expedition. These moments of respite amidst the challenges served as a reminder of the rewards of their hard work and perseverance.

The completion of the practice expedition marks a significant milestone in the students' Gold DofE journey. It showcases their growth, both as individuals and as a team. Overcoming physical and mental obstacles, they developed resilience, self-reliance, and an unwavering determination to achieve their goals. These invaluable skills and experiences will not only serve them well in future expeditions but also in various aspects of their lives.

Congratulations to all the Gold DofE students on their accomplishment, and may their future expeditions be filled with further triumphs and memorable experiences.