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2070 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Article posted: Apr 24, 2014 by Sqn Ldr Pass

In March 2070 Squadron undertook the annual expedition phase of the Bronze D of E Award.

Located in the Charnwood Forest of North West Leicestershire, an area which, enables the cadets to gain experience in the elements of the expedition phase, with the right level of challenging terrain and navigating.

On the first Morning three teams left the Squadron, two final expeditions and one first time practice expedition. All the teams were staggered in their start times and headed off to reach the same campsite in a village called Oaks in Charnwood.

Cadet Joseph Parker, one of the members of the Practice team, said that the first day went all according to the plan. However the team did get slightly disorientated, when they got close to the campsite. They were heading in slightly the wrong direction. Fortunately they soon realised and were able to correct themselves with no harm, done other than being little later reaching the campsite.

Whilst the teams were at the campsite for the night they engaged in the traditional camp craft activities, putting up the tents and cooking their evening dinner, under the eye of the assessing officer Flt Lt RAF VRT Mayoh-Smith.

Cadets all agree that, after a full days walking, even the boil in the bag rations were most welcome and enjoyable. The weather was good for the time of year and the second day went all OK, without any issues. All the teams arrived back at the Squadron, and two of the teams were then successfully signed off as completed the expedition phase.

By FS (ATC) Matt Parker
2070 Sqn MCO