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209 Go The Distance And Do The Hours For Silver D of E

Article posted: Jun 18, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Wilson


Attached Photo. L-R Cadet Matthew Quayle, Cdt Cpl Stephanie Willett, Cdt Sgt Serena Linley, Cdts Dom Kay, Fajar Rizal & Navraj Boughan somewhere in Derbyshire in the rain.

Following their successful Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award practice expedition Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) struck out on the ‘live’ expedition. The five ‘silvers’ were joined by 4 Cadets doing their live expedition for the Bronze Award and a further four Cadets starting out on their Bronze practice.

The ‘silvers’ had to plan their own route which was different from their practice walk. Carrying all their own equipment, tents and food they covered 14Km on the first day, another 14Km on the second and 12Km on the third day. Their route took them around the Bakewell area of the Peak District.

The ‘bronze’ Cadets expedition lasted two days and took them over Lathkill Dale and around Haddon Grove. One of the ‘bronze’, Cadet Laura Toplass said of her weekend, “The four of us really enjoyed the navigation exercise. The next part of my D of E award is the Skills section for which I’m going to make jewellery out of Re-cycled material.”