One of our aims in recent training sessions has been to show students how wide, varied and interesting their Duke of Edinburgh expedition aims can be. We ran a session in a recent trip to the Lakes District and Borrowdale Youth Hostel, where we gave students an opportunity to use a wide array of resources we have collected in our years of teaching, studying and developing our own experiences. These ranged from old texts on the history of the Lakes District to conservation, from understanding weather patterns to plant identification. Of late, I have been working on identifying edible foods after a brief foraging course last year. Mick prefers a good old lichen identification session.
We have worked with D of E Silver Award students in developing their expedition aims so that they learn about a specific aspect of the outdoors and are able to get the most out of their expedition. It is always important to have an expedition aim so that the group have a focal point which they can engage an assessor in. We are hoping to share some of our groups aims through the course of the year and in the run up to expedition season.