Thirty nine intrepid year 9 students completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh assessed expedition on the South Downs over two days, camping overnight at Hillside, the scout camp at Small Dole. On Sunday, from the beginning they successfully navigated their way independently in teams from Cissbury Ring, working together and supporting each other to get to their overnight destination. They cooked meals and pitched tent for the night, with stunning views of the South Downs and lovely countryside around. Apart from a few drops of ran at the beginning, the day was perfect for walking, with sunshine breaking out as the day progressed.
The next day the teams walked up onto the South Downs ridge, climbing the 105 metre ascent of Edburton Hill with full packs, along to the Dyke, then Saddlescombe, then to finish at Waterhall. Bright Expeditions who organised what was an extremely successful expedition, said all the groups had passed their assessment well, and they were impressed by their organisation, behaviour, teamwork and competence at camp craft and navigation.
Thank you to Bright expeditions for their excellent work and to all the staff who helped on the trip and the support staff who helped to make it happen or covered lessons on the second day (Monday).