Students go for Duke of Edinburgh Gold
Monday, 25 June 2012
Eight former Bolton School pupils are close to completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, after completing a coast to coast canoe trip from Fort William to Inverness!
Kate Foster, Ruth Kirkby, Rebecca Chapman, Alisha Patel, Cameron McDonald, Ben Monks, Alistair Charlston and Nathan Johnson completed the 161 km journey in 5 days, wild camping along the route. They had to carry all supplies they would need on their boats and had no access to hot water and other luxuries on their trip, even enduring up to 12 hours of canoeing on one day! The students planned out their route beforehand, working out how many km they would aim to cover in a day, kit list and meal plans, and where the best places to stop and camp would be.
Ruth, Rebecca and Kate returned to school to give a presentation of their expedition as a final task towards their Gold award, which requires students to complete five different sections. With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity. While the canoe trip fulfilled the Expedition category, Kate also volunteered in a hospital, and spent the residential part of the award volunteering in India. For the physical section she worked on her badminton and for the skill she improved her piano playing. Ruth chose golf as her skill, volleyball for physical and her residential was work experience in Spain. Rebecca volunteered at Brownies, chose volleyball as physical, singing as her skill, and worked as a ski instructor in Switzerland for her residential.
Students at Bolton School are encouraged to take part in the DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants.