May half term expeditions

Silver training: destination South Downs: 4 groups trekked from Bramber Castle to Arundel Station via Washington and Amberley.  Surprisingly cool & cloudy & windy weather but no rain.  All groups performed really well on the big second day which involved some significant climbs and 10 hours of hiking for some of them.  Several individuals showed confident navigation skills and all groups aspired to near-perfect LEAVE NO TRACE camping.

2 Bronze canoe groups completed a 2 day overnight canoe adventure on the Basingstoke Canal for their training expedition.  Excellent reports were received.  Well done to our pioneering canoeists!  Pictures emailed to me for this blog would be welcome.

Bronze training expeditions May 1 – 2

100 pupils took part in the Bronze training expedition over a cool, breezy and sunny Bank Holiday.  Two groups had excellent conditions for canoe training on the River Wey, good reports have been received about their spirited participation learning to paddle open canoes and manage emergencies like capsizing.

Walking groups left RGS and walked to different camp sites around Brockham, Leigh, Box Hill and towards Chaldon.  Groups were trained by their Gold Award leader and staff along the way and many of these camped overnight. 
All groups completed the 2 day hike.  Most groups will need to prepare more thoroughly for their qualifying expedition and use their experience to operate more effectively in navigation and camp craft. Nevertheless, a successful training expedition. Further training for the qualifying expedition will take place Tuesdays 4-5pm throughout September and October.