125 students and their Gold Award Leaders trekked off on their Bronze practice hike May3-4. The two day expedition covered 15 miles over the local North Downs area around Reigate and included 5 different camp locations. The weather started wet and then improved to excellent walking conditions: cool and breezy. Groups performed well and supervising staff were pleased with their navigation ability. A few groups went wrong but they corrected themselves effectively. Camp craft was also pleasing with groups cooking some interesting meals, keeping a tidy camp and “leaving no trace” on departure. As this was their first Bronze expedition it bodes very well for their October qualifying expeditions.
Well done to the 35 Gold award leaders who navigated their way around a dark forest on Leith Hill. Although quite foggy at first, groups quickly got to grips with navigating accurately between the 8 check points along boggy tracks and paths. A useful training exercise and thanks to the staff who helped.
A large group of RGS students were presented with their Gold DofE Award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh today at St James’s Palace. Congratulations to the following students who have left RGS and are now pursuing undergraduate degree courses all over the country or planning exciting gap years. Thank you very much for coming – many of you made considerable journeys to attend. We are very proud of you all for being such great ambassadors for RGS DofE and hope you can keep in touch!
Gold Award holders: October 2012: Imogen Adshead, Rhys Appleyard, David Assender, Emma Bates, Elizabeth Boodhoo, Emily Bowden, Andrew Buchan, Katherine Carmody, Sophia Cartmell, Rachel Clarke, Joe Ellis, Alex Fraser, Catherine Goddard, Declan Hall, Calum Harris, Keshini Jayawardana, Eloise May, Jonathan Windridge; Louisa Mamalis and Daniel Thorpe also got their Gold but couldn’t attend.
RGS Gold DofE qualifying expedition Morocco 2011