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Scott Medical & Healthcare College

Bronze DofE Qualifier Walk: A Remarkable Journey

Our Year 9 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students set off on their first qualifying expedition. Led by their passion for adventure and very little assistance from staff, these young explorers set out from Ermington on Friday morning, beginning their adventure.

Leaving at 9am, the students headed towards Yealmpton, a picturesque village nestled in the heart of Devon. Despite the challenges ahead, our fearless adventurers embraced the opportunity with enthusiasm and determination.

After the 4+ mile trek with multiple stops for pictures, snacks and exploration time, the students wasted no time in setting up camp, demonstrating their competence by pitching tents and preparing meals independently. As the evening drew near, laughter filled the air as stories were shared, fostering a sense of camaraderie amongst the group.

The following day dawned with tired legs and limited sleep, yet the students remained positive and upbeat. With Mount Batten on the horizon, a challenging 6.5 mile walk, they set off on the next leg of their journey, with a sense of accomplishment.

Throughout their expedition, these students proved themselves to be fantastic ambassadors, embodying the values of leadership, resilience, and teamwork. Their unwavering commitment to the DofE program is an example of youth engagement and outdoor education.

Their journey may have come to an end, but the memories created and lessons learnt will undoubtedly last, serving as a reminder of the incredible potential within each and every one of them.