Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
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By Cpl Charlie Owen - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
On the 29th to 31st of August myself and other cadets from 148 did a 3 day silver DofE expedition in the Yorkshire Dales.
Upon arriving at squadron at 7:30am on the Saturday, we did final kit checks and checked route cards before heading off in Eric (The minibus) to Gargrave. We set off with the squadron camera and the famous Duckie Duckinson. Throughout the day, we walked a reasonable distance, which certainly challenged us and took some pictures and video footage for our final presentation, and a recruitment video which will be created and shown to other cadets in the near future. After around 8 hours of walking, we finally arrived at our first campsite in Malham.
On the Sunday, we awoke at 7:00am and left the campsite at around 9:30. We then ventured through the dales. After walking around what seemed a long time uphill we were all thankful to arrive at Cracoe and set up camp.
On the final day, we began our final long trek to Embsay. We realised that we were walking at a faster pace compared to days one and two. We finally arrived at Embsay, where we found our assessor, supervisor and other staff from 148 waiting for us. The group was given a quick debrief and then told to pack our rucksacks onto Eric before setting off back to squadron.
My personal highlight from this expedition is that we became closer as group. I would recommend the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme to anyone at any level. GO TEAM STICKS!
For more information please visit the Squadron website