Over a hundred girls involved in the DofE Scheme at Downe House
Last weekend was the training weekend for over a hundred girls from the Lower Fifth and Lower Sixth who are doing either their Bronze or Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award, the world’s leading youth achievement award.
The training weekend involved a range of activities from testing kit, erecting tents, cooking on a trangia stove to learning skills which will enable them to plan their route and navigate their way during the forthcoming expedition weekend in April.
The girls doing the Gold Award camped out overnight in the Cold Ash area in fairly cold, wet and muddy conditions and cooked their own supper in the dark – and after a long and physically challenging day, everyone was asleep by 8.30pm!
DofE Co-ordinator, Tony Riddle said, “The DofE is all about going the extra mile and we saw lots of hard work and perseverance as well as fun and laughter on the part of the girls; they have gained new skills, helped each other and spent lots of time planning all the details of their next adventure in April.”