Duke of Edinburgh
There were 24 Bronze level, four Silver and two Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award participants who had their first training expedition in the Mount Mee State Forest from Friday 17 March to Sunday 19 March 2017.
Students learned how to navigate through thick bush using a map and compass, carry a full pack all day and to work as a team to achieve the goal together. Some of the highlights were swimming at a beautiful clear, secluded waterhole, scrambling down steep descents, bush-bashing through lantana, crossing the infamous South Branch Creek while encountering the legendary ‘Wait-A-While’ vines and just knowing that ‘you made it’. The steady rain on the way out added another challenge but it was a welcome relief to the humid and hot conditions of the previous days. There were some very steep hills to conquer and bearings to follow. Saturday night entertainment was cooking damper over the hot coals of the fire-delicious with jam and honey!
The enthusiasm, energy, positive attitude and the willingness to help others was what made this camp special.
Congratulations to all those who completed the expedition.
Thank you to our supervisors Mr Darryl Hobson, Mr Colin Wilson, Mrs Luisa Coleman, Mr Brenton Hobson, Mr Rob Petrie and Miss Jasmine Bullock.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to any young person from 14 years and it challenges students to develop in a holistic way. For information see Mr Darryl Hobson or Mr Colin Wilson or check out the link to the Duke of Edinburgh Award on the school start page.
-Darryl Hobson, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator