On Saturday 9th July 56 students began the weekend of all weekends. Every training session and every drop of sweat and tear from the practice weekend lead up to this very moment.
Students in groups of 4-7 had planned their route, packed up their rucksacks. The weather was on their side and they were as organised as they ever could be. Some students began heading towards Wye, some were dropped off in Hothfield and some headed towards Singleton/Great Chart.
Day 1 was challenging, new routes not practised before; groups really had to show us they could orientate themselves using their maps. They were no longer with a teacher to help guide and support; it was all down to them and their training. There were moments where they got a little lost, but the perseverance and confidence in themselves allowed them to locate themselves on the map and find alternative routes back on track.
Throughout the walk each group had an expedition aim to complete. Many worked on teambuilding and leadership, whilst others were collecting footage to produce a movie of their journey. We are very much looking forward to seeing these once completed.
Students arrived at their destination and were then back on site to put up their tents and get their dinners underway. Having learnt from the practice weekend, everyone had more food. There was a feast for one in one of the groups with three plates of chicken and noodle stir fry! It looked amazing! Once cooked, every team delegated team members to wash up and this worked so well; all the pots and pans were spotless and packed away ready for breakfast the next day. Awesome teamwork!
Everybody settled down for the evening, ball games, laughter, the true spirit of a campsite was had. Lights out at 10pm and many fell straight to sleep after a long tiring day. Assessment was over for the day.