2017 Bronze Expedition Training Schedule

This Year due to the large numbers that have enrolled we have included the stipulation that they must have completed their Volunteering, Physical and Skills Sections and have them signed off by an assessor in order to be able to participate in the assessment expedition.  This also means that when they complete their expedition they will have completed their entire award.

We have split the group into four.  There will be two Tuesday groups and two Thursday groups.  Training will take place in the lunchtime from 1:30 until 2pm and then again from 3:30 until 4:30pm where indicated below.  On some occasions they will be required to bring resources, for example on the 7th of March the Tuesday Group 2 will be required to bring some food to cook.

The students will have the opportunity to choose which of the four groups they are in and so if you have a prior commitment on a Tuesday afternoon they can instead opt for the Thursday afternoon.  We have to keep registers of attendance as we will need to sign them off as having received all of the necessary training.  It is imperative therefore that they attend all the training and try to catch up on any sessions that they may miss due to illness.

The cost of the Expedition training is £26 which covers the cost of camping, transport to and from the expeditions on school days, fuel and the loan of camping equipment.  All of the staff involved are volunteers and this helps to keep costs down.  The Expedition fee can be paid by Parent Pay and will be available to pay from the 7th of February.  The closing date for the Expedition fee will be March the 2nd. Alternatively cheques or cash can be handed into the main office in an envelope clearly labelled ‘DofE expedition fees for  (name of student)’.

Students will also be given a medical form and consent form which will need to be completed and returned to the main office.  These will be given out in one of the training sessions.

If you have any further questions regarding the Expedition training my email address is   catieg@crickhowell-hs.powys.sch.uk

Date Time Group Training activity Where What to bring
Tues 28th Feb 1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Tues 1 Kit talk. Walking and expedition kit, packing a rucksack.  Receive an expedition kit list. M3 nothing
  Tues 2 Maps and conventional signs, 6 figure grid references and relief. B5
Thurs 2nd March 1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Thurs 1 Kit talk. Walking and expedition kit, packing a rucksack.  Receive an expedition kit list. A1 nothing
  Thurs 2 Maps and conventional signs, 6 figure grid references and relief. B5
Tues 7th March 3.30-4.30pm Tues 1 Orienteering exercise, setting the map, finding where you are (compass work) B5 PE type kit, trainers, coat
1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Tues 2 Cooking on Trangia stoves.  Diet and food when walking .Complete menu for expedition Outside B5 Food to cook on trangia e.g. pasta or hot chocolate.
Thurs 9th March 3.30-4.30pm Thurs 1 Orienteering exercise, setting the map, finding where you are (compass work) B5 PE type kit, trainers, coat
1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Thurs 2 Cooking on Trangia stoves.  Diet and food when walking .Complete menu for expedition Outside B5 Food to cook on trangia e.g. pasta or hot chocolate.
Tues 14th March 1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Tues 1 Cooking on Trangia stoves.  Diet and food when walking .Complete menu for expedition Outside B5 Food to cook on trangia e.g. pasta or hot chocolate.
3.30-4.30pm Tues 2 Orienteering exercise, setting the map, finding where you are (compass work) B5 PE type kit, trainers, coat
Thurs 16th March 1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Thurs 1 Cooking on Trangia stoves.  Diet and food when walking .Complete menu for expedition Outside B5 Food to cook on trangia e.g. pasta or hot chocolate.
3.30-4.30pm Thurs 2 Orienteering exercise, setting the map, finding where you are (compass work) B5 PE type kit, trainers, coat
Tues 21st March 1:30-2:30 Tues 1&2 Safety Briefing for day walk MPS  
Thurs 23rd March 1:30-2:30 Thurs 1&2 Safety Briefing for day walk MPS  
Sunday 26th March 10 am return 2.30pm Tues 1&2 Day walk from Cwrt y Gollen to Sugar Loaf and back See letter to come Days Walking kit.  See list to follow.
Monday 27th March 9 am return 3.30pm Thurs 1&2 Day walk from Cwrt y Gollen to Sugar Loaf and back See letter to come Days Walking kit.  See list to follow.
Tues 4th April 1:30-2:30 Tues 1&2 Debrief and lessons learned MPS Nothing
Thurs 6th April 1:30-2:30 Thurs 1&2 Debrief and lessons learned MPS Nothing
Tues 25th April 1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Tues 1 Route card work (practices map work and grid refs) Decide on aim of expedition.  Look at route card then mark route on laminate map for Day 1.  Complete routecard for day 2 for training exped. B5 nothing
1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Tues 2 M3
Thurs 27th April 1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Thurs 1 Route card work (practices map work and grid refs) Decide on aim of expedition.  Look at route card then mark route on laminate map for Day 1.  Complete routecard for day 2 for training exped. B5 nothing
1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Thurs 2 A1
  1.30-2pm and 3.30-4.30pm Tues 1 Tent session.  Bring your own tent if you have one, otherwise you will be provided with one. B5  
Tues 2nd May Tues 1  
Thurs 4th May 1:30-2pm and 3:30-4:30pm Thurs 1 Tent session.  Bring your own tent if you have one, otherwise you will be provided with one. B5  
Tues 9th May 1:30-2pm and 3:30-4:30pm Tues 2 Tent session.  Bring your own tent if you have one, otherwise you will be provided with one. B5  
Thurs 11th May 1:30-2pm and 3:30-4:30pm Thurs 2 Tent session.  Bring your own tent if you have one, otherwise you will be provided with one. B5  
Friday 12th May 01:30 All Groups Route Card hand in deadline B5 Completed route cards and marked up map.
Tues 16th May 1:30-2pm Tues 1&2 Hand out kit for training expedition B5 You will need to be sure you can get your kit home safely
Tues 23rd May 1:30-2:30 Tues 1 & 2 Bring in packed rucksack for checking and fitting. B5 Rucksack with full expedition kit. See kit list.
Thurs 25th and Fri 26th May see letter to follow Tues 1 & 2 Training expedition Letter to follow Full Expedition kit.  See list.
Tues 6th June 1.30-2pm Tues 1 & 2 Debrief, Lessons learned.  Start to plan assessment route and complete route card.  Borrowed equipment must be handed back in. B5 Any borrowed expedition kit must be brought back
Thurs 8th June 1:30-2pm Thurs 1&2 Hand out kit for training expedition B5 You will need to be sure you can get your kit home safely
Tues 13th June 1:30-2:30 Thurs 1 & 2 Bring in packed rucksack for checking and fitting. B5 Rucksack with full expedition kit. See kit list.
Thurs 15th June 1:30 Tues 1&2 Hand in laminated map and route card. B5 Map and route card
Fri 16th Saturday 17th June see letter to follow Thurs 1 & 2 Training expedition Letter to follow Full Expedition kit.  See list.
Tues 20th June 1.30-2pm Thurs 1 & 2 Debrief, Lessons learned.  Start to plan assessment route and complete route card.  Borrowed equipment must be handed back in. B5 Any borrowed expedition kit must be brought back
Mon 26th June 1.30-2pm & 3.30-4.30pm Thurs 1 & 2 hand in completed route card and laminated map B5 Route card and laminated map
Tues 27th and weds 28th June 8.40am Tues 1 & 2 Assessment Expedition School Car Park Full expedition kit Use same list as last time.
Mon & Tues 3rd and 4th July 8.40am Thurs 1 & 2 Assessment Expedition School Car Park Full expedition kit Use same list as last time.