Eighteen TASIS Upper School students, supervised by TASIS faculty members Mrs. Jordy, Mr. Holdham, and Mr. Shaw, braved heavy rains and almost freezing temperatures in April to complete their Bronze or Silver Assessed Expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Bronze Award participants hiked and camped for 2 days, and Silver Award participants spent 3 days camping and hiking 43 kilometers in the Surrey Hills. While on their expeditions, students were required to develop teamwork, plan a route using map and compass, cook meals, study nature, and complete a photo guide.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, known by many students as the DofE, is “the world’s leading youth achievement award.” The DofE is designed to push personal boundaries and encourage young people to gain new skills. There are three non-competitive Award levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Each level is defined by the length of time it takes to complete, how challenging the award is, and the minimum age required to begin.
All three awards require students to participate in four sections: volunteering, physical, skills, and expedition. In addition, the Gold award requires the participant to undertake a residential program, doing a shared activity while staying away from home for five days and four nights
After the successful completion of the expeditions, Mrs. Jordy said, “The groups really came together this weekend. They were much improved with their navigation and map reading skills over the hiking routes. The weather was pretty challenging, and we all got wet, cold, and muddy! I am pleased to see the Silver and Bronze groups well on their way to earning their DofE awards.”
We look forward to hearing in August from the six students in the Class of 2017 who are completing their Gold Award expeditions this summer in Glasgow, Scotland.