Twenty-three students had their first expedition for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in the D’Aguilar National Park (formerly Mount Mee State Forest) from Sunday 16 – Monday 17 August. Due to the previous Bronze expeditions being cancelled because of the state restrictions from Covid- 19, this expedition was able to be assessed as the Qualifying Bronze Expedition.
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, but freezing, secluded waterhole and waterfall, climbing up very steep hills and scrambling down steep descents, crossing the infamous South Branch Creek while encountering the legendary ‘Wait-A-While’ vines and just knowing that ‘you made it’. Some still carry the scratches to prove it!
Saturday night entertainment was cooking damper over the hot coals of an open fire. We had cool but sunny days, perfect for walking. Students quickly picked up the art of navigation and did very well in following the planned course, despite a few detours for some along the way.
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. We encourage you to continue with your Duke’s journey.
Thank you to our supervisors Mr Hobson, Mr Wilson, Mrs Coleman, Mr Petrie, Mr Forbes and past students and Gold Awardees, Jaeden, and Kailee Vardon.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is open to any young person from 14 years and it challenges students to develop in a holistic way. For information see Mr Hobson or Mr Wilson or check out the link to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award here.
Colin Wilson – Teacher