UIV Complete DofE Bronze Qualifier

Last weekend, 17 UIV girls completed their DofE Bronze qualifying expedition in the Purbeck Area.

The expedition started at Knoll beach in Studland on Friday and the girls had to navigate their way to East Creech Farm. A maze of unmarked paths caused a bit of confusion at times but they all applied their navigation skills carefully and all the groups arrived in camp around their expected arrival times.

After a good night’s sleep in their tents, the girls got off to any early start on Saturday walking into Corfe Castle and then onto the view point at Old Harry rocks via Ballard Down before completing the walk at Middle Beach. Having gained height after leaving Corfe the girls appreciated the views of Swanage to their right and Poole Harbour to their left before they experienced their first bit of rain and poor visibility. All teams managed the weather well and it encouraged them to complete their walks in excellent time averaging 3km an hour.

During their walk, all groups had to to prepare a short presentation which they gave to instructors and assessors at the end. Two groups sang songs about their expedition and the third showed us pictures with a witty dialogue, demonstrating that fun could be had even whilst completing a strenuous and serious activity.

Important skills have been developed throughout the expeditions such as how to plan a route, navigation, camp craft and, most importantly, teamwork.

Well done to all 17 girls and we hope they will continue on to do their Silver DofE award.

More photos can be found here