On Friday when we arrived at Bentley Copse we pitched our tents and went to the building to do our route cards.
On Saturday we packed away our tents and cooked breakfast. For breakfast we had cereal and pancakes and a drink of hot chocolate. We then set off on our hike which was 19.4 km. At checkpoint 5 there was a crazy lady who had threatened to call the police on some scout troops, but luckily we didn’t encounter her when we passed that checkpoint! When we got back to camp, we pitched our tents in a different location and then we cooked dinner on a Trangia (which was super noodles and frankfurters and peperami). That evening we planned our route card for Sunday and our walk was 9.2 km.
On Sunday we had breakfast, took down our tents and set off again. We got lost for roughly an hour, but we managed to get back on track. Unfortunately we had to get picked up at manned check point 3 as we had lost too much time which would have made us get back too late, so we got taken back to camp to wait for the closing ceremony. We as the competition team were awarded a silver certificate and the training team were awarded a gold certificate. We are really pleased with our results as this weekend was the equivalent of the Bronze DofE award.
Report by Sam, Scout
I didn’t really know what to expect when I signed up for the expedition challenge. I had never done one before so this was my first time attempting anything of the sort. I must say I wasn’t disappointed as the different activities and challenges set to us really helped to create a fun and entertaining camp for myself and my teammates. The route card and map planning helped to make it feel like we were really planning and setting a proper expedition. The contributed effort and support needed to find each checkpoint and make it to the end helped to add to the aspect of teamwork that the camp seems to really support and highlight during the 2 and a half days that you spend there. All in all I found it a great experience and I would love to go again next year!!
Report by Oliver, Scout