Everyone arrived on time at 6.45am ready and raring to go for the start of our Silver Award practice. The weather forecast for the weekend was looking good in general and we arrived at our start point with the sun shining. The girls set off with maps and compasses, full packs and a little trepidation for the day ahead. Mr. Melling, Mr. Cox and I were waiting at the first check point hopeful that they were all on track and using their navigation skills to the best of their ability. Having seen two groups through we went on a short stroll to find one group a little off course in a bog with one of the girls a little damp! After changing boots and socks they were off again in good spirits. The rest of the day passed without incident and they all arrived at our wild camp none the worse for wear.

Days two and three threw all the weather that was possible from torrential rain to 24 degrees of sunshine. Everyone finished on the beach at Studland all in good time for a restful journey home via the ferry.

We are looking forward to the assessment expedition in the New Forest on 20th June and more adventures . Many thanks to Mr. Melling and Mr. Cox.

Janet Saddler—Duke of Edinburgh Co- ordinator