Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition successfully completed

05 October 2016

More than 40 intrepid young adventurers from Watford and Three Rivers took part in their qualifying expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions.

Survival skills, identifying wildlife and making video diaries were all part of the challenge as the young people walked for around six hours each day over the weekend of 25-26 September.

The young people went well prepared and, with the support of Youth Connexions staff, decided on the aims of the expedition before setting off from Great Missenden train station, armed with their provisions for the weekend.

The young people walked up to 19km before arriving at Green Park outdoor centre where they set up camp for the night.

The group completed their journey the following day, battling the elements and all arriving safely at their destination - Coombe Hill monument.

15-year-old Lih Wen, who took part in the challenge said: “I enjoyed it, but it was really hard work” while another young person commented: “I’m really proud I achieved this – I never thought I would!”

All the young people passed this part of their Bronze award – and will present back to their youth workers in coming weeks.

To take part in or to find out more about achieving the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Youth Connexions and other Youth Connexions youth projects in Watford and Three Rivers, visit the Youth Connexions website www.youthconnexions.org