Young People from Watford enjoy DofE expeditions

12 July 2017

Young explorers from Watford took to the countryside around Berkhamsted during June and July to take part in their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award practice expeditions, setting off from YC Hertfordshire’s centre at Hudnall Park.

Around 40 young people from across Watford, put into practice the skills they had been taught by YC Hertfordshire youth workers over two weekends as they navigated their way around their chosen routes. The young people walked together in teams of 5 or 6 – covering between 10-12 km on both Saturday and Sunday - and ending up at Berkhamsted railway station at the end of day 2.  The groups had to carry all of their equipment between them that they needed to spend the night – including tents, sleeping bags and food – no mean feat given the high temperatures on the expedition days.

All of the groups succeeded in finishing their expeditions successfully – and looked out for each other along the way – coping with hay fever and avoiding heat exhaustion! They successfully cooked themselves a variety of different meals on the trangias, ranging from pasta with tomato sauce to porridge and hot chocolate, and were proud that none of them got lost at all en route.

‘I am really proud of myself for completing the expedition”, said Emily, aged 17 – while Neha, age 15, added: ”We got better at navigating and map reading. I feel more confident now!”

The groups will now go about consolidating their skills with help from YC Hertfordshire youth workers as they plan for their Qualifying Expeditions in September.

If you would like to take part in the DofE award, or want to find out more about any youth projects in the Watford area, visit or call Laura Butcher, Youth Work Team Leader, on 01992 555766.