Students take part in hike for Duke of Edinburgh award

Some of the students by their tents
Some of the students by their tents

MORE than 50 students from William Parker Sports College and Parkwood 6th Form took part in a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) training weekend in Guestling.

The weekend was spent learning the correct and safe way of pitching tents, setting up cooking equipment and learning how to live in the small confined space of a tent.

The participants’ training included cooking a two-course meal on a small hiking stove, followed by entertainment around the campfire with a spot of countryside code charades and roasting marshmallows.

The moonlit evening allowed for a night hike through the woods with a touch of stargazing thrown in.

However the next day there was torrential rain and Glastonbury-style mud but this did not dampen the atmosphere and teams managed to successfully plan and carry out an afternoon hike.

Jo Hart, teacher and DofE coordinator, said: “All participants went home wet and muddy but with big smiles on their faces and memories that will stay with them.

“Thanks to all the staff who helped out on the weekend. It was busy but fun.”

The students will take part in the final challenge, a two-day one-night hike over the South Downs, later in the year in order to complete the Expedition section of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.