Year 9 and 10 pupils working towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award started their expedition training over the last two weekends with first aid and navigation skills courses.
All participants have been put through their paces with Mrs McKittrick and Mrs Anderson providing them with a Basic First Aid Awareness course. This three-hour session covered how to treat and prevent the types of injuries that more commonly occur within an expedition. Looking at treating minor scratches, grazes and blisters. They also examined what to do in more serious situations where professional help would need to be called for, including how to use a defibrillator. The school now has over 100 better trained pupils at helping to save lives.
At the same time as these classroom sessions the expedition groups were also let loose in the countryside surrounding Ramsbottom and Peel Tower. On two very contrasting Saturdays, the girls endured strong, icy cold winds, whilst the boys groups were treated to stunning wintry views across Bury, Scout Moor and Winter Hill. All groups got to test their use of map and compass and had a little taste of what will be required of them in the summer when they have to complete a self-sufficient 2 day hike.
My thanks to the large number of staff who made these events possible by giving up their own time and to the boys and girls who completely immersed themselves in the experience and gained so much from it. The next event is the Bowley Scout Camp training weekend.