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On Saturday 24th March, 28 intrepid young Duke of Edinburgh participants from PACA attended a training day for their Expeditions, along with 60 students from Hove Park School.
The participants took part in sessions such as first aid; campcraft, including tents and cooking; navigation; emergency procedures; and how to pack a rucksack for a two day, one night expedition. They tried on rucksacks, raced to put trangias together and away again, put up a tent in the hall, and developed an understanding of basic map reading skills.
The trainers commented on how polite and engaged the PACA students were as they moved around their carousel of sessions. Our team leaders, Gabby and Josh, took responsibility for ensuring everyone was where they should be, when they should be – and did a great job!
We are very excited to begin planning their practice expedition after Easter. The participants will plan their route, carry all their kit – including tents, cookers, sleeping bags, water etc. – and spend a night under canvas at a campsite near Henfield. Some of them are convinced they’ll be able to survive on nothing but Pot Noodles for the whole weekend… We shall see!
Thanks to Ms. Keens and Ms. de la Cruz Gallego for giving up their Saturday to come and spend the day with our lovely students – your help was invaluable. We would all like to thank the trainers for their support – David on tents, Cathy on route planning, Glynn on first aid, Lynne on navigation, Steve on personal kit, and Paul on food and cooking. And, of course, huge thanks to Jo Ireland, our Operations Officer for all things DofE, for all of the work and planning that went into making such a busy day happen!
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) is a co-educational school for 11 to 18 year olds based in the heart of the Mile Oak Community in Portslade, Brighton.
PACA’s motto is ‘Unlocking Potential’ and we are committed to unlocking the full potential in our students and staff.