During the end of the October half term holiday, 54 Truro school students participated in a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training weekend on Bodmin moor.
Starting off on a foggy Thursday afternoon, five Silver and five Gold groups were dropped off on the edge of the moor and walked into base camp at South Penquite Farm. Even though the fog was down and visibility was poor, all groups managed to navigate their way to the farm and set up their camp for the evening. We woke up to a beautiful sunrise on Friday morning and the groups were allocated a member of staff who would guide them around the northern moor.
The goal of the training was to teach the groups the finer details of navigation and travel in moorland environment. During the day each group rotated through a First Aid scenario on Alex Tor, where they had to deal with two casualties and use their emergency GPS and phone to contact their supervisor. This is fantastic training to prepare the groups for when they are released onto the moors with only remote supervision during their expeditions. Friday night was Halloween and, whilst the Beast of Bodmin was asleep, each tent was visited by trick-or-treaters and the howling wind and rain. Saturday however was another beautiful morning and although many of the students were sore and tired from the day before, they dutifully set of early on their trek south to Cardinham woods.
It is a huge asset to Truro School that so many staff are willing and able to give up their holiday time to help out and pass on their knowledge and experience to the students. A huge thank you must go to all the staff, parents and Sixth Form prefects who joined us over the weekend and without whom Outdoor Pursuits at Truro school would not be able to run. It was a very enjoyable event and thank you to all the participants for putting in the effort and succeeding in a difficult environment.
Outdoor Pursuits and Activities Coordinator
You can see more images from the weekend in our gallery.