DofE Gold Assessments

At long last the wait is finally over. Last weekend we could dust off the map and compass and venture outdoors to run our first DofE expedition since before lockdown began

Read the full report from Mr Martucci below:

Our first of many planned expeditions was the Gold Practice, which was a mix of trekkers and paddlers. The trekkers followed routes local to the School and considering that training has been somewhat a premium lately, they all perform amazingly navigating around the sunny Surrey Hills over both days.

The paddlers also performed really well running through a series of skills starting from basic manoeuvres to the more advanced rescue and problem solving, culminating in a chilly practice capsize and retrieval at the end of the session. Fantastic effort by all.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants for their patience and understanding throughout lockdown. I know it has not been easy to keep the motivation to maintain focus and the time to complete your many activities over lockdown, so I just wanted to say a massive 'well done' to every single one of you. At least now, we can start venturing into the great outdoors and look at completing your Awards.