There are two principal aims of Charterhouse’s programme of Outdoor Education: first, to develop in Carthusians qualities of self-reliance, teamwork and leadership; and second to equip them with the skills to enable them to enjoy the world’s open spaces with confidence and in safety.  

The programme is delivered during Monday Activities either in the military context of the Combined Cadet Force or through the School’s own Pioneers programme, but the highlights involve extended periods far from the School. Charterhouse makes available a range of opportunities for its pupils to challenge themselves in the outdoors: all Removes take part in a three-day expedition which acts as a practice expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award (and increasing numbers of Carthusians graduate to the challenges of the Gold Award); the CCF regularly undertakes Adventurous Training in wild country such as Snowdonia and Dartmoor; hill-walkers in the Mallory Group, named after the famous climber George Mallory who was for a time a member of Brooke Hall, also become familiar with these areas; and participants in recent expeditions run by the World Challenge organisation have recently undertaken adventurous journeys in Peru, Mongolia, Madagascar and Tanzania.

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