Seven Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron recently completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award expedition in Bedfordshire.  The cadets completed their route in the area of Woburn Abbey camping overnight at Milton Bryan.


1220 cadets at the start of their expedition.

Having completed a practise expedition earlier in the year the cadets were more prepared with what to expect.  They had planned their menus and decided who was going to bring which food for them to share as well as working out which equipment they could share out to help reduce the load of their rucksacks.

The team planned their two-day route that would include six hours of journey time each day.  The first day took them from Great Brickhill, through Woburn Abbey to the campsite.  On the second day they walked part of the Greensand Ridge Walk to finish in Ampthill.

They found the navigation on day one quite challenging until they reached Woburn Abbey.  When at the abbey they came across a triathlon event, it was interesting trying to walk along the route in the opposite direction to the runners!

The expedition is one of four sections that participants have to complete to earn a Duke of Edinburgh’s award.  The other sections are to volunteer, to learn a new skill and to complete some physical exercise.  Each of these are conducted regularly over a minimum period of three or six months.

For Cadets Calum Brownlie and Alfie Jaggard the expedition was the final part of their Bronze Award and they have recently been presented with their certificates and badges.  They both now plan to take on the Silver award.