The Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition season has kicked off at 1220 (March) Squadron with a Bronze expedition in the Norfolk area. Nine cadets from March took part, forming two teams.
The team of four’s members were completing their final expedition, working towards completing their Bronze award. They planned their route and spent two days completing the journey. During this time, they were self-sufficient, carrying everything they need.
The second group used the weekend as a practice for their actual expedition, which they will complete later in the year. They also completed the route but were accompanied by an experienced cadet, who had already completed the award at Gold level. En-route they were coached on how to walk as a group, how to carry their kit comfortably and how to look after each other. They were also helped with their navigation and route finding.
In addition to the two groups from 1220 squadron, cadets from other squadrons in the northern sector of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing formed two other groups. They completed a practice route and look forward to completing their final expedition in July.
Cadet Alan Jackson (14) from March said, “It was great to be outside and away from technology for a couple of days. The good weather and team members helped me enjoy the experience; it was a lot of fun.”