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									                       Outdoor Education Department
                       Pate’s Grammar School
                       Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham
                       Gloucestershire, GL51 0HG
                       Telephone: 07936 444811
                       Fax:          0870 123 1518
                       e-mail: nigel.woodall@pates.gloucs.sch.uk


ADMINISTRATION INSTRUCTION FOR
GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD TRAINING
CORE SKILLS WEEK-END

GENERAL
1.      The Core Skills Training is applicable to all forms of DofE Expeditions. The Week-end
will cover the majority of health and safety issues concerning expeditions.

AIM
2.      The aim of this instruction is to outline all the necessary detail to ensure a successful
training week-end.

THE AWARD ETHOS
3.   The award seeks to develop the following as brief example:

       ‘At each level, the Award Programme demands more time and an increasing degree
       of commitment and responsibility from the participant.’

       Taken from the award website www.theaward.org

LOG BOOKS & PERSONAL ADMINISTRATION AND RECORD KEEPING
5.      All participants are responsible for recording their training activities in the relevant section
of their log book. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the logbook is completed to
the required standard prior to departure on the assessment expedition. It is also the participant’s
responsibility to maintain custody of their log book and prevent it from becoming wet or damaged.

PUPIL/INSTRUCTOR RATIO
7.      This is largely an on-site week-end, with local activities. Ratios will meet education
authority guidelines.

STAFF QUALIFICATIONS
8.     The overall responsibility for this event rests with Mr N J Woodall (International Mountain
Leader and Winter Mountain Leader).

9.     All staff will hold the relevant qualifications and experience for working within the DofE
Award.

SCHOOL STAFF REPRESENTATION
10. As Above

FEMALE COVER
11. Information Pending
RISK ASSESSMENTS
12.     The Risk assessment has been reviewed by the Headmaster and is held on file in the
Outdoor Education Department. A working copy will be in use over the week-end for the purpose
of guiding briefings and for post activity review.

REPATRIATION IN EVENT OF INJURY/ILLNESS
13.    Should a pupil become injured or sick, parents may be requested to assist in the repatriation
back to school or home. In the event of serious injury, local emergency services will be called
upon.

HOME CONTACT DETAILS
14. Any changes in contact details must be forward to the undersigned as a matter of priority.

MEDICAL
15.     Any changes in medical conditions must be forward to the undersigned as a matter of
priority. Pupils with medication must be responsible to self administer. In the event of Asthma,
the inhaler must be carried in a waterproof container and location made known to the instructors.
The instructors will confirm this prior to embarking on the training.

CANCELLATION/POSTPONEMENT
16.     The assessment may be cancelled/postponed at any time prior to departure on the activity
in case of instructor illness, extreme and hazardous weather or any other perceived risk deemed to
be unacceptable by the lead instructor for each activity at the time. Continual hazard assessment
and evaluation will be made by the instructors throughout the activity.

INSURANCE
17.    Participants are covered by the schools’ insurance policy as well as the military (for CCF
members ) and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award due to this being Award training. Additional
information can be sought from the Bursary. The Award Scheme also offers a limited level of
additional insurance. Details can be seen in the ‘Parents Area’ on the Award Scheme website
www.dofe.org

NON ATTENDANCE
18.    Non attendance on the activity may preclude the student from participating in any future
assessment activity, and may jeopardise the groups continuation unless a replacement maybe
found.

PARENTAL CONSENT
19.    Parental consent for participation in the Award Scheme and associated activities has
already been provided by Pate’s parents on the DofE application form, However you are all asked
to complete and return the attached form.

STAFF CONTACT DETAILS
20.  All contact for Pate’s participants should be directed through
     Mr N Woodall 07936 444811.
EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT
21.   Emergency equipment will be provided by Pate’s, each group should have the following
emergency equipment with them:
             Group Shelter
             First Aid Kit
             Mobile phones covering at least 2 networks
             Whistle and torch per group member

GROUP EQUIPMENT
22. The following group equipment can be provided by School:
    Tents
    Sleeping Bags
    Roll Mats
    Stoves
    Rucksacks
    Waterproofs

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT & CLOTHING
23.  Participants must become conversant with the DofE Equipment requirements:           See
www.dofe.org

24.    The following are required for this week-end:

Overnight bag / Holdall
Wash kit & Towel
Night clothes
Personal medication
Note book, pens and pencil
Sleeping bag and Mat
Duvet or blankets to supplement sleeping bag.

Day pack
Waterbottle
Flask
Warm Hat
Gloves
Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Trousers
Fleece / Jersey / Warm layers
Outdoor Trousers (NO JEANS!)
Boots for use on the hill
Trainers for use on-site

Enthusiasm, sense of humour and some hard work!!! 

STORE OPENING TIMES
24. Group equipment will be issued as required throughout the week-end.
FEEDING
25.  YOU NEED TO BRING A PACKED LUNCH AND SNACKS FOR SATURDAY.

     YOU WILL BE GIVEN MONEY TO BUY FOOD TO PREPARE FOR SATURDAY
NIGHT AND SUNDAY BREAKFAST.

WATER
26.      Participants must bring a water-bottle with them that they can refill regularly. Recommend
1 litre size.

TOILETS & WASHING FACILITIES
27    Pate’s has showers and toilet facilities which are available for use during the group’s short
stay.

VENUE
28. The following venues may be used:

Pate’s Grammar School / Cleeve Hill

29.    Camping will be at Pate’s Grammar School

TRANSPORT
30.    Students will mainly travel by school transport throughout the venture. Staff vehicles may
be used. Any vehicle that is used will be of a suitable standard and be appropriately insured.

TIMINGS
31.  See attached Outline Program.

GROUP MEMBERS & GROUP SIZES
32. 2 group of 5 - 7 participants

MORE INFORMATION
33.    Additional information regarding the award scheme in general can be found on the Award
website www.dofe.org Please refer specific questions regarding the training weekend to myself at
the number heading this instruction. Do look at the download on Water Based Ventures which is
also available on www.pgsccf.org in the DofE / Adv Trg Downloads section.

PHOTOGRAPHY & THE MEDIA
34.     Photographs from the training weekend maybe used in School Publications & Literature,
and indeed the pupils own project material & displays. If you do not wish your child to feature in
any such material, please inform the undersigned in writing, and the groups will be consulted on
the restrictions on taking photographs.

SUMMARY
35.     This should prove to be a satisfying and appropriate journey for the groups taking part in
order to complete the expeditions section of the award.

N J Woodall
Director of Outdoor Education
                                D of E GOLD Expedition Training

                                       Outline Programme


Ser Day / Time       Activity                  Location            Comments
Saturday
01 0900              Arrival & Welcome         PGS Outdoor
                     Brief                     Education Centre
02   0930            Hazards, Risk and         OED
                     Safety Management
03   1015            Expedition Food           Outside
04   1100            Stove Safety              Outside
05   1200            Lunch
06   1300            First Aid 1
07   1400            Site selection and tent
                     erection
08 1445              First Aid 2
09 1600              BasicNavigation
10 1700              Food Shopping
11 1800              Dinner
12 1900              First Aid 3
13 2000              Water Safety
Sunday
14 0800              Breakfast
15 0900              Water Purification
16 1000              Navigation                Cleeve Hill
17 1330              Plenary                   OED
18 1400              Depart                    PGS




  TOPIC’s to cover during training:
  Navigation
  a. Map symbols and scale                 b. Grid references
  c. The Silva compass and bearings        d. Route selection and planning
  e. Aids to navigation                    f. Map interpretation
  g. 7 points of navigation
  Selecting equipment and packing it       Stove Safety (trangia and Gas Stoves)
  First Aid                                Food & nutrition
  Purpose Planning & Presentations         Team Work
  Conservation and Access.                 Risk Assessment & Emergency
  (Where you can and can’t camp)           procedures
  Weather                                  Water Purification
  Camp-Craft                               Water Hazards
  Tent erection and site selection
LYMES DISEASE

The following information has been extracted from the Brecon Beacons National Park web-site:

Public surveys have revealed an extremely low level of knowledge about Lyme disease. Few people have heard
of the disease, or were aware that a bite from an infected tick could cause the disease, or had ever carried out
any safety measures against tick bites. In fact walkers and even people taking a casual stroll in the countryside
are at risk of catching a devastating illness caused by tick bites. Lyme disease begins innocuously but may lead to
severe complications and if untreated to death in rare cases. It is regarded as a major public health problem in the
Northern temperate zones of the world. In the United States, for instance, the disease is endemic in a number of
states and is spreading with 16000 instances of Lyme disease are reported. It has become apparent that the
disease is widespread throughout temperate regions of the world. The disease probably affects several hundred
people a year in the United Kingdom. It is caused by a type of bacteria carried by ticks. The first case was
positively identified in England in 1985 but it is probable that it existed long before that date.

Sheep ticks (Ixodes ricinus), which are common inhabitants of these moorland areas, are regarded as the main
distributors of the spirochaete in Europe. The very small size of these invertebrates. makes them difficult to avoid
by people working or walking amongst rough moorland vegetation where the ticks spend the greater part of their
life. Sheep ticks are blood suckers and are indiscriminate feeders. They do not confine themselves to feeding from
sheep, but will attach themselves to any passing animal from, for example, field mice and birds to cattle or deer,
dogs or cats or man.

Ticks are particularly prevalent during mild wet summers which have been rather typical of the weather patterns in
the United Kingdom in recent years. They are most active between April and October. Once a tick latches onto
your skin it not only sucks the blood from the host but also regurgitates some stomach contents into the site of the
bite. The disease is transmitted to a humans by a bite from a tick. Ticks attach themselves to humans if they brush
against the habitat of the tick which is typically the tops of bracken, grasses and shrubs. The tick will often seek
obscure areas of the body such as the groin, armpits or the scalp. At the time of attachment to the body it and can
be very difficult to detect as it may be only two millimetres in size. The numbers of the juvenile sheep tick have
been shown by research to be particularly high in three different types of moorland vegetation communities -
bracken dominated and bilberry dominated communities. Bracken and bilberry communities are common in many
out recreation areas in the United Kingdom including the Brecon Beacons.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of Lyme diseases may include a rash at the actual location of the bite, followed later by aches and
weakness similar to influenza. The disease is sometimes referred to as "The Great Imitator" because it's early
signs and symptoms are similar to other diseases notably influenza. It can be difficult to diagnose yet early
diagnose is important if possible long term effects are to be avoided. Checking yourself for a tick bite and notifying
your medical practitioner is therefore important.

Tiredness, chills and fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, and the skin rash are
symptoms that may be found during the early stages of the onset of the disease. Typically the rash will appear
anywhere from between 3 days to one month after a tick bite -- but some people may never develop a rash. The
rash begins as a red spot on the skin growing to form a day large round lesion that maybe between 1" and 18"
inches in size. It may be ring shaped.

Meningitis like symptoms such as stiff neck, difficulty in concentrating, remembering and fatigue, can occur later in
the disease.

If undiagnosed the disease may progress to arthritis, and neurological problems such as a meningitis or facial
palsies.

If you have any of the above symptoms following a tick bite or just the symptoms inform your doctor.

Treatment:

People who begin treatment early in the days usually recover completely. However it is difficult to diagnose and a
medical practitioner in a locality such as an inner city where its instance may not be frequent may not think of
Lyme Disease as a first possibility. It is important that diagnose is made as early as possible after the onset of the
first symptoms. It is also important that the right strength and course duration of antibiotics is prescribed. If after
walking in a risk area (and in particular if you know you have been bitten by a tick) you develop similar symptoms
to those listed then seek medical advice and mention this information to your practitioner. Lyme disease can then
be considered as a possible diagnosis. A blood test may be able to confirm or otherwise the diagnosis by
detecting the presence of antibodies to the organism in the bloodstream. Treatment consists of antibiotics given
under a doctor's supervision.

Preventive Measures:

Walkers and others taking recreation in the countryside can protect themselves by a taking the following
precautions:
If you have any of the above symptoms following a tick bite or just the symptoms inform your doctor.

   * avoiding close contact with tick habitats when possible;
   * when you undress check for ticks - they usually crawl about for several hours before burying their feeding tube
into your skin;
   * remove any attached ticks by gently tugging repeatedly with tweezers at the place where the feeding tube
enters the skin (save the tick for future reference by a medical practitioner). Try to make sure you remove the
mouthparts which may be cemented in; DO NOT apply lighted match or acid etc to tick as this may shock it into
regurgitating its stomach contents (including any possible spirochaetes)!
     people who are bitten by infected ticks do not necessarily develop Lyme disease, and spirochaetes will not
normally enter the host's blood stream until the tick has been feeding for at least 24 hours, therefore it is worth
taking preventive measures to reduce the risk by wearing protective clothing and checking for ticks;
   * there is no vaccine against Lyme disease in the U.K. as yet, and clinical diagnosis is difficult which reinforces
the value of adopting preventive measures;
   * keeping to the centre of foot paths when walking and avoiding brushing against possible tick habitats
whenever possible;
   * spraying deet containing insect repellent on exposed skin (though not on the face and please seek additional
advice about the correct use and suitability for you of the product chosen);
   * clothes can be treated with permathrin which kills ticks on contact (please take additional advice on the other
correct use and suitability for you of the product chosen);
   * long trousers rather than shorts;
   * walkers should tuck their trousers into their socks;
   * keep shirt sleeves long and buttoned up at the wrist - particularly if walking through high bracken for example;
   * brush off clothing during and at the end of a walking day;
   * wear shoes or boots rather than sandals;
   * wearing light coloured clothing will help you to spot their presence;
   * it is advisable to check for ticks every three or four hours;
   * removing the tick after it has bitten you may not prevent infection and this is particularly so if the tick head is
left in place or if removal takes place sometime after the tick bite, they can be difficult to remove effectively;
   * If you have any of the above symptoms following a tick bite or just the symptoms inform your doctor.
CONSENT FORM                  -       DOFE Core Skills       Date:

I have noted the details on the joining instructions, including the necessary items to be taken. I give
consent for my son/daughter ……………………………. To attend the Training Course at Pates
and to take part in all organised activities with a view to completing the DofE Expedition section.

My child can / cannot swim 50m in light clothing
My child may / may not receive minor and emergency medical treatment.
My child may / may not be given Paracetamol
I have read the information of Lymes Disease.

I certify that my Son / Daughter ………………………………………………………

a)     Is in good health and has not, to the best of my knowledge been in contact with any infectious or
       communicable disease in the last 3 weeks.

b)     Suffers from the complaints indicated below
       …………………………………………………………………………………………………

c)     is taking the following medication:
       …………………………………………………………………………………………………

d)     is allergic to the following medication &/or foodstuffs:
       …………………………………………………………………………………………………

e)     Has the following dietary requirements:……………………………………………………

f)     Has suffered from the following recent injuries:…………………………………………
       …………………………………………………………………………………………………

I consent to any emergency treatment necessary. I therefore authorise the party leader/s to
sign, on my behalf, any written form of consent required by the hospital authorities should
medical treatment (a surgical operation or injection) be deemed necessary, provided that the
delay required to obtain my signature might be considered, in the opinion of the doctor or
surgeon concerned, likely to endanger my child’s health or safety.

Signed …………………………………..…. Parent / guardian
Date…………………………………

A deposit of £20 should have already be paid. This will cover the expenses for this week-end.
If you have paid the deposit no further payment is required. If you have not paid the deposit please
forward a cheque made payable to Pate’s Grammar School as soon as possible.
NOTE: Deposits are non-refundable.

Please write the name of your Child and “DofE Core Skills” on the reverse of your cheque.

My contact address & telephone number for the duration of the training will be:

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paid:

								
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