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DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD EXPEDITION SECTION PARENT GUIDE 2009 GREENACRE SCHOOL CONTENTS • Provisional dates for 2009 Season • Kit Lists o Expedition Equipment o Shopping List o Advised maximum rucksack weights • Care of Equipment o School Equipment o Personal Equipment • Maps for Expedition Drop Off / Pick Up o Blackheath Forest (Silver only) o High Ashurst (Bronze only) o Ranmore Common o Church between East and West Horsley (Bronze only) o Newlands Corner (Bronze only) o Badgers Mount (Bronze only) o Car park near Westerham (Bronze only) • Catering • Training and Safety Information GREENACRE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Important Dates 2009 January 19 Monday 4.00 – 5.30 First Aid – Group B 4.00 – 5.15 Outdoor Cooking – Group A 26 Monday 4.00 – 5.30 First Aid – Group B 4.00 – 5.15 Outdoor Cooking – Group A February 2 Monday evening Kit evening 9 Monday 4.00 – 5.15 Outdoor Cooking – Group B First Aid – Group A 23 Monday 4.00 – 5.15 Outdoor Cooking – Group B March 2 Monday 4.00 – 5.30 First Aid Group A 21 Saturday 9.15 – 4.30 Team Building at High Ashurst 25 Wednesday 4.00 – 6.00 Packing, Tents & Campcraft April 25 Saturday 9.30 – 3.00 Day Walk May 16/17 Saturday 9.30 - Practice Expedition Sunday 3.00 July 3/4 Friday 9.30 Qualifying Expedition Saturday 4.00 6 Monday Equipment due in Please note that other sessions will be added – primarily at lunchtime. GREENACRE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Silver Duke of Edinburgh Important Dates 2009 February 2 Monday 6.30 – 8.00 Information and Kit evening at Greenacre School 23 Monday 4.00 – 5.15 First Aid March 2 Monday 4.00 – 5.30 Outdoor Cooking May 17 Sunday 10.00 - 3.00 Navigation Trail (Blackheath, Surrey) June 26, 27, 28 Friday 8.00 - Teambuilding at Blacklands Sunday 4.00 Farm & Practice Expedition September 11, 12, 13 Friday 7.30 - Qualifying Expedition Sunday 6.00 New Forest 21 Monday Equipment Due In Other sessions will be run on most Monday evenings after school (from 4 – 5 pm) from the middle of March onwards (exact dates to be advised). These sessions will primarily, but not exclusively, focus on navigation and route planning and will be conducted more as ‘clinics’ to supervise independent preparation for the expeditions. Duke of Edinburgh – Kit List Personal Kit Clothing Rucksack (with liner) Fleece (and Thermals) Carry mat Clean Underwear Sleeping Bag (3 season) and compression Emergency change of clothes sac Trainers (for campsite) Waterproof coat Watch Waterproof trousers Walking boots + socks Hygiene Hat / Sunhat / Gloves Soap / small towel Walking / Camping Toothbrush + toothpaste Toilet paper /trowel/ tissues / wet wipes Map / map case / compass Deodorant Pencil / notebook / camera Torch / bulb / batteries Cooking Tent (between 2/3) Trangia (2 per group) Food / Drink Fuel bottle (1 per group) Matches 2 litres water (no additional drink please) Cooking utensils / slotted spoon Mug / plate / bowl Pocket knife / tin opener (if necessary) Knife / fork / spoon Washing up liquid / tea towel Emergency rations (chocolate, sweets?) Metal scourer and cloth or sponge Breakfast x1 (x2 for Silver) Rubbish bags Lunch x2 (x3 for Silver) Evening Meal x1 (x2 for Silver) Emergency Bedtime Snack x 1 (x2 for Silver) Snacks ID card / emergency procedures Whistle Telephone numbers Money / Mobile Survival bag First aid kit Sunscreen / insect repellent Radios, hairdryers, makeup, and similar unnecessary items must not be carried and will be confiscated. Ipods, mobile phones, etc. are not permitted on expedition with the exception of the emergency phone. For the daywalk participants require a small rucksack, full waterproofs, lunch, drinks and snacks, walking boots, map case and compass. For High Ashurst participants require sensible outdoor clothing, boots or sensible trainers, full waterproofs (weather dependent), packed lunch and snacks in a small, named rucksack/daybag. For the practice and qualifying expeditions participants require full expedition kit. For the Silver qualifying expedition participants should bring a small rucksack to hold items needed for the journey or before and after the actual expedition. Equipment loaned/arranged by the school Tent – Vango Hydra 200+ Trangia cooking stove with gas attachment Gas Maps The loan of this equipment is included in the cost of the expedition section. However the equipment is expensive and must be carefully looked after and returned in original condition to avoid additional charges. Bronze equipment will be handed out at the Campcraft session on the 25 March and should be returned by Monday 6 July. Silver equipment will be handed out at a Monday evening session prior to the practice expedition and should be returned on Monday 21 September. Any missing or damaged items will be charged at full cost. (Currently tent £180, trangia £90) Equipment which must be bought You may already have some of the equipment, for example hats, cutlery and plastic bottles, as not all equipment needs to be specialist walking equipment. Make sure jackets are fully waterproof, not just shower proof. Large Rucksack (rucksack liner needed but can be a heavy duty plastic bag) Carry mat / thermarest Sleeping Bag (3 season) – maybe a liner too Waterproof coat or cagoule Waterproof trousers Walking boots + walking socks Warm hat + Sunhat + Gloves Map case + Silva compass Torch (maybe a head torch) Water bottles – 2 litres (2x 1 litre bottles are better) Mug + plate + bowl Knife + fork + spoon Whistle Survival bag Personal first aid kit Compeed blister plasters are very useful You may also wish to look at some of the more specialist clothing. Ideally clothing should have a low cotton and high synthetic content. Wearing layers that can be removed or added to is the key to remaining comfortable. ADVISED MAXIMUM RUCKSACK WEIGHTS • Weigh yourself in kg • Then put your rucksack on and weigh yourself carrying it • Look up your weight in the table and check that you do not go over the recommended weight when carrying your rucksack • Consider what to leave at home if it is too heavy • Or speak to your instructor You + rucksack You + rucksack If you weigh should be less than If you weigh should be less than 40 kg 50 kg 60 kg 75 kg 41 kg 51 kg 61 kg 76 kg 42 kg 53 kg 62 kg 78 kg 43 kg 54 kg 63 kg 79 kg 44 kg 55 kg 64 kg 80 kg 45 kg 56 kg 65 kg 81 kg 46 kg 58 kg 66 kg 83 kg 47 kg 59 kg 67 kg 84 kg 48 kg 60 kg 68 kg 85 kg 49 kg 61 kg 69 kg 86 kg 50 kg 63 kg 70 kg 88 kg 51 kg 64 kg 71 kg 89 kg 52 kg 65 kg 72 kg 90 kg 53 kg 66 kg 73 kg 91 kg 54 kg 68 kg 74 kg 93 kg 55 kg 69 kg 75 kg 94 kg 56 kg 70 kg 76 kg 95 kg 57 kg 71 kg 77 kg 96 kg 58 kg 73 kg 78 kg 98 kg 59 kg 74 kg 79 kg 99 kg If your rucksack is too heavy then it is likely that somebody else in the group has a lighter rucksack and can take more weight, or you have packed unsuitable or unnecessary items! Packing your rucksack The sleeping bag should be at the bottom, perhaps in the separate zipped section, as should first aid kits. Water bottles can go in side pockets and the carry mat on the back as long as it is protected from rain. Heavy items should be close to the top of the bag or the person’s back to aid balance. At the top you should have items needed en route – i.e. waterproofs and food. The tent inner or outer will fit just under the lid of the rucksack, after you have tightened the drawstring cord (if folded well). They may tell you in the shop that rucksacks are waterproof, THEY ARE NOT! Everything must be separately wrapped in plastic bags or liners, preferably heavy duty. Care of Loaned Equipment • Tent Wipe the poles and pegs, leave them to dry and then pack away Wipe mud off outer and inner with a damp cloth / sponge (although most mud and grass will simply drop off as the tent dries) DO NOT USE DETERGENT OR SOAP AS IT WILL REMOVE WATERPROOFING Leave hung up away from any heat sources until completely dry Pack tent away This must be done immediately when participants return home in the evening from their expedition, otherwise mould begins to grow and the tent will begin to smell. • Trangias While still at camp in the morning - Wash up normally At home - You will probably need to use a metal scourer until each bit shines! Do NOT put in dishwasher Pack away and store somewhere dry Care of Personal Equipment • Boots Remove the laces and the footbed (sole) Clean the mud off the outside of the boots using a soft nylon brush under running water. Try not to get water inside. Leave them to dry naturally – not by a radiator or other heat source Apply waterproofing wax all over. • Waterproofs DO NOT USE DETERGENT OR SOAP AS IT WILL REMOVE WATERPROOFING Wipe mud off with a damp cloth Hang up and leave to dry naturally • Sleeping Bag Hang up away from any heat sources if damp Do not store stuffed Leave bag loosely folded on a shelf or in a cupboard • Water Bottles / plates etc Wash up normally (it is good to occasionally use sterilising tablets) Rinse thoroughly Leave in a dry place with tops off bottles Silver only – Blackheath Forest – Navigation Trail set down at 10am and pick up at approx 4 pm from Newlands Corner (see Bronze Practice Expedition) From Banstead take the A217 out towards the M25. At the large Tadworth roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Box Hill. Follow this road until you get to the roundabout on the A25 and turn right towards Dorking. Follow the A25 through Dorking and towards Guildford. Pass the turnings for Shere and then turn left on the A248 towards Albury. Just over 2 miles later turn left at the signpost for Chilworth Station and go over the level crossing. Less than a mile later you will reach a small crossroads (with entertaining wooden sign). Turn left and follow the lane into the car park. The pub next door to the car park is the Villager’s Inn, GU4 8RB. Bronze - High Ashurst – Drop off 9.15am, Pick up at 4.30pm From Banstead take the A217 out towards the M25. At the large Tadworth roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Box Hill. Shortly after going over the M25 turn right towards Headley and then left towards Box Hill. After about 1.5 miles turn right down what appears to be a residential road. There is a sign for High Ashurst on the left indicating this turning. Follow the road as it turns into a track (a very long track – bring your 4x4 if you have one) and shortly before a sharp bend to the left you will see the entrance to High Ashurst. High Ashurst has a one way system, when leaving High Ashurst turn left along the track. When you come to a road turn right, then at the next T-junction turn right again and then right again at the next T-junction. This road will bring you back to the Box Hill turning. At the next junction turn left and follow the road back to the A217. The postcode for High Ashurst is RH5 6DQ. Bronze only - Church between East and West Horsley – Drop off 9.30am Drive through Epsom on the one way system and take the A24 towards Ashtead. After going over the M25 turn left at the roundabout towards Dorking (still on the A24). Go straight on at the next roundabout (staying on the A24) and straight on at the next roundabout (the A24 turns off left towards Dorking – do not turn left go straight on following the A246). Stay on this road. Shortly after you have gone past East Horsley and before you reach West Horsley you will see a church on the left. Follow the track through the height restriction into the large car park. The car park is behind St Mary’s Church, KT24 6LQ Bronze and Silver - Newlands Corner – Pick up approx 4.30pm From Banstead take the A217 out towards the M25. At the large Tadworth roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Box Hill. Follow this road until you get to the roundabout on the A25 and turn right towards Dorking. Follow the A25 through Dorking and towards Guildford. Pass the turnings for Shere and Albury and when the road bends round to the right turn left into the large car park (with picnic area and café) at Newlands Corner. The car park is outside Newlands Corner visitor centre, GU4 8SE Bronze only – Badgers Mount – drop off 9.30am Get onto the M25 and stay on this motorway (follow signs towards Dartford – you will need to take junction 5 in order to stay on the M25) until you reach junction 4. Take this turning and turn left at the roundabout. When you reach the next roundabout take the first exit left on the A224, signposted Badgers Mount. At the next roundabout turn left again and follow the narrow lane towards Shoreham village. As the road bends slightly to the left, turn right through the height restriction into the car park. The last roundabout is just by the Badger’s Mount pub, TN14 7AD. Bronze only – Car Park at the Grasshopper Inn, Westerham, Kent – pick up approx 4.30pm Get onto the M25 towards Dartford and turn off at junction 6. Turn right at the roundabout towards Oxted and then left at the next roundabout, again towards Oxted. Pass Oxted and Limpsfield and then before you reach Westerham you should spot The Grasshopper Inn and its carpark. Please park at the very end (near Clackett Lane). The pub has a garden and terrace if you’d like a drink whilst waiting for your daughter! If you have reached Westerham you have gone too far. The postcode for the Grasshopper Inn is TN16 2EU. Catering – investigate supermarkets and camping shops It is important to remember that participants will use up more energy than normal and will need to eat more to keep up their energy levels and to stay warm. Participants have had training sessions on cooking on a trangia and will have lots of their own ideas! • Breakfast Should be substantial! Bacon is suitable if vacuum-packed and unopened. Breakfast does not have to be cooked. Cake can be an excellent start to the day. A hot drink will be needed on a cold morning. Porridge made with water or powdered milk is excellent as it is very light to carry, as are cereal bars. • Lunch A packed lunch is ideal; pitta breads take up little space and are quite filling. In the past participants have enjoyed getting out a trangia and making instant soup. However trangias will not be available for the daywalk. • Evening Meal Participants should ensure a balanced cooked meal with a high carbohydrate intake. Suitable items are pasta or noodles with sauce (sachets of sauce – no tins allowed). Vacuum packed meals or frankfurters are good to add, but not enough on their own; also dehydrated meals. It must be possible to cook the meal in only 2 saucepans or a frying pan. The expedition requirements are that a substantial meal is cooked. Pot noodle does not fulfil the criteria and should not be brought. A starter and dessert are a good idea, perhaps instant soup and cake or some other type of pudding (again no tins or glass – cartons ok). Each participant should bring contributions towards their group’s meal and they should cook and eat as a group. • Bedtime Snack It is nice to have a hot drink and biscuit before bed, perhaps instant hot chocolate. • Snacks Participants should carry snacks, including emergency rations such as a large bar of chocolate or Kendal mint cake. Other than in the event of an emergency the rations should be shown to the supervisor or assessor at the end of the expedition. (They can then be eaten.) Drinks Participants should carry only 2 litres of liquid and will be topped up whenever they see staff. If they wish to have additional flavoured drinks then they will need to bring tiny bottles of concentrate or powder sachets. Milk should be powdered not fresh. Training and Safety Information The expedition staff at Greenacre run a full training course for Bronze and Silver levels, covering topics such as navigation, first aid and use of equipment. A register is taken at each session and attendance is essential. At the end of the training course staff must sign that participants have covered each aspect before they are allowed to complete the qualifying expedition. If a pupil fails to attend the training sessions then it is likely that we will be unable to take them on expedition, due to safety considerations. We will also be unable to take any pupil whose behaviour in training sessions or on expedition gives cause for concern. Safety on expedition must be maintained and it must be remembered that pupils are still representing the school. Initially pupils are fully supervised when walking but by the time of the practice and qualifying sessions they will be walking in groups of 4 to 7 with only random spot checks by staff. Overnight however, everyone (including the staff) camps together in an allocated area, except on "Gold". Return of consent forms must be prompt as we are required to send a notification form to our headquarters in Surrey at least two weeks before any expedition. Any pupil who does not return forms on time will not be included on the list and will therefore be unable to go on expedition.
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