Duke of Edinburgh in their sights

A group of 20 students from Young High School recently returned from a fantastic adventure geared to help them earn their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
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The prestigious award encourages students to learn new skills, volunteer for their community and to go on adventures which challenge them and help them grow as people.

Co-ordinator Kerrie Coulter and volunteer teacher Ben Cooper were very impressed with the way in which the group worked together and helped each other out to complete the journey.

The group paddled for 40 kilometres up the Tallowa Reservoir in the Kangaroo Valley.

Ben said the students were an absolute credit to themselves and the school. He was very impressed with the camaraderie built on the trip, saying it was great to see the students work together as a team.

Half the group were working towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and half towards their Silver.

The latter group had to extend their knowledge and skills of overnight camping in the wilderness to the younger students.

They had already had a practice run before they left so felt confident and competent and achieved fabulous results in helping the others on and off the water.

According to the stringent rules of Duke of Edinburgh, students had to plan for their adventure and organise all their own gear and food.

For six months they met regularly to discuss ideas for menus, sharing equipment, orienteering, examining topographic maps of the area and completed an in-school first aid course.

Year 10 student Callum Spoor said he loved being out in the bush and enjoyed working as a group to successfully complete the adventure.

KAYAKERS: Max McIllhatton, James Staff, Lachlan Dodd, Nick Fitzpatrick, John Arthur Coltman, Jacob Coltman, David Cram, Will Coulter and Zac Hart all enjoyed themselves on the Young High School Duke of Edinburgh excursion. (sub)

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