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This years Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group took part in their final expedition in the Campsie Hills and have all successfully achieved their Bronze Award. The group started in The Clachan of Campsie and navigated their way through Strathblane and finished their route in Killearn. The group camped overnight at Auchengillan and spent the evening roasting marshmallows over the open fire. The group used all the navigation and camp craft skills they developed over the year and showed real resilience to succeed, especially when the midges started to bite. The group were accompanied on the expedition by Mr Snelling and Mrs Carrigan and both were very impressed with the maturity shown by the group.
Congratulations on achieving your Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award – Craig Peters, Josh Thompson, Liam McDougall, Luc Zadok, Gary Rankine, Guy Williamson, Lee Gilchrist, Dean Walker and Ellie Birch.
The Bellshill Academy outdoor education group took part in a day walk to New Lanark, walking along the Clyde Valley to the Corra Linn waterfall. They navigated their way through the forest trails and learned how the River Clyde has shaped this area of Scotland. The group then put up tents and cooked a range of food on the outdoor stoves – sausage pasta, chicken noodles, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. The group had an enjoyable day, despite the dull, wet weather. The group are looking forward to doing more walks in the near future and taking part in an outdoor education day in the school later this month.
The Bellshill Academy Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group recently completed their first overnight expedition to Strathyre in Stirling. The group successfully navigated from Kilmahog to Balquhidder, working as a team to read the map and navigate using a compass. The group also worked on their expedition aim to track their steps and use the outdoors to increase their fitness. The school group of S6 pupils were also joined by a group of pupils from S3-4 who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh award via the local youth group in the Orbiston area of Bellshill. Both groups had an enjoyable expedition and worked hard to learn the skills they will need to pass their final expedition. The pupils are now focusing on their exams and will complete their final expedition to Auchengillan at the start of June.