Peak District mountain skills training for CCF DofE Gold cadets

Form 6 CCF cadets started the expedition section of their Gold DofE Award recently with a navigation and mountain skills training weekend.

Based at the YHA hostel at Eyam in the Peak District, cadets spent the Saturday refreshing their navigation skills on the hills and moorland surrounding Ladybower Reservoir. The course also covered aspects ranging from pacings and timings to compass bearings.

During the day they endured some unpleasant weather with almost constant rain and strong winds. On returning to the hostel they cooked their first meal together as a team, before discussing a number of mountain safety scenarios.

“The well-established CCF Gold DofE programme nicely complements the military training that students undertake as part of the CCF,” says CCF DofE Officer Capt Duncan Wright. “As well as enhancing their leadership and teamwork abilities, it introduces a range of new skills too. These challenge them and also help them to prepare them for senior cadet positions next year. The weekend has set them up well for their Practice Expedition in the summer as well as their Assessed Expedition in August. The assessment will see them traverse a route that was part of the Italian front of World War I, in the eastern Dolomites of Northern Italy.”

Oakham’s CCF programme offers pupils the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through direct entrance, which can prove useful when writing their personal statements, as universities and employers hold these qualifications in high regard. To read about a previous CCF DofE expedition to Norway click here.

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