We are continuing with our busy times and it’s certainly helping to keep me out of trouble! Over the last couple of weeks we have continued to assist Entrust with the awesome work they do with primary school kids at Standon Bowers. I have particularly enjoyed the caving and the low ropes in spite of the conditions more akin to February than June! Another Duke of Edinburgh weekend saw the kids from Thistly Hough undertake their qualifying expedition in the beautiful White Peak. Their routes took them from the beautiful square at Longnor through the lush, green limestone countryside to Hulme End campsite. The second day was even better as the group made their way through the spectacular valley of Dove Dale via Miller’s Dale before eventually successfully finding their way to Ilam Hall where the assessors were delighted to inform all the team members that they had successfully completed the expedition and fulfilled (as required) all of the twenty conditions needed to be successful. It’s been a tough journey for these young people and they have had to work incredibly hard to achieve their goal but I am delighted to have been involved in their journey and am very proud to see them move onto the next sector of their D of E journey.
In other news, I had a very interesting meeting with Glenn from GRIP Adventures about the possibility of working together in the future in Trafford Schools, it sounds very promising and exciting. We have received an exciting Yorkshire 3 Peaks booking for this September from Action for Children who will be raising funds for their very worthwhile cause. Finally, we have agreed a partnership with the American holiday company Collette to provide a guided walk for their clients in Grasmere during their tours of the UK. This weekend is another weekend of D of E training as another group of young people begin their Bronze journey and that is followed by a week in South Wales working on a school outdoors week in the Brecon Beacons! It’s all go,go,go!!