Yet another unrelated book post.
Over the weekend I participated in the DofE, it consists of hiking/walking over 15 miles, camping and cooking your own food. It was set in Shropshire near Wales. There are three levels that you can do: bronze, silver and gold, you start from bronze then gradually progress onwards. At each level you get assessed on map reading, setting up your tent etc. For my bronze group we get assessed in September, but over the weekend we did a pratice to help prepare ourselves, here's what happened:
Everyone had to be in school on Saturday by 8:30am, then we set of for 'sunny' Shropshire, we then arrived at our start point. We were to walk 7.5 miles to our campsite, whilst carrying all our equipment. So we set of, our teachers warned us to pace ourselves as it wasn't a race BUT to us, it was! Imagine four groups all racing to get to one destination that's 7.5 miles away.. carnage. We got lost, one of my group members had a knee problem and we were currently in last position in this fictious race. None the less we moved on, spotted a group and absolutely ran to overtake them. In the end we came second, turns out two of the other groups got lost! They walked one extra mile than they needed! The general mood of everybody was pretty good. So far it was set to becoming a very good weekend!