The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognised program for young people which builds their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

Students participating in the program were challenged recently when their outdoor activity for the Bronze Award was based knee deep in the snow!

The challenge involved snow hiking and camping near Falls Creek. Students hiked 3kms in the snow carrying all their gear which included their food, tents and sleeping bags. They learnt how to  set up their camp using special snow pegs and how to pack and unpack their hiking bags to ensure required items are easily accessible and heavy items are placed appropriately to prevent back injury and soreness.

They also had a lot of fun learning how to cook in the snow. They learnt how use the Trangia stoves  to cook two dinners, one breakfast and lunch.

Students had lots of practice reading and interpreting maps  when they engaged in the orienteering activities on the snow covered slopes.

Being in the warmth of their homes never felt better after the challenge!

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