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Lowland Expedition Training

Friday, March 08, 2019

Charis, former A+ GAP instructor and intern from Surrey who will be joining our Activity Coach team in April, writes about a recent expedition with the whole instructor team.

At the end of February, the whole instructor team travelled up to Cannock Chase for a two day expedition so that the Lowland Expedition Leader (LEL) candidates could practice their navigation skills and group management. We were joined by Mark D’Sa, freelance instructor and former A+ instructor for the full two days of walking.

The LEL candidates split into three groups to lead us on different parts of the route, each about 10km. We were all carrying full packs, so it was quite exhausting but good training too. The reason the qualified instructors took part in this expedition was to give the training candidates an opportunity to practice leading a larger group. All of the trainees did really well with looking after the large group, and coped confidently with the prearranged scenarios which Mark had planned to test their coping skills. Some of the examples of the prearranged incidents which were smoothly handled were; twisted ankles, fainting episodes, forgotten tent poles and insufficient food supplies.

We had a lovely sunny day on the first day, so it felt like summer had come early even though it was only February! The second day was a bit overcast and we had a few showers, but we made it through! It was nice to be out as a whole team together and we enjoyed spending time in God's creation.

If you would like to know more about getting qualified to work with children in the outdoors why not consider joining our GAP year? Applications are open for September 2019 intake. Graham would love to hear from you.


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