On behalf of Mrs. Steinberg and I, a massive thank you for your flexibility and call to action in order to enable the Taster Session for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award to take place.
Students from Grades 9 through 12, Mr. Browne, Ms. Appel, Mr. Chambers, Mr. Greener, Mrs. Sharpe, and Mr. Almond joined a taster expedition on September 16 and 17, 2022. With the weather forecast somewhat working against us, 38 students and 5 staff members ventured into the wilds of the Walberla to navigate, make new friends and experience camping. On Saturday we then walked with wet packs from Bubenreuth to Erlangen. In total, we walked approximately 15 km over two days with the average rucksack weight of around 10kg including cooking equipment, tents and clothing for every sort of weather. Have a look through the gallery below of some of our pictures.
For those interested in the exact location of the walk on Friday – there are plenty of walking routes that you can see below in the Walberla area:
As we may have ignited a new interest for some of the participants there are lots of local routes with public transport links that can be found (in German) on via Freizeit-Tipps | VGN.
For those unfamiliar with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award here is a quick summary. The Award motivates young people to take on individual challenges outside of the academic school curriculum, guiding them along the way and recognizing their achievements with an internationally renowned award.
Participants choose their own activities, set personal goals and challenge themselves to achieve them, according to the motto: There is more in you than you think! This process of goal setting, implementation, and reflection is accompanied by an Award Leader for a period of 6 – 18 months, depending on the program level. More information about signing up to the full program will be shared in due course.