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London teens survive countryside

posted 13 Jun 2018, 05:12 by Tim Williams   [ updated 13 Jun 2018, 05:14 ]
Surviving in the countryside is second nature to a group of London teenagers.
Students from Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, are able to navigate their way through the wilderness to
The Year 13 students took part in a camping and orienteering challenge as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award bronze award.
In preparation, they learnt how to light a stove and basic cooking skills, as well as how to put up a tent
during a trip to Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning, in Essex.

They took part in a practise expedition involving a 13-mile walk to get them used to navigating with maps.
Nicola Hunt, operational lead for careers and employability, said: “During this practise run, students had to
put up their own tents and cook their own meals. They went off on their own in groups with maps and
compasses to follow a planned route around a series of check points. This work was all in preparation for
their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award assessment in June.
“The idea of the award is to develop the whole person while giving them experiences they would not
normally get to have. It gives them examples of when they have been able to communicate well and take
responsibility to use in interviews.
“It was a real eye-opener for a lot of them as they had to be self-sufficient, but they did so well and I was
very proud of them. It was a good experience for them.”
Seher Keskin, 19, said: “The most beneficial part of the trip was doing the walk as we had to work well as a
team to be successful. We did get a bit lost, so it was about teamwork and communication to get back on
“I had extra responsibility as I had to look after the first aid kit and phone. If anything had happened in terms
of an emergency, I was ready with the first aid kit. I want to be a doctor in future, so it gave me a taste of
what that responsibility would feel like.”