Silver DofE Expedition

On the 23rd of September 2017, myself and 3 other 148 (Barnsley) squadron cadets embarked on our Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition. The expedition lasted three days and took us on a journey of well over 50 km’s throughout the Yorkshire Dales.

On the first day we arrived at squadron nice and early ready to set off to our start point in Silsden, once there we began our expedition heading north to our first campsite in Catgill. Once there we pitched out tents and cooked our evening meals.

After a quiet night we awoke to find that luckily the weather was still cool and sunny which was perfect! After cooking a quick breakfast we embarked on our second day of travelling north to our second campsite at Threaplands farm.

After another warm night we awoke to find that unfortunately it had rained a little but we weren’t going to let that dampen our spirits! We set off merrily on our final day which took us over hills and moors to our end point of Gordale Scar.

During the expedition we were taking pictures for our aim which was to spot Donald Trump in the Yorkshire Dales. From the images we managed to capture of him it looks like Mr Trump had a great time!

Overall the expedition was thoroughly enjoyable and I would recommend progressing DofE to silver level for anyone who has completed their bronze. As always we are extremely grateful to the hardworking staff team who gave up their time to train us prior to and their long weekend to come and supervise and assess us, helping us to achieve our awards.

By Cpl Jamie ‘Alfred’ Butler