Wednesday 30th April 2008 by C. Freeman
Lauren Albrecht and Rachael Collins are working towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's award at Brooke Weston. The girls, who are both from Year 10, joined the scheme about 18 months ago and, since then, they have learned map-reading skills and taken part in expeditions and community work.
Lauren said: 'I enjoy the teamwork of being involved in the scheme and learning the mapwork. It took me a while to figure out but it's helped with my navigation skills.'
The pair took part in a practice expedition from Market Harborough to Gretton which involved walking 28 kilometres over two days, and camping overnight at East Carlton Park.
As well as the expeditions, participants are expected to demonstrate a service and a skill. Lauren has completed some textiles and helps out weekly at her local Sunday school while Rachael helps at Corby swimming club and plays the piano. Many students at Brooke Weston are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme, meeting up after College on Mondays to work towards the Bronze and Silver awards.
Mrs Vickie Hilling said: 'The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is a great way for students to try different activities, help out in the community and gain in confidence and skills. The students at Brooke Weston are really enthusiastic and gain a lot from the activities and expeditions.'
Rachael said: 'Doing the award scheme has made me feel more confident and independent. Being outside, active and navigating where you want to go is quite fun really and I'd definitely recommend it.'