Bronze Practice 12/13th May Group B

Venue for weekend: Linnet Clough Scout Camp Gibb Ln, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5NB

Sat morning drop off: 9:00am prompt.

Sunday afternoon pick up: 4:30pm This is a large campsite but the lane to it is narrow and the car park small. We encourage all parents to offer car share to minimize traffic and congestion. Please also remember that Google Maps may not work in the countryside due to poor network connection. The groups will have a trainer assigned to them who will be with them at all times from breakfast to evening. Training them in camping, cooking, navigation, walking and emergency scenarios, in preparation for their assessed expedition.

Mobile phones

• The Duke of Edinburgh Organisation recommend that we do not allow participants to have mobile phones whilst on expedition (day or night). The reasons for this:

• The participants are encouraged to ‘un-plug’ from the outside world and focus on becoming part of their team by socialising and supporting each other.

• Mobile phones don’t stand up well to rain, mud, being crushed in pockets. They run out of charge and there are no charging facilities on campsites.

• There is patchy coverage in the countryside, and batteries die and so if you are waiting on a phone call from your young person and don’t receive it or you are trying to ring them to check on them, and they don’t call back – you get anxious for no reason.

• For these reasons, we have always run and supervised expeditions in such a way that mobile reception is not required for supervision or safety:

• The group are given an emergency phone with the supervisors’ numbers and have been taught what to do as a group in an emergency. We assume that they won’t be able to use it and so our supervisors trail the groups and meet up with them every hour to check in on them.

• Sometimes it is necessary for me to contact home if a young person takes ill or has forgotten equipment. I have all the emergency contact details that you provided the school with and can contact parents if I need to. You can contact me directly on the number below – please only do  this if it is an emergency, and remember, I too will have patchy reception and so may not get straight back to you.

Outdoor activities provider | Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions | For families, schools, groups, corporate Tel: 07980 306869 | Email: kevin@venture-out.co.uk | Web: www.venture-out.co.uk

• If they need to take photos, then they should come with a camera, or maybe their phone but with the SIM card removed.

Please ensure they are bringing a watch – not just a clock on their phone. They need a wrist watch to help them time their walking and is an essential part of navigating and not getting lost. Please also check that the equipment that they had from Bronze is still appropriate, they may have grown out of a few things. We have found that young people often don’t want to ask their parents to buy new/replacement stuff for them as they want to impress them with their independence and prove that they can do this. (and that they didn’t get their first choice of kit wrong) I will be coordinating the event and will remain in the area all the time to support the staff. I’ll be onduty overnight on the campsite and should be your ‘First contact’ if you need to get in touch with your child. I’d remind you that there is often patchy signal in the area that we will be working, and so, if you leave a message and it is not returned immediately, this should not alarm you. You can leave a message and I’ll return it when I pick it up. You should also not be asking your young people to be ringing you to keep them updated, part of the Expedition ethos is for them to be ‘offline’ and engage with the team and experience. Assume ‘No news is good news’ and they will tell you all about it when they get back. Thanks for your understanding and support. Kevin Beattie

Programme Manager