Blairgowrie Open Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group has completed another successful season.
All of the participants, who are aged 14 and over, have completed a day of a training walk and two camping expeditions in wild country.
Thirteen participants in two groups completed their Bronze Expedition over two days in the hills around Little Glenshee.
They carried all the equipment they needed for cooking and camping over a distance of 17 miles (27 kilometres) and were assessed on their outdoor skills which included navigation, camp craft, and observation of their surroundings.
One of the Bronze groups comprised Molly O’Brien, Tom Walker, Angus Rutherford, Sophie Teall, Lisa Cunningham, Eve Daniell, Clare Cunningham.
At Silver the 18 participants were split into two groups going in opposite directions and had a more difficult task. They had to do three days of walking and two nights camping between Lochs Laggan and Rannoch covering 27 miles (43 kilometres) with exploration of interesting features, such as Prince Charlie’s Cave near Loch Ericht, en route.
The weather was mostly good apart from a windy and wet middle day.
The Silver group included Lea Anderson, Brad Bannerman, Samantha Beveridge, Fraser Black, Gregor Cunningham, Christopher Currie, Matthew Davidson, John Driscoll, Andie Forsyth, Rachel Henderson, Taylor Kinney, Drew Madoc-Jones, Keiran Matthews, Cole McCulloch, Sean McGinley, Alexandra McIntyre, Tess Picken, Robert Selwa, Jodie Smith, Charlotte Smith, Sean Storey.
The Gold group this year took advantage of there being a qualified canoe leader amongst the volunteer leaders to do a canoe expedition.
This took place in June in the Great Glen starting at Neptune’ s Staircase near Fort William.
The six participants paddled up the Caledonian Canal for 58 miles (94 kilometres) over four days, and when they reached the locks on the canal they had to get out and carry their canoes past the obstacle then return to carry all their equipment.
The Gold group comprised Cameron McManus, Connor Welsh, Ben King, Abbie Scrimgeour, Owain Rutherford, Briana Freed-Smith.
Another first this year was a training weekend for the volunteer leaders. It was held in September at Blackrock Cottage, Glencoe, when eight attended.
They ascended Buachaille Etive Mor by the steep Curved Ridge scramble route and it was agreed by all that it was a valuable team-building exercise which should be repeated.
Leaders included Kevin Bickerstaffe, Patrick Hamilton, Peter Henderson, Irene MacGregor, Rachael Millar, Windy Millar, Jinty Smart, Norman Smith.
The Open Group is part of Perth and Kinross Education and Children’s Services although largely run by volunteers. The new season starts on Wednesday, October 9, with an open evening at the Adult Resource Centre in Jessie Street at 7.30 pm.
More information is available from Norman Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01250 871350.