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Expedition Training

Our Expedition Training takes place in some of the most inspirational locations in the UK, such as Snowdonia, the Peak District, the New Forest or the Central Highlands of Scotland. It's an opportunity to get together with your team and put the lessons you've learnt during your development days into action.

We will ensure that your training is appropriately challenging whilst also being enjoyable and packed full of learning. The aim is to ensure that you, as an individual and as a group member, feel prepared for your expedition.

Expedition Training will vary slightly from team to team depending on the expedition itinerary. However you are likely to be involved in the following activities;

  • Campcraft - Living under canvas can be a challenge. Learn how to choose a good site, put up and pack away your tent quickly and properly, organise your belongings to ensure a comfortable night with maximum space and of course experience sleeping in your tent with your tent mates!
  • Cooking - Feeding a team of hungry people isn't easy on a budget! You will plan your menu and shop for supplies before arriving at training and learn how to cook outside on stoves safely and effectively. You will also learn how to clean up and care for your cooking equipment, discuss what makes good expedition food and how to make the best of your budget.
  • First Aid - Basic training to ensure you feel confident to assist if needed.
  • Equipment - You will master the art of packing, unpacking and repacking your rucksack and how to use any new kit that you may be taking on expedition - from breaking in new boots to walking with poles, setting up a hammock or using a rope to cross a river.
  • Hygiene - Life in the outdoors takes careful thought. Your leader will go through how to ensure you keep up maximum hygiene standards even when you may not have access to a bathroom or running water. This is incredibly important to make sure you don't get poorly on expedition.
  • Team games - By this point in the expedition programme you should know your team mates well. This is a chance to bond even further and really get to know each other outside of the school environment.
  • Trek - Treks are set to try and offer the same level of challenge as your expedition. The areas where we run Training are renowned for not only their natural beauty but also the nature of the terrain and the environment; perfect for testing your personal fitness and teamwork.
  • Get to know your Expedition Leader - Your training will be led by your Expedition Leader - the same person who will be leading your team on your overseas expedition. The weekend gives you a great opportunity to get to know them and for them to get to know you, making sure strong relationships are developed before you even step on the plane! During the weekend your Leader will be responsible for keeping the group safe at all times and providing opportunities to practice the things you need to learn.

Please note that due to the nature of the itinerary some expedition programmes do not include an Expedition Training weekend. If you are unsure of this or any programme details at all, please contact your Programme Manager or the School Support Team.

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+44 (0)1248 672760

Adventure House,
20 St Johns Road,
Penn, High Wycombe,
HP10 8HW

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