The Perse School

PES Summit 11 field weekend

24 Oct 2013

Last weekend saw 48 Year 11 students venture to the Norfolk Broads on a slightly damp and chilly canoe and bushcraft training weekend. This was the first stage of their training for the Sweden expedition in June.

The training was divided into two parts; the land aspect of bushcraft focused on the students learning knife and axe safety skills, firelighting using only sparks, tarp pitching and knots, and how to cook on open fires. On water they developed their canoe skills, looking at different strokes and techniques, with a final session on Monday morning involving ‘rescue training’ where they each had to capsize and rescue each other and the boats; a rather awakening experience for all.

On the second evening, the students took part in a ‘bake-off’ where each Tribe had to produce an upside down pineapple cake and a loaf of bread in a Dutch oven which was no easy feat, but all achieved a fantastically fluffy and great tasting cake. This was even managed by one Tribe who had to use gluten free flour to make their loaf and cake, which is a huge achievement in a Dutch oven.

The group was incredibly competent and hard-working, making the weekend a pleasure for all members, students, leaders and guides. Even the weather didn’t manage to dampen spirits.

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