Perse pupils prepare for Sweden expedition
Intrepid pupils picked up vital outdoor skills during a Summit 11 half-term training camp in readiness for next summer’s expedition to Sweden.
The trip covered all core skills required to independently travel and camp on the lakes and islands of the Scandinavian country, starting with a 13-kilometre canoe journey down the River Great Ouse.
Pupils were treated to stunning weather given the time of year, making the experience all the more pleasant.
Upon arriving at camp, students quickly set up their personal hammock and tarps ready for their first night in the woods. To get in the mood for the forthcoming expedition, a traditional Swedish meal of meatballs was cooked and enjoyed.
Day two was a relaxed land-based day of training, covering fire lighting, cooking and baking on fire boxes, cutting tools and how to set up a tarp tent, with students enjoying spending time with each other outdoors before a second night under canvas.
Perse outdoor pursuits instructor Kieron Taylor, who led the camp, said: “The trip was a great success and all students came away with a much clearer idea of what lies ahead as part of the Summit 11 programme.
“After returning from Sweden only two months ago, I am now very excited to return in 2023 with a new group of keen and skilled students.”