What were your funny Duke of Edinburgh storiesWatch
I am interested to hear your stories
I also had an incident with 5 bulls like the OP. My friend who claims to be very knowledgable about animals (granted, he knows a lot about birds) saw these creatures in the distance and says "oh, nothing to worry about, they're just Jersey Cows..." (I, having no clue about cows, just went along with it). All was well, until we saw the ring through their noses.... And by God did we run (and yes, I know you're not meant to run... but I wasn't in the mood for a casual strole at that point!).
Oh, and a running joke in my team was my famous self-heating can of baked beans and sausages (seriously though, heavy in your rucksack but a genius idea when 5 people are trying to cook bacon on a trangia)... I got the mickey taken out of me but I reckon they were just jealous!
Was really harsh.
So we turned around to go back and saw the OTHER gate blocked by cows.
So we were forced to to scoot under a barbed wire fence, and wade through a pond of some sort to get out, back where we started and almost an hour wasted
Being convinced wind blowing into the side of tent wall is actually a wild animal, whilst pissed.
Getting pissed whilst climbing up a cliff, throwing tent components and pots off side of cliff into sea, leaving trail of destruction behind.
Pouring the weird fuel stuff in a ring around someone's tent and setting it on fire, whilst pissed.
Pouring food on said person's tent, only for them to wake up covered in slugs.
Ahh, to be 15 again
This is a weird one, I was at an open day at UCL and a student put his hand up and asked if extracurricular activities would help him get in and the professor replied "it's all about your academic grades, we don't care about your Duke of Edinburgh award etc"
Was really harsh.
I never did DofE but always heard of it as good for the personal statement. Maybe the professor also sort of meant "academic stuff" is generally more important. I know a lot of people tend to ignore stuff that shows they're interested in their subject beyond turning up the classes, using up that space explaining why their Asda job makes them the perfect PPE student or w/e.
Not the point of the thread, these stories make me regret even more not doing it. Sounds like a good time.
Oh also same guy, he needed a number 2 but his dignity wouldn't let him dig a hole and crap so when we got to the campsite, our assessor was talking to us, he couldn't hold it anymore and ran towards the toilet with his bag on and tripped over
And almost trampled on by this mad horse :L
Dofe is definitely the bestttt thing I have ever done, met the bestest friends I could have ever hoped for :')
Can't wait for gold!!!! ;D
It was funny at the time.
I was in a team with my mate, one obese girl in the year above and four Japanese girls who were foreign exchange and couldn't really speak English.
The obese girl dropped out early with some lame excuse, then we got lost on the second day. My mate and I tried getting the Japanese girls involved but not only could they barely speak English but they were just following us, they weren't involved at all. Every time we tried to talk to them they just looked at us and smiled.
We got back eventually but it only through pure luck. I went to ask a local (this was in Oxfordshire so it was a farmhouse in the middle of a field) and it turned out we weren't that far away from our finishing point. However before hand we were really lost and didn't know where the hell we were. When we got back it was late afternoon/early evening, practically dark and pretty damn cold.
That was about 11 years ago now...
The next day, we set fire to a table at our camp site. Needles to say, a bit of an ''oh ****'' moment. We spent a good ten minutes trying to control it before realising water is good for putting fires out.
Mate bragging about how good his boot were all the way to the start then twisting both his ankles on the exped.
treating practice expedition as a race and arriving at the finish more than an hour before the first teacher with the minibus did.
It was very funny until she couldn't breathe and was struggling, then we helped her.
Another day, the same guy that had tried to push through the cows was climbing over a gate... he was halfway over when we heard a RRRRIIIPPP. His trousers had split at the crotch, we all said he had a 'man-gina' for the rest of the trip
Also we were walking through a field that had a couple of really cute little horses. Really cute up until the point when they started following us and trying to bite our elbows. Never have I pushed through a gate so fast in my life.
That was all Silver D of E. I didn't do Gold the next year, but the group that did from my school got stuck on a mountain and had to be rescued by a helicopter, it was in the news
Oh also in Silver, someone for another group went for a crap and as he was in the middle of it, a whole load of Scouts came round the corner
Oh also also in Silver, some people decided to play strip poker in a tent in the evening, so some of us snuck up outside the tent and burst in, we scared the sh*t out of them
Ah, D of E was awesome...
-We had a wind up radio, so were having raves next to fields full of sheep.
-One of the person in our group complained every time we were on a gradient (basically the entire time) saying that his knees were going to explode; and every time we did something he claimed that it would in some way cause this huge problem that could end the world.
-One of us fell in a river when trying to cross it, this was the morning after an extremely heavy storm, took 3 of us to pull him out the other side.
I'll remember some more soon I guess, but it was an experience in my life that I'll never forget.
We laughed about it after though....
The most laughable thing; the cooking....
The porridge for brekkie on the first morning and ration packs (don't eat the pate) made everyone sick.
The temp got down to -4 degrees c ...ie 1 degree above the level where they'd have to take us all home.
I got hypothermia and bawled my eyes out uncontrollably in front of all the supervising staff who'd come to drop off more water (we'd run out and had to wait for 30 mins for them to get there whilst we sat in the rain). That was fun.
I heard a rustling in our tent one night and thought a badger had found its way into the tent, but it turns out it was just one of my team members who was getting so squished in one corner she decided to move up behind me into the now vacated space.