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I have many stories actually, but I'll just say that it once rained constantly for four days on one expedition...
We also finished earlier than the teachers expected, meaning we had to walk across a completely unmanned train line that a teacher was meant to be on because we got to the checkpoints earlier than they thought.
How we weren't killed i dont know, it was one of these country lines that high speed trains go down. There was a steep hill up to it and a steep hill down so it took us ages to traverse it because we had to pull each other up.
We also had to go through a field of very randy cattle and we got chased by some dogs at one point.
Still less eventful than my year 12 biology field trip when i had an ear infection and the room was literally spinning. Having to navigate through a forest when you can't walk in a straight line is quite difficult.
my school didn't offer it, there was a centre near me that I would have done it with but it was too pricey
Thats just one of many incidents 😶
on our pre-practice walk we called 999 and the police took us to the pub down the road lmaooooo
- Went up a mountain when we didn't need to (an extremely steep one where we held onto the grass for our dear lives). There were rabbit holes as well. With the backpacks pulling us backwards, it felt like we'd tumble back at any point. One us crying set my panic attack off (I've got a fear of height )but we supported each other and managed to get to the last check point.
- Went off-route for around 6 miles after misjudging a T-junction. Managed to knock on a door and randomly find an ex-DofE instructor who sent us on our way. Also saw a sign saying 'Beware of the free range children'
- I wore shorts bc of the heat. Who would've guessed we'd have to walk through a field of nettles and then a small and narrow path with nettle bushes either side. At least we managed to find some Dock leaves to put on the nettle stings.
- Oooh when we arrived at camp, everyone seemed to have taken way too many hayfever tablets, so their eyes were swollen shut. That was a difficult day with hayfever to fight against.
I got sent home a few hours in because I had diarrhea. I had stomach pain so bad I used the phone to call the teachers. Next thing I knew I was in the school minibus trying not to sh* myself. What happened next caused my maths teacher to avoid eye contact for weeks after. Hopefully I’m not the only one with an embarrassing DofE story cause this keeps me up at night lol.
Ended up having to sprint out of the field whilst being chased by three cows. Jumped over barbed wire. Two girls from the group ended up with scratch marks that required stitches.
I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know I was in fact correct about the map. We had indeed been walking the wrong direction for over an hour.
Yes so much fun.