Stu­dents pre­pare for an ex­pe­di­tion in hills

Rutherglen Reformer - - School News -

Hardy teenagers at Cathkin High School are get­ting to grips with tents, nav­i­gat­ing and cook­ing out­doors as they pre­pare for their Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award ex­pe­di­tion.

S3 stu­dents work­ing to­wards their bronze award will take part in a prac­tice ex­pe­di­tion at Auchengillan, close to Loch Lomond, be­fore the real test in the Pent­land Hills, near Ed­in­burgh. Pupils have been prac­tis­ing putting up tents, us­ing maps and com­passes to nav­i­gate, and cook­ing out­doors.

In a lively les­son about nav­i­ga­tion skills the group learned about con­tours by mak­ing hills us­ing shav­ing foam.

They then drew maps of the hills they made.

It was per­haps the messi­est les­son to date, but one the stu­dents greeted with great en­thu­si­asm.

The pupils then demon­strated their map­ping skills by cre­at­ing maps of Holmhills Park, putting in all the cor­rect fea­tures as well as con­tour lines.

Ear­lier this month the group also raised a very im­pres­sive £937 by bag pack­ing at Asda To­ry­glen in or­der to buy tents and stoves for their up­com­ing ex­pe­di­tions.

Prepa­ra­tion The teens learn to cook out­doors

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