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Obviously inspired by recent news, but I was never offered the opportunity and probably wouldn't have done it anyway. It all sounded a bit too healthy-outdoorsy for my tastes. But I know people who did go for it and their very positive opinions on what the scheme gave to them.

So have any TRLers done a DoE? I'd love to hear some anecdotes.

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24 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Obviously inspired by recent news, but I was never offered the opportunity and probably wouldn't have done it anyway. It all sounded a bit too healthy-outdoorsy for my tastes. But I know people who did go for it and their very positive opinions on what the scheme gave to them.

So have any TRLers done a DoE? I'd love to hear some anecdotes.

Did the Bonze award with Air cadets a few (25+) years ago.  Was fun, and fitted in with things we did anyway.  Wasn't offered at our school back then.  I believe schools are much more involved now.  

Lots of blisters and far far too heavy packs.  

With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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I was involved as an adult. I trained air cadets and kids with many either social or learning difficulties disadvantages.

I ended up as a Gold Assessor for candidates. It gave me some great experiences. As quoted elsewhere I had 3 meetings with Prince Phillip and one with Prince Edward

Name a hospital near a national park and I have been there!

The scheme has been brilliant and has been copied by countries around the world as a " Presidents Award" or similar.

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I did bronze, silver and gold through school. Never actually went to collect my award (which was posted). Best part of it were the expeditions. 3 nights, lugging 1/3rd of your body weight over Inglebrough, Pen-y-ghent and Malham Tarn. Character building stuff. 

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42 minutes ago, Northern Eel said:

lugging 1/3rd of your body weight

We always thought that was a target to achieve rather than a maximum....

With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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Did mine nearly 50 years ago. Passed silver. The gold one had an expedition 50 miles in rough terrain over 3 days. The weather was atrocious, and in this modern age he "hike" would have been cancelled. As the mist on the moors closed in we got a touch lost and finished up getting to the meet point around three hours late. Sadly we failed, and I never got the chance to re-do it.

Thinking back some of the activities were really dangerous, such as pot holing and the like.

Glad I did it all though!

 

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1 hour ago, metallithrax said:

Bronze and Silver in the Air Cadets like others.

 

Good fun doing the hikes.

I got the pizz taken out of me when I joined the cadets.

But it was brilliant. I shot for the wing. Played rugby for the region. Did my D of E. Got my gliding wings. Did acrobatics in the chipmunk... which says how old I am. Went on marine craft from holyhead. Went to camps all over the place. These were experiences I still talk about.

Planning the d of e gold hike in the lakes was fun.... it proper knackered me but the craic and team bonding remains.

148 squadron. Barnsley.

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On 11/04/2021 at 22:03, metallithrax said:

127 Wakefield.

Loved flying in the Chipmunk, did aerobatics as well.  Went gliding (never did my wings).  Loved going to Finningley for flying and shooting.

 

I did my gliding at RAF Newton. I was taught by F/L Johnson.... the same bloke who taught Prince Andrew. 

I suspect his in-flight dialogue with Prince Andrew was significantly better than it was with me.

 

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If what we see and hear on the TV, radio etc., I think the late Duke of Edinburgh would have enjoyed your last remark.

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I only heard about this when I got into the army. Absolutely no knowledge of it at school and I even asked those I was at school with and most hadn't. Really annoyed me as it was something I'd have loved as a kid.

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I'd didn't hear about it until I was an adult either. When I lived on Dartmoor, we always knew when it was D of E weekend 🙂 Don't know anyone over the age of forty or so who has done it.

In recent years, we've had a constant stream of pleasant, polite, helpful teenage volunteers at cubs (and parkrun) doing their D of E volunteering stint.

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Eldest granddaughter should have been doing it last summer but her expedition was suspended. She's keen to get going on it ASAP.

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Four legs good - two legs bad

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