A group of young people from across Cornwall completed their Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition in winter conditions in April 2013 on a Bruce’s Trust Canal Boat. Several of the group had physical disabilities or medical needs: all were aged between 15 and 19. The group had responsibility for route planning, working the locks, driving the boat and to be self sufficient for their four days of expedition.
Having faced horizontal snow flurries, strong winds and sub zero conditions they had to pull on all their boating skills. These were acquired by attending three days of training in with Bruces Trust, Great Bedwyn, learning basic procedures, advanced skills like man overboard and how to cope with engine failure and leadership skills, followed by a practice expedition. Then for four days, the expedition itself.
The group said they learned about trains, team work whilst having a laugh, canal boating in general, how to look after themselves, cooking skills, life skills, how to be more confident in talking to new people, decision making, putting your points forwards. They faced fears, supported each other and worked as a team in order to succeed.
Are you worried about how you could achieve this?
Talk to us about it, there are many different ways of doing the Expedition and there will be a way you can take part. In 2014, young people completed their Bronze expedition in St Austell area, walking and using wheelchairs.