Swinging from the tree tops at Go Ape, wakeboarding on the lake and land navigation by map and compass; just some of the air, land and water adventures Totton College Public Services students experienced on their recent New Forest expedition.
The last minute trip was booked in just 24 hours as an alternative option to a five night camping excursion planned in France and Belgium, where students had been selected to lay a wreath at the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres. Teachers, students and parents agreed to cancel the trip due to the terror attack in Belgium on Tuesday 22nd March, they day before they were due to leave.
Upon arrival at the New Forest, the students were split in two groups and embarked on a 15 mile trek, to be completed in seven hours including lunch breaks with compass and map navigation. Both groups completed the task within the timeframe set, despite consistent heavy rain throughout the day.
Wakeboarding on the lake at the New Forest Aqua Park and Go Ape were the other outdoor activities lined-up. Students were responsible for setting up camp, cooking and administrating living duties and preparing for activities the following day.
Practical skills, health and fitness levels and leadership abilities were tested during the five night camping trip, preparing the BTEC Level 2 students for their future careers in the services.
Rob Milller, Public Services Teacher says:
“The students really got on board with the New Forest expedition and we had a very positive and productive few days. Considering we prepared for the trip at the 11th hour, we managed to pack lots of tasks and activities that tested endurance, strength, team building and confidence, a lot of fun was had by all.”
Some of the students are now looking at rearranging the trip to the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, for the end of term.