A group of more than seventy staff and students from The British School of Kuwait completed their Duke of Edinburgh International Award Bronze practice expedition in the Mutla’a Ridge region, completing a 30km walk over two days. The students were required to carry everything they needed along the route, from tents and stoves to food and first aid supplies. They successfully navigated Mutla’a in preparation for their final expedition in the Emirates early next year, where they will be hiking in Ras Al Khaimah.
It was an exciting weekend for the students: their first experience of surviving outdoors with a scorching sun by day, and extreme cold by night. They all worked together exceptionally well, sharing in the joys and triumphs, as well as in the aches and the pains of trekking over rough terrain. In addition to the students, fifteen members of staff were involved in the expedition, with more experienced staff training new colleagues in the ins and outs of navigation to help run an ever growing International Award.
This year, 130 BSK students will be completing the Award from Bronze to Gold level, seeing trips abroad to the Emirates Nepal and South Africa. The students who completed the expedition were a credit to themselves, accepting a gruelling challenge and committing fully to the task. In doing so they found out more about themselves, their abilities, their personal skills and their leadership potential.
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