Students from The British School of Kuwait set out for a challenging 42 kilometre practice trek in the sands of Wafra to prepare for a visit to Nepal. The original Silver International Award practice at the beginning of January had to be abandoned after just one night in the desert due to an electric storm. A second was re-scheduled two weeks later as 46 participating students embarked once again for Wafra’s southern desert. Over two days and two nights, the adventure included hiking in the desert near the Wafra farms. Each team had to carry their own tents and food, walking the routes they had planned themselves. Despite quite a keen breeze, the weather was bright and sunny on both days. All the teams worked hard during the week-end, pushing themselves physically and mentally, walking during the day then setting up camp and cooking for themselves in the evening. The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else. Young people design their own Award Program, set their own goals, and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve. Young people who do the Award discover what they are made of, make an impact on their community, develop a set of like skills and, most of all, have fun! Well done to the students who all successfully completed the practice in great style and which was deemed a huge success by everyone involved! Excitement is now brewing for the forthcoming trip to Nepal where the students will be pushed and challenged even further.
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