A new year means a new Duke of Edinburgh’s award expedition season coming up.

This year there’ll be 2 silver and 1 bronze teams out hiking, alongside a team of Scouts doing their chief Scout’s gold award hike. Plenty of sweaty feet to look forward to!

Cold conclusion


To finish off Morgan’s Yorkshire challenge gold badge, he needed to camp in December. The Yorkshire challenge badges need Scouts to camp during every month of the year (and also undertake a range of challenges).

Morgan & Paul took the opportunity of camping while also volunteering at the North Yorkshire moors railway, where Morgan does his Duke of Edinburgh award volunteering.

D of E bronze take 2

Our second Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze award team completed their expedition last weekend.

The team had glorious sunshine on Saturday to hike from Spofforth castle to Bramhope camp site. But on Sunday the heavens opened, although fortunately subsided to occasional showers, as they walked via Armscliff crag to Kirkby Overblow.

Well done.

Well done (again)

Our 3 Explorers (Lucy, Morgan and Tom) who gained their Chief Scout’s platinum and Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze award badges earlier this year were presented with their certificates at the Central Yorkshire Scout county awards ceremony.

Morgan also took part in a presentation about his unit (28) attending the jamboree during the summer to an audience including the deputy Lord-lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

Well done

Last night saw us at Hetchell wood to play a wide game then welcome another 7 Explorers who were invested. There was a backlog of activity and staged badges presented and a Yorkshire challenge bronze award.

We also saw Tom, Lucy & Morgan presented with their Duke of Edinburgh bronze awards and Chief Scout’s platinum awards; great effort & well done.

DofE bronze expedition

Our first of 2 teams this year doing their Duke of Edinburgh bronze expedition. They set off from Swinsty reservoir, walked to Bramhope and camped and then day 2 followed the Wharfe to Netherby.

During the walk they monitored flora and fauna to see the variety in the different types of landscape they travelled through. Plenty of aching limbs but still some smiles at the finish.

D of E practice

The Duke of Edinburgh award bronze team 1 used the Bar t’at walk as their practice hike using full rucksacks.

They did 8 miles with fully laden rucksacks in preparation for 2 week’s time. The route from Bingley, along to Shipley glen, Eldwick, back down to the river & canal and returning to Bingley was in glorious sunshine.

Thanks to Aire valley Scout district for organising it.