Bronze Practice Duke of Edinburgh Award
Pre-requisites: Bronze Training.
Dates and locations: You choose.
Duration: Two days.
The practice journey is not as long or challenging as the qualifier. There is much learning; introducing you to packing a pack, carrying it to the campsite, preparing the campsite, preparing a meal, sleeping in a tent and tramping back. That is a great opportunity to decide what is needed for future journeys so you are not carrying more than you need. Click here to a guide for Bronze Award participants.
Participants must undertake sufficient Practice Journeys to ensure that they can complete their Bronze Qualifying Journey safely. Also, practice Journeys are not just a 'tick-box' exercise. They are a necessary part of any Adventurous Journey because participants need to show they have the ability to be self-reliant and safe in their chosen environment.
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Environmental Care and Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics
• The Environmental Care Code (DOC)
• Seven leave No Trace Principles
• Personal hygiene
• Purification of drinking water, including against Giardia
• Personal responsibility to self and others
• Leadership styles – authoritarian, functional, situational, shared
• Skills required and responsibilities
• Trip planning components
• Considerations just before leaving
• Post-trip considerations
• Planning an overnight trip
• Safety Management and Expedition forms.
• Types and uses of clothing
• The properties of materials, eg, flammability
• The layering principle
• Foot wear
• Types of equipment and uses – eg, packs, sleeping bag, tents, cookers
• Packing for day and overnight trips
• Constructing a personal survival kit
• Looking after and cleaning gear
• Knowledge of: Mountain Safety radio, cell phones
Stoves and Fuels
• Use of common stoves used on weekend trips and the safe handling of their fuel
• Correct use of one type of stove
• Types of food – carbohydrates, proteins, fats
• Planning breakfast, lunch and dinner meals in relation to cooking requirements and weight issues
• Importance of snacks and water
• Packaging to reduce rubbish and protect against pests
• Cooking simple meals using camping stoves.
• Campsite selection criteria
• Tent placement, pitching, striking
• No trace camping
• Siting of areas for cooking, ablutions, sanitation
• Fire precautions
• Hut etiquette.
• What a map is and types
• Folding a map
• Map series, name and number
• Marginal information – scale; true, magnetic and grid north; conventional signs; etc.
• Relief shown by contours, colours, hill shading, trig stations, spot heights
• Recognition of slopes, spurs, cols, bush, scrub, etc.
• Direction of streams
• Scale of map
• Methods of expressing scale
• Distances – how to measure them; effect of hills
• Describing an intended route from a map
• 6-figure grid references
• Orientating a map using ground features
• The structure and care of a compass
• Magnetic north
• Magnetic variation
• Orientating (setting) a map using a compass.
• Land forms and natural features
• Walking on formed tracks
• Moving over rough terrain
• Track markers
• Moving using natural senses and features only
• Location awareness – “knowing where you are”
• Reducing the chances of getting lost
• Care near rivers and seashores
• Planning to avoid crossing rivers
Survival / Loss of Route
• Making a survival kit
• What to do when route lost (staying alive in comfort)
• Recognising and using natural shelters e.g, rock overhangs, logs
• Helping searchers
Outdoor First Aid
• Personal & party first aid kits
• Cleaning and treatment of grazes and cuts
• Simple dressings
• Stopping bleeding by direct pressure
• Treatment of blisters, stings, burns
• Recognition and treatment of sprains and strains
• Recognition and stabilisation of fractures
• Recognition and treatment of shock
• Prevention, recognition and treatment of hypothermia.
• Observation, survey and recording techniques applicable to final venture
• Use of related equipment