Going for the Bronze

Almost 30 energetic young people hiked the Eastern Districts last weekend during an expedition to qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

In addition to hiking 15 miles, they had to overnight outdoors one night, build a fire and cook at least one meal outdoors and study some aspect of the environment.

Mrs. Marisa Crawford, a member of the executive committee for the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme in Cayman, reported details of the weekend.

She said participants gathered at 6am on Saturday in Gun Bay, East End, and walked the beach or the road to Old Man Bay in North Side. They set up camp at the playfield, pitching tents and building fires to do their cooking.

The next morning they continued their hike to the Mastic Trail, where they were to look for various plants, and on to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park for further study. The expedition ended around 3pm on Sunday.

The Bronze candidates were supervised by expedition leaders Janet Dixon and Fritz McPherson, for whom the weekend was part of their qualification requirements for the Silver award.

Mrs. Kathy Jackson, chairman of Cayman’s Duke of Edinburgh Award executive committee, along with Mrs. Crawford, watched over the activities.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme is available to males and females ages 14-25. It promotes personal growth in the areas of community service, skill development, physical activity and the one completed this past weekend – expedition.

Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Crawford were the first and second Caymanians respectively to earn the Gold award, the highest level.

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