Students gain Duke of Edinburgh awards

Students from schools throughout the Cayman Islands have taken part in an expedition to gain their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.

The expedition is one of the final requirements for the bronze award, which comprises four sections: physical, service, skill and the expedition.

The first three sections must be completed over three to six months, and the expedition is a two-day, one-night unaided journey. Before the participants can undertake their expedition, they must go through various type of training, such as first aid, navigation and route planning, map skills, campcraft, food and cooking, as well as various team-building exercises.

The expedition involved four groups, each made up of between four and six participants, who set out from different locations in George Town. They made their way from there to the Cayman Islands Yacht Club in West Bay where they were transported by boat to Cayman Kai.

The students then set up tents and prepared their dinner over an open fire. On the second day, they began their journey from Chisholm’s Store in North Side through the Mastic Trail, where they noted and took pictures of the various plants and animals along the way, to the Frank Sound dock where they completed their journey.

“The overall focus of the expedition was on the culture and history of the Cayman Islands,” organizers said. “It also encouraged teamwork and a spirit of adventure and discovery amongst the participants. Therefore, the students stopped at various checkpoints, such as Heroes Square and Elmslie Church. While on the journey, the students were encouraged to take pictures and complete questionnaires about important milestones in Cayman’s history.”

Twenty participants completed the Bronze Expedition, including Matthew Rowell, Callhan Studenhofft, Javid Piercy, Anja Ruth van Genderen, Phoebe Serpell, Ciarra Jeffries, Halle Miller, Kaitlan DaCosta, Morgan McCartney, Brandon Saunders, Dylan Burke, Jacob Whewell, Brett Azan, Jennifer Robinson, Hasani Stewart, Zoe Basdeo, Jared Duval, Juanique McLean, Graeme Hill and Dylan Windsor.