International Award - Silver
For those over 15 years old
This year, 5 Secondary students from LCIS undertook three paddling expeditions to Switzerland and Italy in order to complete the skills, service, physical recreation and adventurous journey sections required to gain the International Silver Award. What an amazing adventure!
True to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards core values, which highlight the need for young people to take on personal challenges outside the classroom to become responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world, our students have truly put themselves to the test:
- The first expedition to Lake Thun and Lake Brienz was quite demanding due to the sweltering heat. The students had to challenge themselves on the portage of the river all the way through to Interlaken, what a impressive achievement! The trip was really good fun for our team of friends, who managed to find time for some cliff-jumping as well.
- The second expedition to Lake Como required them to paddle from south to north, covering almost the entire length of the lake in only 3 days! On the final day, students had to wake up at 4.30am to complete the challenge, giving proof of their endurance. All their International Award supervisors and assessors were impressed by their determination, well done everyone!
- The third and last expedition to Lake Neuchâtel proved really challenging due to the adverse weather conditions: strong wind up to force 5 and 2 ft of swell. Even under such taxing conditions the boys remained focused, calm and well-balanced on their SUPs. This trip saw the students collaborate, perserve and be fully dedicated to the International Award philosophy.