Kayaking might not be very hard to do, the challenges are to synchronise paddling with your partner, read a map and compass at the same time and to go into the right direction with a team of eight. The activities were demanding for both the mind and the body.
Cycling an impressive 185 kilometers on day three and four was all about endurance and climbing hills that surround the lake. As with kayaking, well organised teamwork was of the utmost importance and especially navigation asks for clear and structured communication. For other areas, such as organisation, cooking, eating and sharing tents, students need and develop responsibility, flexibility, engagement and a good sense of humour. I consider myself very lucky to have witnessed students with these qualities and capacities. They are a very responsible group who have proven that together they can overcome challenges that they didn’t think they could beforehand.
Job Mager, Duke of Edinburgh International Award Coordinator