Silver Lining for DoE Youngsters

Duke of Edinburgh Award: It was a soggy practice run for these DoE Silver Award Youngsters who will have their expedition proper in Deeside this summer. Picture: Paul Douglas
Duke of Edinburgh Award: It was a soggy practice run for these DoE Silver Award Youngsters who will have their expedition proper in Deeside this summer. Picture: Paul Douglas
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Youngsters from the Garioch area (22 in all) made their way to ‘torrential Tomintoul’ last weekend for a two-day practice expedition in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh Siver Award expedition later this summer. Groups of four went along some of the Speyside Way, camping in Glenlivet before finishing on Sunday afternoon at Tomnavoulin on Sunday afternoon.

The teenagers are part of the St Marys Open Award which allows individuals to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme without being linked to a school or uniformed organisation and caters for ages between 14 and 25.

Organiser Penny Shepherd said: “Despite the very very wet conditions, all the participants did extremely well in what is both a physical and mental challenge carrying everything they need on their back, but restricted to 15kilos. The St Marys Open Award runs annually, starting in September and finishing the following August. Participants have to complete four sections culminating in the three-day expedition proper on Deeside during this summer.