The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth award programme set up by Prince Phillip in the UK over sixty years ago to enable anyone aged 14-24 to engage in a voluntary, non-competitive way to discover more about themselves. It includes learning or developing a skill and a sport, taking part in helping the community and, my real interest, the overnight expedition and hike in the wild. As a bronze, silver and gold award holder myself, completed back in the 1990’s, I was interested in seeing how students are now tackling the outdoor expedition element these days and find out what gear they are using, and, most importantly, discover what food they are eating. I have no recollection of the food I ate on those trips, I must have blocked it out of my mind, but photos show me sporting a gigantic rucksack, filled, most likely, with heavy cans of baked beans.
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