4 September 2012
Two Medway Army Cadets from Woodlands Detachment Kent Army Cadet Force, Squadron Royal Engineers (KACF Sq RE) have recently completed their Gold DofE Award,
Cadet Sergeant Major Karina Puttock, (from Rainham) and Cadet Jessica Page (from Chatham), both 17 attended a joint venture with Medway Council DofE Team to complete their Gold assessed expedition, in the Peak district over four days.
The assessed expedition is the final part of a programme of expedition training that the participants carry out as one part of the five sections of the DofE at Gold Level.
Training was completed on a weekend in March at Dibgate near Folkestone; they then completed a four day practice expedition in Dartmoor.
The assessed expedition is a four day self sufficient, remotely supervised expedition in wild country, carrying all of their own food and equipment with minimal outside interaction, covering approximately 80 kms distance.
This was assessed by an independent assessor from the DofE Peak Expedition Network who said she was impressed with the efforts put in during the very hot weather.
Captain Rob Wood, DofE Officer for KACF said:
“I can honestly say that all those taking part really deserved the pass, they worked hard to complete the venture over terrain that they have not come across before. It was the hottest weekend of the year (at that time) and they all put in excellent effort and determination.
Achieving your Gold Award is a big deal. It shows that they have the skills, determination and mentality to really succeed”.
Cadet Sergeant Major Puttock said:
“I have been with KACF for five years and am planning on completing my Master Cadet next March.
I hope to join the army with the Intelligence Corps as an Intelligence Linguist/ Language Specialist or work with the UN as an interpreter/ translator after going to university and I am sure that my experiences with the cadets and my Gold DofE will give me the skills to move on and do this.
I would recommend anyone young person looking for a challenge to come along and find out more about what the ACF has to offer””
Cadet Jessica Page said:
“'After a tricky start, we managed to pull through to complete the training; it showed me that the same principles apply in life. Some things may seem difficult, but with teamwork and great determination, life can be a lot easier than expected. We conquered *Kinder Scout, so we can conquer anything!
I am really proud of my achievement and thank KACF for this opportunity”.