27th Oct 2023
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award is for young people 16+ who can gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs for university and job applications.
A brave team of 5 pupils from Belmont House School successfully completed their Gold practice expedition recently in a truly stunning part of highland Perthshire.
It was a memorable expedition, spent undertaking challenging routes on two of the three days. In fact the 18 kilometre route undertaken on day 2 was a genuine Belmont first.
The first day started with a gentle 14 kms amble along the track by Glen Almond, then swung north up a narrow path towards Loch Quoich, not too far from Amulree.
Day 2 saw a major trek up along another part of the Glen Almond track, but from the Tullochglass side and involved some very steep terrain, off the marked paths, up and over the summit of a known hill and down to join a marked track to trek to meet the minibus at the Ben Chonzie car park.
Finally, day 3 saw the team, whose goal was to make a short horror film, tackle a very good route that had been selected by Mr Stevenson. It was a 10kms trek form the Glen Turret Reservoir to a roadhead north of Amulree.
All team members did a superb job. They all worked together and supported each other. Very well done to all pupils and staff involved.