Students put their outdoor skills to the ultimate test in a five day expedition at the Lake District.
The young people, who are studying Public Services at SRC Bede Sixth Form, were joined by Royal Marines in the adventure residential which saw them take part in a range of activities and challenges.
From abseiling in torrential rain to scaling Scafell Pike, course leader Garreth Evans, said: “Some of the environments we exposed the students to were really challenging with many overcoming their fears.
“Some of the learners hadn’t spent a night away from home before, so to go away and fend for themselves for five days was absolutely amazing.”
Tackling a new challenge each day, the students learned to construct bivouac shelters to sleep in and spent the week living off ration packs.
Garreth explained it was great preparation for their future careers in the public service industries.
“If you think about life in the public services, it is not like it is in the classroom environment, it is applying skills outside in the extremities,” he said.
That’s why the five day expedition offered the ideal chance for the students to put their newfound skills into practice. And for some it marked the culmination of their Duke of Edinburgh bronze and silver awards.
Joined by three Royal Marines, all knew that they were pushing themselves every step of the way.
Jason Matthews, 18, of Billingham, said: “Being there with the Royal Marines, which is my preferred career choice, was a privilege.
“We learnt some basic camp craft skills, basic things such as using stoves to cook ration packs and setting up bivouac shelters.”
Lauren Bewick, 18, of Stockton, added: “There was a lot of preparation for it and it was challenging physically and mentally, but it was a rewarding experience.”
Jordan West, 20, of Stockton, said: “I found it was a great experience. I got to expand on the skills I have learned in college. It was challenging to say the least.”
We still have places available for Public Services courses starting this September, for details visit: https://www.stockton.ac.uk/courses/uniformed-services/