Thank you Andrew for assessing another successful Duke of Edinburgh expedition for us.  We really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience with the group.  The group all gained so much from the navigational skills advice that you shared with them on their bronze expedition.  They all use the 3 landmark technique to identify where they are on the map and it works perfectly. You could see that they were all much more confident navigators on their Silver expedition.  Weight is very much a big issue on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, so the advice you gave the group to use on their Gold expedition to lighten their rucksacks will be of great value to them. We are now going to invest in a water purifying pump, review the contents of all toiletry bags and make better decisions on what food we take and its nutritious value, as you advised. It is a pleasure working and learning from your vast experience and we’ll be booking you for our gold expedition next year.

Thanks again.

Julie Parr

Duke of Edinburgh Leader for 8th Newcastle Girls Brigade.