Supervision on expeditions
The expedition section represents a special challenge for young people. The aim is to let thme experience independence and self-efficacy as a team.
All participants plan an expedition (bronze level: 2 days / 1 night in a tent, silver and gold 3 respectively 4 days) in the surrounding area, carry it out and conclude it with a presentation.
The following rules apply:
- Participants will be supported in the planning, preparation and implementation by a supervisor (usually a teacher)
- The route planning of the young people is also checked by an expert (assessor)
- The supervisor accompanies the young people to their starting point if necessary. From there, participants set out on their own. About every 1.5-3 hours there is a meeting with the supervisor at a so-called checkpoint to clarify any questions
- The participants spend the night unsupervised in tents they bring with them
- The participants carry all their equipment with them
- The participants take care of themselves and cook their own dinner on a Trangia cooker
- The handling of the equipment, especially the camping cooker, is rehearsed beforehand
- The participants may be allowed to have mobile phones with them, but depending on the school’s policy these are are often in a sealed envelope and may only be used in an emergency, otherwise the envelopes must be kept sealed until the end of the expedition
- An emergency telephone is always on so that the group can be reached by the supervisor
- Orientation and navigation are done using analog maps
- The supervisor is always available, even during the night. He/she spends the night near the young people, but not with them
- The young people undertake the expedition at their own risk
- Supervision always follows the principle of “as much as necessary, as little as possible”. Your child’s Award Leaders will be happy to answer any questions you may have about supervision.