During the week following the February break a group of 12 Queen Anne students and Mr. Low joined 4 Beath High School students and a teacher to embark on a journey to Ontario, Canada to carry out their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Canadian wilderness. The 6 day expedition involved dog sledding during the day, then cutting down trees for fire wood and collecting water from the lakes when at camp in the evening, along with making all of the meals. The 21 man team, guides included, had been split into pairs, assigned a sled and a group of five or six dogs to look after and come to love. The dogs required a lot of love and care, being fed, and then lay straw for their bed after their harnesses from the day had been removed. It was of course Canada so the challenge was made more difficult with the freezing temperatures, with one night temperatures reaching -41°C! With great team spirit, everyone managed to come through the difficult times to complete the once in a lifetime opportunity!
by Alicia Harrison