Unique DoE expedition for Bo’ness teenagers

Bo'ness teenagers will participate in unique DoE expedition.
Bo'ness teenagers will participate in unique DoE expedition.
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A group of Bo’ness teenagers are undertaking a rather unique Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE) Expedition - on horseback!

It is believed that this is the first time the challenge has ever been undertaken in Scotland via this unique method of transport.

The four teenagers, Robert Scotland (16), Charlie Argent (15) and sisters, Rebecca(14) and Alisha MacPherson (16), are all students at Bo’ness Academy who are undertaking their Bronze DoE award.

The youngsters, who had no previous horseriding experience, have been fundraising continually to support their training.

Most recently they have been travelling to just outside Oban for specialist ‘expedition’ training and trekking experience, one of only two such centres in Scotland.

The expedition which counts towards their bronze level award, requires them to undertake a two-day trek in the hills around the West Highlands, riding for a minimum of five hours per day.

This means they have to carry all the required kit with them on horseback and navigate using supplied route maps.

In addition they have to build and pitch an overnight campsite, corral and tend to their horses and feed themselves - no mean feat!