Explorer Scout Group
Stonar’s Explorer Scout group gives pupils the chance to get out and about, learning skills such as campfire cookery, map reading and bushcraft skills, and put those skills to the test with night hikes and camping. Our Scouts also go on trips to try activities such as caving or climbing, and they can also embark on their Duke of Edinburgh awards through the group.
Developing skills beyond the classroom.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The DofE is a popular activity for pupils at Stonar. All pupils from Year 9 upwards are encouraged to complete their Bronze DofE award. The award is in four parts: skill, physical recreation, service and the expedition. This is an award that requires commitment, perseverance, and a huge amount of teamwork. Those who enjoy the Bronze award (or the sense of achievement that comes from completing a challenging expedition) can continue with their Silver award in Years 10 and 11 and the Gold award in Sixth Form. The Gold award is looked upon very favourably by universities and employers alike, due to the level of soft skills needed for its completion.
The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors or check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely. This year is the first time Stonar are entering a team, for the 35 mile route. All those who attempt Ten Tors will undoubtedly remember it for the rest of their lives, and for many it will be a life changing experience.