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Ten Tors and Duke Of Edinburgh at The King's
Ten Tors Important Dates 2016/2017
PLEASE COMMIT TO BEING AVAILABLE ON ALL OF THESE DATES
Coastal Walk, Sat 10th December 2016
Navigation Walk, Sat 14th January 2017
Day Walk 1, Sat 28th January 2017
Day Walk 2, Sat 25th February 2017
Ten Tors Camp 1, Fri/Sat 10/11th March 2017
Ten Tors Camp 2, Friday/Sat/Sun 31st March to 2nd April 2017
Ten Tors Camp 3, Fri/Sat/Sun 21st/23rd April 2017
Ten Tors Event Fri/Sat/Sun 5/6/7th May 2017
The Avon Dam, Day Walk 2
The Start of the Woodbury to Ottery Walk
The First 35 Team at the Millennium Green
Below is a gallery with photographs from this year's Coastal
Walk which threatened terrible weather all day, but luckily we
Every year we have a number of corporate sponsors who help keep down the cost of the King's Adventure Club rugby shirts that the teams wear. The shirts always attract attention at the event especially if in lurid colours! It would be advertising money well spent on a good event, so if you would like to become a corporate sponsor of our Ten Tors team please contact Mr Nicholson at the school on 01404 812982.
Ten Tors first ran as a cadet force training expedition in 1959. Since then it has grown massively, but it is still the Army, in conjunction with the Dartmoor Rescue Group, that run it as an annual event. The King’s School has a long tradition of participation.
The participants walk in teams of six for a distance of 35, 45 or 55 miles depending on age and ability. The school has traditionally entered year 10 for the 35 mile event, year 11 for the 45 mile event and sixth form for the 55 mile event. The teams leave Okehampton Camp at 07:00 on Saturday (a wonderful sight for those tough enough to brave it, and many parents come up to see them off!) and are then expected to be self-sufficient until they finish back at the Camp. They carry all equipment and food they need including water purification tablets should they be needed. During that time they are required to walk and navigate between 10 fixed checkpoints (Tors), and camp out overnight. The checkpoints are staffed by the Army and each team carries a GPS beacon, so progress can be tracked on the Ten Tors website from the comfort of home. If the whole Team returns before the 17:00 deadline on Sunday they are awarded a team certificate as well as individual medals. King’s has been successfully taking part in the event since the early 1970’s and has entered 6 teams per year regularly.
To find out more about the events history visit http://www.tentors.org.uk/challenge/the-history
The King’s School at the Event
We have a number of staff at King’s who give up their own time to help with the training but feel that the event itself is worth making as special as possible for the students. On the Thursday before the event a team of staff go to the camp and pitch our base-camp tent (kindly funded by our fantastic PTFA) and other support tents. On the Friday school teams arrive and attend the scrutineering, where all kit is checked. This is a vital part of the safety first attitude on the event as an ill equipped team would not be able to deal with the weather that can be experienced on Dartmoor. Sun cream/hat and waterproofs are all required!
On the Friday night Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread is prepared by staff and after this route planning for the event starts with the teams preparing their route for the next two days. The teams are also taken to the start to help orientate them and give them an idea of the form for the coming morning.
The reveille of Chariots of Fire is piped through the pa system at 05:00 and students leap into life with a hearty breakfast of porridge, bacon, sausages and other untold wonders that appear as if by some unseen hand! The start at 07:00 is a momentous event with thousands of students swarming over the start at Anthony Stile, strangely teams walk off in all directions as the routes for the two days are varied. Many parents brave the early morning start to see teams off and the finish on Sunday is also very moving and a fantastic celebration of achievement with the medal awarding ceremony at the end. The packing up and putting away makes all involved look forward to the start of training for the following year.
The impressive start of the event
The teams and staff at the start the night before (above)
For students who may never have done much walking and even those who have, the day walks provide a great opportunity for them to walk as teams and discover new parts of East Devon. Walking and functioning as a team is key to The King’s School approach to the Ten Tors event and we instil early on that it is not individuals who take part but the team and finishing as one is paramount. Some teams that take part regard coming in first as the objective but it was never envisaged as a competition when it was started and as teams have to follow different routes round different Tors it negates this attitude. When the school took part in the event The King’s School Adventure Club was started in the early 1970’s and continues to this day, with the logo being revamped recently by Mrs Shortland.
After the day walks in October to February the camping phase begins which involves teams camping on Friday and Saturday nights with full day walks on Dartmoor during Saturday and Sunday. The food consumed during this time is brought by the students and cooked in camp, boil-in-the-bag food is used as weight, space and the organisers requirement that evening meals and breakfast should be hot make this the preferred choice. There are many brands available and students can get advice on this from the staff at school.
There is a selection process as we generally have more students than places in teams, so attendance at all training events and in school meetings is vital. Mr Venables has a parents evening before training starts to clarify this process and to answer any other queries people may have.
The training weekends are vital to preparation and are also used to evaluate the teams so the commitment to attend all such weekends is essential. Above is a photograph during a training walk and really highlights the importance of having good waterproofs!
We have a minimum of 6 fully qualified Walking or Mountain Leaders who volunteer their time to walk with and train the teams, below is a photograph of Mr Owen instructing the team on Trangia use:
Please do not buy any additional equipment without first checking it is required! When purchasing kit there are discounts available for Ten Tors participants from many shops and letters for this are available in school. The event was started by the Army and much of the kit that is acceptable is also available at surplus stores which can keep the costs down.
For the Day Walks:
For the day walks in December to February no additional kit is required other than suitable footwear (walking shoes or boot preferably but trainers will suffice), a rucksack, a waterproof jacket and trousers. The school does have some kit available to borrow but it is limited so please ask before buying anything.
For the Camping Phase:
For the camping phase students will need full Personal and Camping Kit which is shown and the Team Kit is provided by the school. Students will be advised which of their existing clothing will suffice in place of some of the items as it is not always necessary to have new kit.
The full official kit list can be seen at:
Mr Venables is in charge of the Ten Tors training at King's and as a past participant in the event brings a lot personal knowledge and a huge amount of enthusiasm to the training!
After the event we organise a surfing trip for students who have been involved in the training process and for the last few years have gone to Sennen where there is an excellent surf school. We have for the last two years camped at the Lower Treave Campsite (http://www.lowertreave.co.uk ) which is excellent and only a short drive to Sennen beach.
Dartmoor is a fascinating place and perfect for a family day out, or even wild camping where allowed. The links below will give you some more information:
This is a good site that links satellite imagery with the OS mapping:
Duke of Edinburgh Award at The King's School
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The King’s School D of E section is run by Mr Venables who is also in charge of Ten Tors training. Nationwide The first Duke of Edinburgh's Award ceremony was held in the United Kingdom in 1956 and the school has been participating for over ten years.
Participation in DofE programmes and the number of awards achieved has grown every year in the UK since 1956. As of 2013, roughly 300,000 young people were taking part in Duke of Edinburgh's Award programmes run in more than 11,000 designated award centres - including schools, youth clubs and businesses - throughout the UK. Over 5 million young people in the UK have taken part in the DofE in the UK since 1956 (8 million worldwide). The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a member of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS).
In 2009, the old system of keeping track of progress through paper Record Books was replaced by the introduction of a major new online system - eDofE. Participants use this system to track their progress, while Leaders use it to oversee participants' progress.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programmes take between one to four years to complete, and they must be completed by the participant's twenty-fifth birthday. There are around 300,000 participants annually. The programmes are at three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
- At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residentialsection, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.
To achieve an award, the participant must work on each section for a minimum period of time, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants: Bronze 3–6 months; Silver: 6–9 months; Gold: 12–18 months. Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of their DofE programme, which is usually at least one hour per week.
Students are able to take up the option of taking part in this scheme in Year 10. We currently have students engaged on the bronze and silver programmes. You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, and an Expedition. Students who embark on the programme find themselves getting fitter, developing skills and going on an expedition. Mr Venables runs the programme and can be contacted at school.
The official website can be accessed via this link: http://www.dofe.org/
Equipment Suppliers Offering Discount
Usually you have to purchase a discount card to get their low prices but the school has managed to obtain one free for use with purchases by students. There is additionally a 10% discount on top of this for Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh equipment. This does not apply to Sale items though. Go Outdoors also has “Bundle Deals” that offer package deals on equipment, though discounts may not apply to these.
To obtain the discount, quote the discount card number: 3624247
Or quote the schools postcode: EX11 1RA
GO Outdoors Exeter
Marsh Barton Road
T: 0844 387 6832
Monday 09:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday 09:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday 09:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday 09:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 09:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 09:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday* 10:30am - 4:30pm
*Sundays open from 10am for a 30 min pre trade browse
DofE participants and leaders receive an exclusive discount on a wide range of outdoor clothing and equipment. For Terms and Conditions and to find your online discount code, log in to the Member’s area of the DofE website.
Darts Farm Shopping Village
Darts Farm Topsham Exeter
Devon EX3 0QH T: 01392 878313
There are also large numbers of other retailers in the area that offer discounts (eg Taunton Leisure) and generally the Cotswold Outdoor letter or a letter from the school about the Ten Tors training is enough to allow you a discount. Do check with the shop first however and ask their policy on this.
There are local shops that sell equipment and one such shop is:
Sidmouth Outdoor Co
12 Fore St