The BEL 2012 Training & Assessment Course

BEL 2012 Course Completed_____________________________________________________________

The 2012 BEL Training and Assessment Course has recently been completed.

Fifteen originally enrolled but one had to withdraw due to work commitments.  However, another candidate who had completed his tutored hours but not an Assessment weekend asked to join the Course part way through to enable him to complete the Award.  This was assessed by the tutors and his request agreed to.

The Wing now has another 15 BEL Leaders to deliver to cadets AT and D of E at Bronze & Silver levels.

The next course is now enrolling (closing date 26th October) and we have interest from the other two uniformed cadet services for places.  If any of you wish to enrol then please do so before that date – the total cost of the Course is £180.00 (one hundred and eighty pounds only).  Travel is admissible for all adult staff and those in uniform may also claim pay.  The training dates have been circulated already and are on the Wing Bader Calendar. It is important that you attend ALL the training dates due to Sports Leaders UK conditions on the Course.  They cannot be varied for any person.

We accept cadets who are over 17 on the proviso that they will be 18 when the assessment weekend is held in September 2013.

All those interested should contact CI (Sqn Ldr ret’d) Roy Behenna ( or the WATTO Sqn Ldr Lynn Jeremiah (; with any queries or the need for more information. An outline and operating criteria of the BEL is given below. Some photos of the latest Course are shown and the successful participants were:-


CWO (now ASgt) Sara Flower (215); CWO Lucy Winder (360); CFS Geraint Lawrence (499); CFS Nicola Evans (1054); Cdt Sgt Ben Pannett (1998); CWO (Now CI) Jason Williams (2318)


Sqn Ldr Gerry Lewis (WSO); CI Lauren Kennedy (215); CI Martyn Jones (293);  CI Aled Griffiths-Moses (621); CI Paul Mann (1054);  CI Chris Lewis (2117); CI Lorna Davies (2227); Sgt Phil Walker (2420); Flt Lt Paul Greene (2426)

** Images of 2012 course will appear in due course **
Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership______________________________________________

Any person who has successfully completed the Level 3 Award in Day Walk Leadership and/or the Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership should be deemed competent to train and lead parties in accordance with the criteria below.

The remit should be considered in its entirety when planning and executing a route. No single statement should be used in isolation to justify the selection of a route.

General Scope_________________________________________________________________________

• Planning, preparation and supervision of journeying on foot in lowland terrain.

• Camping on official sites and in farm based fields or similar with access to toilets and tap water.*

• The training of participants to undertake these activities.

Acceptable Terrain______________________________________________________________________

• Low-lying rural countryside, farmland, valleys, woodland and small areas of forest.

• Lowland glens and valleys from which reliable access to communication or external assistance is feasible without undue delay and without reliance on any portable communications device.

• Gentle to moderate rolling terrain with no steep slopes to negotiate.

Out-of-Scope Area of Terrain_____________________________________________________________

• Remote sections of extensive lowland glens and valleys.

• Mountains, high hills, high level or remote moorland.

• Steep slopes where an inexperienced walker may feel intimidated or may require   physical support or where a slip might result in a fall.

• Mountainous or rocky terrain which can be present at all altitudes.

• Areas or terrain that would specifically require the leader to hold an MLT Walking Group Leader Award or Mountain Leader Award.

Overriding Factors____________________________________________________________________

• Temperate weather conditions should prevail throughout the expedition (see below).

• Routes should be contained within a clearly identifiable boundary system (e.g. roads, vehicle tracks, walls, rivers) that would prevent a group from straying into out-of-scope areas in the event of a navigation error.

• Routes to be on well-defined paths and tracks which are marked on the map and which can be followed easily in poor visibility.

• Regular identifying features should exist to check route-finding accuracy.

• Routes along the tops of cliffs or outcrops should be a safe distance from the edge.

• Routes should normally cross water using footbridges. Stepping stones may only   be used in exceptional circumstances providing the water is shallow and moving   slowly. Entering the water is unacceptable.

Temperate Weather Conditions_________________________________________________________

Temperate weather implies an absence of extreme conditions to prevent a group from experiencing undue discomfort. However, sensible decisions can only be taken in relation to age, experience, physical fitness and the quality of clothing worn. Decisions will need to take account of temperature, wind strength and intensity of rainfall. It will also be necessary to consider the worsening effects of combinations of these phenomena.

Whilst the award is not intended for use in winter conditions, a thin skimming of snow or an occasional small patch of snow is acceptable providing the snow is melting and providing a slip could not result in a downhill slide.

*Only applicable to the Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership

Units of Qualification________________________________________________________________

Unit name

Guided Learning Hours (GLH)


Mandatory or optional

1. Plan a walk for a group in lowland countryside




2. Prepare for a walk in lowland countryside




3. Establish and maintain safe practice during walks or expeditions




4. Lead sessions that impart the knowledge and skills for walking in lowland countryside




5. Lead a walk in lowland countryside




6. Navigation for the Walk Leader




7. Manage and develop personal walking leadership experience




Article and Images kindly supplied by : Sqn Ldr L Jeremiah - WATTO
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