Hi Amber, yes it is our younger daughter who has the bigger health issues. The daughter referred to here has had a long term condition relating to her adrenal gland for which she has to take daily steroid medication. It is well managed and usually causes little issue, but stress of any form, can have a big impact. She has experienced adrenal crisis before and has to increase her dose when she is taking exams or experiencing conditions outside her norm. She was perfectly well & healthy when she left on Friday, and is anything but today.
With regards to the weekend itself, it was a practice session solely for the canoeing element, so they were not actually having to trek anywhere with their gear. They were told they could therefore be more lenient with the restrictions on what to bring...which of course they all did!
The lady on site was employed by the expedition company, and she was the one confiscating the extra bedding. We had the option to have sleeping bags provided at the centre..which I had opted for, with the intention she also bring her own, for extra bedding as it was forecast to be so cold.
The next practice session will encompass canoeing and trekking, which will of course require her to manage her kit load and carry it etc..but this weekend was purely about the canoeing, which I don't think warranted such pedantic enforcement of bedding! Particularly when it is technically out of season, and rather unseasonally cold.
I would have thought that personal challenges aside, the whole experience is intended to be, at the very least enjoyable, yet my daughter seems traumatised at the prospect of ever going again. Such a shame, we had no issues with the Bronze, but her practice and assessment weekends were all very much in warmer season. And didn't require her to capsize repeatedly into a freezing cold Thames and have nowhere warm to dry. Character building indeed!
It does sound like your dd's additional medical needs were not considered ....were the leaders aware of the issues before hand?..I guess it is a difficult balancing act. It also sounds like the whole needs of the group were disregarded as far as ensuring they were proberly equipped for the cold conditions they were in...I think you are right to be asking questions about this and wanting answers...