By: Blonde Two
A wise chap once said to me that constant change was here to stay. Change is a funny thing and not all of us like it. In fact, resistance to change has a whole load of rather dubious theories written about it – to sum up the ones I have read; 1) We humans often prefer the status quo. 2) We just have to put up with it.
Ten Tors, Dartmoor’s two day youth challenge, has been in the news recently for making some changes to the way it operates. The main thrust of the changes to routes mean that some of the previously necessary river crossings have been taken out of the equation. There are, for example a couple of known safe crossing points for the East Dart. It doesn’t take much knowledge to work out that after heavy rainfall, even these points become less than safe. The army, along with the vast community of volunteers did a grand job in manning these crossings and re-directing youngsters in the horrid weather that we had last year but it is clear from outcomes that pressure was put on everybody involved.
I have heard some interesting discussions about the recent changes. All from people who feel passionately about the event (many of us do!) Some welcome the changes, some object to them and others are just a bit concerned. Putting aside the fact that I hate river crossings myself (strange for a Blonde who loves swimming in rivers), I am just grateful that Ten Tors seems to be in the hands of people who are prepared to put in time and effort to make the changes necessary to ensure that it continues to work. There are two directions that you can go when you meet problems; the first is the “walk off and leave it all behind” direction and the second is the “I think we can make this work” direction. If Ten Tors does anything, it teaches young people to solve their own problems as they encounter them. The changes that the army have made to the event may not be perfect – I am sure that I am not qualified to judge. Indeed, there may need to be some adjustments made after this year’s event but at least there is still going to be an event this year.
Changes or no changes, I believe that the youngsters who are lucky enough to take part (Ten Tors is always vastly over-subscribed) this year will still face tough challenges, forge strong friendships and create life-long memories. Long may it and our ability to deal with change continue.