Helping the Next Generation – FREE Cycle training

Cycling is a fun, cheap, healthy and environmentally-friendly mode of transport.  Bikeability Scotland is a cycle training scheme designed to give children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on the roads, and encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood.  Image result for BikeabilityScotland

There is FREE training being run across East Lothian for those wanting to get involved and support schools’ Bikeability Scotland programmes. Please get in touch with East Lothian Outdoor Learning outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk if you would like to become involved or help promote.

Dates for training include full and half day options on March 10, 17 and 24, April 21 and 28, May 12, 19 and 26, and June 2 2017.   The course can also be delivered at alternative venues or broken in to more suitable sessions.
More information on Bikeability Scotland, the Cycle Training Assistant course and booking can be found:
http://bikeabilityscotland.org/
 http://www.cyclinghub.scot/course/cycle-training-assistant-(scqf-accredited-level-5
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss further

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New Paddlesport Leader Award

From the 3rd April 2017 your Outdoor Learning Service will be able to deliver quality training and assessment leading to Paddlesport Leader Award.

The Paddlesport Leader is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

The assessment is one day (plus a meeting prior). East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning (ELCOL) are able to run this assessment from 3rd April. ELCOL will also run endorsed Paddlesport Leader Training. Costs can be reduced for those operating within East Lothian – please contact us for more details

For more info and further details please click on image below and/or contact Martyn on 0131 6535217 or email outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk

 

For UKCC Level 1 coaches thinking if the course is for them – please read these wise words from SCA
Link to the Level 1 Coach Award
We believe that a Paddlesport Leader who also holds the Level 1 Coach award is well placed to fulfil their coaching duties with more autonomy. The Paddlesport Leader award requires a higher level of personal skills and safety/rescue skills than the Level 1 Coach award; providing further assurance that they have the skills to make, and fulfil, sound leadership decisions whilst out on the water.

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Windy Winter Walking – A Breeze for Musselburgh Grammar Girls

Based at Badaguish, staff began the week with an Avalanche Awareness CPD day and were joined on Wednesday by seven S2 and S3 students from Musselburgh Grammar. The unusual lack of snow cover in the area meant that skiing was off the cards, but students good-naturedly overcame their disappointment and took to hillwalking in difficult conditions with gust-o!

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On Thursday they battled their way against the wind along the Sugarbowl path, climbed icy boulders through Chalamain Gap and summited Creag a’Chalamain. Having determinedly found one of the few areas of snow, they practiced creating snow steps with winter boots and ice-axes and of course some snow sliding! After stopping for refreshment Cairngorm-style, the girls breezed back to the bus with the wind behind them.

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On Thursday evening, in the darkness of the forest at Badaguish, the students went hunting… for us! Practicing the use of transceivers (ordinarily used for avalanche rescue) and working in teams, they successfully tracked and found the unfortunate staff being hunted through the trees. Adrenaline was certainly flowing and great fun was had on both sides.

In contrast, Friday was a beautiful sunny day. A brief scramble up a steep slope was followed by leisurely walk among the ancient Caledonian pines, emerging at the magical Green Lake – An Lochan Uaine. From there we headed up to Ryvoan bothy for lunch, a fire and smores – hopefully worth carrying a share of firewood for!

After lunch four of the group with a taste for an amazing view climbed Meall a’ Buachaille. The other three students wound their way through the pine forest on the far side of the Lochan to try their hand at slacklining between the trees. Their advice: “Focus on the furry pompom of the hat ahead!”

Thanks to Mr Brown for all his work, for making this trip possible and for recruiting such a great group of winter walking women!

 

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World Orienteering Day

2017 World Orienteering Day

Wednesday 24 May 2017

World Orienteering Day in 2017 aims to be another record breaking event!

On Wednesday 24 May 2017, the International Orienteering Federation are again encouraging people of all ages to take part in orienteering events and activities across the UK.

For more information and how to register event go to http://worldorienteeringday.com/

Be part of a World Record attempt. For help and advice in putting on your own orienteering challenge at your school; and involving your pupils in a truly global activity then get in touch with Outdoor Learning

 

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East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition 2017

East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition Recognised centre logo for stationery

When and where?

  • Thursday 1 June 2017
  • At Musselburgh Lagoons
  • All day Start times from 0930 – 1430
  • No cost
  • Open to all from P5/6/7

The schools orienteering festival will take place at Musselburgh – easily accessible (public transport/ walk/ cycle/ easy parking for buses)

For more information and available start times please see the google doc below.(Scroll the document to see the schools currently entered)

  • To enter please email Martyn Pegg with: name of the school; number and year group of pupils; organizing adult that will be attending; favoured start time (see google doc below for available slots) as soon as possible. A more detailed list of individual pupil names will be requested closer to the event.

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