Orienteering Success

The very beginning of June heralded East Lothian Schools’ Orienteering competition on Thursday 1st June. There where 13 Primary schools and approx. 400 pupils resulting in fierce competition

All results can be seen here.

The winning schools that will be receiving the appropriate trophy in due course are
Aberlady PS – P5 trophy
Pencaitland PS – P6 trophy
Whitecraig PS – P7 trophy

Congratulations to all competitors and if you are looking for further opportunities to partake in the sport of orienteering please click on the image of the maps above.

Thanks must go to the East Lothian Orienteers (ELO) for their invaluable support (Trina, Robin and Sheila). Also all the teaching staff that brought the young athletes along.

The date for East Lothian Schools’ Orienteering Festival next year is set to coincide with World Orienteering Day 2018 – 23rd May 2018. Save the date

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The East Lothian Adventure Academy needs you!

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What is the Adventure Academy… A group of pupils from across East Lothian Council  schools who will meet and work together on a range of outdoor adventurous activities including rock-climbing, orienteering, canoeing, kayaking and mountain sports.

When and where  … From September 2017  on regular Tuesday evenings 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Outdoor Learning Service base in Musselburgh.  Monthly and fortnightly Friday afternoons,  occasional weekend days and a Summer expedition in the last week of the year.

Who is it for … Any S2 pupil who wants to be inspired, stretched and challenged by outdoor adventures. It’s for anyone who’s interested in outdoor pursuits as a hobby, or  maybe even considering a future working in the outdoors.

What will it cost …  A nominal charge will be made for transport, entry fees and any residential costs incurred.   We do not anticipate these being more than a couple of pounds per session. The residential will be approximately £100 dependent on the accommodation required.  There is no cost for staff time or equipment.

What will I get out of it … learn new skills,  maybe gain some awards, work as a team, build your resilience and confidence. Have adventures!

How do I apply … download the application form from here and return to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk. Including the words ‘Adventure Academy’ in the subject. Numbers are limited!

I look forward to hearing from you.

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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
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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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