SCA Coaching Conference

Something for the Weekend

Coaching Conference Flyer

Calling all paddlesport coaches and paddlers within East Lothian. This years Scottish Canoe Association Coaching Conference takes place at Glenmore Lodge on the 10th – 12th September 2010.

Booking form and further programme information available here
It will I’m sure as always be an interesting and informative weekend for all. Looking forward to seeing you there.

NICAS to you

We are delighted to announce that the Outdoor Learning Service are now able to offer young climbers in East Lothian a nationally recognised award in indoor climbing; the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme.

In July we became a NICAS Awarding Centre, one of only a handful of public sector organisations in Scotland. The NICAS award can be delivered by the service’s Outdoor Education Teachers over a number of sessions at the local Tranent climbing wall, and potentially visits to Alien Rock and EICA at Ratho.

NICAS allows young people to progress up a number of award levels. The Outdoor Learning Service are able to deliver levels 1 and 2 of the fives steps of the award; Foundation Climber and Top Rope Climber. Contact Andy Duff if you want to know more.

SOAP selection by rainbow and moonlight

Friday was the selection event for the Secondary Outdoor Adventure Program, or SOAP. This is a year-long programme of courses and activities, delivered by the Outdoor Learning Service, aimed at progressing the skills of senior pupils in outdoor activities. For 2010/11 we are piloting mountaineering skills; bringing together a range of courses and experiences around all things ‘mountain sport’ ; navigation, rock-climbing, summer and winter mountain skills. For more information see the programme details online .

Friday saw the hopeful candidates compete on a fairly tricky orienteering course up on Lothian edge. After this the group travelled on to Innerwick Centre where they made dinner before going out on the hill again after dark. Each member of the group took it in turn to navigate over Spartleton in the darkness, using map compass, head-torch, and the light of the moon. Reaching the summit at midnight and seeing the Crystal Rigg wind-farm lit by the moon was an eerie sight. After navigating safely back down the team returned to Innerwick at 2am for a well earned bed.

The aim of the activities was for the candidates to demonstrate that they are committed and enthusiastic about the programme – and that they had the required level of fitness, determination and organisation. We are pleased to say that they all acquitted themselves well and were all invited to take part. Four schools will hopefully now have pupils participating throughout 2010/11; North Berwick High (5), Dunbar Grammar (2), Knox (1) and Preston Lodge (1).

O-results are as follows … the names have been anonymised, but you know who you are! Note – applying the late penalty is why the results are different than those read out on the day – but the positions were unchanged.

18 controls, limit 50 minutes. Penalty 1 point per minute, or part minute, over the 50 minutes.

Pos Name Points Time Controls, in order visited
1 Dunglass 122 52:35 118, 112, 113, 119, 120, 117, 116, 114, 115, 107, 102, 105, 110, 109
2 Lammer Law 119 50:09 118, 112, 113, 119, 120, 117, 116, 114, 115, 107, 106, 109, 108
3 Esk 105 48:02 118, 112, 113, 119, 120, 117, 114, 107, 103, 106
4 Peffer 94 50:58 118, 104, 119, 120, 117, 116, 114, 102, 105, 110, 109, 108
5 Chesters 64 50:44 106, 108, 109, 110, 105, 102, 115, 114, 107, 103, 118
6 Biel 45 48:12 106, 109, 108, 118, 112
7 Badger 45 49:06 106, 109, 108, 118, 112
8 Luffness 45 49:09 106, 107, 102, 105, 110, 109, 118
9 Gannet 41 53:27 106, 109, 108, 118, 112

You can view/download the orienteering map to see your route by clicking on the map thumbnail below.

Local Access Forum

Over the summer one child gave up an afternoon of her summer holiday to give a presentation to East Lothian’s local access forum. The presentation was given on how they had, through their school camp, come to appreciate the finer points of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code – rights; responsibilities; care for the environment. The forum (around 15 people from a variety of arenas concerned with access) heard how this pupils and her classmates had been able to appreciate nature first hand and spend nights under the stars whilst still Leaving No Trace.
It was a wonderful presentation to witness as a P7 pupil captivated an audience within a conference room of the council offices. It highlighted the immense value of experience as a way to get the message of responsible access across to young people. Here’s to a new academic year of many more such valuable experiences for both young and old.

Many thanks to Leigh Shearer (EL Ranger Service) and the staff of Elphinstone Primary.