Reach for the Skye – OLS Summer Expedition 2016


The challenge …. following on from last year’s popular Oat Route Expedition this year we are planning an expedition based around the The Skye Trail. This is a challenging 8 day walk up the length of the Island of Skye. It will involve lots of rough off-path walking,  teetering along cliff-top paths and passing through the heart of the Skye Cuillin mountains.  You will visit some of the remotest areas of the island.  The reward – stunning scenery, new skills learnt and a great sense of achievement.

Details … aiming for 15th – 24th June – exact dates TBD, but definitely will be after exams.   We hope to offer this for between £200 and £300 per person.  10 days in total (8 days walking), 9 nights, traveling up and down by train and bus.   Accommodation will be a mixture of camping and hostels.  Final cost dependent on group size and staffing – min of 6, max 12.

Open to … any motivated and committed pupils currently in 4th , 5th or 6th year from across the ELC secondary schools who are up for a challenge.  In terms of effort and required fitness … think of DofE Gold Exped – just twice fun, twice the effort with tougher walking. No problem.

If you are interested please drop an email to

Literacy through Orienteering

At a recent Teaching Orienteering 1 course we experimented with the use of Sport Ident timing controls for a literacy focused activity. the activity was well received by participants who then looked at how with a little tweak the same activity could be used for a whole host of curriculum areas whilst still managing to raise the heart rate through physical activity and look at how to navigate through use of a simplified map.

All Sport Ident equipment is available for any East Lothian school to borrow from your Outdoor Learning Service

Sport Ident literacy

The activity can be run in a very small space indeed. For this and more ideas on how to integrate orienteering into your curriculum please contact Martyn (

Next Teaching Orienteering Course 3rd (evening) and 5th (afternoon) February 2016. For further information and booking click here


More details on the activity from Sport Ident can be found here


Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme Support

We were delighted to run two courses for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme over the last couple of weeks.

  • DofE Expedition Accredited Assessor Scheme
  • DofE Expedition Supervisor Training Course

Both courses were well received by all participants and will mean an increase in young people accessing the outdoors with appropriate supervision and quality assessors for the Award Scheme.

“…excellent tutor – easy going and informative”

Supervisor courseThe next of these courses are on in March 2016.

More information and booking – click here

Bikeability Scotland Mentoring Scheme


We are now able to offer mentoring for existing Cycle Training Assistants (CTA’s) and also newly appointed Cycle Trainers (CT’s). bikeability scotland logo

If you are currently involved with the delivery of Bikeability Scotland sessions, within an East Lothian school, and would like to have some help and guidance from one of our experienced Cycle Trainers then we would like to hear from you.

The aim of the mentoring programme is to raise the confidence of trainers, enhance their knowledge base and also be kept up to date with new guidelines and best practice.

We are aware that some CTA’s do not feel confident teaching and assisting in a road environment and we would love to have the opportunity to build the skills and confidence of those people.

The aim of this mentoring programme is not to deliver the sessions outright. We are offering to give advice and guidance during your sessions.

If you are interested in taking up our offer of mentoring please email your interest to