Targeted programmes


BIKING NORTH

A year long development programme for up to 6 young people. Meeting on a weekly basis, using biking and the outdoors as a vehicle to develop transferable life skills including responsibility, cooperation, resilience etc.  Enable participants to learn a new skill of cycling/ mountain biking and to develop the skills to become proficient enough to complete a 5 day self-supported expedition through the highlands of Scotland. This will not only include having to look after themselves, but maintain the bikes as well. A strong focus on Health & Wellbeing throughout the programme and opportunities for awards and certification. The ratio is 6 children to 2 staff.

Year Plan

  1. August to October
    Musselburgh and surrounding area: cycling skills for road and trails; team building activities; introduction to bike maintenance; nutrition and looking after yourself when outdoors.
  1. October to December
    East Lothian woodland, farmland and coastal trails: cycling skills for longer journeys; environmental awareness; geography of East Lothian; introduction to leadership skills; introduction to navigation.
  1. January to February
    East Lothian & Glentress Mountain Bike Centre: cycling skills for more technical terrain, trailside bike maintenance, accidents & emergency procedures, decision making in the outdoors.
  1. February to April
    East Lothian & the Pentlands Hills: expedition and bikepacking skills (preparation, planning and practice overnight trip), map reading, route planning, the geography of Scotland, camp craft, developing teamwork and leadership.
  1. April to June
    East Lothian & Scottish Highlands: plan and prepare a multi day bikepacking expedition in the Scottish Highlands, work as a self sufficient team to complete the planned journey (supervised at all times). There will also be the opportunity to revisit popular elements of the course this term.  A certificate of achievement will be awarded in line with the Youth Achievement Awards.


ADVENTURE EAST LOTHIAN

A 15 week development programme for up to 6 young people. Meeting on a weekly basis. The course uses outdoor activities to raise attainment through recognition of wider learning and achievement, development of positive social interactions and an imcreased awareness of the opportunities available in East Lothian. 

There is a strong focus on Health & Wellbeing throughout the programme and opportunities for awards and certification. The activities include walking, cycling, watersports, climbing and bushcraft. These are planned and chosen by the young people after discussing the weather on the day. 


APPLICATION

Our young people come to us through referrals by high schools, care and children’s services and youth workers. If you are working with a young person who would benefit from these sort of intervention programmes please contact East Lothian Outdoor Learning to enquire about future opportunities.