Pupil Adventure Events 2017/18

Adventure Award Days

  • Below is a table of scheduled ‘Adventure Award Days’ and other pupils events including Secondary Challenges.
  • These opportunities are mostly free and open to all age ranges.
  • This list is not exhaustive of the offers from your Outdoor Learning Service. If your class/school has ideas on how to embed outdoor learning opportunities and require some specialist help from an Outdoor Learning Teacher then please get in touch.
  • Please don’t miss: the Festivals – Orienteering and Watersports; Residential – fieldwork and winter/summer adventures
  • Bookings for the scheduled dates below to be made through Keith Christie (outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk)

Happy planning for adventures 17/18

Adventure Award Days – first steps toward World Championships

Adventure Award Days are now published for next year. These days give whole classes over the course over a day (or half) to experience some real world learning in a variety of outdoor sports. Who knows – the next Orienteering/ Bouldering/ Canoe Sprint world champion may be lurking in your class. Make sure everyone has the opportunity to unleash their hidden talent. Book by getting in touch with your Outdoor Learning Link teacher –

Martyn, Andy or Liz

The sessions listed below are open to all schools in East Lothian – will not affect any other allocation with Outdoor Learning. First to book a day chooses venue. Watersports (Kayak;Canoe;SUP;Sail), Climbing (Indoor and Outdoor), Orienteering all available.

Summer Fun right on Target

Transition group 3rd to 7th August

Transition Grp BushcraftDuring the summer holidays I have been fortunate enough to deliver a week of activities to a very deserving group of youngsters from Whitecraig and Wallyford. Prior to the holidays Wallyford Community Centre, helped by school teachers, identified 8 young people who would reap great benefits from a week of outdoor activities based around personal and social development. The criteria for selection was that the children were transitioning from primary to high school, had low self-confidence, self-esteem and perhaps social interaction issues.

During the week the children took part in a wide range of activities which they chose from an extensive list. The following are what they chose; Bushcraft, Rock Climbing & Abseiling, Canoeing, Kayaking and Raft Build, Coasteering and Trail Cycling.

Transition Grp ClimbingThroughout the activities the children never stopped amazing us with their ability to push boundaries and invest in their own development. They constantly strived to go one step further and were jubilant with their achievements, not only for themselves but for others also.

By the end of the week every participant had demonstrated a notable improvement in both self-confidence and self-esteem.

When dropping their children off in a morning some of the parents commented that they were amazed at the achievements, confidence and motivation from day to day.

 

A few things the children said they never knew they could do:

  • Cycle so far
  • Build a den
  • Jump off a cliff
  • Climb a mountain
  • Build a raft
  • Swim to an island

Transition Grp Cycle

These were some of their highlights:

 

  • The whole week
  • Water Activities
  • Climb to top of North Berwick Law
  • Cliff Jump
  • Everything
  • Getting a chance to try lots of activities
  • Bus journeys

 

The children agreed that the following aims and objectives were met:

 

  • Building self-confidence
  • Building self-esteem
  • Had a chance to try lots of new activities
  • Got to meet new people
  • Were challenged
  • Built resilience

 

We have received some fantastic feedback from both the children and their parents, all of whom see a great worth in this kind of group work and hope to see more of it in the future.

Transition Grp Raft

To end I would personally like to thank Stuart from Wallyford community centre for his help throughout these activities and for giving up his time to benefit the children from his local community. Myself and Stu found this a very fulfilling week. It was fantastic to watch these unsure, anxious children who arrived looking cautious on day one turn around on day five asking for more having pushed themselves beyond their usual boundaries.

Antony Stone – Associate Instructor

Adventure Award Days

Adventure Award Days from Outdoor Learning. Foundation or Progression sessions. All open for booking. Develop your class through the outdoors. For more information concerning Adventure Award Days click here

The sessions listed below are open to all schools in East Lothian – unlimited days – will not affect any other allocation with Outdoor Learning. First to book a day chooses venue. Watersports (Kayak;Canoe;SUP;Sail), Climbing (Indoor and Outdoor), Orienteering all available.

Contact Andy or Martyn to book – aduff@elcschool.org.uk or mpegg@elcschool.org.uk