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.

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

Climb when you’re ready

Over the past 3 months the Outdoor Learning Service have been providing mentoring and workshops sessions for teachers and community group leaders from across ELC who are working towards gaining their Climbing Wall Award (CWA).

In order to gain confidence and get practice working with groups Megan Houchin brought a young group to the wall last night and delivered an introductory climbing session under the supervision of one of the Outdoor Learning Service staff. And she did great – well done Megan, the first one is always the hardest!

At the wall

Gaining group management experience like this, practicing with peers and the mentoring provided by the Outdoor Learning Service before going on to the Mountain Training’s Training and Assessments courses will enable more teachers and community leaders to bring groups to the local wall at Forester Park in Tranent and go up to the walls in Edinburgh.

Of lemons, swans and turkeys

lemonsThe following article is from IOL Horizons back in 2009.

Belay if you will… Or, How to spot Lemons and be a Swan rather than a Turkey in climbing related activities…

I suspect some of you will have seen it, if you haven’t or,  if you have never come across The Lemon Theory related to managing risk in adventurous activities I urge you to read it.

Also see this Peer Belaying Technical Note from AALA , this outlines the pros and cons of different belay methods. A little drier but another essential read for anyone working with climbing groups.

NICAS for St.Martin’s Primary Pupils

NICAS Logo

A select group of P5’s from St.Martin’s Primary School have just completed an 8 week climbing course at the Tranent Wall right next to their school. National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme – more information in the video below

climbing opportunities put on by EnjoyLeisure 

We look forward to welcoming another group of successful learners from St. Martin’s for another eight week course beginning in the New Year.