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

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

The Scottish Oat Route … Job Done!

A team of senior school pupils from Knox Academy, North Berwick High and Dunbar Grammar School returned on Wednesday from an 8 day , 160 km expedition climbing, and walking between, all of Scotand’s 4000 foot Munros.

We traveled up to Fort William and started off with the round of the 4 Lochaber 4000 footers;  Anoach Beg, Anoach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis. A big day,  lots of ups and downs, but glorious weather.  Highlights were teetering along the knife edge CMD Arete on perfect warm rock, blue skies and the views out to Skye and Rum  from the snow covered summit of The Ben (pictured above and below).   Lots of snow, and some skiers still skiing the gullies.

 

After a second night in the excellent Steall hut the group walked across Scotland for 5 days to the Cairngorms. Our route took us up Glen Nevis, across Rannoch Moor, through the Ben Alder Forest, over the A9 at Dalwhinnie and over to Glen Feshie. Some long days, but mostly in glorious  weather,  just a spot of rain before Dalwhinnie, but never a midge in sight at any of the camps!  Food drops had been left at Dalwhinnie and Glen Feshie Lodge so we were never walking with more than 3 days supplies.

The next 2 days were over the  tops of the Cairngorms. The 3 western 4000 foot mountains of Braeriach, Angel’s Peak and Cairn Toul were completed in a long day in deteriorating conditions.

The day ended with a ‘sting in the tail’ just before the descent into the Larig Gru.  The exceptionally large quantities of snow of this year had  left a steep snow bank and small cornice blocking the descent off the plateau to our camp by Corrour Bothy. Luckily the snow was pretty soft so after kicking some steps the group were able to descend safely.

The last day was ‘touch and go’ as to whether we could cross the plateau again and climb the last 2 summits.  By 7 am the very strong winds which has buffeted our tents overnight abated so the pull up onto Ben Macdui was relatively calm, until the summit plateau was reached.  The high winds then returned and we were battered and blown across the northern plateau to the 9th and final 4000ft mountain; Cairngorm.  After that it was a quick drop down through the ski area to the base station car-park, a bus to Aviemore, then a cheeky wee chip-supper before getting the train back to Edinburgh. Job done.

So why is this called the Oat Route? Like it’s Alpine namesake The High Route, or Haute Route, (pronounced ‘Oat’) that links Chamonix and Zermatt, so the Scottish Oat Route links Scotland’s mountain resorts of Fort William and Aviemore.

Thanks to Dave Habgood, an Associate teacher with the Outdoor Learning Service, for helping us make this happen and definitely a job well done to Adam, Andrew, Angus, Euan, Leon and Sean for digging deep and completing the challenge in such good spirits. An excellent trip that should have equipped all with some quality mountain experiences, and new skills, to progress their own outdoor adventures at University or their last year at school.

NBHS S3 Highland Adventure

20 North Berwick S3 pupils are using their activity week to further explore their own country around Moidart and Lochaber.

 

They successfully travelled the length of Loch Shiel by canoe and foot- camping wild on the shores along the way.
Thursday was been spent up high on the flanks of Ben Nevis – viewing it from sides less explored. Still a considerable amount of snow on the tops in May.
Friday was an ace day with all adventuring on two wheels – some on Mountain Bikes and some on Segways. The afternoon was then spent in the very large fridage that is the ice climbing wall in Kinlochleven – with a little bit of high ropes thrown in for good measure.
Saturday was the return journey back down south and an afternoon spent swinging amongst the trees at GoApe in Peebles.

A cracking week (requiring hard physical effort; organisation; resilience; coping with fears and often enjoyable) – many thanks to Miss Ritchie and other staff from North Berwick High for the organisation. A really powerful week in lots of ways. As one pupil quoted during an end of week review and slideshow – “I chose this trip because I wanted an experience – not an holiday”. They certainly got what they wished for.