The Adventure Academy … the story so far.

On Ben Vrackie

For 2017-18 The Outdoor Learning Service launched the Adventure Academy.  A county wide outdoor activities ‘club’ for S2.  Pupils from Tranent, Musselburgh and Dunbar secondary schools have just completed their first term’s programme of activities.  These included watersports, indoor climbing (working toward their NICAS award) and some outdoor cooking.  Then at the beginning of the month the group planned and then climbed Ben Vrackie a Corbett  in the southern highlands above Pitlochry.

Next term they will progress through their NICAS levels at the local climbing wall, gain a first-aid qualification and we have some more winter adventures planned including a residential to the Cairngorms where the pupils will get to grips with some of the highest and wildest mountains in Scotland.

We still have spaces on this programme for Term 2 joiners. So if you have any S2 at your school who could benefit learning new skills, growing in confidence and resilience then please contact

The summit shot

Ross High Expedition Training

Silver Award Duke Of Edinburgh students engaged in a weekend of training in preparation for their expedition. The three days of training (Friday to Sunday) consisted of rescue training – getting very wet; HSE One day Emergency First Aid course; Trip along the coast from North Berwick with some wet launching and landing exercises toward the end of the day.

The pupils were engaged all weekend in varying weather conditions – rain on Friday through to bright sunshine and sea breezes on Sunday. The level of paddling skills of the group was of a very high standard and I am very much looking forward to helping them achieve a successful expedition. The paddling competence of the group is such that we will be looking to ensure that they are paddling on the sea – somewhere on the West coast is likely – group yet to decide.

Thanks must go the school staff who continue to geve fantastic support to their pupils’ endeavours. – Mr Laud; Mr Gill; Mr Berry this past weekend.

This group require a DofE accredited assessor for their assessed expedition in August /September 2012. Please post a reply if it is something that you would be able to commit to.