Try the Out There Award

Out There Award

Are you aged 18-26 and keen to learn the skills to explore new local places on foot?

During the pandemic, it’s important for young adults to have the skills to enjoy Covid-secure walks and responsibly access the outdoors. The Out There Award is a great chance to do this while improving your physical and mental wellbeing and meeting like-minded young people which is more vital than ever, as shown by this YoungScot survey.

As we all adapt to a ‘new normal’, we’ve slightly rejigged the Out There Award to include both online and in-person sessions that give young adults the skills to plan new exciting local walks during the pandemic while safely extending your social networks and accessing our fantastic community of young walking groups.

Sign up for upcoming Out There Award events here

The award is split over two non-consecutive days, both with a different focus: outdoor skills, and a group challenge walk, planned and led by the group. Click here for details of the daily itineraries.

Each day is designed to help break down the barriers that sadly stop many young adults from enjoying the outdoors as well as the challenges we all currently face getting out there during Covid-19 – while helping you meet a new network of like-minded people.
Everyone who completes the elements of the Out There Award will receive:
  • A full year of Ramblers membership, worth up to £36.60
  • A Ramblers Scotland neck buff
  • An Out There Award Certificate
  • A Ramblers Scotland tote bag
  • And 1,000 Young Scot Reward points!

You’ll also unlock access to Ramblers Scotland’s six young walking groups, made up of friendly people who love walking, social events and getting out there. 

Before coronavirus, we’d already enjoyed brilliant days with enthusiastic young adults in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Tayside, Stirling, Inverness and Edinburgh and we’re hoping to continue to get Scotland’s young people out there during these uncertain times. 

We make sure we provide a welcoming and fun atmosphere for participants while adhering to socially distant learning principles. Most people don't know anyone when they turn up, so don't worry if you're signing up alone!

“With this knowledge, along with the friends I made during this award, it has motivated me to be better prepared when exploring the incredible walks and sights Scotland has to offer.” Jenkins

“I would personally describe the Out There award as one of the best experiences of my life.” Emma

The award has been made possible thanks to funding from Active Scotland and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Out There Award is part of the Out There campaign, which is working to make it much easier for everyone to enjoy the benefits of Scotland's landscapes and world-class access rights.
We’re also interested in running award schemes for existing groups and organisations. If you attend, or work with, groups of 18 to 26-year-olds and fancy getting involved, please get in touch about arranging a free bespoke Out There Award. We can work with group sizes of up to eight people at a time.