Here’s what to expect during the three days of your Out There Award...
This is a fun chance to pick up valuable outdoor skills in a friendly environment, while also getting to know your fellow Out There Award participants. Rather than sitting and listening to us speak, we’ll run fun group activities that help you learn about the important skills needed to safely enjoy great days outdoors in Scotland.
We’ll cover topics in the morning including:
Then we’ll all head outdoors and gradually put these skills into practice on a gentle walk planned and led by you and your fellow participants.
The activities are designed to prepare you for the next exciting award day.
Using everything we learned on the skills day, the group will select an appropriate challenging walk. This could be a long-distance route, a scenic coastal trail or an iconic mountain. We'll be either car-pooling or using a minibus to reach the location.
In the company of a trained Ramblers walk leader, we will work as a team to complete this challenge.
Previous Out There Award groups have tackled long distance walks along the West Highland Way and at the Falls of Clyde, while some have even bagged their first Munros in the Cairngorms.
Volunteering is the lifeblood of the Ramblers, and we want our Out There Award groups to get the chance to give something back to Scotland’s great outdoors.
We’ll roll up our sleeves and get stuck into a volunteer activity that we can be proud of completing at the end of the day. Again, we'll either car-pool or use a minibus to reach the location.
However, it's not just hard work! Our groups often find this the most rewarding day of the scheme, as it’s a chance to work together on great projects, with interesting people, in stunning locations.
Examples of past volunteering sessions includes working with the Mountains and the People charity to improve the paths on the Cobbler near Arrochar. Participants have also planted native trees with the Borders Forest Trust and helped protected Scotland’s wild places. Other options include taking your first steps towards leading a group by attending Ramblers Scotland Walk Leadership Training.
By the end of the three days we hope you will have learned new skills, challenged yourself, increased your employability, had fun and made friends.
Most importantly, we want you to feel confident and inspired to continue your journey #OutThere in Scotland.
Book on to an Out There Award scheme today.