Try the Out There Award

Learn skills and meet young walkers 

If you’re aged 18-26, Ramblers Scotland’s Out There Award will kick-start your journey into the outdoors while helping you meet other young walkers, learn skills and have fun along the way.  
Whether you’re interested in getting the skills to go Munro bagging, making some new mates or simply improving your health through gentler walks, this free two-day award scheme is for everyone, regardless of your background, experience, location or budget.
Day One offers basic training in outdoor skills. Then on Day Two you will enjoy a group exploring walk, led by you and your fellow participants. 

Everyone who completes the award gets: 

  • A year of Ramblers membership worth £36.60
  • A Ramblers starter pack, crammed full of navigation and safety essentials worth £22.95
  • When you’ve completed the Award, we’ll help you meet friendly local Young Walkers’ groups, using your free Ramblers membership. 

You’ll also get access to the Out There Award Plus, which involves two days of volunteering and a night's introduction to camping. If you’ve not got a tent, don’t worry! We’ve all the kit you need to get involved.

Sign up for upcoming Out There Award events

Day one: outdoor skills 

In a friendly environment, we’ll cover the basic skills needed to begin to enjoy great days outdoors, safely. This will include: 

  • How to be a self-sufficient walker
  • How to safely plan a walk
  • Your access rights and responsibilities
  • Outdoor equipment and clothing
  • What food and drink to carry
  • Core introductory navigation skills for using maps
  • Intro compass skills 
  • Staying safe when you’re out and about

We can lend you any gear you need, so just get in touch when signing up.  

Day two: A group exploring walk 

Your group will navigate around a suitable exploring walk.  

By this stage you’ll have the confidence to plan your walk, navigate and work as a team. A trained instructor will be there to deliver more outdoor skills session and, just in case you need a helping hand.  

By the end of the award we hope you will have challenged yourself, made friends and learned new skills. 

Most importantly, we want you to feel confident and inspired to continue your journey #OutThere in Scotland. 

To see more of what the award looks like follow our young adult development officer Sam Knight - @ramblingknight on Instagram and Twitter.

Training for young adult groups 

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-old's and fancy getting involved, please get in touch to arrange a free bespoke Out There Award.  

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