Blog | How training helped us deliver more adventure
Supporting our volunteers to deliver outdoor adventure for young people is an important part of our Skills for Life Plan.
We launched our Outdoors and Adventure Conference at Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead earlier this year to help Leaders to develop their practical outdoors skills. Beaver Leader Nikki tells us how the event has helped her Group to put more adventure in their programme.
“I think it’s great that Scouting offers a programme that crosses a wide variety of subject areas but I was especially keen to develop skills that would encourage young people to be outdoors, experiencing the fun and challenges of outdoor activities and learning about their environment.
Participating in outdoors activities offers young people opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem through conquering challenges in a fun, adventurous, yet safe environment.
"Outdoors pursuits also give young people opportunities to develop skills that will be useful for later in life or in the workplace: skills including teamwork, leadership, organisation skills, communication, problem-solving and decision-making.
Outdoors and Adventure Conference
“I attended the Outdoors and Adventure Conference with fellow leaders from the 25th Braid Scout Group, representing all Sections, and between us, we took part in workshops in hill skills, rock-climbing, wild camping, shelter building, bushcraft, orienteering and water sports.
“Following the Outdoors and Adventure Conference, I also attended a ‘Wild Camping and Leave no Trace’ Leaders’ weekend at Lochgoilhead in the summer. This allowed us to learn about this subject in more depth and to put into practice what we had learnt by spending a fabulous weekend wild camping at the foot of Ben Vane.
Weekends like this make you feel more motivated and inspired to continue in your role as a leader.
“Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead is a brilliant place to train. Aside from the stunning location, the staff and facilities on site are second-to-none. We appreciated comfy dorms, hot showers and a drying room, and kitchen staff who conjure up fantastic filling and nutritious meals. Lochgoilhead also offers amazing activities including mountain biking, water sports, hillwalking and archery and high ropes courses. The instructors are all highly qualified, experienced and keen to share their knowledge.
“Scouting Leaders have the enthusiasm and desire to offer a fun and interesting programme, but as volunteers, we don’t always have the resources to develop the skills required to achieve this. Opportunities such as the Outdoor Conference and other training weekends (especially if some funding is available) acknowledge that and provide valuable opportunities.
“Since the conference, we have incorporated all of these activities into our meetings and, with proper training behind us, have felt much more confident at sharing our new skills. This has made for a really interesting and adventurous term for us and the young people. We’ve hardly been in the halls at all and have had really good feedback from young people and their parents."
We’ll be running the Outdoors and Adventure Conference on 8-10 March 2019, so look out for booking details soon on our social media channels and in our e-news.
Our Scout Adventures Centres run training courses for adult volunteers regularly.