Why aren't more teachers heading for the hills?
Guest blogger Gill Leasor, one of The Trust's dedicated education account executives shares her experiences from our recent outdoor learning taster course in the Lake District.
Our Taster weekend got off to a flying start with a quick lunch and hot drink before heading off into two teams to get kitted out in our very glam waterproofs and wellies, ready for an adventurous afternoon gorge walking. Before beginning the ascent of the gorge, our group discussed how we would take responsibility not only for our own safety but that of our team mates. A cold wet and blustery day couldn't dampen our spirits - let's face it we were gonna get wet anyway!
Back at The Trust's Howtown centre we were welcomed with tea and cake before embarking on a tour of the centre and its facilities. Kim Parry, The Trusts' Commercial Director kicked off the evening with pre dinner drinks and nibbles followed by an informal presentation about the work of The Trust and the opportunities open to young people. Some great conversations were had around the dinner table as we all enjoyed a chance to get to know each other a little better.
Day 2 of our Taster course began with a prompt 7.30 breakfast (fill your boots people, we have a full mountain day ahead of us!). My team headed straight out from the centre armed with our maps and plenty of warm layers to begin our Hallin Fell scramble. As the weather became increasingly challenging with force 8-9 gusts and driving rain, so did our determination to reach the top of the fell. The adverse weather conditions created the perfect opportunity for team work and with a little help along the way, (and a few bad jokes mostly courtesy of Matt from Harris Academy) we reached the top together. The only casualty of the day was my hat, which was blown clean off my head and back down the fell from whence we came. In the famous words of Elsa from Frozen - Let it go, let it go.....and I did!
We all felt that we had earned a slice of carrot cake (one or two of us had a bit of chocolate cake too :)) after such a bracing but thoroughly exhilarating day. Our instructors Jim, Kim, Ankia and Mitch, as always, did us proud and kept us all focused with loads of interesting snippets about our local environment and heritage along the way.
A big thank you to all our guests for embracing your Taster weekend with such enthusiasm and gusto in the true spirit of an Outward Bound "wild" adventure!
Do you work in the education sector with young people?
Why not join us for a free education taster course.
Our next course will be held on:
26/27 Feb 2016, Loch Eil, Highlands
22/23 Apr 2016, Howtown, Lake District