Hillwalking training

Hillwalking training

There are many leaders in the Region who have considered ‘going for a permit’, specifically a Scouting Terrain 1 or Terrain 2 permit, but who have found it difficult to arrange the training required.

The Region can now offer two complementary initiatives which should help with this.

Davy Virdee

Davy says: “I intend to run a few single day and evening modular training courses this spring/summer to start leaders on the path to gain the skills and experience to get a Terrain 1 or 2 permit.”

Davy, who is a professional mountaineering instructor, has outlined details as a blog on his website.  Please get in touch with him directly to indicate your interest.

David Newton

David, the DESC for Craigalmond, is planning a Regional residential training weekend this Autumn, similar to the successful one he organised for his District last year, to be followed by an assessment weekend next Spring.  He gives details and asks for replies using a survey.

For many people, the answer could be to take part in both initiatives and build experience on the way.  The two links above provide a lot of information and further links to relevant sources elsewhere.

I would encourage all those interested to check the links out and sign up as soon as possible.

John Buchanan, ARC Explorers and RA DofE, who knows how much we need more permits!

Bonaly Open Sessions

Bonaly Open Sessions

Do you know what’s new and improved at Bonaly?

Come along to our Open Sessions!

Over the last two years things have been steadily improving with the site and activities.  Okay, yes we had some extreme setbacks like the toilets were burned down, but come and see the new ones for 2018!!  Whether you have never been to Bonaly or haven’t been for some time we urge you to come along to see the Centre and site now and also hear how we are further improving.  Try out the activities yourself, understand what badges you can do with your group while on-site and explore the wonderful 26 acres the Region owns.

Our Activity Instructors will be on hand to talk through the adventurous activities we offer and to give you a taster if you wish. See the improvements to the buildings and find any last-minute dates that are available.  Or come and find out how we can help you plan your camp and make it cost effective for your group.  And of course Bonaly isn’t just about camps – you can come along for evening visits for campfires, or for an afternoon of outdoor activities.

The Open Sessions are Monday 23 April from 6-8.30pm and Sunday 29 April 2.30-5pm.  If you would like to come along please complete your details here and we will send you some more information.   If you are a parent and you need to bring your family to enable you to come along to either session, please do.

Gillian Fraser, Regional Operations Manager