Hillwalking training update

Hillwalking training update

There has been an excellent response to last month’s announcement of two complementary initiatives to provide training for Hillwalking permits (see original article).

David Newton

David, the DESC for Craigalmond, is going ahead with organising 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 with Lochgoilhead staff next Spring. There has been sufficient interest to make this viable and further applications will be welcomed with a deadline of 20 May. He gives details and asks for replies using a survey (please note, this will be live until 20 May).

Davy Virdee

Davy’s project, offering single day and evening modular training courses, is under way.  He gives details of this and invites further applications in a separate article.

DofE and other Expeditions and Terrain Permits

Davy’s article also explains some of the matters to be considered when organising expeditions in the hills – which is most of Scotland!  Bear in mind that you can also contact the Regional Adviser (DofE), John Buchanan, for advice on DofE.

Hillwalking and climbing information

Hillwalking and climbing information

The Region ran a taster training session on 30 April. Eight leaders from across the Region spent an evening with Mountaineering Instructors Davy Virdee and Martin Holland looking at the skills needed to move towards gaining a hillwalking permit.

There’s lots of demand for hillwalking training, and Davy Virdee – the Regional assessor – will now start to schedule more training events. Feel free to contact him for more information. (Photos Nikki Maclean)

Night navigation in the hills

Duke of Edinburgh and Remote Supervision

Duke of Edinburgh expeditions are common amongst many Explorer Units.

For remotely supervised expeditions in Terrain 1 and Terrain 2 a supervisory permit is required in addition to your leadership permit. To get a supervisory permit, you should have a good leadership experience in your chosen terrain and be able to draw up comprehensive supervision plans for the groups you are intending to remotely supervise. Most, if not all Silver and Gold expeditions will fall into Terrain 1 and Terrain 2.

Bronze expeditions, typically take place in Terrain Zero, and so no leadership nor supervisory hillwalking permits are needed. However, District Commissioner Authorisation is required. As part of this notification should be to produce a comprehensive supervision plan for your expedition. If in doubt, you can pass along expedition plans to Davy Virdee for advice.

Hillwalking in the Pentland and Lammermuir Hills – Terrain Zero

The Pentland and Lammermuir Hills are on doorstep of the Region – and with good planning, much of it falls into Terrain Zero (https://members.scouts.org.uk/por9.28) and as such you do not need a permit to explore them.

However, you must follow the rules which can be found here:

https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/30/hillwalking?moduleID=24&cat=26,407,351

These include asking for authorisation and providing route plans and risk assessments.

The Regional assessor is happy to consider restricted permits to leaders wanting to take groups to the tops of hills like Lammer Law and Carnethy Hill. Please contact Davy for more details.

Climbing

Davy Virdee is also Regional assessor for all climbing and other mountaineering based activities.

More Information and Contact

http://www.mountainactive.co.uk/blog/se-scotland-hillwalking-training/

davy@mountainactive.co.uk

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