Are your school’s residentials brilliant? Autumn Term 2016 survey

Posted: Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (OEAP) is a member of the Learning Away Consortium and is supporting the ‘Brilliant Residentials’ campaign. The campaign is promoting and championing school trips with an overnight stay and disseminating the compelling findings of the Learning Away programme.  The ‘Brilliant Residentials’ campaign aims to increase the number of residential trips taking place across the UK and improve the quality of residential experiences.  We would be very grateful if you could complete a short online survey (which should take no more than 5 minutes). This survey should be completed for any residential that took place during the autumn term 2016. The sort of information we will be able to provide you with is on the two documents attached to this page.  The deadline for the completion of this survey is Easter. The survey is here.  When completing the survey you will be asked for 5 figure ‘identification code’. Your code is AW101. We are circulating these surveys...

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In Praise of the Storm Shelter

Posted: Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Storm shelters can be referred to as mountain shelters, bothy bags or group shelters, but essentially it is the same piece of equipment. Although they may seem cumbersome at first, and the appearance of another group using them may even seem humorous as they flap about high on a hill, they have a place which should be considered by your expedition groups.  Imagine them as hungry. It is lunchtime and they really should stop and replenish the fuel for the energy systems, but it is cold and wet, and to do so could make them even colder. These are the circumstances in which a storm shelter can be the answer. Combined with a mat to sit on, and a spot slightly out of the wind, almost immediate relief can be found from the conditions. The more bodies inside the shelter then the quicker everyone will warm up, and there will be enough time to take on the much needed calories.  Storm shelters come in a few sizes, from one or two capacity, up to eight to ten. Having one or more shelters...

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Planning the Next Expedition

Posted: Friday, 04 March 2016

  What better on a snowy winter morning than to plan your next expedition.   The planning is such a large part of the expedition, and can be almost as rewarding. For me it starts rather like the bidding process for the World Cup or Olympics. Several options are out on the table, quite literally if you have the space. For my own experience this coming summer, it was Utah and Idaho, Germany and Switzerland, or Scandinavia. Over a period of time the pros and cons of each are considered, and on a particular set date the options are gradually narrowed down until just one remains. Now, more in depth planning can be undertaken. This is perfect entertainment for the long winter evenings.   For those lucky enough to get the experience, the expedition is one the most memorable experiences of school life. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is particularly memorable as that element of adventure: age consideration is so much greater. Young people are engrossed by the idea of being remotely supervised....

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The National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes - Survey

Posted: Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes are run by the Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust (of which I am the p/t Exec Officer). We are a really small educational charity, and our schemes deliver a progressive incentive scheme that provides a gateway from city centre indoor climbing, into a pathway of life-long participation in climbing mountaineering. Since its creation in 2008, The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) has introduced over 80,000 young people to climbing, with c.12,000 new participants this year alone. Reacting to recent trends in the growth of bouldering and the increase of urban bouldering centres; The new National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) is proving successful, with over one thousand new “boulderers” since the launch of the scheme in October 2014. Over 500 of these new climbers have already achieved an award. NIBAS has been specifically designed to support teachers using bouldering walls in schools, and...

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