Out There Award (Inverness)

Out There Award (Inverness)

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Free

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North Kessock Car Park (Opposite North Kessock Hotel)

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North Kessock

Inverness

IV1 3XN

United Kingdom

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Our free Out There Award will help kick-start your journey into the outdoors!

About this event

Are you aged 18-26 and keen to learn the skills to explore Scotland on foot?

”One of the best experiences of my life.” Emma who joined an Out There Award in Glasgow

The Out There Award has been designed to kick-start your journey into the outdoors, while helping you meet people, boost your CV and build confidence along the way.

We run awards in accessible locations so anyone can get the skills they need to carry on exploring afterwards. It’s for everyone, regardless of your background, experience, location or budget.

It’s not a formal qualification and you’re not being assessed! It’s all about taking part, learning skills and having fun in the process. We make sure we provide a welcoming and fun atmosphere for participants. Most people don't know anyone when they turn up, so don't worry if you're signing up alone!

The award is split over two non-consecutive days, with between four and eight participants per award scheme. Day One focuses on introductory outdoor skills, and day two is your exploring day, a social walk led by you and your fellow participants. Each day is designed to break down the barriers that sadly stop many young adults from enjoying the outdoors.

Everyone who completes the award receives:

    • A year of Ramblers membership worth £36.60
    • A Ramblers starter pack, crammed full of navigation and safety essentials worth £22.95
    • An Out There Award certificate
    • Access to exclusive member training and away weekends
    • And 1,000 Young Scot Reward points

When you’ve completed the Award, we’ll help you meet friendly local Young Walkers’ groups who lead amazing walks across Scotland.

You’ll also get access to the Out There Award Plus, which involves two days of volunteering and an overnight introduction to camping. If you’ve not got a tent, don’t worry! We can provide you with the kit you need to get involved and pick up the skills to become a responsible camper.

“With this knowledge, along with the friends I made during this award, it has motivated me to be better prepared when exploring the incredible walks and sights Scotland has to offer.” Jenkins who joined an Out There Award in Edinburgh

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Inverness programme

Here’s what to expect during the two days of your Out There Award...

Day one: outdoor skills - Saturday 27 August 2022 – 10am to 5pm - North Kessock Car Park

This is a fun chance to get hands on with maps and navigation in a friendly environment, while also getting to know your fellow Out There Award participants. We’ll cover the important skills needed to safely enjoy great days outdoors. It’s a practical day walking and exploring outdoors in whatever weather Scotland throws our way. We usually cover about 7km.

We’ll cover topics including:

  • How to be a self-sufficient walker
  • How to safely plan a walk
  • Your access rights and responsibilities
  • Outdoor equipment and clothing
  • What food and drink to carry
  • Core introductory navigation skills for using maps
  • Intro compass skills
  • Staying safe when you’re out and about

If you haven’t got all the gear have no fear. We can lend you anything you need to attend the award, so just get in touch when you sign up.

Day two: exploring day – Sunday 28 August 2022 - 9:30am to 5pm - Inverness Explore Walk

Using everything we learned on the skills day, your group will complete a suitable navigational exploring walk. We will use a WhatsApp group chat to plan the walk after the skills day. The day is led by the group, the aim is not to just walk vast distances, its about practicing skills and exploring in a fun, social setting.

By this stage you’ll have the confidence to plan a walk, navigate, work as a team and look out for each other and most importantly, you’ll decide when and where to have lunch! An instructor will be with you just in case you need a helping hand.

Your onward journey

By the end of the award we hope you will have challenged yourself, got some freebies, made friends and learned new skills to help you keep walking.

Most importantly, we want you to feel confident and inspired to continue your journey #OutThere in Scotland.

If you can't make this Out There Award have no fear, why not check out our other delivery dates across Scotland here.

To see more of what the award looks like follow our young adult development officer Sam Knight, who is @rambingknight on Instagram and Twitter - and delivers the skills and exploring days.

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If you’d like any more information, please email sam.knight@ramblers.org.uk or call Sam on 0131 357 5850.

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