Out There Award (Lanark)

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

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

During the pandemic, it’s important for young adults to have the skills to enjoy Covid-secure walks and responsibly access the outdoors. The Out There Award is a great chance to do this while improving your physical and mental wellbeing and meeting like-minded young people which is more vital than ever.

As we all adapt to a ‘new normal’, we’ve slightly rejigged the Out There Award to give young adults the skills to plan new exciting local walks during the pandemic while safely extending your social networks and accessing our fantastic community of young walking groups.

The award is split over two non-consecutive days, both with a different focus: outdoor skills, and a group challenge walk, planned and led by the group. Click here for details of the daily itineraries.

Each day is designed to help break down the barriers that sadly stop many young adults from enjoying the outdoors as well as the challenges we all currently face getting out there during Covid-19 – while helping you meet a new network of like-minded people.

Everyone who completes the elements of the Out There Award will receive:

A full year of Ramblers membership, worth up to £36.60

A Ramblers Scotland neck buff

An Out There Award Certificate

A Ramblers Scotland tote bag

And 1,000 Young Scot Reward points!

You’ll also unlock access to Ramblers Scotland’s six young walking groups, made up of friendly people who love walking, social events and getting out there.

Before coronavirus, we’d already enjoyed brilliant days with enthusiastic young adults in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Tayside, Stirling, Inverness and Edinburgh and we’re hoping to continue to get Scotland’s young people out there during these uncertain times.

We make sure we provide a welcoming and fun atmosphere for participants while adhering to socially distant learning principles. Most people don't know anyone when they turn up, so don't worry if you're signing up alone!

Why not pop along to one of our fortnightly online Introduction to the Out There Award sessions to find out more about the Award, meet fellow participants and meet the Ramblers instructor who'll be delivering the Award.


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

Day one: outdoor skills - Saturday 25th September 2021 – 10:00am - Lanark

This is a fun chance to pick up valuable outdoor skills in a friendly environment, while also getting to know your fellow Out There Award participants. This day will be run by a trained instructor and will involve fun group activities that help you learn the important skills needed to safely enjoy great days outdoors in Scotland.

We’ll cover topics including:

Keeping walking during COVID 19

Where to walk in Scotland

Access rights and responsibilities

Outdoor equipment and clothing

What food and drink to carry

Navigation skills

Planning your group challenge walk

We’ll be outdoors all day, gradually putting these skills into practice culminating in a social walk planned and led by you and your fellow participants.

The activities are designed to prepare you for the next exciting award day.

Day two: a group challenge walk – Saturday 2nd October 2021- 9:00am - Planned and led by the Out There Award participants

Using everything we learned on the skills day, your group will plan and complete a challenging walk in your local countryside.

This day is designed to get you to use your new skills to discover new local walks, giving you the tools to keep walking through the pandemic and beyond, and increase your physical and mental wellbeing.

This challenge walk is your chance to get out there and get exploring whilst having fun with the group.This day is designed to help you make the most of great local walks during Covid-19.

Next steps: joining up with a Young Walkers group

We want to encourage you to take your next step getting by getting out there with your local Young Walkers group, using your new free Ramblers membership. We’ll link you up to our network of welcoming young adults, who lead amazing walks that can help you keep getting out there during Covid-19 and beyond.

As a Ramblers member, you’ll also be able to unlock access to all our free navigation, first aid and Walk Leadership training, to help you keep walking through COVID and beyond.


By the end of the award we hope you will have learned new skills to help you keep walking through COVID 19, challenged yourself, had fun and made friends.

Most importantly, we want you to feel confident and inspired to continue your journey #OutThere in Scotland during COVID 19 and beyond.

By applying to be a part of the Out There Award, you also are consenting to The Ramblers contacting you by email to share information about The Ramblers. This information will include facts about the work we do, information about future award events, the benefits of being a member of the Ramblers and how to become a member. We may also communicate with you to promote the work we do as a charity. We will keep you up to date with our news, campaigns, events and fundraising activities. We will also contact you with a questionnaire at the beginning and end of the award to track awardee development and satisfaction.

Please be assured that The Ramblers will do everything to ensure that the personal information you provide us with will remain secure. We will never sell your personal data.

If you’d like any more information, please email or call Sam on 0131 357 5850.

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Ramblers Scotland helps everyone, everywhere, to get outdoors and enjoy walking and other activities.  We work to promote walking, secure our access rights, protect the countryside and help develop path networks.  We are the representative body for walkers in Scotland and a Scottish governing body of sport.  We are part of the Ramblers, with a long tradition of working across Britain for all who enjoy walking.

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