Courses and Events

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We're here to help you improve your skills, get trained and be inspired.  Our experienced unit provides a range of courses to suit different needs. We can help you get started as a beginner or develop more advanced skills. 

Courses cover all sorts of topics, conditions and settings with both practical experience and theory. Whether you're learning the basics, brushing up on your skills, preparing for assessment or simply wanting to experience something new with qualified leaders, we have something for you. But, of course, our main aim is to inspire and equip volunteers to be able to deliver and expand Scouting adventures to even more young people.  

You might ask, 'why are mountain activities so special?' If you've ever experienced the power and beauty of the moors, hills or mountains, you'll know they can take your breath away with their beauty. Wonder, imagination, achievement, exploration and escape - just some of the things that young people can learn in these magnificent settings. With the help of skilled leaders this can translate into confidence, resilience, teamwork, determination and leadership skills. Once they've got the taste for adventure, it becomes a mindset for life.  

Forthcoming Events

17thSeptember 2017 - Introductory Day (Training)

Mafeking Hall Bristol, Redwick Rd, Pilning, Bristol BS35 4LQ

Cost: £5.00

This is designed for leaders who want to learn the basics to take their scouts out walking anywhere, particularly in Terrain 0 and Terrain 1.  The morning is in the scout hut in Pilning covering the basics and in the afternoon we travel over to S Wales to have a walk over the Sugarloaf where the skills can be practiced in an informal way.

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL - NO FURTHER BOOKINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED

13th to 15th October 2017 - Basic Skills Weekend (Training)

Plas Dolygaer Mountain Centre, Ponticill, Merther Tydfil, S Wales http://www.dolygaer-scouts.co.uk/accommodation.htm

Cost: £70.00

There is a £5.00 discount for 18-25s.

This weekend is an ideal follow on to the Introductory Day.  It is fully catered in a new bunkhouse in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.  It is designed for those who want to learn the basics and are building their walking experience. We will explain how the Hillwalking Permit Scheme works in a practical environment.  It is also ideal for those leaders working towards a T1 permit or those who just want to get some log book experience.  T1 assessments may be available.

Event booking form can be found here. (CLOSING DATE 30th SEPTEMBER 2017)

23rd to 25th February 2018 - Winter Walking Weekend (Training)

Tyn Y Berth Mountain Centre, Corris Uchaf, Machynlleth SY20 9RH

http://www.widehorizons.org.uk/centre/bryn-coedwig-mountain-centre/

Cost: £75.00

There is a £5.00 Discount for bookings before 31st December and an additional £5.00 Discount for 18-25s.

This weekend is an ideal follow on to the Basic Skills Weekend.  It is fully catered in a newly refurbished bunkhouse in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park close to Cadair Idris.  It is designed for those who are building their walking experience, working towards a T2 permit or just want to get some log book days. It will also be possible to be assessed for a T2 permit during in the weekend. (We will require a minimum of four weeks notice if you want to be assessed) If we get suitable winter conditions and attendees have suitable footwear then we will be in a position to instruct and practice the skills required to walk in snow and ice. (Ice Axe and Crampons can be provided)

Event booking form can be found here.

Funding for these courses is often available.  Speak to your line manager in the first instance.  If you require any further information on the courses please contact hillwalking@avonscouts.org.uk 

In addition further Log Book Experience days will pop up as instructors plan them.

 

Watch this space for more details of these events as they become available.