More Blog Posts
- Update from The Roseland Outdoor Education Centre - May 2013
- Gold DofE Residential Opportunities - Waterbased Skills
- Explorer Project at Carnyorth Environmental Centre
- DofE East Cornwall Networking/Information Event,
- British Canoe Union 4 Star Leader Training
- Moorland Leaders Forum
- Cornwall Orienteering Club – KERNO
- Ten Tors 2013
- Moorland Leader Qualifications
- Trythall School Expedition to the Helford River
We have survived all that the Cornish weather has thrown at us over the last few weeks!
More importantly all the children and staff visiting the centre have still had a great time.
Firstly I want to reflect on something that took place back in March. Tywardreath School came and worked with one of our favourite artists, Ashley Hanson to create all sorts fabulous work the end result being this amazing piece (5 meters long) made up of 68 individual canvases. This work is now installed at school. Well done to all involved!
Cornwall Outdoors is offering 2 opportunities for Gold Residentials at Roseland Outdoor Education Centre, near Truro. Each residential will include several adventure activities with the possibility of gaining national certification (see below) and a conservation day working with local environmental agencies. Evening activities will include teambuilding activities, a beach evening and an art workshop. Food will be provided however as part of the experience the group will be self-catering. Minibus pick-up<
The Explorer Project is well under way at two schools in West Cornwall, St Madderns and St Mary’s RC school. We are doing the activity in both schools with years 3, 4, 5 and 6 which is an extra challenge for the centre staff but it seems to be working well with the younger children being helped by the older. Both schools have had a fun day of team building, finding out about 4 British explorers and designing their own willow classroom, with the children helping to plant the willow structure.
Typical! Our first BCU Leader training course this winter coincided with the weekend when the South West was covered with a deluge of rain. Ten hardy souls gathered at Delaware Outdoor Education Centre in late November to complete their leader training in open canoes, 1 day on open water and 1 day on moving water. Delegates had come from as far afield as South Wales, London and Hertfordshire to throw themselves (literally) into 2 days of training in paddling and leadership skills.
The Cornwall winter orienteering series kicked off on Sunday 28 th October at Minions, Bodmin Moor. Organised by Kerno – Cornwall Orienteering Club – these events take place once a month across the length and breadth of Cornwall. Forthcoming venues include Gwithian, Dunmere, Polly Joke and Lanhydrock. Details of all the fixtures and how to take part can be found on the club’s website.
I recently attended the Ten Tors team managers’ briefing at Okehampton Army Camp. For those not in the know the Ten Tors event is an annual challenge for young expedition teams who attempt to complete routes from north to south on Dartmoor. The official website can be found at: Ten Tors.
I recently spent a very enjoyable and productive couple of days on Dartmoor running a moorland leader training course. There were a number of teachers and D of E leaders in attendance and we were walking in the Crazy Well Pool area. The training is run under the auspices of the South West Mountain and Moorland Leader Training Scheme, now established for nearly 30 years.
Cornwall Outdoors has, for many years, run outdoor activities both at centres and for individual schools where ever required. This year we had a request from Matt Strevens at Trythall School for some support for a residential with a difference. After a telephone conversation we organised a planning day to look more closely at the possibilities and undertake the journey. Matt outlines his views on the planning day below.