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Welcome back from a busy summer

Welcome back everyone from the Summer break - I have certainly been busy over the last few weeks.  We had young people undertaking gold residentials at two of our Centres - The Roseland delivered Canoeing and Sailing along with some volunteering with the National Trust Ranger over at Treliske and Phillieigh Fayre.  I also helped with the GO WILD residential at Carnyorth which proved very popular and adventurous.  We explored the wild parts of Penwith and bivvied overnight in old mining tunnels, after drinking fresh mint tea and swimming in a beautiful rock pool.  The young people also did some art work and attended Minack Theatre and did a dawn till dusk walk around the Moors. We will definately be repeating this next summer. I will soon list further residential opportunities for Gold DofE courses in Cornwall.

Also I took part in a new training course being offered by Cornwall Outdoors - National Water Safety Management Course accreditted by Royal Life Saving Society - this involved a day and a half training to complete the 3 modules.  After a classrooom session we  spent time using throw lines to potential victims at Marazion Beach and the next day we were swimming around saving each other in Penzance Harbour and learning defensive techniques to protect ourselves from panicking victims and techniques to bring them to safety.  A brilliant interesting course which has given me a new qualification.  I am now qualified as competent to manage groups and people at local water sites, the beach and in the water.  Its well worth attending and was a great fun way of learning. Ideal if you take school trips out  to such sites or the beach or go canoeing etc.  Check out our course page for details of  next dates (groups can be catered for on demand).

Several expeditions have taken place over the summer and I wish to thank all those leaders who have given up so much of their own time to help the young people achieve their treks.  DofE volunteers are a fantastic bunch of people who put the young people first and give so much of their own time to he help them achieve success.  There are many roles for volunteers to help around the county - please get in touch if you are interested  Currently I am seeking assistance for two of my Open award Centres - The Lizard OAC need a qualified Mountain Leader to help with their expedition programme for next season and Reachout OAC occassionally need a female volunteer (preferably someone who can canoe to BCU 2 or 3 standard) to accompany them on occasional bronze waterborne expeditions.  Please get in touch with me if you can help - over 18s would be preferred.  I am always happy to discuss possible volunteering options with you and give you more information.

By Karin Saunders at 5 Sep 2014, 11:49 AM