The Award is a valuable range of experiences for young people. For successful completion at Gold level they must, over an extended period, be involved in community work, develop their own skills and fitness, work with others on projects and also complete a fairly testing 4 day expedition in unfamiliar territory. Last year we had some participants in the Share Centre in Fermanagh helping with groups of younger and disabled persons in activities.
Many volunteered with the Grass Roots conservation group, local Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies, Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade and contributed positively to their communities. The range of physical activities and skills developed was as broad as the numbers of participants; motocross, tennis, guitar, piano, running and rugby to name just a few examples.
Last year’s Gold expeditions were again in Wicklow, many thanks to Aaron and Sue at the Mountain Ventures Hostel http://www.mountainventures.ie for their warm welcome and support.
The scheme continues this year with another 3 groups bound for the Dublin and Wicklow mountains for their Gold expeditions at the end of June. They will be on several day walks through October and November and their 3 day practice expedition will be at the start of the Easter break. Last year for the first time our groups also gained certificates in emergency first aid, attending a full day course in Tollymore Mountain Centre. Our thanks to the staff at Tollymore who made it a thoroughly interesting and worthwhile day. This was a great success and so we will be repeating the exercise with this year’s participants.