Taking to the hills, moors or mountains can be exciting, inspiring and challenging. They can provide a great setting for team and self-development, fun and adventure. Avon County have a vibrant and active hillwalking unit. They help volunteers to meet activity authorisation training requirements and develop the necessary skills, experience and confidence and to deliver safe and adventurous hillwalking activities. They're supportive, friendly, enthusiastic and ready to help you get started. Not only do volunteers have fun in the outdoors safely, they get to learn new things, make friends and see some pretty amazing places!
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Courses & Events
The Avon Hill Climbing Unit is here to help you improve your skills, get trained and be inspired. Their experienced unit provides a range of courses to suit different needs. They 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, their 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.
Full details can be found on the website at: http://www.avonscouts.org.uk/activity-adventure/land/hillwalking/courses-and-events/
Bookings for all these events are now been taken. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment and to save money.
17thSeptember 2017 - Introductory Day (Training)
Mafeking Hall Bristol, Redwick Rd, Pilning, Bristol BS35 4LQ
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 a relaxed environment.
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
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.
23rd to 25th February 2018 - Winter Walking Weekend (Training)
Tyn Y Berth Mountain Centre, Corris Uchaf, Machynlleth SY20 9RH
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 able to instruct and practice the skills required to walk in snow and ice. (Ice Axe and Crampons can be provided)
Below is the booking form for these events.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Hillwalking Team
All Enquiries by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require a response from a specific instructor/assessor, than mark it for their attention. It will be forwarded on.
County Advisor - Bob Luckett by phone (H)01179 565350 or (M)07872 163716