NCS – Reflection on your activities
At the end of July, I was course leading a National Citizen Service Activity Residential for Condover Hall and it proved to be quite a challenging week. We had 350 NCS participants plus staff engaged in various activities throughout the week plus their NCS team exercises to prepare the participants for their University Residential and Social Action Project.
I hope all goes well with the rest of the programme and I would like to wish everyone the best of luck as you work your way to the graduation ceremony at the end of your NCS Programme.
A cracking day teaching fundamental navigation skills to a DofE group, who needed a little top up after their practice expedition. The day was based on the 5D’s navigational strategy and by the end of the day all the group were navigating with ease and felt a lot more confident in their ability. The highlight for the day for me was when the started discussing how they could use the skills in their qualifying expedition.
ML Navigation on the Mini Break
Last week, I had a thoroughly enjoyable time working alongside Paul Poole on an Mountain Leader (ML) training course. The week broadly speaking was broken down as follows.
Day 1 – Introduction to navigation, navigational strategies & micro navigation
Day 2 – Mountain journey using macro navigation & weather talk
Day 3 – Security on steep ground without the rope & leader responsibilities
Day 4 – Security on steep ground (rope techniques) & leader equipment
Day 5 – Expedition (mini break & Route planning exercise
Day 6 – Expedition (mini break) & Debrief
Despite the rain, we used ‘Tactical Faff’ to make the best of the weather windows and a there was much banter, laughter and learning throughout the course and I hope all the candidates go on to have a successful assessment in the future.
To see a few pictures from the course please click here.
If you would like to do your ML training then I can certainly recommend Paul Poole Mountaineering, you won’t be disappointed.
Happy on the water
Today, CHMAS was running a canoe trip on the River Severn for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust as part of their Growing Confidence Initiative and a lovely trip it turned out to be too. We had 9 young people and 2 staff on the water who paddled from Melverley to Montford Bridge in the sunshine and despite an ‘unplanned event’ for one boat the trip passed without incident and everyone wanted to d more so a trip well done in my opinion.
If you would like CHMAS to provide this activity for you and your group then please take a look at our group page to find out more.
One of the NCS Pillars – Challenge
Last week, I was course leading a National Citizen Service Activity Residential for Condover Hall and a mighty fine week it was too. I would even go as far as to say this week was the best of the all the NCS activity weeks that I’ve been involved in. The young people were motivated, polite and supportive of each other and the team leaders input lots of energy to the team.
We had 150 NCS participants plus staff engaged in various activities throughout the week (including a talent show) plus their NCS team exercises to prepare the participants for their University Residential and Social Action Project. You all did well and I wish you well as you work your way to the graduation ceremony at the end of your NCS Programme.
Now starting to prepare for the next wave of NCS next week with 350 participants and hoping all goes as well as last week.
Climbing at Grinshill
A nice end of term week for me at Arthog Outreach and in my opinion just as it should be! My week consisted of my regular environmental learning session, a spot of caving and then for the finale a climbing session.
I have been working with this group in four week blocks throughout the year and the difference in the group over that time has been immense. For their final session, we did a quiz based on the topic covered throughout the year (Kenya, Anglo Saxons & Theatre) and then we finished of with shelter building with embellishments and the creativity of the young people was simply awesome
Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
I haven’t been caving for some time and it was nice to be out of the warm weather for a while. The young people really engaged with the geology of the cave, its industrial past and of course exploring the caves many passages. All squeezed in and out of Five Ways Chamber and were keen to explore more so we visited Mandible Chamber. Still with spare time, we visited the nearby Hoffman Lime Kiln which is only one in the UK with a chimney. The young people had a great time exploring and asked many questions about the industrial artefacts.
Climbing at Grinshill
This proved to be a lovely final session for this Year 5 Group with everyone achieving new heights. It was a gentle start to the session with lots of encouragement and before long the group were taking charge of the belaying and giving each other lots of encouragement.
A lovely end to the summer term before, I start my NCS Course Leading for Condover Hall.
Crate Stack in Progress
On Tuesday, I was a course directing an activity session for the Adventure Ropes Course for 100 Year 8 students and despite the damp weather a good time was had by all. We had all the elements of the Ropes Course in action and judging by the feedback a good time was had bay all.
‘Thank you so much for a fantastic day! The girls had a great time; your staff were fantastic at getting them involved and encouraging them to have a go. The activities were well organised and the afternoon ran so smoothly, I was impressed by your efficiency as I am well acquainted by the challenges of organising 100 year 8 girls.’
High Al-A-Board Action
On Monday CHMAS was running an activity session for the Free Church of Scotland at the Adventure Ropes Course and a mighty fine session it was too. During their time with us the got stuck into the following activities:
High Ropes Activities
Adventure Tunnels, Crate Stack, Giant Swing, High Al-A- Board & Parachute Simulator
Ground Based Activities
Archery, Fencing & Team Building Challenges
There was lots of laughter all around and everyone left with smiles on their faces and very proud of their achievements.
If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for your group then please take a look at Group Programmes to find out more.
The chase is on – Canoeing on the River Severn.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I only managed one day at Arthog Outreach this week but what a cracker it turned out to be. A fantastic trip on the River Severn starting and finishing from Frankwell in Shrewsbury with rafted canoes.
The young people really enjoyed the canoeing, skimming stones and finding out about the history, flora & fauna of the river. We also had a few challenges and races on the river which seemed a fitting end to the session!
The best day ever according to one young person so a job well done in my opinion.
DofE Groups – Briefing & Kit Check In Progress
Last weekend, CHMAS was running a Bronze DofE expedition in Llangollen for three teams and a mighty fine expedition it turned out to be too. It was great to see all the teams putting their new skills into practice and I’m already looking forward to working with these teams on their qualifying expedition.
If you would like CHMAS to provide your DofE Expedition for you then please take a look at our DofE Page to find out more.