Instructing For Arthog Outreach in June

Having fun in the Shropshire Countryside

With the hot weather its been an absolute blast working for Arthog Outreach with canoeing, caving and climbing and woodland walks all taking place in the beautiful Shropshire Countryside.

Canoe Sessions
With the exceptionally warm weather, its been nice to be on the water to cool off. Chris has been running sessions at Simpsons Pool and the River Severn and a marvellous time was had by all.

Climbing at Grinshill
A little creative thinking was needed for these sessions to stop the young people over heating as they climbed, belayed and gave encouragement to their friends as they reached new heights, with almost all getting to the top of climbs.

Woodland Walks
Our field to fork walks continue and it never ceases to amaze me of the awe and general curiosity of the Year 1 and 2 groups that I have taken out. The young people foraged along the way and a few brave souls even tried nettle / cleaver tea. A top day out with lots of laughter and smiling faces all around.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
With temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees underground this proved to be a very popular activity indeed with the young people rising to the route finding challenges and finding their way out of the cave.

A lovely mix of sessions working with some fan

tastic young people who really enjoyed being in the Shropshire Countryside.

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Shropshire Wildlife Trust Bushcraft Sessions

Results of team carving – quite impressive

Sometimes, its just nice to spend time in the woods to relax and unwind and this was certainly the case providing some introductory bushcraft sessions for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

The session content included fire lighting techniques (including fire by friction), toasting marshmallows, making popcorn and carving carious items and a grand time was had by all, with all wanting to do more and experiment with different ways of fire lighting.

If you would like CHMAS to provide tis type of session for you and your group then please take a look at our Bushcraft Page to find out more.

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CHMAS – First Aid Training

First aid training in full swing

Chris is an approved First Aid Provider through Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) and can deliver the following courses:

Outdoor First Aid
REC Basic (one day), REC Emergency (two day) & REC Advanced (2 day)

First Aid At Work
Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW)

Paediatric First Aid
Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) & Paediatric First Aid (PFA)

Our last course was a REC Emergency (2 day) and proved to be a very informative course, with lots of discussion and hands on practical scenarios. Which is just the way it should be at least in my opinion.

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Lowland Leader Training With CHMAS

Lowland Leader Action

CHMAS is very proud to be a Lowland Leader Provider and we had 6 very enthusiastic candidates on our last course run here in the majestic Shropshire countryside.

Day 1 – Sheinton
This day was all about looking at the fundamental walking skills and the roles and responsibilities of the Lowland Leader. We also had a few candidate led discussions on the way (edible plants & myths and legends). We also saw a host of plants & animals a top day out. At least that’s what the candidates told me.

Day 2 – Caer Caradoc
We were joined on the second day of the course by Simon Patton and Bryn Williams of Mountain Training by the way of a course moderation. This day was all about show casing the leadership and party management skills to enthuse a group on the hill. At the end of the day the lowland leader checklist was completed and individual action plans developed.

All the candidates enjoyed the course and I look forward to seeing them back later in the year foe their assessment. If you would like CHMAS to provide your Lowland Leader Training or Assessment then take a look at our Get Qualified Pages to find out more.


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CHMAS at the River Festival

Bushcraft and Canoe Action at the Shrewsbury River Festival

At the beginning of June – CHMAS was at the Shrewsbury River Festival providing Bushcraft demonstrations and getting involved with the Shropshire Wildlife Trusts canoe project (Plastic Fantastic) a canoe made of recycled plastic bottles.

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A Weekend Instructing at Big Arthog

Having a blast in and on the water.

A change is as good as a rest so it was great to be instructing for Arthog in Wales and working at some great new venues. There was a mix of gorge walking, raft building and canoeing sessions full of laughter and smiley faces.

A job well done in my opinion and I’m looking forward to the next block of work in June.

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CHMAS – DofE Training

CHMAS – DofE Expedition Training

As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the DofE Expedition Section, CHMAS was once again providing a full expedition package for a local school in Shrewsbury. We had two glorious weekends in May where the different groups got stuck in various tasks.

Day 1  – School Based
This day is all about introducing the basic expedition skills and entails the following:

  • Expedition kit and packing a rucksack;
  • First Aid Training;
  • Emergency procedures;
  • Ready Steady Cook Competition (including safe stove use); and
  • Tent pitching.

These are always fun days to work and some of the meals for the Ready Steady Cook competition are simply awesome.

Day 2 – Long Mynd Walk
Walking with day bags we spent a day on the Longmynd looking at the fundamental navigational and group management skills required for the expedition. This is always a real eye opener for the participants and they realise just what they have signed up for. This year, the weather was incredibly sunny and I was really pleased by how well all the groups coped with the heat and the navigational challenges. I’m really looking forward to working with these teams in their practice and qualifying expeditions.

If you would like CHMAS to facilitate your expedition then please take a look at our DofE page to find out more.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach In May

A whole load of fun at Arthog Outreach

Instructing for Arthog Outreach is always fun and this month was no exception! The sessions were very varied and it was great fun to be working with such enthusiastic and inquiring young people.

Climbing at Grinshill
Working with a variety of age groups it was great to introduce some top tips for everyone to reach new heights as they gained confidence in their abilities and the safety team to look after them should they ‘fall off’.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool
Working with rafted and single canoes it was great to see everyone manoeuvre the canoe with ease as we played with various games and challenges to enforce the learning. It never ceases to amaze me how much the young people can achieve given the right opportunities and learning environment.

Canoeing on the River Severn
Using rafted canoes we sent off on an upstream journey to explore the River Severn and the bankside flora and fauna. The group coped really well with the upstream journey and really enjoyed watching the Sandmartins as they darted in and out of their bankside nests. According to the young people it was the best day ever which always gives you a nice warm feeling inside.

River Studies
Arthog Outreach is not always about outdoor activities although outdoor learning is always well received through the medium of outdoor adventure. We used the Longmynd and walked up one the streams to its source looking at various features we passed on the way and trying to work out where the stream ended up, which in this case is the Bristol Channel.

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Course Directing a Mountain Leader Training Course

As a recently approved Course Director for the Mountain Leader Award Scheme,  I was delighted to be asked to Direct a Mountain Leader training course for Yr Hafod. There was a real mix of weather over the three weekends from heavy rain to glorious sunshine and there was much learning and laughter all around.

We did good

Weekend 1
Getting to grips with the fundamental navigational skills and how to introduce these skills to others. A rather wet but informative day.
The second day was spent on a mountain journey looking at security on steep ground without the use of a rope.



Playing with ropes

Weekend 2
Security on steep ground with the rope and looking at efficient movement in the mountain environment, emergency procedures and lots of discussion about the mountain environment.

Room with a view on the mini break

Weekend 3
The mini break or two day expedition on the Moelwyns looking at both 1:25,000 and 1:50,00o map scales and river crossings and evacuation strategies for an incapacitated walker.

Overall, a very enjoyable course working with some mighty fine aspirant Mountain Leaders.

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Professional Development – Oxygen Therapy Course

Effective utilisation and management of your resources.

CHMAS run a variety of first aid courses and to keep our courses up to date, Chris regularly undertakes Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and his latest CPD was to attend am Oxygen Therapy Course run by Pete Rich of Rich Adventure and a mighty fine course it was too. The course looked at:

  • The respiratory system;
  • Benefits of oxygen therapy;
  • Equipment use, operational checks & safe storage;
  • Indications / Contradictions for the use of Oxygen;
  • Administering oxygen (flow rates and masks); and
  • Records.

If you need an Oxygen Therapy course then I can highly recommend the one provided by Rich Adventure.

To see the CHMAS range of first aid courses then please click here.

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