Instructing For Arthog Outreach

The basis of efficient team building

This week at Arthog Outreach, was a continuation of Team Building Sessions to Years 3 and Year 4. Two different groups and a whole set of new challenges. This all helps to keep everything fresh and ensures everyone has a good time.

Team Building Sessions With Year 3
This was a session based around the Plan – Do – Review cycle. Which is Year 3 speak is you have to think about it – do it – make it better. Using this approach we listed the key describing words that make up good teamwork (resilience being one of the schools core principles).

We played a variety of games, where the team evaluated their performance, noting what they did well and why or where they could improve. Their reward at the end of the session was to have a traversing game on the climbing wall.

Team Building Session With Year 4
This was a team building session delivered through the medium of climbing. Using this approach allowed us to apply and review trust, resourcefulness, communication and risk management strategies.

As both teams engaged with their sessions their was a noticeable difference in the young peoples behaviour. A trend that was commented on by the accompanying teaching staff. A job well done in my opinion.

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CPD Weekend for Scout Adventures – Yr Hafod

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I owe so much to the Scout Association! To say thank you, I help with the Scout Adventures – Yr Hafod team. Being a member of the team has certain responsibilities like undertaking regular CPD. This weekend, was a an exceptional weekend of CPD, where I received:

  • Training and assessment for a Specialist Terrain permit for Scrambling;
  • An update on the Adventurous Activity rules;
  • A workshop on facilitating Mountain Leader courses; and
  • An update on food handling & hygiene.
  • A rather splendid weekend of CPD and socialising with friends. To see more photographs from the weekend then please click here.

A rather splendid weekend of CPD and socialising.

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Team Building Sessions for Arthog Outreach

Roped up traversing exercise

This week at Arthog Outreach, was a continuation of Team Building Sessions to Years 3 and Year 4. Two different groups and a whole set of new challenges. This all helps to keep everything fresh and ensures everyone has a good time.

Team Building Sessions With Year 3
This was a session based around the Plan – Do – Review cycle. Which is Year 3 speak is you have to think about it – do it – make it better. Using this approach we listed the key describing words that make up good teamwork (resilience being one of the schools core principles).

We played a variety of games, where the team evaluated their performance, noting what they did well and why or where they could improve. Their reward at the end of the session was to have a traversing game on the climbing wall.

Team Building Session With Year 4
This was a team building session delivered through the medium of climbing. Using this approach allowed us to apply and review trust, resourcefulness, communication and risk management strategies.

As both teams engaged with their sessions their was a noticeable difference in the young peoples behaviour. A trend that was commented on by the accompanying teaching staff. A job well done in my opinion.

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CPD – Climbing Workshop

John’s Book

Towards the end of January, I attended a Smart Climbing Workshop – Winter Training – Maximising Your Performance. The workshop was excellent and delivered by two well respected climbing coaches – Dr Rebecca Williams and John Kettle.

I worked with John in the morning. Looking at core climbing exercises to strengthen the shoulders and hips. As a result of this, John quickly highlighted a few areas that needed work. This means, I was able to develop an action plan to sort out these areas.

The afternoon was an entirely different affair! Route reading & mental preparation techniques were the menu items for this session . Using these new techniques allowed the climbing to flow with the appropriate mix of dynamic moves, static moves and rests.

A really thought provoking course and I look forward to achieving my climbing objectives for 2019.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

The basis of efficient team building

This week at Arthog Outreach, was a continuation of Team Building Sessions to Years 3 and Year 4. Two different groups and a whole set of new challenges. This all helps to keep everything fresh and ensures everyone has a good time.

Team Building Sessions With Year 3
This was a session based around the Plan – Do – Review cycle. Which is Year 3 speak is you have to think about it – do it – make it better. Using this approach we listed the key describing words that make up good teamwork (resilience being one of the schools core principles).

We played a variety of games, where the team evaluated their performance, noting what they did well and why or where they could improve. Their reward at the end of the session was to have a traversing game on the climbing wall.

Team Building Session With Year 4
This was a team building session delivered through the medium of climbing. Using this approach allowed us to apply and review trust, resourcefulness, communication and risk management strategies.

As both teams engaged with their sessions their was a noticeable difference in the young peoples behaviour. A trend that was commented on by the accompanying teaching staff. A job well done in my opinion.

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CHMAS – Outdoor First Aid Course

Secondary Survey Exercise

We really enjoy delivering REC First Aid Courses and Chris has delivered quite a few recently. Our latest offering was for Solihull Scouts, who all needed an outdoor first aid course for their Activity Permits.

The feedback from the course was exceptional! Lots of positive comments about my course delivery and first aid knowledge. I even received some have one or two new ideas to incorporate into future courses. Its always great to have such useful feedback.

To see a few photographs from the course then please click here

If you would like CHMAS to run a first aid course for your group. Then please do get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk or take a look at our First Aid page.

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CPD – Mental Health First Aid Course

Earlier in January, Chris was attending a Mental Health First Aid Course accredited by Mental Health First Aid – England. The course was provided by Joint Training and run by two exceptional trainers. The course was run over 2 days which allowed plenty of time for discussion. The basic statistics were surprising and quite alarming and we really do need to remove the stigma that is often associated with Mental Health

I will take several things away from the course and without explanation these are:

  • ALGEE;
  • Stress Container;
  • Happy Hour;
  • Stress Box; and
  • Lets start talking about Mental Health

The course was a real eye opener for me and I look forward to incorporating more of this learning into my outdoor sessions.

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Another Week at Arthog Outreach

The basis of efficient team building

This week at Arthog Outreach, I have been delivering Team Building Sessions to Years 3 and Year 4. Its been great to see them work using their new skills to work together and achieve their tasks. Judging by the smiley faces and laughter they all had a good time.

Team Building Sessions With Year 3
This was a session based around the Plan – Do – Review cycle. Which is Year 3 speak is you have to think about it – do it – make it better. Using this approach we listed the key describing words that make up good teamwork (resilience being one of the schools core principles).

We played a variety of games, where the team evaluated their performance, noting what they did well and why or where they could improve. Their reward at the end of the session was to have a traversing game on the climbing wall.

Team Building Session With Year 4
This was a team building session delivered through the medium of climbing. Using this approach allowed us to apply and review trust, resourcefulness, communication and risk management strategies.

On both sessions there were smiley faces and laughter. More importantly, both the school staff and myself noticed a change in the young peoples behaviour. A job well done in my opinion.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

On the way to the summit

The New Year kicked off with Arthog Outreach in the form of a themed walk. The Year 6’s were looking at habitats and explorers, which in this case was Scott of the Antarctic. Over the course of the day we looked at navigation systems, maps and compass and the more modern GPS. This meant that the young people were able take charge of the route finding and we didn’t get lost once!

As we explored we found a cave and explored it using candles and a disused woodland shelter where we ate lunch. After that it was time to get to our scheduled kit drop off aka the minibus. A lovely day out with some fantastic young people.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for your group then please do get in touch.

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CHMAS – Heartstart Instructor Training

Charlie looking after the resources

CHMAS is an accredited British Heart Foundation Heartstart Provider. We are pleased to announce that we have trained over 400 people in Basic Life Support. We do this by having an enthusiastic pool of instructors that run amazing courses. However, there popularity means that we have to increase our pool of instructors. As a result, we run a Heartstart Instructor course for the potential new trainers.

There were 6 people on the course who all successfully completed the process to become a Heartstart Instructor. They are now all looking forward to teaching the Heartstart Course.

What Do You Need to Do to Become a Heartstart Instructor

There are a number of routes depending on your experience. This group were all outdoor instructors who all hold a first aid qualification. Therefore, it was a relatively simple process for them to become trainers.

They needed to see or previously attended a Heartstart Course, which teaches you to:

  • Manage an unconscious casualty:
  • Administer CPR;
  • Deal with a casualty who is choking;
  • Treat someone with a serious bleed; and
  • Recognise if someone is having a heart attack or cardiac arrest.

For more information on the Heartstart Scheme please take a look at the British Heart Foundation website.

Once this is complete the participants were observed delivering each of the 5 elements, inline with the Heartstart syllabus. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the course and came away with some new teaching method to try

How Do I Get Involved With The Heartstart – CHMAS Scheme

Please take a look at our Facebook Page in the first instance and then if that appeals then please do get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk

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