Scout Association – T1 Permit Assessment

Show me the way home

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Chris is a Hill Walking and Climbing Assessor for the Scout Association. As such, in February, he was in the Brecon Beacons providing training for a Terrain 1 – Permit Assessment.

All the people on the course were super keen to introduce their scouts to mountain walking. The day started with aims and objectives of the day and a review of the Permit Scheme and leader responsibilities.

Practical Navigation – Part 1

AC12091 provides a checklist for the core competencies for a Hill Walking Permit Assessment. To check understanding of these competencies we took a circular walk starting and finishing at the BBNP – Mountain Centre. The walk has a mix of terrain to hone or test the navigational skills which all took in their stride. As we ventured on the more adventurous terrain to the summit of Fan Frynych. At this point, things turned misty to make things a little more interesting. This resulted in a few learning points (importance of timing & accurate relocation strategies). The sun reappeared as we left the summit and we were able to chat about leading groups and emergency procedures.

Back at the Mountain Centre we reviewed the walk over tea and cakes.

Practical Navigation – Part 2

This a night navigation walk on the slopes of Fan Fawr, in heavy rain and mist. A real test of navigational skill. The participants, hit all the objectives and they brought me safely back to the Story Arms. Just a little damper than when I started the walk!

The Next Steps

All the participants left with an action plan as they prepare for their assessment in April.

CHMAS is happy to assist Scouters in obtaining a hill walking permit. For more information then please get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk.

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Working for Arthog Outreach

On the Wrekin – which way now then

Its always good working for Arthog Outreach and this week was no exception!

The Wrekin is a prominent land mark in Shropshire and I visit the summit fairly regularly with groups. Sometimes, just for fun and other times for educational purposes. Our theme for today was mountain formations and myths and legends. We found out that the Wrekin is a very old mountain. It rose out of the ground through volcanic action and is quite famous in Shropshire Folk Lore.

These Year 4 & 5 group had a fab time and really enjoyed the views from the top and were keen to identify some key landmarks using the top scope on the summit


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REC – Emergency Outdoor First Aid Course

They did get better honest!

This course was run for a local canoe club and also in attendance was my ‘Ole Mucker – Big Nige’. Many on the course were return customers and it was lovely to see them back and hear about their exploits.

The feedback from the course was exceptional! Lots of positive comments about my course delivery and first aid knowledge. The improvements from the last course were also well received and its great to see the course develop in this way.

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 – FREC 3 First Aid Course


Here at CHMAS we run quite a few first aid courses. To ensure our training is up to date Chris attended a FREC3 Conversion course.Which is a specialist pre-hospital emergency care course. Simon Greenfield of Red2Medical delivered the course. This resulted in an extremely action packed an informative course. The core course content is summarised below.

Day 1 – Casualty Assessment

This was a real eye opener for me and was a step up from the normal casualty assessment that we provide as first aiders. The level of detail involved with assessing the vital signs, was highly informative and a real eye opener. This allows us to establish if the casualty is little sick or big sick and when to get further assistance. This was all pulled together in the form of a mock scenario at the end of the day.

Day 2 – Dealing With Trauma Patients

Just when you thought you had things sorted, things became a little more complicated with the additional complications of dealing with trauma patients. Blood on the floor plus four more, is heading whizzing around in my head. Once again, this was all pulled together in the form of mock scenario at the end of the day.

Day 3 – Medical Conditions

Wow! This session was a real eye opener and a great insight as to how the professionals work with some very common ailments of injuries. Where appropriate, I have included this information in my own first aid courses.

For me, the FREC 3 Course ticked all the boxes, I had for the course. It has also added a few new tools to the toolbox and plugged a few gaps in my knowledge. Simon’s unique delivery style, up to date knowledge and experience as a frontline paramedic of over 2o years really made this course superb.

If you are considering a FREC 3 Course, then I can highly recommend one from Red2Medical.

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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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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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