A group of S2 pupils continued on their path towards the John Muir Explorer Award when they took part in a 4 day winter Bushcraft trip recently. Based in a council-owned lodge at Badaguish, near Aviemore, the group took part in a number of activities over the 4 days. As well as practising their shelter building and fire making skills, pupils learned a variety of crafts in the evenings and studied animal tracks and signs.
The biggest challenge for all concerned was the day long climb of Meall a Bhuachaille and two other summits. A steep climb at the best of times, the hill was particularly tricky due to the ice and snow which covered it, but the pupils, led by Andy the mountain leader, all managed to overcome fatigue and complete the walk.
With barely enough time to recover, the pupils then did some conservation work for the RSPB near Carrbridge on the last morning, clearing away dead broom to encourage butterflies and insects into the reserve.
Well done to Rhys Smith, Craig Robertson, Rahhan Islam, Andrew Howieson, Jade McCabe, Lindzi McNeil and Marie McClelland for taking part so enthusiastically in all activities.
A huge thanks, again, to the instructors from the Wild Things charity who organised the week, and to S5 pupils Stuart Dingwall, Timothy Dicks and Ryan Rattray for acting as assistant instructors over the week. Neil Moodie was also due to help out but unfortunately twisted his ankle and had to go home after only a couple of hours – poor Neil!
The S2 Bushcraft project and the S5 peer mentoring programme have both been funded by Awards for All, and the school is indebted to the organisation for their financial support.
Mr Dave Kemp (Support for Learning)