New vision for residential outdoor education centres
A brand new vision for Scotland's residential outdoor education centres launches today, calling for all young people in Scotland to be guaranteed a residential experience.
The Thriving Through Residential Outdoor Education vision paper is a collaboration between eight outdoor education providers, including YouthLink Scotland members Outward Bound Trust, Scottish Outdoor Education Centres, Scouts Scotland and Scripture Union Scotland.
The vision has been endorsed by Scottish adventurers Mollie Hughes and Marc Beaumont and has so far received cross-party support from MSPs Liz Smith, Alison Johnstone, Iain Gray, Fulton McGregor and Liam McArthur.
The vision seeks to ensure that residential outdoor learning; is embedded across the curriculum, and that all young people benefit in both primary and secondary school.
YouthLink Scotland CEO Tim Frew welcomed the paper, commenting: "Every year I have been privileged to be a volunteer youth worker with young people at a residential outdoor centre. I have experienced first-hand the profound benefit it makes to young people’s health and wellbeing. It fosters resilience, confidence and self-actualisation and it is a whole lot of fun!
"Many of us have come to realise the immense value of the great Scottish outdoors during this pandemic. The residential outdoor experience should be something we cherish, protect and ensure is available to all young people in Scotland as we seek to recover and move forward together."