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Adventurous Training

Adventurous Training is an essential part of the our training syllabus and the place where team effort really matters - you'll build new friendships, and learn to rely on the other people you're with to get the job done. It also lets you show off your leadership qualities.

Something for everyone

Remember, whatever your personal tastes, nothing is compulsory. There is a wide range of adventurous activities to get stuck into, so if climbing isn't for you perhaps canoeing is. Sometimes what's on offer depends on what camps are being organised, but everything you do is supervised by qualified trainers who will ensure you get the most out of it.

Between local activities and visits to camps, you will have the chance to experience kayaking, hill walking, camping, mountain biking, offshore sailing and winter sports to name just a few.

If that is not enough, we also do:     Duke Of Edinburgh
                                                         Long distance marches
                                                         Climbing and abseiling
                                                         Scuba Diving
                                                         High Ropes

Duke Of Edinburgh

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.

Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards.   There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build yourself up rather than dive in at the deep end.

Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve an Award.

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold).

These sections are:

  • Volunteering - helping someone, your community or the environment 
  • Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills - developing existing talents or trying something new
  • Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey 
  • Residential (Gold only) - staying and working away from home as part of a team

Long Distance Marches

In the ATC there are many opportunities to do long distance marches, for example, RAFWARMA and Nijmegen.   Of course these take lots of preparations and many practice marches.  There are also marches that we can fundraise for or just to be present in the community.  These marches are physically demanding, but the sense of achievement felt on completion is definitely worth it.