Base Camp and Wild Camping in the Scottish West Highlands
Glasgow and the West Highlands
August 14-24, 2020
Rugged Wilderness Awaits
From its towering mountains to its legendary lochs, Western Scotland has some of the most spectacular scenery in the British Isles. Situated on Europe’s Atlantic edge, the windswept Hebrides islands give way to ancient weathered fjords, where volcanic mountains rise out of the restless waters below. At 1,345 m above sea level, the fabled Ben Nevis towers above the jagged highlands which stretch as far as the eye can see. The Scottish West Highlands is the site of this wilderness camping excursion where participants will hone outdoor skills, work as a team, and tackle this outdoor challenge. “Freedom to Roam” is set in Scottish law and we invite you to roam the wilderness and chieve your personal GOLD Adventurous Journey goal!
What Can I Gain From This Experience?
Youth are growing up in a fast-paced world of highly regulated activities and interactions. In order to mature and grow, learning to overcome adversity and build resilience is key. The Scottish Highlands Wilderness Camp Adventure brings participants into an environment that places core life skills in the foreground, requiring you to expand your mind, build self-confidence and self-reliance, and develop respect and appreciation for the natural world.
This program is available to youth across Canada, the USA and Europe. The aim of this program is to help foster international friendships.
Working together in small teams, you will be presented with challenges that require you to organize, cooperate, and find strengths in order to master an ever-changing environment with limited resources while learning self-management and the value of teamwork. The value of these skills will translate into success in post-secondary college, university, and careers.
What Can I Expect From This Journey?
The heart of the journey is the exploration of the great outdoors and the undertaking of a purposeful experience with new companions, working toward common goals. As you find your path in an unfamiliar environment in the company of new friends, facing minute-by-minute challenges along the way, you will be rewarded with a sense of personal achievement that builds with every day of the adventure. This results in an enhanced sense of self, improved social connections, and a truly life-changing experience.
TEAMWORK: Working as a team, in collaboration with their mentors, you will create your own journey. By taking charge of the daily planning, you will learn to manage time, budgets, navigation and safety issues.
RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL: Through peer teaching, discussions and activities, you will become conscious of the environmental, cultural and economic impacts of your actions.
SELF-CARE AND MUTUAL RESPONSIBILITY: These are critical components of any outdoor adventure. You will be responsible for maintaining (personal) hygiene, using outdoor gear, handling and preparing food, and taking care of team members. With the help of mentors, you will practice taking charge of mutual team responsibilities.
APPRECIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY: By experiencing a new country with its particular climate, fauna, flora and cultural traditions, you will come to understand that culture is often closely tied to the environment and that there is beauty in diversity.
Adding An Exploration Component To The Journey:
The two main ways of completing the Adventurous Journey stage of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award are via the Expedition or the Exploration. Exploration puts a greater emphasis on studying a local topic, be it geology, wildlife, history, culture etc. We support you by helping to generate ideas, select an appropriate topic, and identify sites to focus on when in the field.
There is one bursury opportunity available. Priority will be given to a candidate who can prove financial need and is First Nations, Metis or Inuit.
Note: This trour is based on 16 paying participants and 2 mountain leaders/guides and land tarrifs as of June 8, 2019. Please note there is that price is subject to change. Please read the full Terms and Conditions here.