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“One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books.” Basic Leader Training Course Aim Introduce potential Award leaders to the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for leading the John Muir Award scheme, and promote its effective delivery. Course Objectives

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basic leader training course aim
Basic Leader TrainingCourse Aim

Introduce potential Award leaders to the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for leading the John Muir Award scheme, and promote its effective delivery.

course objectives
Course Objectives
  • Review Award experiences
  • Participate in environmental games and activities
  • Identify Criteria for gaining an Award
  • Review activities and share experiences in the context of Award Challenges and the ‘Heart, Head, Hand’ Model
  • Set up a mock John Muir Award programme
other outcomes
Other Outcomes
  • Confidence in delivering the John Muir Award scheme
  • Increased repertoire of environmental activities
  • Understanding of how existing projects and activities contribute to achieving John Muir Awards
  • Networking
the john muir award
The John Muir Award

The John Muir Award is a environmental Award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages the discovery and conservation of wild places, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

It is non-competitive and open to all.

the award was established to
The Award was established to:
  • Promote educational, social and personal development
  • Encourage an environmental agenda within youth organisations, and a youth work agenda within environmental organisations
  • Ensure that social circumstances don’t exclude people from opportunities to experience wild places
ethos the john muir award is
Ethos - the John Muir Award is:
  • Non-competitive
  • Open and welcoming to all, regardless of age, sex, race, class or ability
  • Focused on wild places
  • Challenging and progressive
  • Fun and adventurous
  • Designed to promote personal development
  • An opportunity to explore values and spirituality
  • Established to encourage personal responsibility for wild places
benefits to award participants
Benefits to Award participants
  • Challenge and adventure
  • Environmental awareness
  • Knowledge and skills
  • Shared experiences with friends, colleagues and role models
further benefits to participants
Further benefits to participants
  • Opportunities to take responsibility for change at a local or national level
  • Teamwork skills, from planning, decision-making and completing expeditions, conservation projects etc.
  • Confidence and communication skills from sharing experiences and knowledge with a wider audience.
  • Material to include in c.v.s and Records of Achievement
  • A nationally-recognised certificate for each John Muir Award level attained
benefits to organisations
Benefits to organisations
  • Promotes an environmental agenda
  • Recognition for current outdoor/environmental activity
  • A holistic approach, with an easy-to-use, adaptable structure
  • Enhanced environmental awareness within the organisation
three levels
Three Levels
  • Discovery Award – Introductory
  • Explorer Award – Intermediate
  • Conserver Award – Advanced
benefits to schools
Benefits To Schools
  • Clear 5-14 curriculum links
  • Positive associations with Parents and Community
  • Improvement of children's self-esteem and confidence, regardless of ability.
  • Encouragement of mixed-ability children working supportively together.
  • Easily differentiated programme for various abilities and ages.
four challenges
Four Challenges
  • Discover a Wild Place
  • Explore its wildness
  • Conserve this Wild Place  
  • Share your experiences
  • To gain a John Muir Award, participants must:
  • Tackle all four Challenges
  • – Discover, Explore, Conserve, Share
  • Complete required time commitment – minimum!
  • Show enthusiasm and commitment
  • Have an awareness of John Muir
  • Work with an experienced ranger, teacher, environmentalist or youth worker – as appropriate
who can take part
Who can take part?

Youth OrganisationsEnvironmental Organisations

 Schools Outdoor Centres Councils Clubs

Through an Award Provider, offering the John Muir Award to participants, members or students

There are many ways to participate

As an individual, family or small group

‘Self-Guided’ Scheme Summer Programme

 Discovery Trips


John Muir Award delivery


‘Self-guided’ Summer Scheme Programme

Supported Award AwardProvider Provider Assessor

the 4 challenges your personal experience
The 4 Challenges – your personal experience





What are your own experiences?

Key words define to define & describe?

who can help you deliver the award
Who can help you deliver the Award?

Activities, ideas and info

Friends, colleagues, familyJohn Muir AwardJohn Muir TrustMagazinesOutdoor shopsRanger ServicesBMCSchool departments & tripsWebsites

RSPBCouncil departmentsNational TrustScottish Natural HeritageBCTVEnglish NatureSWTLocal nature reserves

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Who can help you deliver the Award?


Commercial organisations - practical help, sponsorshipScottish Natural HeritageLocal businessesRotary ClubsGrounds for LearningBursariesCommonwealth Youth Exchange/British CouncilMillennium Awards

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Who can help you deliver the Award?

Ceremonies, Presentations, Celebrations

Local celebritiesWild/natural venuesLocal newspapers, radio, TVSleepoutJohn Muir Trust TrusteesReviewsSchool AssemblyDisplaysParents & family

safety issues
Safety Issues

Activities are the responsibility of the Award Provider/Assessor

May include Health and Safety Regulations, Adventure Activities Licensing Authority requirements, and insurance

Activities provided directly by the John Muir Award adhere to John Muir Award Safety Policy

‘Self-Guided’ scheme – personal responsibility

roles and responsibilities
Roles and Responsibilities

Leaders & Organisations – Award Providers & Award Assessors

Award criteria are met

Quality standards are upheld & ethos communicated

Each participant takes part willingly, and benefits from their participation

Commitments of the Partnership Agreement are upheld

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Roles and Responsibilities

John Muir Award Staff

Manage the Award, make it accessible

Support leaders, groups and individuals delivering and participating

Partnership Agreement commitments are upheld

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Roles and Responsibilities

Steering Groups

Advise and assist with development and implementation of the Award

John Muir Trust

Financial and managerial support for the Award, oversees its management

assessment for teachers
Assessment For Teachers

How do we assess?

  • People in the past
  • People in place
  • Living things and processes of life.
  • Knowledge and understanding of pupils.
  • Skills


For individuals to discover and provide their own learning – not for you or I to demonstrate our knowledge

reviewing models
Reviewing Models

What happened?

So What?

What next?