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 • 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 • 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 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: • 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: • 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 • Challenge and adventure • Environmental awareness • Knowledge and skills • Shared experiences with friends, colleagues and role models
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 • 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 • Discovery Award – Introductory • Explorer Award – Intermediate • Conserver Award – Advanced
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 • Discover a Wild Place • Explore its wildness • Conserve this Wild Place • Share your experiences
Criteria • 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? 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
Delivery John Muir Award delivery Training ‘Self-guided’ Summer Scheme Programme Supported Award AwardProvider Provider Assessor
The 4 Challenges – your personal experience Discover Explore Conserve Share What are your own experiences? Key words define to define & describe?
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
Who can help you deliver the Award? Funding Commercial organisations - practical help, sponsorshipScottish Natural HeritageLocal businessesRotary ClubsGrounds for LearningBursariesCommonwealth Youth Exchange/British CouncilMillennium Awards
Who can help you deliver the Award? Ceremonies, Presentations, Celebrations Local celebritiesWild/natural venuesLocal newspapers, radio, TVSleepoutJohn Muir Trust TrusteesReviewsSchool AssemblyDisplaysParents & family
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 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
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
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 How do we assess? • People in the past • People in place • Living things and processes of life. • Knowledge and understanding of pupils. • Skills Aim For individuals to discover and provide their own learning – not for you or I to demonstrate our knowledge
Reviewing Models What happened? So What? What next? Experience Express Examine Explore