School / Education

Primary School Day Walks

Ok Let’s Walk already provides a programme for P6/7 pupils. Since 2010/11 over 1,000 pupils of all abilities have successfully climbed Slieve Gullion Mountain. All participants had an excellent and enjoyable experience disproving the myth that young people no longer like walking in the outdoors.

The aim of the programme is that all P6/7 pupils before leaving their local primary school will:

  • Have been made aware of the facilities available in the Slieve Gullion forest park which is a designated “area of outstanding natural beauty”.
  • Have experienced a forest walk incorporating basic map reading / orienteering skills, have learned good first aid and safety practices and will be capable of using outdoor cooking equipment safely. Most importantly they will develop the ability to lead and work as part of a team.
  • Have climbed Slieve Gullion and viewed the cairns, cave / tomb, and lake at the summit.
  • Have learned about the historical facts and relevant landmarks in the area.
  • Have completed their education at primary school having enjoyed a memorable experience that they can reflect on each time they travel the roads past Slieve Gullion.
  • That they will develop an interest in the local area, its culture, history and folklore and encourage them to promote the benefit of hill walking to friends and family.

Within a framework of security and safety young children need challenge and risk. The outdoor environment lends itself to offering this challenge and helping children to manage risk.

Children's Day Camp

Day camp is a new initiative that gives young people the opportunity to experience the benefits and excitement of an overnight camping expedition during daylight hours. Participants leave on a day walk fully equipped for a camping trip. During the day they pitch tents and learn to use cooking equipment. They learn to develop team building and communication skills in their tents through playing games and discussion. They return home before dark.

Orienteering Skills

Orienteering Courses can be delivered to primary, secondary schools and special schools. Orienteering courses promote good health, working together, decision making, being a valued member a team and effective learning.

DofE / President's Award

DofE / Presidents Award programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

You can do programmes at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold, which lead to a D of E/ Presidents Award. You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections. You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, and going on an expedition.

Your programme can be full of activities and projects. And along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. It’s a great asset to have when completing your U.C.A.S.forms or C.V. especially the section on personal statement and achievements. It proves you can work individually and in a group or team. It proves you have qualities such as, self-belief, self-confidence, responsibility and the ability to plan and use time effectively. The completion of the expedition section proves you have an abundance of willpower, determination, endurance and mental strength.