Outf!t Moray is an outdoor education charity based in Lossiemouth, Moray, offering activities, courses and tailored programmes for young people, adults, families, and groups.
Outdoor activities and adventures have long been known to provide opportunities to support young people to grow and develop. Outf!t Moray is helping to develop several of the core skills needed by young people to be full, active and responsible members of society.
Specifically, outdoor challenge and adventure lends itself to helping young people in key areas such as working together, problem solving, sharing, taking responsibility, being accountable, developing social skills, developing self-confidence and self-esteem, providing motivation, learning new skills, and providing a future outlet for recreational activity. Most importantly, these activities help the young people become more employable and more effective citizens who can contribute to our society.
Photos courtesy of Outf!t Moray
Typical activities include hillwalking, orienteering, expeditions, bushcraft, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, climbing, and first aid.
Outcomes and lessons
Between April 2011 and March 2012, Outf!t worked with 574 young people on its EnerG programme, of whom some 14 were supported by the Blackford Trust. The young people came from some 26 different organisations, including local primary and secondary schools, Enable Scotland, Moray Youth Action, Moray Women's Aid and Moray Housing Partnership.
Feedback from both the young people themselves, and their supporting organisations, has been very positive. For example, a Women's Aid support worker noted, "Outf!t helped their confidence and communication skills, and also allowed them to work with others. These young people have had an opportunity to experience different activities that would not normally be an option for them".
Meanwhile, during and after the Outf!t courses, young people commented, "I will think before I do things and not shout out in class" ; "I would try to help every time even if they didn't help me" and "it's easier than I thought to make friends". Others said, "you don't drown if your head goes under water" ; "things get easier the more you do them" ; "I liked rock climbing because it was challenging and I enjoyed trying something I had never done before" ; and "I learned that working as a team is the best way to accomplish something".
Outf!t Moray and all the young people and leaders who took part are
congratulated for their excellent achievements.
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This page was last updated on 29 December 2012.
The Blackford Trust, c/o Gillespie Macandrew LLP (B.12891.1), 5 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8EJ, Scotland, United Kingdom