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Bushcraft Training for Instructor Team

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Joel aged 19 from Birmingham joined our GAP year team last September. He gives an update on a Bushcraft training event which took place in our copse in early January:- The GAP team and Interns have been taught many exciting and highly effective skills during our Bushcraft training. These included choosing a safe place to create a fire along with using the right type of wood and leaves to light up with a flint and steel lig...

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February Half Term Fun in the Swiss Alps

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

We had a ‘full-house’ for our TA Ski week set in the breathtakingly beautiful Jungfrau region of Switzerland. Fresh and abundant snow, blue skies, amazing company, comfortable accommodation and healthy home-cooked meals all added to the amazing experience had by all on this adventure. This is some of the feedback when we asked for highlights from the week:- “The people I met and the friendships I’ve made. Loved the fun of Onesie Wedn...

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Kayak Skills Session

Monday, February 25, 2019

  Frazer aged 18 from Chipping Norton joined our GAP year team last September. Frazer gives an update on a pool training session held recently:-  On Friday 8th February, 11 of us (a mixture of A+ staff and friends/family) went to Oxford for a kayaking pool session at Oxford Brookes Harcourt Hill Campus. This session was to practice our T-Rescues, rolls, support strokes and gain more confidence in the water. A few...

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Witney to Westminster Canoe Marathon Training Update

Monday, February 25, 2019

Sim aged 18 from Oxford joined our GAP year team last September. Here he gives an update on their training for our biggest biennial fundraising event, the Witney to Westminster Canoe Marathon which takes place in May 2019:-  Starting the GAP year in September, we knew that there were going to be many challenges heading our way, one of them being the Witney to Westminster Canoe Marathon! This amazing event happens every second yea...

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Slacklining in Oxfordshire

Monday, February 25, 2019

Michael, a Cambridge graduate aged 22 from Hook, Hampshire joined our GAP year team, last September. He gives an update on a slacklining project completed with our activity coaches:- In Autumn, 9 of our activity instructors worked tirelessly to create a new learning space: a slacklining area!   Slacklining is a fast-growing sport involving a taut tape, suspended between two trees or posts, on which participants balance an...

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Expedition Training at A+

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Last week (starting on the 28th Jan) members of the A+ team started their Lowland Expedition Leadership (LEL) training with former A+ instructor Mark D’Sa. There were some classroom based activities but mostly outdoor training and activities. On the first day we started off in the classroom, going over the plan for the week. In the afternoon we planned and mapped a walk and then set out off  to Bampton and back (we ran out of day...

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