Dales to host youth leader training day

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is to run its first training day for Duke of Edinburgh and Scout leaders to showcase the Dales as an outstanding area to run expeditions.

The free event will take place from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday, March 2 at Clapham Village Hall.

It is open to all involved in running, supervising or assessing expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme or the Scouts Expedition Award.

National Park Authority rangers, local farmers and representatives from the DofE award scheme and the Cave Rescue Organisation will give advice to leaders on how to support their groups in planning routes in the Dales; where to stay; what is special about the area; and how to stay safe and what to do if an accident does happen.

Catriona Kilner said:  “DoE and Scouts leaders can find out everything they need to know at our showcase day to help them start planning their group’s expedition in the Yorkshire Dales.

“The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a stunning place to run a Duke of Edinburgh Expedition or a Scout Expedition Award. Over the years many thousands of young people have come to the Dales as part of their award.

“We would like to help expedition leaders get the most from their visit, as well as help minimise the impact of their event on the area.”

A lunch will be provided and there will also be an opportunity at the end of the event to visit the headquarters of the Cave Rescue Organisation in Clapham, and see how the service is run. This is a short walk away in the village, and will finish no later than 3.30pm.

To book a place or make an enquiry please contact the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Learning and Engagement Officer, Cat Kilner, on Learning@yorkshiredales.org.uk or 01756751623, or see eventbrite.