The free Out There Award is a development programme for 18-26 year olds that teaches basic skills to enable them to enjoy the outdoors and introduces like-minded young people to a network of other young walkers. The Out There Award will kick-start your journey into the outdoors while helping you meet other young walkers, learn skills and have fun along the way.
The award is managed and delivered by Ramblers Scotland and joint funded by Scottish Government and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
The award responds to research commissioned by Ramblers Scotland in 2018 that concluded the 2 main reasons for young adults not accessing the outdoors was:
The Out There Award was launched in 2019 and is now delivered to cohorts of up to 8 young adults at locations across Scotland. Each participant attends a 2-day experience led by a qualified outdoor instructor:
Whether you’re interested in getting the skills to go Munro bagging, making some new mates or simply improving your health through gentler walks, this free two-day award scheme is for everyone, regardless of your background, experience, location or budget. Day one offers basic training in outdoor skills. Then on day two you will enjoy a group exploring walk, led by you and your fellow participants. In a friendly environment, we’ll cover the basic skills needed to begin to enjoy great days outdoors, safely. This will include:
Everyone who completes the award gets:
• A year of Ramblers membership worth £38.50
• A Ramblers starter pack, crammed full of navigation and safety essentials worth £26
When you’ve completed the Award, we’ll help you meet friendly local Young Walkers’ groups, using your free Ramblers membership.
Additionally, upon completion participants gain access to the Out There Award Plus, an intro to responsible camping weekend. They are also eligible to apply for our year long Ambassador Scheme where they develop their outdoor skills further and work towards outdoor qualifications. Both are also free.
See Case Studies:
Empowering young people to get outdoors: Out There Award
Young adults giving back to Scotland's nature on the Out There Award Plus
Learning how to camp responsibly: Ramblers Scotland's Out There Award Plus
Young people in Scotland aged 18 to 26 with an interest in walking and a wish to develop safe practice in the outdoors.
Day 1 – Skills Day.
Day 2 – Exploring Day
All participants receive 1-year free membership to the Ramblers and an introduction to their local young walking group as well as an award certificate upon completion.
The award is managed by Ramblers Scotland. It is not externally accredited. All participants receive an Out There Award upon completion of the full programme. If you participate you achieve the award There is no assessment element of the award.
Provider: Ramblers Scotland
Website: Click here
For Ages: 18 - 25
Time to Complete: 2 Days
Type of Involvement:
Contact Sam Knight, Project officer - young adult development on , or send an email.