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The Countryside Leader Award
 
The Countryside Leader Award (CLA) is for adults who wish to lead walks and camping expeditions in non-remote, lowland countryside. This corresponds with the recommended Duke of Edinburgh's Award Bronze and Silver Expedition terrain. The award is designed for people who already have considerable experience working with young people.
 
The CLA is seen as pre- the Mountain Training UK Walking Group Leader Award (WGL) in terms of technical skills required. It is approximately equivalent to the Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership (BEL) but, because it is aimed at experienced youth leaders, it concentrates purely on the leadership of walking expeditions. This makes it a quicker, simpler and cheaper, as well as more relevant, award for these people.
 
Before registering on the scheme, please check that the CLA is recognised by the body responsible for authorising your activities (e.g. your employer or your DofE Licensed Organisation). The minimum age for registration is 18.
 
Pre-requisites
 
Some prior knowledge of camping and navigation is required. To attend a training course you must meet the following criteria:
Be a Qualified Teacher or:
Hold a Level Three Diploma or above in Youth Work or:
Have at least ten days’ and five nights’ experience of leading, or assisting with the leadership of, walking and camping groups
Plus:
Personal experience of five nights' camping and five days' walking in the countryside, navigating on clear paths
 
You should be able to navigate to roughly NNAS Bronze standard before you join a training course. If you'd like to brush up on your navigation, then a day's coaching should be enough to bring you up to speed. You could do a NNAS Bronze course or a CLA Pre-Training Day. (People without leadership experience might find that Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership (BEL) is a more suitable award.)
 
Scope
 
Leadership of walking expeditions in normal rural, open countryside or forest (i.e. recommended DofE Bronze and Silver Expedition terrain and conditions).
This includes:
Direct, indirect and remote supervision
Open countryside and farmland where outside help (e.g. a hamlet or well-travelled road) is easily accessible
  within 30 minutes
• Journeys must be planned to finish two hours before sunset
•  Camping in sheltered, accessible locations
This excludes:
High or remote country (mountains, upland, moor, bog or fell)
Areas where a trip or slip could result in serious injury or fatality
Planned night journeying
Winter conditions (i.e. where snow is falling, is on the ground or is forecast; ice; extreme cold or other
  inhospitable weather conditions)
Camping in remote locations
 
Training
 
The Training Course runs over three days and includes a camping expedition. It assumes basic competence in country walking and camping. Bringing together candidates with this knowledge promotes discussion and practice sharing.
 
The format for the training course is:
Introduction Day (some classroom-based theory and some navigation)
Training Expedition (this is a lightweight, self-sufficient expedition)
 
The priority is to cover skills specific to expedition leadership that might be difficult to learn outside a training course. Please bear in mind that the course cannot cover every aspect of every part of the syllabus. Candidates should ensure that they develop sufficient skill and knowledge before attending an assessment (and, in general, before leading expeditions).
 
The following Training Courses are scheduled for 2015. Candidates will need to attend both the Introduction Day and the Training Expedition of the same course.
 

Event

Date

Location

Introduction Day

Saturday 23 May 2015

Green Park

Training Expedition

Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 May 2015

Green Park

Introduction Day

Saturday 18 July 2015

Green Park

Training Expedition

Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 August 2015

Green Park

Introduction Day

Saturday 7 November 2015

Green Park

Training Expedition

Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 November 2015

Green Park

 
Consolidation
 
At the end of your Training Course your tutor will give you a consolidation plan which will outline areas on which to focus and the experience you need to gain before assessment.
 
Assessment
 
Assessment takes the form of a two-night lightweight camping expedition. You will be sent details of a number of leadership sessions to prepare in advance. A current First Aid certificate is required for the award to be valid.
 
The following Assessment Expeditions are scheduled for 2015. Candidates may attend whichever weekend they prefer.

Event

Date

Location

Assessment Expedition

Tuesday evening 26 to Thursday 28 May 2015

Green Park

Assessment Expedition

Friday evening 29 to Sunday 31 May 2015

Green Park

Assessment Expedition

Wednesday evening 22 to Friday 24 July 2015

Green Park

Assessment Expedition

Friday evening 9 to Sunday 11 October 2015

Green Park

Assessment Expedition

Friday evening 13 to Sunday 15 November 2015

Green Park

 
Location
 
All our courses are based at Green Park in Aston Clinton. This venue offers ideal facilities for these courses: a yurt equipped with power, light and a wood-burning stove; an orienteering course; secure car parking and a good variety of rural countryside nearby. For the Training Expedition, we will start and finish at Green Park but will journey to another campsite overnight. For the Assessment Expedition, we will camp at Green Park the first night and then journey to a different campsite for the second night before walking back to Green Park.
 
The address is:
Green Park, Stablebridge Road, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5NE
 
Cost
 
Training Course: Introduction Day plus Training Expedition: £200.00 total.
Assessment Expedition: £200.00 total.
 
Organisations booking four or more candidates onto the same course will receive a discount of £25.00 per person.
 
These costs include campsite fees but exclude food. Candidates will be expected to bring their own expedition equipment – this will be discussed in detail on the Introduction Day.
 
Booking
 
For further information about either a Training Course or an Assessment Expedition, please contact us and we will send you a booking form, course programme and equipment list. To secure your place on a course, we will require your completed booking form by no later than two weeks prior to the first day of the course. The course will definitely go ahead provided we receive a minimum of four confirmed bookings by this date. All candidates must be registered with Countryside Leader Award prior to attending any course. The cost of registration is currently £35.00 per person.
 
Organisation
 
Zest for Adventure is an approved Course Provider for the Countryside Leader Award. For further information about the Countryside Leader Award, please see their website: www.countrysideleaderaward.org.