Day 4 & 5 in the Cairngorms at Badaguish with Outfitmoray a local Charity and the Respite week for kids, now I need a rest!
The last two days went well the kids had a great days canoeing on Loch Morlich and came back pretty tired the effect of 4 days of activities. In the last few days they have walked, climbed, been gorge walking, canoeing and mountain biking. Many are away from home for the first time but all have worked so hard and it is great to see the changes in the kids. They seem to revel in the outdoor world and enjoy the fresh air and working together.
The kids had made their own pizzas for dinner and enjoyed it and the results were great and all ate well.There were some toppings but everyone took part and the kids seemned very happy with their results. For many the daily routine, cleaning up and making their own sandwiches is a huge achievement! All are eating well as Bernie is a great chef and looking after us all and the outdoors gives most a good appetite. It is a busy day getting the food ready, cleaning up for 20 and the daily run to Aviemore for fresh items . I enjoy seeing the red squirrels every day is a special treat and the views of the Cairngorms are always outstanding! The kids get some free time at the end of the day if they have the energy and enjoy the space of Badaguish. It is set in the great forest of the Cairngorms and there is space to play and no mobile phones unless for emergencies. It is a busy day getting the gear sorted for each adventure and the kids learning so many new skills as we are. The night ended with popcorn “never again”and the kids working on their memory boxes from the week. These were incredible made and decorated by the kids and so much effort involved in their preparation a great idea and they are proud of them.
We had to be away by 1000 from Badaguish yesterday it was raining heavy as we left and the Centre was cleaned up after an early breakfast and the kids headed for a mountain bike ride chasing the weather. Myself and Bernie headed home pretty tired in the heavy rain. I dropped Bernie of in Forres and then headed home to sort out my gear and relax from a busy few days and a quite weekend hopefully.
As you get older you get a bit wiser and I have been sheltered from what these local Charities do and how hard Staff and the volunteers work to help the kids. The kids can learn so much from being in an Outdoor environment and away from so many pressures of the modern world and it was good to be a part of it. Kev and Chris the instructors organised a great week theirs is a huge responsibility but aided Tony, Al and David all went well. We are blessed to have such good folk helping. Pam , Fiona and Donna looked after the girls at night and another volunteer David added his help thanks to all.
It was great to be home and get the telly on washing in the machine and watch Andy Murray take us on another adventure in the tennis. My mum loved the tennis and Wimbledon was her time and she loved it. It was a time of “easy dinners ” and great memories. I now think how lucky I was to have good parents and I wonder how she would feel about the world today yet there are so many good folk about who do ther bit for others and their efforts can make difference.
Maybe some of the skills learned through my Mountain Rescue days looking after the young troops have rubbed of ? We were all young once, some of us wild like me and I never forget that!
Please support your local Charities and those who help the kids, they are our future.
A wee memory from the kids they make it all worthwhile. Real effort!
Outfit Moray is an award-winning charity and social enterprise delivering outdoor learning, adventure and nature exploration programmes which transform lives.
Changing Lives Through Learning and Adventure Outdoors
Founded in 2003, we have worked with over 14,000 children and young people; building confidence, self-esteem and resilience, providing positive role models and encouraging the acquisition of life skills and new experiences through challenge and positive risk taking.
We are a visionary, ambitious and passionate organisation committed to making a difference to the lives of others and particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Our unique approach to learning, education, training and development applies to all that we do, whether working one-to-one with children referred to us, running holiday and respite weeks for vulnerable children, outdoor learning and adventure programmes with schools, or activity sessions to improve health and well-being in adults.
We take a holistic approach to our work; founded on the principles of charity, care and compassion, building trust, valuing courage, patience and integrity, developing social skills and team work, respect for human dignity and taking a selfless approach to the needs of others. It is our aim to encourage positive growth: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to provide hope for a better future, to improve happiness, health and well-being and to create a sense of life purpose.
Outfit Moray provides a supportive structure for a number of charitable and socially enterprising projects to flourish in line with our Vision and Mission, and in particular Earthtime and Bike Revolution. We apply our core values to these projects and actively promote them as part of our work in caring for others and our planet.
Outfit Moray strives to be carbon neutral, to reduce waste and to encourage recycling and up-cycling. We are signatories to Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge.