Up to 100 students took on winter challenges at one of North Wales’ most popular outdoor activity centres.
Level 2 and 3 Uniformed Public Service (UPS) learners from Coleg Cambria sites in Wrexham and Deeside took part in two five-day residential visits to Gwersyll and Urdd Glan-Llyn, Llanuwchllyn, Bala.
Led by sports and public services lecturer Alan Lowry – also the college’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) co-ordinator – and UPS lecturer Gary Abnett, they enjoyed and endured a series of challenges in harsh weather conditions.
Alan said: “Learners learned about a variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain walking, orienteering, problem solving, archery , gorge walking, caving and high ropes – they have done so well.
“Groups also took part in a charity canoe challenge which involved racing the 3.6 mile length of Llyn Tegid, and the Tier 2 cohort received additional training in expedition skills in preparation for their Bronze award. DofE.
“Despite the stormy weather, we had a fantastic time and they showed great teamwork throughout.”
Rona Griffiths, Head of Learning and Enterprise Experience, added: “We have been successful in continuing to provide safe outdoor activities and residential opportunities and we are delighted to see so many young participate.
“DofE in particular provides them with so many new skills and adds so much value to their outdoor education – I’m glad that despite the stormy weather they had such a rewarding and enjoyable time.”
Last year, 203 youngsters won the DofE Awards at Coleg Cambria – 199 bronze, two silver and two gold.
“We are so proud of them all for working hard to develop a range of new skills including problem solving, map reading, first aid and route and meal planning,” Rona added. .
“To do so at any time would be a fabulous achievement; getting bronze during the Covid-19 pandemic is even more remarkable and they are a credit to the college.”
All public service learners have weekly Welsh language sessions at college which focus on developing their skills for future employment.
The visit to Glan-Llyn gave them various opportunities to develop and practice these skills while participating in the various activities.
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