Well, it might be May, but the snow was still falling this week at Alltnacriche during one of our Classroom Outdoor residentials. As young people engage with activities at our centres, whether on an SU Holiday, weekend, Classroom Outdoors residential, or a training event such as LeadUP we encourage them to stretch themselves, move out of their comfort zone, learn new skills, share together in a community.

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Each year our instructional teams from Lendrick Muir and Alltnacriche go on “residentials” themselves, to remind themselves about what being “taken out of their comfort zone” means and how it feels. This winter the Alltnacriche team headed off on a snow shoeing expedition to Loch Ossian Youth Hostel – an opportunity to share in life, faith, and a new experience. Here are a few photos and the perspective from one of our instructors…

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“The scenery was unbelievable, and the experience was one I'll never forget. However it was hard - in truth I was expecting a nice wee gander in the snow. Perhaps I was being a bit naïve. At times I wanted to crawl back to my bed and hibernate! But life is about stepping out of our comfort zones, pushing ourselves, taking a risk, having new experiences and accomplishing new and exciting things.”

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If you have a passion for the outdoors, would like to gain skills in working with young people, be trained and equipped in a number of outdoor disciplines and grow in your Christian faith, why not consider our trainee instructor programme? Our application process for the January 2016 intake is underway.

Paul Bayton

I've been leading the team at Alltnacriche since 2008, having been involved with SU Scotland for the best part of 25 years, as a camper, leader, team leader and volunteer at many work parties at Kingscross. I previously worked at RBS and was also a director of a youth work project in Linlithgow, where my family and I lived prior to moving take up this role.