If you do not see an answer to your question listed please refer to the John Muir Award Information Handbook as this is a comprehensive guide to delivering the Award.
Covid-19 Award FAQs:
My John Muir Award activities have been put on hold due to the coronavirus, can I start activities again once this is over?
If you/your group are no longer able to start or continue your Award as expected, that is absolutely fine, just begin activities if and when you are able. There may be activities that Award participants can safely do at home or in their garden but any activity must be carried out within current UK Government Coronavirus guidance. We will be sharing activity ideas and suggestions over the coming weeks, keep an eye on the John Muir Trust social media (@JohnMuirTrust and #JohnMuirAward), and our e-bulletin and newsletters (if you don’t already receive these you can sign up here).
I have to change some aspects of my Award due to the coronavirus disruption, do I need to get in touch with you about this?
The Four Challenges of the Award are very flexible, so you’re welcome to adapt your plans or extend your proposed finish date as necessary. It would be a great idea to contact your Award Manager to inform them about the changes you are making to ensure that you will still meet the criteria required to achieve your Award. You DO NOT need to contact your Award Manager to let them know that your proposed finish date will be delayed.
I have just completed my Award and need to request certificates, is this still possible?
Please feel free to request certificates using the Certificate Request Form as usual, however please note that our offices are closed, so all certificates will be processed once we have been advised that it is safe to return to our offices.
I was booked onto one of your Leader Training courses but it has been postponed or cancelled, what should I do?
Our Leader Training courses are currently suspended in order to restrict the spread of coronavirus, you should have received emails from both ourselves and our booking platform Billetto about this. If you haven't received any emails please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Award FAQs
The Award looks great – What do I need to do to take part?
Have a look at our Get Involved page to see if your group is suitable. Plan your activities, fill in a Proposal Form and email it to email@example.com. One of our team will get back to you to discuss your Proposal Form, this can take up to 10 working days.
Is there an age limit for the John Muir Award?
The John Muir Award is ideally suited for those participants working at later stage of Primary Education and beyond (year 4 and above in England and Wales and Second Level in Scotland). We have created a Family Award that welcomes involvement by people of all ages and abilities, including younger children, as part of a family group. We encourage adults to get involved too. There is no upper age limit.
How do I request certificates?
When you have completed your activity, please fill out a Certificate Request Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . A member of our team will be in touch to discuss and confirm this with you. Please allow up to 10 working days for your certificates to arrive.
What are the specific time commitments for each level?
- Discovery Award - 4 days (or 25+ hours equivalent) minimum time commitment.
- Explorer Award - 8 days (50+ hours equivalent) minimum time commitment.
- Conserver Award - 20 days (or 125+ equivalent) minimum time commitment, over at least 6 months.
The Four Challenges - Discover, Explore, Conserve, Share - are met for each level, with increasing responsibility and ownership.
How much does it cost to take part in a John Muir Award?
It’s free of charge, including the certificates. However, we do encourage our Providers to give something back to help us to support others with their Award. You can do this by either making a donation or joining as an individual or group.
Do I need to have completed any training to start using the John Muir Award?
You do not need to have attended any training to start using the John Muir Award. Everything you need to know can be found on our website. We do offer a variety of courses which are popular ways of finding out more about the ethos of the John Muir Award and the practicalities of delivering it. More information and dates for upcoming training dates can be found here.
What counts as a wild place?
John Muir Award Activity can take place in a range of wild places, from what is right on your doorstep, in school grounds and back gardens, to remote and rural
landscapes, and urban environments.
I forgot to submit my proposal form and our group have already begun our Award, what should I do?
Please contact email@example.com and a member of our team will be able to discuss that with you.
Which Award level is most suitable for my group?
There are three Levels of the John Muir Award: Discovery, Explorer and Conserver. These differ in terms of time commitment and responsibility. Progressing through to the higher levels of the Award isn’t simply doing the same activities for longer. For further information see our guidance on ‘Considering ways to progress through John Muir Award Levels’.
You are welcome to repeat the same Award Level – maybe with a different organisation or in different places or with different people – as this provides opportunities for new and valuable experiences.
Is there a syllabus to follow or certain activities we need to complete?
The John Muir Award doesn’t have a set programme or syllabus to follow, but does have a simple Criteria. The Award is based around Four Challenges – Discover, Explore, Conserve, Share – and the activities you do to engage with the Four Challenges are up to you. Let us know what you are planning for your Award by sending us a Proposal Form, we will discuss this with you, share ideas and once it has been agreed and registered you are ready to get started!
I’ve delivered the Award before. Do I need to submit another Proposal?
Yes you will need to submit a new Proposal Form for each group participating in the Award.
I’m a group/individual/family based outside of the UK, can I take part in the John Muir Award?
Unfortunately not, the John Muir Award is increasing in its popularity and we are currently inundated with inspiring proposal forms. However, so we can continue to provide a high quality service we are currently focussing on Award activity within the UK countries only and won’t be able to accept any more international proposals at this time. We hope you are not too disappointed and please check back later this year in case our situation changes. Many thanks for your understanding.