Leader training

This two-day course gives a thorough introduction to the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for delivering the John Muir Award scheme.

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Those attending will have opportunities to:

  • Review and highlight experiences of, and interest in, the John Muir Award
  • Understand the ethos of the John Muir Award, its structure & criteria for gaining Awards
  • Participate in a variety of relevant outdoor and environmental activities
  • Plan and deliver a mock programme which meets John Muir Award criteria
  • Share experiences & review activities in the context of the Four Award Challenges

Who is it for?

Leader Training is designed for staff, volunteers and leaders who are interested in delivering the John Muir Award (maximum of three participants from one organisation). Content is aimed at those already working with groups or organisations, but will also be of interest to individuals. Ideally, those attending will have at least one year's experience of working with groups.

You should check suitability of the Award for your group prior to attending - guidance here or contact info@johnmuiraward.org to discuss further.

I enjoyed the day… it was really inspiring to see what people are doing… it was fun, punchy, and all round a very positive day

How much does it cost?

Residential course

Cost is £175 for two days, including food & accommodation. Reduced rate places of £125 are available for those attending in an independent or a freelance capacity and for charity representatives*. 

Non-residential course

Cost is £120 for two days. Reduced rate places of £100 are available for those attending in an independent or a freelance capacity and for charity representatives*.

*Maximum of one reduced place per charitable organisation per training course - if your charity is booking for more than one person the reduced rate applies to the first participant only. Please email info@johnmuiraward.org and we can provide you with a code to access our reduced rate on our booking system.

Leader Training Dates 2020

COVID-19: Sadly, with regard to the latest Government guidance on covid-19 (or coronavirus) we have decided to cancel or postpone all the Leader Training courses scheduled for this Spring. If you had booked a place, you should have received an email informing you that the course has been cancelled or postponed and what the next steps are. If you have not received this information please get in touch with us at info@johnmuiraward.org. We look forward to welcoming you on a Leader Training course with us in the future.

Residential courses

CANCELLED Patterdale Hall, Cumbria


POSTPONED (date TBC) Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms
POSTPONED (date TBC) Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire