National agency for youth work backs outdoor learning

‘Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world’ writes Jim Sweeney, quoting John Muir to introduce YouthLink Scotland’s Outdoor Learni

‘Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world’ writes Jim Sweeney, quoting John Muir to introduce YouthLink Scotland’s Outdoor Learning special edition of their Link Magazine.

As the national agency for youth work in Scotland, YouthLink has a powerful voice and a broad reach. As Jim says, Outdoor Learning ‘has been an integral part of youth work practice for over 100 years and provides so many growth and learning opportunities for young people. It is a rite of passage…to explore the countryside and wildernesses in Scotland and beyond’.

This new publication, launched in March 2014, includes articles from 30 organisations that support, deliver or fund youth work in the outdoors – from uniformed organisations to family and arts projects.

The John Muir Award is proud to be featured, ‘as a scheme to help people of all backgrounds connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places – and a vehicle for outdoor learning’, and support the partnership working it promotes. Over two thirds of the youth work organisations included already use the Award as part of their own approaches to outdoor learning.

‘It’s fantastic to see YouthLink Scotland bringing together such a wealth of experience and opportunity, focused around outdoor learning’ said Rob Bushby, UK John Muir Award Manager. A big part of the reason the John Muir Trust set up the John Muir Award was to help bridge a gap between youth work and meaningful connections with the outdoors. This document shows that youth work has a vital role and that outdoor learning has, as Jim Sweeney says, ‘something for everyone’.’

View 'The Link - outdoor learning special edition' as a pdf here.