There are three broad reasons for involvement in the John Muir Award:
- First time – for those new to the outdoors it gives focus, structure, ideas and support.
- Doing more – those already doing some activity outdoors use it as a catalyst for more, for partnership links and integration.
- Recognition – those already engaged with a wide range of activity use it as a means of recognition.
These varied motivations for involvement are reflected in the responses to the survey. With this in mind, we recognise that it is not possible or appropriate to separately identify and attribute the impacts reported on in the Provider Survey solely to John Muir Award participation. Rather, this information reflects on activity that the John Muir Award is a part of: some activity would take place with or without an Award element; for some the John Muir Award has been the key reason for engagement. Many of the responses to the survey made particular reference to this, and suggested that the John Muir Award is a ‘contributing factor’ to the impacts discussed, but that it was difficult to consider Award related impacts in isolation. Such partnership approaches are key to success and we are proud to be a part of these collaborative ways of working towards positive outcomes.