24/07/2017 - 11:28

We are delighted to announce that FOTA have received a National Lottery award from the Big Lottery Fund to continue our excellent CAMHS project. Thanks to funding of £55,000 over 2 years, we will now be expanding this service to include Edinburgh and the Lothians, working with health professionals to support young people experiencing mental health issues to work towards their Duke of Edinburghs Award. 

28/06/2017 - 12:11

So it's been a busy few months since the 2017 DofE expedition season started. We've put together a few statistics to show the amount of work that's taken place so far. Although the expedition season officially started in March, the numbers we gather are from January 2017 - June 2017.

22/06/2017 - 18:18

FOTA are offering Open Gold DofE Expeditions later this summer. Bookings close soon so if you need a Gold Practice or Qualifying expedition please book now!

05/06/2017 - 15:48

DofE Scotland have announced they are looking to recruit a new Centre Support Officer based in Edinburgh.

This post will work primarily in the City of Edinburgh Council area in supporting the local authority to achieve their ambition in increasing the opportunities for young people to engage in the DofE, giving them the opportunity to develop their potential. The post is strongly linked to the raising attainment agenda to ensure better outcomes and closing the equity gap for young people from currently unrepresented areas. 

22/05/2017 - 12:47



Why to do it?

Boots are one of the key items on any expedition. If your boots don’t work then you will not be comfortable. Getting a good fit is essential, but past this you need to look after them to make sure they last the distance.

16/05/2017 - 14:04

We are sad to say that Morag has moved on from her Youth Development post on the FOTA Youth Development Project. We wish her well in her next project up in Glen Strathfarrar, and no doubt we'll see her out on the hills too!

We are hopeful that a new person will start this role soon. In the meantime any queries regarding the Youth Development Project should be emailed to: 

12/04/2017 - 14:30

With the changing of the clocks, it is now the official start of the DofE expedition season (hurrah!!!) however this is also the time where some of our least favourite insects start to emerge back into the world – and many of them are looking to bite you! We look at some of the most common insects you’re likely to come across on your expedition, and some tips and tricks on what to do if you get bitten.

06/04/2017 - 11:15

Join our team!

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding for 2 School Development Officers working in Midlothian. Please visit our job vacancies page for more information as well as the application pack.

02/04/2017 - 10:02


The FOTA office will be operating on reduced opening hours over the Easter holidays (3rd April - 18th April)

During this time we will be open 9am - 5pm, with no kit store access in the evenings.


15/03/2017 - 17:41

Waterproof Jackets