Lowland Leader Award
In conjunction with the City of Edinburgh Council’s Bangholm Outdoor Learning Centre and Mountain Training, we deliver the Lowland Leader Award. This is the National Governing Body qualification for leading groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland. The Camping Leader Award allows leaders to supervise campsites with vehicle access, including wild camps and serviced campsites. It is ideal for DofE Leaders and does not require an accompanying walk leadership qualification, but can complement the Lowland Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader Awards.
Upcoming Lowland Leader Dates
Lowland Leader Award Training
- Wednesday 22ndMarch, 1800-2100; Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March
- Wednesday 20thSeptember, 1800-2100; Saturday 23rd & Sunday 25th September
Lowland Leader Award Assessment
- Wednesday 22ndFebruary, 1800-2100; Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February
- Monday 24thApril, 1800-2100; Thursday 27th & Friday 28th April
Our Lowland Leader Training and Assessment courses take place in countryside areas around Edinburgh and the Lothians. They are non-residential.
- Wednesday or Friday evening 1800-2100
- Saturday 0900-1800
- Sunday 0900-1800
Each of our courses cost £130, or £75 for volunteers and staff at schools, outdoor centres or in DofE within the City of Edinburgh Council. Further funding may be available for local volunteers and we will assist you with an application for this as available.
These costs include all instruction, loan of equipment, and refreshments at base. We organise car sharing to keep transport costs to a minimum. You will need to bring your own food for each day.
Your journey to becoming a Lowland Leader
- Register for the Lowland Leader Award via Mountain Training‘s website. Registration involves a one-off payment of £49.00.
- Gain personal experience of walking in lowland countryside (farmland, woodland and coasts). This experience can comprise a mix of solo walks, walks with family or friends, club walks or led walks, but you should always use a map. Log all your walks, including walks done in the past, into the Mountain Training DLOG. When you have logged 10 varied lowland day walks you are ready to proceed…
- Book onto and attend a Lowland Leader Training Course. The course usually includes two days out walking and some indoor sessions. Training courses are run by highly experienced instructors, and will build on your personal experience equipping you with most of the skills required by a Lowland Leader. The training course ends with a personal debrief and recommendations on how to proceed…
- Consolidate your skills by gaining further walking experience including assisting with leading walking groups. Log all your walks into DLOG. Before assessment, you need a total of 20 quality lowland day walks (including walks done before training).
- Complete a 16-hour outdoor first aid course. Our volunteers can access these courses free of charge from time to time, click here for dates and booking.
- Book onto and attend a Lowland Leader Assessment course. The course usually includes two days out walking and some indoor sessions. Assessments are run by highly experienced instructors who will give you ample opportunity to demonstrate your competence, experience and knowledge. The training course ends with a personal debrief and hopefully the confirmation that you have Passed the course… You are now a qualified Lowland Leader and are qualified to lead day walks in lowland countryside.
To be informed about future dates, or for any more information on these schemes please us on email@example.com or (0131) 467 4753.
Upcoming Camping Leader Dates
- Friday 31stMarch 2023
- Friday 19thto Saturday 20th May (including an overnight camp)
Your journey to becoming a Camping Leader
- Register for the Camping Leader Award via Mountain Training‘s website. Registration involves a one-off payment of £20.
- Gain personal experience of camping on walking expeditions. Log all of your expedition camps into DLOG. Once you have 5-10 nights expedition camping experience, including 2 where you have helped lead a camping group, you can…
- Book onto and attend a Camping Leader course. This course can be a day or a number of sessions building up to a minimum 8 hours contact time and it is a combined training and assessment course. Experienced instructors will be looking at your campcraft skills, but the course also involves training and knowledge sharing about how to train and supervise camping groups to operate independently. This makes the course particularly relevant to DofE. The course hopefully ends with a confirmation that you have gained the Camping Leader Award… You are now qualified to supervise groups in a variety of campsites.