Saturday 22 October 2016

Prince's Trust Residential. October 4th - 7th 2016.

October has been a busy month so far at Kendal Mountaineering Services. Iain has been doing a bit of freelance work for other providers and has been involved in delivering outdoor activities for the Yorkshire Prince's Trust Programme during their Autumn Residentials.

So what are these residentials about? Well, The Prince's Trust is a charity set up to help young people aged 13 to 30 who may have been in trouble with The Law; are struggling at school or unemployed and wish to do something positive to turn their lives around. These residentials are part of a programme designed to help such young people develop life skills which will help them along the way - through their Prince's Trust Course and beyond.

These residential weeks are about learning to deal with challenges positively. A group will all come from the same locality and will have probably met for the first time, the week before.

The residential takes them away from home in to a location in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (usually a self catering bunkhouse) where the group will live together and share responsibilities for cooking and cleaning amongst other things. During the day they will try their hand at activities such as Rock Scrambling at Brimham Rocks (photos one and two), caving, Rock Climbing and Hill walking.

What is expected during the residential experience, is that these young people will be willing to try everything no matter how challenging the activity might appear and that they will be expected to work together and support & encourage each other under the guidance of instructors such as Iain.

In photo three the group are trying out Indoor Rock Climbing at Ingleton Wall. By now, they will have already learnt the basic skills required to rock climb and belay each other safely.

Each residential is two and a half days long starting on a Tuesday with an afternoon activity that day. Subsequent days are split into a caving & climbing day and a full day of hill-walking usually done around Malham Cove.

For anyone interested in trying any of these activities, Kendal Mountaineering Services also offer them in The Lake District with prices starting at £45 per person for a half day (four hour) activity Session. Contact us here to book your October Half Term Family Activity Session in The Lake District now. Discounts are applied for Children.

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