Via Ferrata school trip Cornwall

Amazing NCS opportunity for 16-17 year olds

We’re currently recruiting 16 and 17 year olds to join our exciting and highly rewarding National Citizen Service (NCS) programme for summer 2021! The programme sees these young people enjoying adventurous activities, learning invaluable life skills, taking on new challenges, making friends and making a difference in their community. This is an incredibly fun opportunity for young people to stretch their comfort zone, boost mental wellbeing post-lockdown and achieve new things. We operate by a ‘challenge by choice’ model, which gives young people confidence, resilience and self-belief. Participants get to build their aspirations, independence and communication, leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills. The programme is also highly valued by employers, colleges and universities. 97% of last year’s cohort said that they would recommend the programme and one parent commented: “It turned my daughter’s life around. She was depressed, anxious, insomniac, not eating. She now has friends, sleep routine, exercises, has a job, gone back to education, has aspirations & enthusiasm for the future.”

What’s involved?

BF Adventure has teamed up with NCS to deliver two programmes over the summer for teens to choose from: a two week programme running from 28th June – 9th July and a three week programme running from 12th July – 30th July. In both cases, this does not include the weekend, so participants will have space to relax in between!

The first part of the programme, ‘Be Epic’, is full of adventurous activities at BF Adventure, including canoeing, coasteering (in the quarry!), team building, climbing and abseiling, Via Ferrata, raft building, bush craft, catapult challenges, zip-lining and low ropes. There’s also a night walk and the chance to bond over a camp fire. Sharing the same site as BF Adventure is its social enterprise, Via Ferrata Cornwall – which offers the only full Via Ferrata experience in South England! This ultimate high wire adventure sees participants journeying through historic granite quarries by scaling cliff faces, wobbling across the high wire bridge – a 70m long single strand of wire stretching over the quarry water, and soaring through the air on one of the most scenic zip wires in Cornwall. So much more than just an adrenaline rush, this adventure is the perfect way to conquer fears, make amazing memories, try something unique and push one’s limits in a completely safe environment.

The second part, ‘Live Life’, allows the young people to gain invaluable life skills. Whether that’s cooking, preparing for their UCAS application or developing their CV, it’s sure to stand them in good stead for the future.

The third aspect is ‘Do Good’- a social action project that involves teams working together to come up with ideas and make a difference. It’s a chance for these young people to leave a legacy in the community and focus on causes that they’re passionate about. BF Adventure supports some of Cornwall’s most vulnerable children and young people facing life’s toughest challenges. Last year, NCS participants played a crucial role in site maintenance, developed over 1.5km of nature trails and worked with the #iwill Campaign.

The two week programme combines ‘Be Epic’ and ‘Live Life’ in week one and devotes week two to ‘Do Good’. The three week programme includes a full residential at BF Adventure for week one, where the teams get to embrace the full range of adventurous activities. Week two is devoted to ‘Live Life’ and week three concludes with ‘Do Good’.
The fourth and final aspect is ‘Go Party’ – a chance to celebrate the success of the teens on the evenings of September 15th or 16th.

Covid-safe

The programme has been adapted to ensure social distancing and covid-safe operations. BF Adventure has been operating throughout the pandemic to support vulnerable children and the site is AA Covid Confident certified. Should regulations change and the residential not be possible, the three week program will become a non-residential two week programme so participants don’t miss out!

How to sign up

The programme costs £50 per person (with bursaries available) and is open to all 16-17 year olds including those with additional needs. To learn more and register your interest, visit the NCS website (wearencs.com).

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