At the moment the Arete centre is working with NCS (National Citizenship scheme) a organisation for young people which runs all over the U.K. NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and cultures that live in the same area. The aim of the scheme is to build stronger communities, and develop essential skills for young people.
The courses last three weeks with three individual elements, adventure, skills and social action. Arete is involved in the adventure week with the instructors working hard to challenge the teams and help them bond together. The following weeks typically take place at University Halls, they involve the young people developing domestic skills, discovering causes in their local community and developing a project of social action that will benefit their community.
The staff at the Arete centre have been working with NCS teams for the past few weeks over the summer. We’ve presented the NCS teams with a number of different challenges so individuals can face their fears and work together with encouragement and support. We’ve been taking teams to a number of venues around Snowdonia, coasteering, underground exploration, gorge scrambling, boating and zip lining. For a number of the groups this is their first adventurous outdoor experience but they have still been up for the challenge.
It’s that time of year again! Over the next few months, pupils will be working hard to complete their DofE training and assessments. Most of our teams will be exploring our local mountains in Snowdonia by foot, however, we have a few groups heading to Pembrokeshire and even to Scotland to canoe and sea kayak!
It’s such a fantastic opportunity having the Duke of Edinburgh Award available to so many young people, a great way to be inspired, challenged and to make life long friends.
Well done to High Clare School who have just finished their Bronze and Silver DofE training expeditions. They worked extremely hard as a group to plan their routes and were keen to learn new skills. We look forward to having them back for their assessment, where hopefully they’ve been able to consolidated what they’ve learnt and put it into practice.
Good luck to the 130 Calday Grammar School pupils completing their Bronze DofE qualifying expedition, they’ll be walking for 2 days along the Angelsey coast.
After two successful years in a row, we have decided to run our Gold DofE residential. This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils top to spend a week taking part in a range of different activities and getting to know other like minded pupils whilst completing a valuable part of their DofE.
Our managing director has been hard at work creating our new website, it is now up and running! We’ll be using this page to share any exciting news articles, and to keep you up-to-date on what’s going on at the centre. Keep your eyes peeled!
Whilst having our busiest winter season so far, we have also been hard at work renovating some of our accommodation in preparation for a busy summer ahead. We are now proud to say that we can sleep up to 120! We also have some fantastic new facilities such as our BBQ area, nightline and new Bryn Eryr drying room.
We have had a variety of different groups this May half term, from private families visiting all the way from America to cadet groups who have been learning essential bush craft skills, exploring the Angelsey coastline, gorge scrambling and taking a break from the sun to explore some of the historic welsh mines. What a great way to spend your half term, especially when the weather is as good as it has been recently.
Keep enjoying the sun!