Youngsters track the challenge
This article was first published on: 30 June 2016
EastRen Challenge expedition in Africa was a success for 20 local youngsters.
Twenty local youngsters are celebrating successfully completing the EastRen Challenge expedition in Africa.
The group spent two weeks exploring Morocco. The trip included five days trekking in the High Atlas Mountains, including an ascent of North Africa's highest mountain Mount Toubkal at 4176m. They also visited Marrakech, an eco village and Essaouria on the coast.
During their time in Morocco the group planned and had responsibilities for all aspects of the expedition taking responsibilities for leadership roles, booking transport, organising activities and ensuring the group were looked after.
The trip was a success for all involved and enabled the young people to experience new challenges and gain skills for life.
The Moroccan journey, organised by East Renfrewshire Council's Young Person Services, will exceed the requirements for the Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award.
During the summer the youngsters involved will continue working towards chosen accreditation which includes the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award and DofE Leadership Award. The group are producing presentations and a movie about the experience to present to organisations and schools to tell everyone their story.
Our young people have just completed a challenging two week expedition, which was the culmination of fifteen months hard work, planning, dedication, commitment and learning. It has been very rewarding as expedition leaders to see the achievements our young people have gained and the development that has come from the experience.
- Expedition lead, Paul Tulloch
I gained the confidence to apply for head boy. I liked the different culture, the camping, the challenge to complete the climb, the sense of achievement on reaching the top.
- Jordan Mitchell (16) from Barrhead
I loved being immersed in the culture of the country and felt a massive sense of achievement when we reached the top. Although there was a lot of hard work and at times some personal pressure it all disappeared during that special amazing moment, when I saw the stunning views and felt the overwhelming sense of achievement. Throughout the trip and the year I have noticed a massive development in my confidence and communication skills. From organising fundraising events, being secretary, taking the role as leader on day two of our trip, and by surrounding myself in a completely new environment. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and experiences I have had.
- Rachel Saxon (18) from Newton Mearns