If your group will be using a bothy on expedition we can help! Last year we developed bothy training resources with advice from The Mountain Bothies Association. The session plan and Bothies 101 sheets are a great way to introduce bothies to young people and we’d encourage you to make use of them. The Bothy Code is also an important resource.
We have received notice of bothy misuse by DofE groups this year, so please make use of the resources we've included above to ensure your participants know how to use them responsibly.
Bothies as your aim
You can also involve your group with keeping bothies in good nick. The DofE Haddington Youth Group from East Lothian Council came up with a brilliant expedition aim that also helped the Glen Coul and Glendhu bothies.
As part of their aim, the group took photos, checked for damage, and wrote report cards of the bothies. The reports were sent to the Mountain Bothies Association, who will use them to plan out maintenance so that the bothies remain in good condition.
Your group can help too! To find out how to make a Bothy Report, you can visit the MBA website. Another expedition aim can be to help clean a Bothy, or clear rubbish around a Bothy area. You can find out even more about helping the MBA on their website.
Do you need help funding expedition kit for your DofE centre? The CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund is now open and may help. It offers a great opportunity for you to apply for expedition kit funding.
Not-for-profit community based organisations can apply for funding of up to £150,000. Funds can be put towards equipment to offer high quality sport, physical activity and outdoor learning to disadvantaged young people.
The fund deadline is 1pm on Tuesday 31 May 2016. You can find out more on the CashBack for Communities website. Please share the opportunity with your DofE Leaders as you see fit.
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