Why In Your Element?

We have a significant amount of experience in providing activity programmes that meet the needs of young adventurers.

We pride ourselves in providing a bespoke service tailoring programmes to suit learning or developmental objectives.

The quality of our service is reflected in the amount of repeat business we get from school and youth groups.

We have the capcity to cater for single day bookings for smaller groups to 150+ participants over a number of days.

We are affiliate members of the Leave No Trace programme and will take any opportunity we can to pass on our knowledge and raise awareness amongst children.

“We have used Boots N Paddles for several years and have always been impressed by their enthusiasm, helpfulness and local knowledge. Being taken round the islands of Loch Maree and watching the sea eagles swooping above will be remembered for a long time by our pupils.”
[G. Gibb, teacher at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh]

What might an school activity package include?

Some examples include:
Youth achievement awards – a programme of progressive mountain bike or canoe skills development starting with basic techniques and building up to and ending with a more technical challenge to help the children improve their self-confidence, encourage them to take responsibility for learning and get on and work well with others.  This might be during a Great Glen Canoe Expedition or perhaps bike trails based near you.
School group activity programmes – designed to challenge the children by exposing them to activities that they may not have tried (or even heard of before) in a fun and entertaining way. These programmes are tailored to different age groups and abilities.  Great for building confidence, social  and communication skills.
Nature-based activities – whether it’s a low-level nature walk, a more challenging hill-walk in a National Park or a canoe expedition on the Great Glen Canoe Trail, our guides will make sure that in addition to improving their chosen activity skills, the children will also become more aware of their surroundings, appreciate what nature has to offer and do so with minimum impact to the environment.
We are a registered coaching provider for the Go MTB schemeGo MTB is a progressive mountain bike achievement award that can enable young people to advance their technical riding skills as well as learning how to look after themselves, their bike, the environment, and other people.  We can offer one off coaching sessions, or a series of sessions.   Just get in touch if you’d like out find out more, or go to the Go MTB website
“We had a fantastic couple of days – the children thoroughly enjoyed the activities, as did the staff! A great team!!”
[Aberlour House Junior School, Gordonstoun]

What size of groups do we cater for?

From groups of 8 upwards. No maximum limit.

What can we do to support your school trip or educational visit?

In the planning stages of any booking, we will ensure that if there are specific objectives, then these are addressed and agreed with the organiser prior to the event.  Full details of the activity programme are documented.

How do we arrange risk assessments?

We conduct comprehensive risk assessments for all our activity venues and these are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date.   We have an excellent safety record.

What does it cost?

For more complex, multi-day programmes we may need to quote based on your specific requirements, however, for most single day activity bookings the following price list will apply.

School Youth Group Activity Price List

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Is specific clothing required?

We will inform the group organiser of any specific clothing requirements prior to the activity booking date.

Do we have first aid on site?

All of our instructors are first aid qualified and will have any necessary equipment on hand should it be required.

What facilities do we provide for school trips and educational visits?

We don’t provide the facilities you might expect of an activity centre, given that we are a predominantly a mobile service provider.  However, we can organise packed lunches, for example, and would quote on the basis of each group’s catering needs. We also take into account things like toilet and changing facilities when choosing venues for you.

What next?

Please get in touch  to discuss your plans.  It’s helpful to have the following information available when enquiring with us:
  • Dates
  • Participant numbers, including teachers
  • Age range
  • Special needs
  • Specific learning objectives