National Navigation Award Scheme

This weekend Pam was at the NNAS Workshop and AGM held near Buxton in Derbyshire.

Navigation Course in the Dales

The weather was beautiful and it was a really good day. A chance to meet other providers of the Award, share ideas and look at ways we assess at different levels.

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages. Yorkshire Dales Guides run Bronze/Silver Open Courses each month which individuals can join in.  Next one 27th & 28th of this month.  If you have a group of 4 or more we can always arrange dates to fit in with you – midweek or weekends. We also run Gold Award Training and Assessment events with the next training being on 12th & 13th February 2011.  More information here.

The levels of NNAS award

All courses include knowledge of safety and access issues when walking in the countryside, as well as an understanding of environmental issues and awareness of impacts.

Bronze NNAS Award – navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features, basic map interpretation and compass work is included.

Silver NNAS Award – navigation in the countryside using skills acquired at bronze level and adding skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks, accurate compass work is required and an ability to use appropriate navigational techniques to go across country in some cases, eg. choosing an appropriate attack point.

Gold NNAS Award – navigation in the countryside using skills of the first two levels, but adding techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features large and small.

These awards are not a leadership qualification of any kind they are about personal navigation skills.

There are also three junior levels of the Award which we can run for schools and youth groups.

For more information on the NNAS visit their site www.nnas.org.uk

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