The group of 16- and 17-year-olds from the town have taken part in NCS… Extreme, a pilot project focused on survival skills that is part of the National Citizen Service. NCS is the government’s flagship youth programme, which aims to help young people develop new skills, meet new people and contribute to a community project.
During NCS… Extreme, the group of 14 young people learnt more about living outside, including water purification, bush craft and fire-making whilst sleeping in survival bags at Great Tower Camp in Windermere. They lived with only basic facilities whilst fending for themselves using only essential survival skills.
“I loved it - it was brilliant!” said Laurence Angier, 16, from Macclesfield. “I developed my people skills, enjoyed all the activities, and even cooked outside. As well as this, I particularly enjoyed the team building exercises.
“Whilst some of the activities like the expedition were really challenging, they brought us all together,” he added. “And because of the typical Lake District weather, I quickly discovered the value of my waterproof clothing!”
After a week of outdoor living, the teens went on to build their leadership and decision-making skills with a packed programme of budgeting, pitches, and project planning aimed at giving them the skills to stand out in the competitive world of business. They also explored mental health in young people, were tasked with creating a comprehensive business plan and marketing strategy and received training in film-making and photography to help them create a personal log of their experiences.
“I’m really glad I went on NCS…Extreme, so much so that I plan to stay involved as a champion graduate and continue learning new skills,” said Laurence.
NCS… Extreme is a four-week programme delivered by Ingeus in partnership with Youth Federation.
Its sister-programme, National Citizen Service, takes place across England and Northern Ireland and is open to all 16 and 17-year olds. It is hoped that the success of the NCS… Extreme pilot will lead to its widespread roll out next summer.
To find out more visit: www.ncsingeus.co.uk