You Have Your Badges But Do You Have Your Certificates?!
Are you one of almost half a million youngsters in the UK who's a member of the Scout Association?
We're huge fans of the SA, because it ties in nicely with what we do, and what we believe in here at Go Ape. Its aim is to provide "fun, adventure and skills for life and give young people the opportunity to enjoy new adventures, experience outdoors and take part in a range of creative, community and international activities, interact with others, make new friends, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Hear, hear!
The SA has a huge, positive impact on the lives of kids. In fact, a study from Edinburgh and Glasgow university researchers last year found that people who were in scouts or guides in childhood have better mental health in later life.
Among the 10,000 people studied, ex-members were 15% less likely to suffer anxiety or mood disorders at the age of 50. That's the great outdoors and adventure working their magic!
Building those badges
Now we're sure you have an impressive collection of badges, ranging from core badges to those you earn through certain activities. Perhaps you earned your Astronomer Activity Badge after making a model of the solar system; or maybe you planned, served and cleared away a two-course meal for at least two people, leading you to receive a Chef Activity Badge!
As you know, there are loads of badges to collect and impress your friends with, and that's what makes scouting so exciting. It encourages you to keep on looking for adventures to embark on and activities to complete. It encourages you to live life adventurously, which as you know, is what we're all about!
Get your certificate
So, your badge collection is pretty impressive and it's growing all the time, but do you have a certificate? More specifically, a Go Ape certificate!?
Monkey around in the treetops at Go Ape and you'll be awarded a special certificate with your name written across the front of it! It'™ll be something you can cherish forever and ever; a memento of your time spent with us!
Pin it to a noticeboard, stick it to your fridge, place it on your mantelpiece,“ that certificate is proof that you are full of adventurous spirit and that you conquered a sky-high obstacle course at Go Ape!
As you whoosh down that final zip wire and head back to the hut, your Go Ape certificate will be ready and waiting for you.
Make sure you put it somewhere extra safe on the journey home so that it doesn't crease and crinkle!