Western Challenge (Ages 17-20)

The Education Authority Youth Service is again this Summer offering its popular Western Challenge Course aimed at 17-20 year olds.

Western Challenge is a two-week intensive leadership and personal development course based at Gortatole and represents a progression from the Explorer Challenge.  Like the Explorer Challenge the Course uses Outdoor Adventure Activities as a medium for personal and social development of young people. Through a range of adventure activities the first week of the programme focuses on self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness and awareness of others. This leads to an adventurous expedition and completion of the John Muir Discovery Award.

The second week of the programme concentrates more on teaching and leadership as well as setting and achieving challenging goals with physical, intellectual and social objectives.    This course also provides an opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential Section.

Only individual applications with full course fee will be accepted. Places will normally be allocated on a first come first served basis as they are received.  However the EA reserves the right to accept applications for this course on other than a first-come-first-serve basis.  This would be done to achieve a balance amongst participants as well as ensuring suitability to work with young people - Applicants may be asked to attend an information day/interview before places are allocated. The closing date represents an administrative arrangement by which the course viability is judged and applicants informed of their allocation.  Any empty places will continue to be filled on a first come first served basis. 

22nd July - 2nd August 2019 

  • Age 17 - 20 
  • 11 nights
  • Maximum spaces available: 12
  • £250

Western Challenge is normally heavily oversubscribed – early booking is advised.  The EA reserves the right to retain all or some of the course fee in the event of a cancellation.

Closing Date for Applications:  Friday 31st May 2019

Last updated: 22/10/2019