West Lothian Courier - - District News -

Kids at an af­ter school club in Liv­ingston were re­cently awarded a level 2 life-skill qual­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter they learned how to build a fire and cook food on it.

Chil­dren from ABC Af­ter School Club were awarded the level 2 SCQF with one credit point af­ter com­plet­ing a HI5 wider achieve­ment award with Youth Scot­land.

Donna Sharp, of ABC Af­ter School Club, said:“For our first award we de­cided to do a group ac­tiv­ity which all the chil­dren could take part in, en­joy and im­por­tantly learn life skills that will stay with them for­ever.

“Our chal­lenge was fire build­ing and we were aim­ing to get the one star award level which meant we had to com­plete be­tween 5 – 10 hours.

“To com­plete our award we had to fol­low sev­eral steps in­clud­ing – col­lect­ing fire wood, chop­ping it with an axe, start­ing a fire while learn­ing about fire safety and fi­nally cook­ing some food on the fire - toast, marsh­mal­lows, sausages, and pop­corn.”

Thirty chil­dren com­pleted the award over six hours and were cred­ited with one credit point at SCQF.

The award of­fers recog­ni­tion and ac­cred­i­ta­tion for young peo­ples achieve­ments and can be in­cor­po­rated into ex­ist­ing or planned ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ms Sharp said:“The next step for our young peo­ple is to choose more in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges that they would like to chal­lenge them­selves with.

“Some chil­dren have al­ready picked their next chal­lenge and they in­clude – hill­walk­ing, learn­ing to bake or cook, learn­ing to swim, learn to ride a bike and learn­ing how to knit. We are very proud of all our young peo­ple and their achieve­ments.”

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