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Young Rangers

Young Rangers logo in purple with pattern representing a y and a r

Young Rangers is a programme for young people between 14 and 19 who would like to try out what it would be like to be a Lake District Ranger. 

What sort of things are Young Rangers involved in?

Lake District Young Rangers is a club which meets once a month. We spend the day doing practical conservation work and meeting the people who look after the Lake District National Park.

Some of the activities we have done previously have included a go on Treetop Trek, visiting the archaeological dig at Ravenglass and a day with National Trust in Langdale and Grasmere.

When?

We meet monthly, on Saturdays or Sundays from 10am - 3pm throughout the year.

Where?

All over the Lake District National Park

Who comes along?

We have a core of regulars but new members are welcome. It's for people between the ages of 14 and 19.

Who leads the group?

The days are led by volunteer leader, Neil Davies. Neil has experience working with Scout groups and has a love of the outdoors. 

Does it cost anything?

No. Membership is free to everyone.

What equipment do I need?

You will need full waterproofs, warm old clothes and strong shoes, preferably walking boots. You will also need to bring food and drink, sun cream and insect repellent according to the season. All other equipment is provided.

Is there any help with transport?

You have to get to the venue yourself but we can put you in touch with other families to share transport. We try to put on at least some events with easy access to public transport.

Is it hard work?

Conservation can be strenuous and dirty but it is great fun and we do stop for regular rests. The days are planned for variety so we may do half a day of practical work and the other half a walk and chat with a ranger. We also plan social events.

Can I have a say in what the group does?

Yes, we want regular attenders to help decide on the programme.

Will being a Young Ranger get me an accreditation?

You can work towards a John Muir Award and National Navigation Awards but they are not compulsory. It can also count towards Duke of Edinburgh Award service.

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining please contact Belinda Turnbull at belinda.turnbull@lakedistrict.gov.uk.