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Abernethy is a registered charity.  We work with hundreds of school children each year using the outdoors and adventure activities to help young people grow in the four capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence and to help them learn through their experience outside the classroom.  We provide rich experiences and through Explore seek to engender spiritual development.  We follow the ethos of the Scottish Government's current policy on Religious Observance / Time for Reflection as part of our Explore programme.

What is Explore?

Explore is an inclusive and valuable time at the end of the day for children and young people to reflect on what they are learning from their residential experience.  As a short and informal session, it includes games, activities, discussion and stories, presented by our staff teams.  The spiritual development of children and young people is paramount to Abernethy and we use Explore to make connections between morals and values and how we live our lives using the rich resources of our traditions, especially the Christian tradition, to enable this development to progress.

What is it not?

Children, young people and adults from many different faiths and backgrounds visit our centres.  Our teams have a genuine desire to help individuals to grow in a way which will make them more rounded and more aware of their actions.  Explore is not a time to urge people to follow a particular faith although we will use the resources of the Christian tradition to provide examples during this time for reflection.

Who can take part?

Explore sessions are led by all members of our staff team and are a great way for our guests to get to know us a little better.  We encourage participation from our guests and hope that teaching staff and pupils from all backgrounds would attend this fun and enjoyable part of the Abernethy experience.

Is it optional?

Explore is a normal part of life in all the Abernethy centres and as it fulfils the ethos and adopts the criteria of Religious Observance it is hoped that all visiting schools will take part.  If you wish to opt out, please let us know in advance of your visit so we can alter your programme accordingly.

Call the centre of your choice to discuss this or any other questions you may have about your visit:

Abernethy Ardeonaig: T | 01567 820523 or e-mail us

Abernethy Ardgour: T | 01967 411222 or e-mail us

Abernethy Barcaple: T | 01557 820261 or e-mail us

Abernethy Nethybridge: T | 01479 821279 or e-mail us


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