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Badgers Wood

It’s Very Good to be in Badgers Wood

Tue 10 Oct 2017

Following a recent unannounced visit from the Care Inspectorate to our Outdoor Nursery site in Elgin, we are delighted to share that our nature-based and child–led learning approach has gained significant recognition. The inspection report published very recently.  It noted:

Children were being given inspiring opportunities to grow and develop, be adventurous, build their resilience and be active, independent and innovative in their play and learning.

The four quality themes inspected - Care and Support, Environment, Management and Leadership, Staffing – received grades of Very Good or higher, with the Environment theme receiving the highest grade of Excellent.

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Launch of Stramash Training Programme for 2017/18

Thu 31 Aug 2017

Building on our past experience, we are delighted to launch our first programme of set training courses for staff working in the early years, primary school and childcare sectors.
Messy Maths – Fort William – Sat 7th Oct 2017 – 1030 to 1330
Messy Maths - Elgin – Sat 10th March 2018 – 1030 to 1330
Play – Elgin – Wed 15th Nov 2017 – 0930 to 1530
Play – Oban – Tues 20th Feb 2018 – 0930 to 1530
Play – Fort William – Wed 2nd May 2018 – 0930 to 1530
Literacy Through Outdoor Play - Fort William – Wed 14th March 2018 – 1230 to 1530
Literacy Through Outdoor Play - Oban – Tues 20th March 2018 – 1230 to 1530
Literacy Through Outdoor Play - Elgin – Tues 22nd May 2018 – 1230 to 1530

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What we do

Mon 19 Sep 2016

We make a positive difference in the lives of children, young people and adults through the Scottish outdoors. We help people realise their full potential in life through the outdoors. We encourage the future generations to understand, protect and enhance Scotland’s unique environment, culture and communities through experiential learning, holistic education and stewardship.

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Wild About Gardens

Fri 20 Nov 2015

We celebrated wild about gardens week by investigating and learning about some of the creatures that live at nursery. The children were fascinated by slimy slugs, creating their own slime and working out what does a slug like to eat? As winter is well on it’s way now, we followed the story of Hodge the hedgehog who loves to eat slugs and we made our very own hedgehog home for Hodge to hibernate.

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Fire week

Tue 13 Oct 2015

We had lots of fun during our fire week at nursery, despite not having any toasted marshmallows at all!

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Exploring our senses

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Lots of things had happened at Stramash Oban Nursery over the last week.

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Welcome back!

Mon 24 Aug 2015

First week at Stramash Oban Nursery

Dear families and friends, our first week at nursery has been very exciting and fun. The children have been exploring the nursery, playing with the staff and friends and learning about the nursery rules under the unpredictable Scottish weather. This week we have been practicing “sticky elbows” and “tidy up time”! Well done to all the children and a big thank you to parents for supporting us and helping the children this first week of nursery.

Oban Early Years Team

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Stramash Family Fun Day - Inverawe - Sunday 30th August

Wed 12 Aug 2015

We are once again joining forces with Inverawe to run a fantastic day of family fun in the great outdoors.  Join us at Inverawe Country Park, near Taynuilt, on Sunday 30th August for a great day out. 

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iCycle+ Adult Cycling Programme 2015

Mon 16 Mar 2015

Stramash are delighted to announce a new cycling initiative for adults in collaboration with Argyll & Bute Council, taking place in the Lochgilphead, Oban, Dunoon, Helensburgh and Campbeltown areas.

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Stramash Family Fun Day - Sunday 31st August

Thu 14 Aug 2014

Following the success of last year’s event, we are once again joining forces with Inverawe Country Park to run a fantastic day of family fun in the great outdoors.

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Youth Programme 2014

Thu 13 Mar 2014

Youth Programme 2014 is one of the best yet, with loads of fantastic outdoor opportunities for young people aged 3-17, throughout the Easter and Summer holidays.

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Project Wild Thing

Project Wild Thing

Thu 06 Feb 2014

Stramash Social Enterprise and Oban Phoenix Cinema have joined forces to present a showing of the feature length documentary Project Wild Thing. The award winning film is currently touring the UK. It brings the complex issue of the ways in which our children do (or don’t) interact with the natural world to our attention. The project has gathered significant support throughout the United Kingdom from the RSPB, the National Trust, schools, nurseries and other educational organisations.

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Winter Wonderland Event

Fri 29 Nov 2013

Stramash Outdoor Nursery and Forestry Commission Scotland are holding a fabulous Christmas event at the Stramash Outdoor Nursery site,Ganavan Road,Oban.Saturday 7th December – 12 to 3pm
Santa’s grotto, Christmas wreath and animal making, face painting, storytelling, hot chocolate and marshmallows by the fire and more!

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Coll joins Stramash as a Modern Apprentice

Fri 29 Nov 2013

Stramash is delighted to welcome Coll Mckenzie to the team as a Modern Apprentice. Coll will be working alongside the experienced instructional staff, to develop his outdoor skills and confidence in delivering outdoor activities.

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OLI School Orienteering Championships 2013

Wed 01 May 2013

We’d like to say a huge ‘well done’ to the 82 competitors who took part in this event.

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Dragons Tooth West Face and Sgorr Dhonuill.

Winter Skills on Beinn a’ Bheithir

Thu 07 Feb 2013

Northern Corries of Ballachulish Horseshoe

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Festival of the Sea 2012

Wed 09 May 2012

18th - 28th May 2012
Hosted by SAMS, the Festival of the Sea will be held in and around Oban to celebrate the beauty, diversity, power and productivity of the sea that surrounds us – why not come along and join in the fun! 

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Adventure Activities in Oban and Argyll

Sat 14 Jan 2012

Stramash deliver a wide range of top quality outdoor activities in Oban and Argyll. Using the unique wild Scottish landscape, our fully qualified and experienced instructors will give you the quality personal experience you are looking for. We pride ourselves in providing memorable, real and unique outdoor adventure experiences that are of outstanding quality. If you are looking for things to do in Oban and Argyll then join us for a taste of adventure.

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RBS Community Force Winner

Tue 29 Nov 2011

We are delighted to announce our success as winners of an RBS CommunityForce award.

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Coaching Champions 2012

Mon 24 Oct 2011

Inspired by London 2012, Stramash are partnering with Argyll and Bute Council to deliver 56 courses in a range of sports and activities; building on five years of successful growth in quality sports coaching developing quality coaches teaching in quality clubs in Argyll.

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Stramash meets the Scottish Government Cabinet

Thu 28 Jul 2011

It was a great privilege for Stramash to be invited to a reception with the Scottish Government Cabinet this week to celebrate the work that Stramash and others have been doing to develop outdoor sports and physical activity over the past year.

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We have worked with 2037 people in the past year

Sun 26 Jun 2011

That’s a lot of people!

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Oban Charities Day

Fri 10 Jun 2011

Stramash will be at the Charities Day on Saturday!

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Oban 200 Burgh Festival

Mon 23 May 2011

10 days in July celebrating the very best of Oban

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Crown Estate sponsor free Stramash Dinghy Sailing

Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series

Fri 20 May 2011

FREE Youth Dinghy Sailing 28th & 29th May

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Luing Go Coasteering

Tue 10 May 2011

Luing Adventure Club have a fab time coasteering with the Stramash team.

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OLI School Champs 2011

Oban, Lorn & Isles Inter Schools Orienteering Championships 2011

Sat 07 May 2011

Taynuilt School win the shield for the 3rd year in a row.

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BCU Level One Coaching Certificate in Paddle Sports

Tue 08 Mar 2011

Well done to all those who participated in our BCU level one paddle sports coaching award this week!

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Stramash Team Building Badaguish, Aviemore

Stramash Team Development Trip

Mon 28 Feb 2011

The Stramash team are just back from a fantastic week of team building up in Aviemore!

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Lots of adventure!

Fri 11 Feb 2011

It’s been a busy and exciting week for the Stramash team.

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First Stramash AGM

Wed 26 Jan 2011

Stramash hold their first AGM and look back on a successful year!

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Bòrd na Gàidhlig logo

Feasgar math!

Mon 18 Oct 2010

Stramash are delighted to announce that we are delivering an exciting programme of activities for Winter/Spring 2011 in Gaelic which will be delivered throughout Argyll!

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Stramash’s 1st Birthday

Thu 09 Sep 2010

Stramash Celebrates it’s 1st Birthday as an Independent Social Enterprise

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Stramash Loch Etive Expedition

Loch Etive Expedition

Wed 01 Sep 2010

Stramash Apprentices 3 day Expedition of Loch Etive

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Poster for Adventures

Oban Outdoor Summer Adventures

Mon 09 Aug 2010

On holiday in Oban this summer? Looking for something new and exciting to do?  Want to take the family out on an unforgettable adventure that doesn’t cost the earth? Then Stramash has the answer!

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Stramash Staff Dinghy Sailing

Fri 09 Jul 2010

Office Staff on the loose in Oban Bay!

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MSP visits Luing Adventure club

Luing Adventure Club, visit by MSP

Tue 15 Jun 2010

MSP Adam Ingram and the Inspiring Scotland team visited the Luing adventure club where the youth group cooked amazing fresh sea food on the beach.

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Duke of Argyll abseils Inveraray Castle for Stramash

Sat 13 Mar 2010

At yesterday’s launch of Stramash, handed over into independence by Council Leader Dick Walsh from its parent body, Argyll and Bute Council, its Patron literally descended from the heights of his ancestral seat, a living statement of Stramash’s motto, ‘inspiration through adventure’.

You can read the full story on the website.



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