The John Muir Award

Why do the Award?

BOLD Adventures work in partnership with the John Muir Trust to deliver the John Muir Award on our residential weeks.

To achieve a John Muir Award, participants must:

  • Discover a wild place
  • Explore it
  • Conserve it
  • Share your experiences

We’re looking for you to show enthusiasm and commit to the Award. During the week you’ll gain an awareness of John Muir, his life and achievements and understand outdoor access issues relevant to our location and activities undertaken.

The Record eBook

We contribute to the online Record eBook to share our adventures with the world. Do go and look at what we’ve done so far- it’s a great way to feel engaged as soon as you sign up with BOLD Adventures. When you come away with us we’ll show you how to log in and post your own experience: photos of wild places, recordings of wind in the leaves or water flowing, sketches you’ve made, or anything you’ve written about what you discovered.

We think this is a brilliant way of encouraging exploring, discovery and conservation in the modern age – with a smartphone in hand, young people can use it in a positive, creative way to record and share their experience. Technology isn’t automatically bad, it’s our relationship to it. The Record eBook is a great way to make sure this is a positive relationship that works for us and helps us engage more with nature.

You can see the Record eBook online here:

Do you want a better idea of what activities you’ll be doing during the week? We recommend you have a look through the John Muir Record Book, which tells you about the Award and gives ideas for how you can learn more.

The ‘Pay it Forward’ concept: giving back to others

Our local environment will prosper from the actions of our attendees as we look to address areas that need attention or improvement. Our part in meeting the award will require us to be in and about the local countryside, where conservation situations currently exist that can be significantly improved for the benefit of one and all.

John Muir Award 

The John Muir Award is:

• Open and welcoming to all, regardless of age, sex, race, class or ability
• Focused on wild places
• Non-competitive
• Fun and adventurous
• Challenging and progressive
• Established to encourage personal responsibility for wild places
• Designed to promote personal development
• An opportunity to explore values and spirituality
• Designed to be delivered in partnerships
• Relevant to wider issues and contexts

The Award can be Incorporated into other Training and is a valid and credible learning and developmental opportunity for young people. Getting the ‘Muir Message’ out there is crucial; experiencing, enjoying and encouraging participation are at the heart of the ‘Muir Mantra’ and being involved in the Award will heighten awareness of the BOLD legacy he has gifted to us all.