This summer, a handful of Fife school pupils are getting the chance to put their endurance skills to the test as part of Europe’s toughest youth training camp.
Read all about their upcoming Polar adventure below, written by one of the mums of the students.
Something extra-ordinary is happening at Bell Baxter High School this year. Although the school moto is “Ad vitam paror” (I am being prepared for life) in just a few short months, this moto is going to be particularly meaningful to a handful of students who have been selected by The Polar Academy to participate in what has become known as Europe’s toughest youth training programme.
Twenty students, some as young as thirteen, have already been participating in a physically gruelling fitness schedule deemed to get them from zero fitness to that of athletes within the year.
Ten of these students were then chosen to endure the self-guided 100km, 10-day expedition through Eastern Greenland, where they will be sleeping in tents in temperatures that can dip as low as minus twenty degrees, hauling forty-five kilogram sledges over (hopefully) frozen lakes and up craggy slopes.
The aim is to build confidence and self-belief, to inspire them, to teach them the tenacity required to realise their full potential.
As such, all the students selected are the ones who need it most, those whose self-confidence has been crushed, the silent unseen students who are too often overlooked.
These students then deliver presentations about their experience to other schools, to inspire thousands of other students, thus creating a ripple effect of positive change throughout entire communities.
The Polar Academy is reliant on donations to make this opportunity possible, and each training programme costs £170,000.
You can help support these young adults on their life changing journey by making a donation to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bell-baxter-polar-academy or by simply doing your usual online shop via www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/VHV5CB/and help us all create positive change throughout Fife.