Carmichael PS on John Muir Trail

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AS someone who hadn’t even put on a pair of wellies for 25 years, it could be argued that I wasn’t the ideal candidate to trek half a mile through rural Clydesdale on Friday.

The size 10 rubber boots were hanging loosely off my feet, which felt frozen as I’d forgotten to put on a second pair of socks.

Great outdoors...Carmichael PS pupils alongside teacher Julie Burns and classroom assistant Margaret Telfer

Great outdoors...Carmichael PS pupils alongside teacher Julie Burns and classroom assistant Margaret Telfer

Add that to the fact that I often sank into the muddy, uneven ground and you might think that I’d end up enjoying this trip about as much as getting root canal treatment without anaesthetic. But you’d be completely wrong!

It was quite simply a pleasure to be involved in a trek which marked the polite and articulate youngsters’ latest attempt to gain a John Muir Award.

The P5 to P7 pupils walked half a mile to woods in the Carmichael Estate before showing off a range of outdoor skills.

The kids made dens from branches, erected a tent, started their own fire, boiled water in a storm kettle and made hot chocolate to impress principal teacher Julie Burns and classroom assistant Margaret Telfer.