Heading off to scale North Africa’s highest mountain, 20 young people left Giffnock this week for the adventure of a lifetime.
The two-week Moroccan expedition, organised by East Renfrewshire Council’s Young Person Services, will include trekking in the High Atlas mountains and will culminate in climbing Mount Toubkal.
The young people will also visit local cultural sites and spend time with local people.
Working towards this ‘East Ren Challenge’ experience, the youngsters have taken part in a 13-month training programme to improve their leadership, communication, teamwork and management skills and undertaken their own fundraising.
The Moroccan journey will exceed the requirements for the Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award.
Expedition lead, community worker Paul Tulloch said: “Being involved in developing, planning and then leading this Moroccan expedition is an ideal way for our young people to take full responsibility for a major project.
“The experience they gain being part of this adventure will improve their opportunities for work, college, university and give them a great foundation in life skills that will stand them in good stead for the future.”
Jordan Mitchell (16), from Barrhead, said: “I thought this adventure in Morocco would be a great experience and a good way to learn new skills.
“We did a trial expedition to Ben Lomond in preparation for the trip. I’m really looking forward to all the walking we’ll be doing in the next couple of weeks.”
Challenge Morocco is being delivered by East Renfewshire Council’s Young Persons Services. Expedition leader Paul has led hundreds of expeditions in the UK, and a number around the world with the British forces and World Challenge Expeditions.