Who is the Adventure Service Challenge for?
The ASC scheme is used by
- Schools, Youth Clubs and Uniformed Organisations
- Churches and other Religious Bodies,
- Special Needs Groups and
- "unattached" groups of young people
ASC consists of Junior Stages 1 and 2 (generally aimed at ages 8 to 11) and Senior Stages 1 and 2 (aimed at 11 to 14+). Each Stage comprises 8 activities.
The ASC scheme provides headteachers and teachers (in Primary, Middle and Secondary schools) with a progressive programme of activity for a wide ability range to motivate young people with creative activities.
Many of the activities of ASC are inter-related and lend themselves to being integrated into work under the National Curriculum.
The teacher, knowing the ability of individual students, can match each of their potentials with the ASC syllabus. There is no outside body regulating a definitive standard of achievement. The teacher alone is the judge of the standard, experience and achievement of each student.
The ASC scheme also provides a structure and programme of activities for out-of-school-hours clubs and is particularly applicable to extended school situations.
The ASC scheme provides voluntary leaders of children's and youth groups with a programme of activity for those between the ages of 8 and 14 years and beyond. Many potential leaders with goodwill and latent skills are sometimes at a loss to know how best to provide an aim, purpose and structure for the club that they presently run or wish to establish. ASC provides these things.
Although the ASC scheme is complete in itself, it leads towards, and prepares the members for a transition to, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Many ASC members do in fact progress to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and achieve the bronze, silver and gold awards. Others are content to progress and stay within the ASC scheme.
The ASC scheme provides leaders and teachers with a flexible, adaptable programme of activities to meet the needs of those with special needs, be they learning difficulties, problems of social exclusion, emotional disturbance, deprivation or other special needs in rural, urban and inner-city areas.
ASC members are not in competition with each other, and the flexibility of the scheme allows the leader to set targets, even down to an individual basis, taking into account the circumstances of the individual or group. Thus the members with special needs are not required to strive for goals which are impossible for them.
The ASC scheme is complete in itself. Because there are no "outside" standards to attain, the members' sense of progress is achieved by the measure of their experience in the ASC activities. Only the leader/teacher, who knows them individually, can assess this.