Mini-Burn-Logo-300x210The Burn team asked the Cub and I whether we’d like to become ambassadors for the Mini Burn. We’re both very excited about this as we really appreciate the values that these events and their organisers uphold, in particular the way they encourage participation in outdoors adventures.

We believe that life is much richer outdoors and we love the Mini Burn series as it provides an opportunity for both parents and children to have fun together.

I am convinced that our children need positive examples set by adults they trust. This is where the Mini Burn is great: kids observe and learn form our reactions to different situations, in particular how we cope with various challenges. In this event, kids will first seek our leadership as they’re in unchartered territory for them and then when they’ve mastered the skills neede they will start to take initiatives and engage as team members. That’s a pretty good and positive lesson in life! From my point of view, the greatest benefits of sharing this adventure with your kids are:

  1. being a positive example to a child
  2. defining leadership with the child
  3. building team spirit within the family
  4. encouraging outdoors activities for kids and parents
  5. putting some responsibilities in the hands of children

I’d like to discuss number 4 in a bit more detail as it’s one of my little obsessions. When I think of my childhood, I remember hours playing outside, building dens in trees, scratches, sunburns and playing in the “wild” without our parents being around. Our group of kids loathed television and seriously favoured bicycles and fishing.


I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t want my daughter to remember a screen as her only childhood game.  I also want her to grow up aware and confident in the outdoors. Apparently I’m not the only one, just have a look at initiatives such as the Wildlife Trust’s “Every Child Wild” and you’ll get the idea. A while ago the UK Government started their “Start active, stay active” campaign. Their poster reminds us that children need at least one hour of physical activity per day, otherwise they won’t function quite as well as they should… I find it sad that, in a recent post, professor dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Advisor to the UK government stated that not even one child in four is near that “minimum amount”.


In 2016, named year of Adventure by the Welsh Government, the Mini Burn will again seamlessly combine physical activity to outdoor fun and adventure into a bundle that delivers the adventurous goods. And who could be in a better position to do this than the Burn Team that counts most notably Maria Leijerstam and Tori James, two ladies that the Welsh Government named adventure ambassadors for 2016. Maria, a mum herself confidently runs the series and inspires its participants.

The next Mini Burn is on the 2nd of April, just under two weeks from now. As it coincides with the Easter Break, we’ll make sure to get our daily 60 minutes of activity, to have fun in ways that are relevant to the Mini Burn and that the two of us enjoy. Hopefully, we’ll then meet up with lots of friends on the 2nd of April in Margam Park to enjoy a day of adventure.



3 comments on “Burnbassadors

  1. tamsynsmith
    March 29, 2016

    I’m right with you on this – my childhood was full of playing outside on the towans (sand dunes and hills by the sea). We’d build camps and cycle and run around playing invented games and rarely sat indoors. If the weather was too bad to play outside, I tended to prefer a god book to TV. I really hope that the year of Adventure has a positive impact on people in Wales 🙂

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    • wolfytwex
      March 29, 2016

      Wow, sounds like you had a great childhood, in many ways similar to mine! We really all need to rediscover our “inner wild” and stop worrying so much about mud, wet and dirt! 🙂

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  2. tamsynsmith
    March 29, 2016

    Oops – I meant ‘good’ book!

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