Explore! Discover! Create! – that was the message to local children and their families when they attended the launch of The Fife Challenge at the weekend.
The exciting new year-long project, funded by Fife Cultural Trust and Fife Council, challenges young people and their families to get out and get active, with free challenges, workshops and taster sessions that will take them on amazing adventures around Fife.
And the launch weekend which took place at the Ecology Centre by Kinghorn Loch gave families a taste of what to expect.
Claire Reid, education manager, said: “Families were able to learn about fascinating fossils, listen to stories round the fire, try their hand at bushcraft as well as joining in with arts activities – all great fun and free.”
The Ecology Centre is just one of the many providers of the free activities and workshops which will take place right across Fife throughout the year.
Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife, who helped launch the challenge, added: “The best times of my childhood were spent exploring Fife.
‘‘That is why this project is so fantastic as it will encourage young people to put down their electronic equipment and get out exploring.”
Participants sign up to take part by logging on to the site and planning what activities to try.
When they complete a workshop or activity, they chart their progress to attain bronze, silver and gold awards, to become Fife Challenge champions. Everyone who completes it will be entered into a prize draw for an exciting family day out in Fife.
Giving the projects his approval, Charlie Cadogan, aged eight, said: “It was really fun, I didn’t want it to end.”
Organisations taking part include: The Ecology Centre; Active Fife; Fife Council Childcare and Early Years; Cambo Estates; East of the Sun, West of the Moon; Falkland Centre for Stewardship; Fife Coast & Countryside Trust; Fife Play Resource; Forth Pilgrim Ltd; Historic Scotland; Stories 4 U and The Woodland Trust.