Be on the National Trust’s Kids Council

Is your family passionate about the countryside and do your children love exploring the countryside then this may just be the role for them. The National Trust is looking for ten children between the ages of 7 and 12 to provide advice on how to make the outdoors more appealing to children and their families.

To be considered for the position your child needs to be wild about nature, bounding with enthusiasm and be full of bright ideas. They will also have to be good at putting their ideas across so no wallflowers I am afraid. The National Trust owns properties, stretches of countryside and coastline so there are plenty of different types of day out you can have and it is well worth considering family membership, plus you will be helping to maintain these important sites.

To help children make up their minds about what they would like from the National Trust, all National Trust properties are giving children free entry throughout August  with a downloadable voucher.  The Trust has also  come up with a list of fifty things to do before you are 11 3/4. The children sign up on-line for their Outdoor Explorer Kit and are given hints and tips to help them complete the fifty things. The whole thing is shared with parents so is done in a safe and secure way but is designed to get children to want to go outside and try new things, so mum and dad better be ready to explore the countryside too. So if you having a staycation this year and are running out of ideas of things to do this should give you a few ideas.

The National Trust recognises that the fifty things are not exhaustive so there are prizes available for suggestions from the children on other things to do on top of the fifty.

Application forms for the Kids Council are available from all National Trust properties and are also downloadable from the National Trust website. The forms can also be returned by the same methods and the closing date is the 7th September 2012.

The children will be required to meet up several times throughout 2013  As a reward for their help the successful Kid’s Council members and their families will be given free access to all of the National Trust sites and also canoeing, surfing and camping.

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