The Adventure Academy CIC is a community interest company who specialise in delivering outdoor learning experiences. As a social enterprise we are a not-for-profit; our social mission guides us, which among other things, is to improve access to outdoor learning across all branches of society. At the Adventure Academy the experiential learning of the natural environment is not only vital to a person’s development and physical health but also their mental well being.
History of the Adventure Academy
We formed February 2014, the brainchild of a group of three individuals all of whom are very passionate about the outdoors. Over the course of the last two years we have been cultivating partnerships and developing products to allow for the highest standard of service.
What is a Community Interest Company/Social Enterprise?
The concept of a social enterprise is not a new one. The idea has been around for generations- a company who is not only aware of their social and environmental responsibilities but whose entire ethos is devoted to making life better for those they interact with and protecting the environment they work in. People, Planet and then Profit being the mantra of a social enterprise.
A community interest company (CIC) is a legal structure adopted by many social enterprises. This regulated legal structure protects the assets of the company from being mismanaged. Each year a report is prepared detailing the social benefits delivered by the CIC. In addition to this we are a company limited by guarantee, as such we don’t have shares. The directors cannot remove capital from the business, nor is the organisation subject to the control of shareholders- helping to protect the social aim of the company.
Social Aims of the Adventure Academy
As a social enterprise, the Adventure Academy has a series of social aims. Our mission is simple: to further these aims.
- Outdoor learning is important; the Adventure Academy wants to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to access it. In fact we would go so far as to say that the experiential learning of outdoor education is vital in developing resilient well-rounded individuals who thrive throughout their lives.
- The Professionalism of Outdoor Educators; we believe that outdoor education is vital and because of this we believe that inspirational outdoor leaders are required. Outdoor Educator should be a respected professional occupation.
- Skills are important in the outdoors; while there is always an inherent risk, development of skills allows individuals to determine the severity of this risk. Many businesses and organisations offer opportunities for these skills to be learned and fine-tuned; however often there are barriers. We seek to reduce the barriers whether they are financial, cultural or geographical.
- Everyone has something to give; we can learn so much about the world and ourselves through others. Respect of others is fundamental to a person’s own happiness.
The Adventure Academy Staff
Our most important asset are our people; volunteers, employees, or partners. We seek the best for all our staff, and believe strongly in paying a living wage. Staff should enjoy their work, feel motivated and look forward to it. This is the vision that we have for all our staff.