Craig Mathieson, Explorer-in-Residence at the RSGS, founded the Polar Academy as a charity to take young adults from difficult backgrounds and motivate them through expeditions in Scotland, and eventually through chances to travel to East Greenland. Participants work together in the outdoors as a team, learning the importance of planning and leadership. The Academy emphasises that any goal is achievable, as long as you have the right attitude. Their first expedition took 10 young adults into the Arctic wilderness in Greenland in 2015, and was a resounding success.
The Polar Academy is entirely funded through Craig’s efforts; however, the ‘pay-back’ from the young adults involved is that they have to speak to a minimum of 3000 of their peers on their return from the Arctic, instilling confidence and inspiration in all who hear the story of their journey.
See the 2016 Polar Academy Photo Album
Watch the splendid Expedition Film