Twelve youngsters had a wild weekend with a difference when they headed to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park.

They packed their bags and went to Rowardennan Youth Hostel on Friday to take part in the first ever youth residential organised by the park authority.

It gave the group, aged between 11- 22, the chance to celebrate the range of initiatives and events the authority held during last year’s Year of Young People.

And they shared their views on what else can be done to encourage more young people to enjoy everything the park has to offer.

All are members of the National Park Authority’s Youth Committee, Junior Rangers or Young Volunteering programme and this was the first time they have worked together to plan for the future and share thoughts and ideas.

The Youth Committee and Young Volunteering programme were specifically created to coincide with the Year of Young People to support young people to get out and experience the park and gain vital skills they can take with them into their everyday life and beyond.

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As well as planning future events, the group also took part in a range of activities, including a team challenge to build a shelter, working with National Trust for Scotland rangers at Ben Lomond to remove invasive rhododendrons and a night of star gazing.

The event was made possible thanks to support from Forest Holidays.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is one of three pilot parks to benefit from a £5,000 contribution from Forest Holidays towards education work specifically for young people.

Hostelling Scotland also supported the event by offering Rowardennan Youth Hostel as a venue.