Early in September, I worked on an activity camp for Class Adventure as a team leader for a year 6 school group. The purpose of the trip was encourage teamwork, social interaction and leadership skills as they were introduced to:
- A hill walk to get to grips with navigation and what to do in an emergency and if someone gets left behind;
- Raft building – come up with a design and then build the raft;
- Rock climbing – test your nerve at height and work together to look after the climber by belaying safely; and
- Team challenges – a good way to look at communication and listening skills.
I had great three days working with a really good bunch of young people and staff and particularly liked the positive way the group interaction changed over the course of three days. It just goes to show the the tremendous benefits that outdoor learning can bring.