- Team building and Leadership skills
Stepping outside your everyday environment and entering into a new environment may feel daunting. Students at the beginning of a school camp may at first be apprehensive to participate. However, when students are presented with a positive and encouraging space, their walls will naturally break down and the willingness to participate will ultimately increase.
Summer camps provide a space for students to unleash a more adventurous spirit and embrace their willingness to try new things. Group activities are designed to challenge and allow for students to build strong relationships, develop confidence and self-esteem, grow leadership abilities and encourage positive decision-making skills.
In such a technologically driven world we constantly see the younger generations plugged in. With their eyes glued on phones, tablets, PlayStations and other gadgets sometimes the start of a new school year is the perfect time to shake things up. School camp offers experiences not normally available to children growing up in the hustle and bustle of the city and suburban environments. Camps can teach students how to truly connect and have some real quality fun with friends while kindling an interest in the natural environment and Australian bushland.
- School camps can influence positive student, teacher relationships
Quality teaching is based on strong and positive relationships. Having a positive student-teacher relationship can assist immensely in student learning and school camps can help these relationships grow. Participating in school adventure camps is an enriching experience as it allows the opportunity for teachers to learn a myriad of things about their students. Bonds between students and teachers can be strengthened, making the art of school and learning that much easier!
- Adaptability skills
Breaking out of the family environment and routine for a short period of time can be a great life lesson. It builds children’s skills in adaptability and teaches them about the diversity of others. Being placed into a new environment guides students to embrace change and adapt to a new space.
- Development of independence Skills
School camps could be the first time a child is away from their family, home and routine. School camps are set-up to encourage and adapt students to embrace their new-found independence. They are a fantastic way for students to learn independent skills yet still have the support of teachers and camp coordinators. Students are encouraged and rewarded for doing things for themselves and supported to become self-sufficient and independent.
- Environmental awareness
School camps are usually real nature-based experiences. Being immersed in such an environment stimulates the students to develop outdoor skills and a greater appreciation for nature. At this stage, developing a greater understanding and awareness of the surrounding environment is crucial for camp goers, young and old.
With these six elements outlined it’s easy to discover the reasons why school camp create such lasting memories and are a key platform for development in the formative years of a student’s life.