"Children are disappearing from the outdoors at a rate that would make them top of any conservationist’s list of endangered species if they were any other member of the animal kingdom" -Tim Gill
Child’s experience in the natural world can be as small as touching a plant, sitting under, in, or around the single tree in sight, or listening to the sound of a bird. Spending time in a natural environment has been documented to improve life and learning in many ways. Sadly, such a connection with nature has been slipping away from many of us – and especially so for the world’s children.
Benefit of Outdoor Education Camps
Reconnecting children with the outdoor and natural world has few of the following benefits:-
Contributes to the physical, mental, emotional and intellectual development of the child.
Outdoors provide diverse opportunities to engage children’s curiosity, cognition and creativity.
Promotes learning and zest for life.
Adventure helps children to conquer their fears and build strength, confidence and resilience.
Enhances problem solving abilities, imbibes self-discipline and inner tenacity.
Children nurture themselves and are empathetic towards others.
Enables the child to explore oneself, bond with nature and create life lasting impressions.
Outdoor exposure combined with adventure makes a perfect getaway to spend the summer holidays for our children. Outlife intends to create opportunities that are rich and transforming through outdoor and adventure summer camps. The camps will be a mixture of diverse outdoor and adventure activities that bring out the best in your child and also contribute to their holistic development. It is much like a kaleidoscope. Each piece can be beautiful alone; together they make an amazing sight.
Objectives of Outdoor Education Camps
To generate a sense of belongingness and interconnectedness amongst children and nature.
To rekindle the child-nature bond and zeal towards natural surroundings.
To sow love for learning from natural world and tend the wild within each child.
To enhance intellectual curiosity and compassion towards all life forms.
To propel their learning, observing, listening, and feeling skills.
To encourage children to learn, relearn and unlearn facets about nature that once dominated our surroundings as they rediscover themselves.
To succor them to explore and discover the magnificence of nature in different perspectives and delighted by the connections with and within nature.
Outdoor Education Methodology
The programme design involves seven strands of experiential education pedagogy woven together namely: Place-based Education, Imaginative Education, Inquiry Based Education, Inclusion Based Education, Social Emotional Learning, Environmental Education and Challenge/Adventure Education
Place based Education Learning in place is experiential and in context. Learners become part of and participants in their community by exploring and connecting to natural and human world.
Imaginative Education Learners will be engaged emotionally and imaginatively in learning. This involves frameworks to develop specific cognitive tools and pushes learning towards a deeper understanding of the fears, hopes, and passions of real people.
Inquiry Based Education Encouraging questions, problems, and issues and explore deeper into specific topics and real-world problems, issues and challenges do not necessarily have immediate answers. Inquiry Methods
Social Emotional Learning: Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Inclusion Based Education Inclusion also moves beyond the human element to welcoming the natural world as a co-creator and teacher. The environment participates and is re-connected to learners. This form of inclusion will enable deeper understandings of cognitive tools, experience, and skills for all learners.
Environmental Education Focuses on reconnecting natural and human ecosystems so we can appreciate nature and understand ecosystems in order to live sustainably. Knowledge and awareness about different environments and the natural world develop the attitudes, skills and expertise for critical thinking, informed decision making, problem solving, and responsible action.
Adventure / Challenge based Education Adventure is fun, supportive and challenging. This atmosphere encourages individuals as well as groups to reach beyond their perceived limits, set and reach higher goals, improve confidence, increase Self-esteem and develop strategies that enhance problem solving and decision-making skills. Groups will discover the power of cooperation, acceptance of individual’s strengths and weaknesses, while learning to respect personal differences within the group.
Outdoor Education Skill Development
The focus of the outdoor education camp will be on building a range of skills some of which include
Enhancing Self Confidence,
Motivation and Achievement.
Develop Self Reliance
Spirit of Adventure
Working in Teams
Reflection and Sharing
Connecting with Natural World
Sports and Fitness
Outdoor Education Camp Activities
The following activities will be experienced in the outdoor education camp.
Knots and Lashing
Tent Pitching and Trenching
Outdoor Skills - Fire, water, Shelter, Food
Leave No Trace
Rock Climbing and Rappelling
Valley Crossing and Zip line
Map Reading and Navigation
Cooperative Team Games
Journaling and Reflection
Outdoor Education Camp Locations
The outdoor education camp are offered Pan India and in the following locations across India and Abroad
Pokhara - Nepal
Dubai - U.A.E
Outdoor Education Camp Facilities
Stay: - Clean Camping tents with Hygiene, Toilets, Bath Facilities and and separate tents for boys and girls. We have sentry Duties all 24 hours in the campsite.
Expertise: Outlife staff has been conducting outdoor education for a decade and employs the most competent educators and instructors in India.
Safety: Safety is given utmost priority on all our adventure events and we are proud of our safety standards. Our strict safety code of conduct, the state-of-the-art equipment and our qualified instructors ensure and maintain our safety record. Our outdoor team is trained and certified in First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). To keep the experience rich as well as safe we maintain an outdoor specialist to student ratio of 1:10
Equipment: We have state-of-the-art equipment including UIAA certified climbing equipment, helmets and life jackets.
Sustainability: Our events lay tremendous emphasis on sustainability and encourage the students to be sensitive to environment, people and places they visit.
Food: we give top priority to hygiene while preparing the delicious food served in camp. It is generally a combination of Indian and Continental Veg food. Fresh Fruits and vegetables are obtained locally. We provide mineral water in the tents.
Medical Insurance Coverage: All Participants and instructors are covered for medical insurance coverage to take care of any eventuality or Ill Health. Camp First Aid Res-ponder: We ensure presence of a camp First Aid Responder with equipped First Aid and Medicines at the camp and a standby vehicle to handle emergencies of any kind.
Doctor on Call: We have a standby doctor on call from the close by Hospitals and a emergency vehicle on camp to take care of any medical needs.