Why camp? The benefits of non-formal education in cognitive and emotional development

Rea Grimbleby
10:00 to 11:00
Room/Location: 
Les Elfes International

JS/MS/HS

Over the past decade the role of non-formal education/ overseas expeditions & adventure weeks has been prevalent in many government agendas worldwide and the development of many school curricular. To name just a few, we currently have: The UK “Manifesto for Learning Outside the Classroom” (2006), the Scottish “Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning” (2010), International Baccalaureate C.A.S. programme, the American curriculum “Week Without Walls”, “Challenge Week” and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award which has continued to grow, now operating in school in 140 countries worldwide. For many educators the benefits of outdoor learning are evident in their students, but difficult to define in tangible terms. When organising a school trip is it becoming increasingly difficult to justify the value of these experiences, despite their prominent position in the school curricular and trip organisers are under increasing pressure to run these trips outside of term time. This workshop draws on a range of academic literature and recent research into outdoor learning to define the positive impacts these experiences have had on the students involved in the trips.