Different outdoor activities allow pupils to develop different skills. Campcraft/firemaking activities often result in students participating in open discussions and periods of self-reflection, rarely seen elsewhere. Other activities, such as shelter-building, can develop team work and problem solving skills, whilst also providing an opportunity to teach safe tool use, wood-working skills and knot tying (depending on the complexity of shelter).
The table below summarises some of the activities we undertook with young people during ACEWild. Clickable links take you to further detail that may help you with your planning. As this was an International Project, examples might be in English, Dutch or German and we have indicated which on the downloadable tables below.
The diagram below may help you decide which activities to include in your programme. It illustrates how different activities can provide different opportunities, directly linked to the skills assessed by the PEMS+ evaluation tool (Personal, Environmental, Motivational, Social +Enterprise & Initiative). It also highlights the other important factors to consider when planning activities, eg. student choice, activity location, size of group, etc.