Does camping have any lasting benefits on your children? In this blog, we’ll reveal exactly how school camps hugely benefit students and teachers in more ways than one.
Camps Build Relationships
Strong relationships inside and outside the classroom between students and teachers are vital. It’s a core element in a student’s learning and schooling journey, allowing them to feel comfortable, increase participation and interest in what is happening in the school environment whether that be the classroom, play ground or a school camp.
A camping experience allows students to connect, collaborate and form bonds with each other and their teachers, outside of the usual classroom setting. They get to know each other better by participating in activities and working as a team.
The Expeditionary Learning model has heavily influenced a secondary school called XP. A study was conducted on the strength of relationships at the school between students and between the teachers and students.
Building relationships through expeditionary experiences (2017)
In the study, it was found that the challenging environment engages the students and gets them excited about what they’re doing; making them more likely to open up and connect with their peers and teachers.
“Relationships played out at school are seen later on in society” (Loe 2017)
Camps Increase Self-Esteem And Confidence
On camp students receive recognition from peers and teachers for the activities they complete and the skills they learn. This validation from outward sources makes them feel good about themselves and boosts their self-esteem.
In addition to this, Increased self-esteem comes from within, with the ability to apply what they’ve learnt in a real-world situation to accomplish a task or activity and experience the result.
This recognition and achievement gives students confidence in their abilities and makes them more likely to want to participate and perform well inside and outside the classroom because they believe in themselves.
Camps Bring Happiness To Your Children’s Lives
The everyday school curriculum can get very repetitive.
A camping experience is the perfect way to change things up and get students interested in what they’re doing through a new environment and interactions.
This makes students want to be there, de-stress and can change their mood, for the better.
Getting active in the outdoors makes students feel better and produces dopamine known as the ‘happy hormone’. Along with some much-needed vitamin D compared to the usual classroom setting.
An individual’s environment is one of the greatest contributors to performance, motivation, behaviour and mood so this change of environment can be a huge boost for students well-being.
All this comes together for a better mood and happier students.
Camping Correlates To Classroom Success And Achievement
How does a camping experience translate to the classroom?
The strengthened relationships formed during a camping experience return to the classroom, allowing students to be more comfortable around each other and their teachers. Knowing each other better creates an open and safe environment that makes the students feel like they belong and often more willing to participate in the classroom.
This increased level of engagement, allows students to process and understand topics easier in their way and retain what they’ve learnt.
This greater level of understanding increases the teacher’s ability to know how to best teach and assist individual students and the class as a whole along their academic journey. In turn, students are more willing to ask for help due to the increased sense of belonging and trust.
Camps foster teamwork and communication skills
Students work and connect with others that they might not usually in the classroom and in ways they haven’t interacted before.
Teamwork and communication come hand in hand and are key skills for students to develop. To work well as a team and complete activities, students have to be able to communicate effectively and cooperate.
Communication is also a key aspect in building relationships. They have to be prepared to work together to accomplish the given task. The activities and tasks the students participate in help them learn the importance of effective communication and how to communicate effectively.
Interested in exploring the possibility of delivering exceptional education outcomes through a magnificent camping experience? Enquire today and our friendly team will show you how our tailored camp programs can achieve your school’s goals in a seamless and fun way!