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What are the benefits of outdoor learning?
Adventure or outdoor education usually involves collaborative learning experiences with a high level of physical (and often emotional) challenge promoting a positive awareness of personal abilities, health and well being as well as the need to take personal responsibility. Practical problem-solving, explicit reflection and discussion of thinking and emotion enhances critical thinking and team work skills, develops self-esteem, and encourages kids to cooperate and respect the needs of others.
It also opens up a larger perspective and an understanding of the need for sustainable relationships between people and their environment.
What will my child gain?
Despite the challenges in today's society, it's not impossible to develop and enhance your child's critical-thinking and decision-making skills. Social media, TV, books, “educational” software, and misinformed authority figures can actively discourage critical thinking in children. True Path Adventures provides a unique wilderness setting and instruction targeted at building confidence, developing critical-thinking skills, and growing perspective and awareness.
And the earlier, the better according to Dr. Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. "Young children might not be ready for lessons in formal logic. But they can be taught to give reasons for their conclusions. And they can be taught to evaluate the reasons given by others."
(2/2/2022, https://parentingscience.com/teaching-critical-thinking/, © 2009-2012 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.)
What if we live out of state?
True Path Adventures will be happy to provide airport, train or bus pick up and drop off within 60 miles. There are a variety of safe travel options available.
How are the courses conducted?
The courses offer young kids an early opportunity to become better leaders, critical-thinkers, and problem solvers within the framework of outdoor recreation and wilderness survival. Through guided dialog with peers, setting their own goals, and responding to challenges individually and as a team, the kids will find they have ownership and a vested interest in the experience. Learning about the outdoors as well, kids will apply newly honed skills to tasks and challenges associated with outdoor adventuring.
See Program Details and Services pages for additional detail.