Introduction & Philosophy
Throughout the ages, people have withdrawn to the wilderness, to take time out for personal growth, training and reflection.
The outdoors provides time and experiences to grow meaningful relationships between the students, as well as with staff. It is in these relationships, based on mutual respect, trust and aroha, that true learning and growth can occur.
Many small opportunities for growth
The purpose of the outdoor activities is to provide a means to experience learning moments and be coached through these. Instructors use an apprenticeship style of teaching, where they walk the journey beside the students and help each individual to grow, in whatever they are experiencing right then. Often these smaller experiences mirror bigger moments in ‘the real world,’ however, these outdoor moments are an easier size to experience, reflect, grow and experience again with a new level of skill and awareness.
There is a wide range of different outdoor activities and each has its own, built-in learning opportunities. Rock-climbing, for example, is good for developing trust and confidence, but camp-site skills encourage greater teamwork. It is hoped that each boy will find an activity that challenges something in him, and an activity, at which he truly thrives.
As the year progresses and boys develop more skills, they will have the opportunity to take more of a leadership role and decide the direction and focus of their voyages. The staff will step back into support or participant roles, as the students cast off onto their own adventures and journeys.