It is not the destination but a journey itself that allows us to teach many life lessons to our students. Outdoor activities foster children’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. They are away from the screen and move about freely. They run, climb, jump, skip and shout. All of these help to reduce tension and restlessness. Children experience an ever-changing and free-flowing environment that stimulates all the senses by being outside and surrounded by nature. Nature provides countless opportunities for discovery, creativity, a problem-solving skill, teamwork and the character-building experience. They gain resilience and confidence as they learn to take risks, try, fail, and try again. They learn to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, and they learn to believe in themselves. Such skills are much needed for their future.
They learn to have new experiences and solve new problems on spots with friends that they have worked with before or for the first time. They develop an inquisitive mind, collaborative skills, and an appreciation of the nature around them. We, adults, love to talk about climate change and how we should look after the world. This activity, without a doubt, is the best activity that connects them with the real world through nature that they will learn to cherish. As Richard Louv, author of the famous book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From said “as the young spend less and less of their lives in natural surroundings, their senses narrow, and this reduces the richness of human experience,” the sentence suitably emphasises the importance of outdoor activities.
Trekking and other outdoor activities are parts of our enrichment programmes for our students as they provide immense benefits.