In my last post Benefits of Outdoor Education for School Children I talked a bit about some of the issues facing students growing up in metropolitan areas in this age of technology.
I arrived at a rather unsettling observation when I realised many school-aged children living in larger cities have really only experienced the simulated outdoors we have provided for them.
It is no secret that students have become disengaged with nature. The new millennium has swept in with a tidal wave of new technology and although the digital age has it’s merits and technology is almost unavoidable in this era, the artificial environment we have created for ease and convenience has led to more time spent indoors and in front of screens.
This lifestyle has put our health and wellbeing at risk in ways not seen by previous generations. Issues with posture due to lengthy computer use, obesity, diabetes, vitamin D deficiency and various other issues can all be linked to our tech-obsessed lives.
This is sure to increase as students get older if we don’t make an effort to create balance in their lives. It is hard, with parent’s lives getting busier and busier, cities becoming more crowded and teacher’s feeling time-poor. With more students being raised in busy cities, we are seeing an inclination for more time indoors and this disconnects them from nature and the outdoors.
Any business that is based on memberships such as a Gym, Martial Arts club, University club and other social groups will always be looking for ways to increase overall memberships. Doing some sort of an event, like an outdoor adventure day can play a big part in helping with this.
I believe it is so important to keep history alive, from an old tall ship, homestead, old train, old planes, old cars and many more. It is important that these things are kept to give younger people the opportunity to experience them, giving them an appreciation of how things used to be. The issue that always comes into this is how to fund keeping these beautiful old things alive. Sure, restoring things and keeping them as a static display is better than nothing, but I believe the real magic is letting people be able to experience them working.
At Adventure Hub we get to take a lot of people out Rock Climbing. It is an activity that is quite physically challenging and most trips not everyone will make it to the top of the cliff. Something I have come to realise and find interesting is a lot of time you can see who will make it to the top simply by their attitude before they start their climb.
Sometimes, I have the pleasure of writing for education magazines. Here is our abseiling article which is the second article written for Active Education.