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Journey Based Programmes: It’s About The Journey And The Destination

 

Journey Based Programmes – It’s About The Journey And The Destination

In this article, Kieran describes the experience of a local school whilst out on a journey based programme, which included wild camping and navigating around Dartmoor, Devon.

Beginning the journey…

Coaches full of 12 and 13-year-olds pull up into the car park. They swarm out full of anxious bravado, scatter briefly like cats before being reined in by their teachers and split into groups. They will remain in these groups for the next three days while they make their way on foot to several locations. Each group has a qualified professional with them to act as a guide, leader and instructor, but the aim is for the group to become as self-sufficient as possible.

Initially, some struggle to choose who will do what jobs. Others find it hard to summon motivation when it’s their turn to navigate. Some are slow and reluctant to put on waterproofs when it starts drizzling.

Wild camping…

Their first night is also a challenge. They must start a fire to cook on, make themselves a meal and set up camp. Some protests are starting here and there. Eventually, they settle under their shelters, chatting away until the early hours of the morning.

Over the next few days, through a variety of activities, they challenge themselves; fail; succeed; argue; makeup; negotiate; lead; follow; get the odd bruise and scrape; take and ignore advice; have no interactions with tech; make new friends and learn to work as a team.

Getting back to reality…

Before the coaches take them back to school, we have discussions about what growing as a person and a team means. They appreciate that sometimes being uncomfortable means that they can make the biggest gains in their learning and development. They have had their views on their capabilities challenged; all have achieved more than they thought was possible.

Journey Based Trips in Devon and across the UK

Journey based trips aren’t the only way for young people to experience rapid personal growth, but they do offer a uniquely challenging way to push one’s self. We deliver expeditions that encourage teamwork, leadership and resilience. For more information please get in touch to arrange a tailor-made course. Take a look at our Google Reviews Here.

 

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