Turn your next school trip into an unforgettable adventure

By: Michael Boyce, for Fairview Lake YMCA Camps | Monday, August 12, 2019 | Youth Programs

A school group learns about the frozen Fairview Lake.

When it comes to inspiring young minds, there’s nothing like a breath of fresh air. While the classroom setting is, of course, paramount, bringing school groups into the great outdoors can unlock new horizons for students, improve their health and even inspire greater confidence and motivation throughout the school year. 

Programs like Fairview Lake YMCA’s Environmental Education use the natural world as their classroom: They’re equipped with a full range of amenities but are a world away from the comforts of home. Immersed in these programs, students can deepen their education and enjoy the many benefits of learning in the great outdoors. The advantages gained here will last long after the school year ends. These are just a few things you can expect from the experience:

Unplugging and refocusing

Screen attachment is a real problem even for adults, and it’s extra troublesome for developing minds. There’s no denying that we’re raising the most plugged-in generation yet, and even though we can’t permanently keep them away from their devices, we can bring them to a place that’s been fun and inspiring since well before social media came around. An excursion into the wilderness means leaving much of the modern world of news feeds and digital distractions behind. Once they take that first breath of clean air in the Kittatinny Valley, likes, shares and follower counts will seem far away. 

Uncovering the unexpected

 There’s much more to environmental education than a break from the everyday. Students visiting Fairview Lake YMCA Camps will find opportunities to grow both individually and as a group. Whether taking on the physical obstacles of the challenge course, problem-solving in orienteering, embarking on rugged nature hikes or trying one of dozens of other activities, kids will find nearly endless chances to learn more about themselves and their peers. Students are sure to return home with a whole new appreciation of what they’re capable of, a confidence they’ll carry back into the classroom. 

A classroom that comes alive

Environmental education can also be a vivid supplement for lessons that begin at school. Fairview Lake YMCA Camps’ hands-on ecology and animal programs bring textbooks to life, bridging the gap between the written word and real experiences. Veteran instructors bring an enthusiasm for nature that kids will eagerly match as they observe the natural world unfolding around them. Students will see firsthand just how other species live and thrive — and they’ll literally get their hands dirty. It all adds up to a science lesson they won’t soon forget.

Research-backed benefits

Environmental education is more than a breath of fresh air. There’s a host of scientifically proven results that’ll make teachers and parents alike happy. Research has indicated that students who spend quality time outdoors are more motivated and less stressed, as well as more focused, healthier and even more creative. Studies suggest that students who participated in outdoor learning experiences demonstrate more eagerness to learn and higher self-esteem than those who don’t. Time outside, for young people, is no luxury. It’s an absolute necessity.

An unforgettable experience

 With tests to prepare for, extracurricular activities to participate in, and high school or college looming in the distance, the modern student has more on their plate than perhaps any generation that came before them. There’s no reason, then, that they can’t have a great time while still getting the education they deserve. A nature camp trip combines a robust instructional and experiential program with the carefree fun that can take place only in the great outdoors. Fairview Lake YMCA Camps have been the site of unforgettable times for more than 100 years for students, teachers and parents alike. You’re not just taking a trip, you’re making memories to last a lifetime.

No matter the time of year, there’s a program that’s perfect for you and your school group. Visit fairviewlakeymca.org  to start planning your daytrip or overnight outing today.

 


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