What is Experiential Programming?

What is Experiential Programming?

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Positive Adventures outdoor educators use experiential teaching methods. These are often different from traditional classroom teaching methods.  Many of the goals of our courses have to do with learning new skills and expanding an individual’s awareness of self and others.  Goals that, when attained, increase self-confidence and group functioning, the benefits of which can be adapted to life at school, work and home after the course.New Skills DevelopmentNew Skills Development Instructors present situations wherein participants and chaperones learn new skills and then have the opportunity to practice and apply them. Time is allowed for individual reflection, and then the group spends time discussing what they have done and learned.The Learning ProcessThe Learning Process During the experiential learning process, students may express frustration or be very pleased with the acquisition and application of their new skills. Sometimes we can forget that making mistakes is an integral part of the learning process and that success may be defined in many ways. We present experiential learning as a process that includes being challenged, constructive practice, having fun with friends and peers, and discussing what we have learned to better remember the lesson. We encourage our staff and clients alike to bring an open mind, patience and an eagerness to learn. With that said, our “bottom line” regarding the experiential teaching/learning process is this: Positive Adventures Field Staff should manage the risks so as not to allow students to make mistakes which will endanger themselves (physically or emotionally) or the environment.IdyllwildSample Programming Our programming ranges from a half day to multi day High Ropes Course, half day to multi day Ground Based Initiatives, single to multi night Camping and Hiking Excursions, and After School Programming and Trainings.Outdoor CoursesOutdoor Courses Positive Adventures outdoor courses are generally conducted “Expedition Style.” In other words, Positive Adventures Field Staff, client participants and chaperones are expected to contribute to the well-being of the entire group. Positive Adventures Field Staff lead by example and actively encourage everyone to participate in common duties (e.g. cooking, cleaning up, helping to lead hikes and generally watching out for themselves and each other). We like to think of this idea as being an extension of the community that we comprise when we unite to attain common goals.Participants Positive Adventures works with a variety of populations including elementary, middle and high school students, collegians, groups of business administrators and managers and other special interest groups comprised of children and adults.
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