The benefits of challenge day and outdoor learning are so many that they are grouped below in four broad categories: background, planned, bonus and wider benefits.
Background benefits of Outdoor Learning
are benefits that arise from spending time in the natural environment.
5 key ways in which exposure to the natural environment is beneficial to human health:
- enhanced personal and social communication skills
- increased physical health
- enhanced mental and spiritual health
- enhanced spiritual, sensory, and aesthetic awareness
- the ability to assert personal control and increased sensitivity to one’s own well-being.
Source: Health, Well-Being and Open Space, Literature Review by Nina Morris, OPENspace Research Centre, (2003).
Planned benefits of Outdoor Learning on challenge day
are benefits that are determined by, or negotiated with, together with Reach school and Outdoor Learning. develop self esteem, take personal responsibility, co-operate with and respect the needs of others;
- extend their personal horizons through greater appreciation and understanding of the world and its peoples around them;
- understand the need for sustainable relationships between people and their environment;
- enhance practical problem solving and team work skills.
- promote a positive and knowledge able response towards personal health and well being.