The benefits of outdoor activity and engaging with the environment are well documented. And yet only half of Victorian school kids spend 3-5 days annually on outdoor programmes.
Tony Pammer CEO of the Outdoor Education Group recently outlined his goal to get 80% of students aged 10-18 to participate in 7 days of outdoor activities a year at the Australian Camps Association conference Kids Outdoors: A Growing Need. John Lindross from AusCamp is working toward a similar goal.
I remember my school camps like they were yesterday, Yr 2 sleepover in the library, Yr 4 camping at Middle Creek, Yr 6 trip to Canberra, Yr 7 orientation camp at Weekaway, Yr 9 history excursion to Pioneer Settlement Swan Hill, and later overnight hikes at Mt Cole, in the Grampians and up Mt Bogong.
They were the highlights of my schooling and helped me build personal organization skills, resilience and created a sense of adventure. A wellbeing that helped balance the rest of my studies.