As part of the Citizenship programme with The Kings C of E School Kidsgrove, we at Staffs CYP were asked to support the School with a weeks residential in May with 15 pupils at the Birks Centre in the Duddon Valley, The Lake District.
The young people had a great week taking part in teambuilding activities, local walks on the fells, For many of the students the trip to the Birks was their first stay away from home and it was clear that ‘the Birks experience’ helped to develop a very positive working relationship between the students and the members of staff who led the residential group, often a residential such as this develops various skills in young people such as Leadership, teamwork, confidence and self esteem, as well as fun and friendship.
Use of the outdoors makes a major contribution to physical and environmental education and enhances many other curriculum areas. It contributes to personal growth and social awareness and develops skills for life and the world of work. Outdoor activities provide valuable alternative, often non-competitive, avenues for achievement, as well as opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance. Through successfully facing up to the challenges which outdoor activities provide, overcoming fears and apprehensions along the way, young people make major strides in confidence, with implications for all aspects of their development.