The saying “I hear, and I forget, I see, and I remember, I do, and I understand,” provides the backbone to the theory of retaining more information when visually experiencing activities in the chosen environment. Below are four key educational benefits and reasons why getting your students out of the classroom and experiencing Scouts NSW Activity Centres’ is good for them!
Strengthens classroom material – If you’re a teacher that struggles to grab your student’s attention, school camps and history field trips are sure to spark motivation to learn. Reinforcing the course material and allowing the lesson to come to life, allows the youth to visualise, experience, and discuss the information, allowing students to recall the experience long after their Activity Centre visit.
Opens learning opportunities – Scouts NSW Activity Centres’ use practical methods to visually grab attention and encourage students to partake in an enjoyable learning experience. However, in the classroom, these exposed sensors may be limited. Students are more likely to enjoy and learn from a history class located in the centre of where it all began, than in the classroom. For example, they would retain more information from an Alpine Activity Centre stay, where all sensors are exposed – over a PowerPoint slide lesson in the classroom.
Provides a cultural experience – Taking students on school excursions and submerging them into cultural experiences is invaluable for their development and understanding. It allows them to open their eyes to new environments, positively shapes their perspective, and trigger ideas that may not stem from their familiar surroundings.
Allows for lifelong memories and friends – Taking students out of the classroom and into an adventurous environment like Baden-Powell Activity Centre, Cataract Activity Centre, or Alpine Activity Centre allows them to work as a team with other classmates outside of their normal group. Not only that, but they make lifelong memories among peers, which is no doubt a fun learning experience.
Now that Scouts NSW has covered how essential educational trips can be, start planning your next school excursion at one of Scouts NSW Activity Centres’!