YMCA Camps believes each camp experience delivers on the three pillars of our Camping Learning Framework: personal growth, sense of the community and a connection with the natural world.

We've created this framework to help you identify the desired learning outcomes for your family, school or community group and to help us in designing a tailor-made camp experience to meet your needs.

Our Camping Learning Framework

 

Personal growth

Learning experience

Description

Build resilience Campers develop and demonstrate coping strategies to adapt to individual and group challenges. 
Reinforce a positive outlook Campers are happy in the present moment and have a sense of wonder and optimism for a positive future and interact positively with each other.
Develop new physical activity skills Campers experience new adventure activities and develop skills to encourage lifelong physical activity in the outdoors.
Set goals Campers learn to set personal and group goals, persist and strive to achieve them.
Make healthy choices Campers understand how healthy choices contributes to their own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Develop independence Campers take responsibility for their own actions and wellbeing and display initiative to effectively solve problems.
Provide opportunities for leadership Campers experience opportunities to influence and encourage positive group behaviour, lead by example.

 

Sense of community

Learning experience

Description

Be socially responsible Campers are inclusive and respectful of others, embrace diversity and contribute to their camp community.
Solve problems together Campers respect each other’s viewpoints and work together to achieve outcomes.
Work as a team Campers work collaboratively with their peers using effective communication skills and developing trust between group members.
Connect with others Campers develop positive relationships with others, form new friendships and strengthen existing ones.

 

Connection with the natural world

Learning experience

Description

Appreciate the natural world Campers experience interaction and connection with the natural world.
Understand the natural world Campers are exposed to and learn about the local ecosystems and human impact on the environment and develop respect for natural world.
Protect the natural world Campers take responsibility to protect and further enhance the environment through their actions.

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