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Outdoor and adventure activities

The outdoor and adventure activities context


Outdoor and adventure activities (OAA) recognise the benefits of environmental education and adventure, which encourage students to take responsibility for their own actions in appropriately challenging situations. These opportunities offer learning through ‘real’ experiences and have the potential to develop skills for life. OAA include:

  • local/low-level outdoor activities such as problem-solving activities, introductory orienteering, low-level climbing, excursions in normal lowland countryside, and team-building activities, which can develop trust, communication and leadership skills using simple equipment in safe, controlled environments
  • outdoor adventure activities (often conducted off site) such as rock climbing, sailing, potholing, canoeing and abseiling, in which the spirit…
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