Camp schools, specially in the beginning of the school year

Finnish Youth (…)

Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.

It is implemented by: Teachers, other educational professionals, youth workers

It is directed at students aged:  12-14, 15-16, >16

Target group: Group-centered, class-centered

Main subjects involved: Languages, Arts, Social Science, Science and Technology, Physical Education, Maths, Social skills, Cross-curricular

ICT involvement:  no

Description of the practice: Finnish Youth Centres welcome visitors to use activity-based learning methods, adventure education and environmental issues. We are the hot spots of outdoor education, where schoolchildren, families, education professionals, government and municipal education officials can explore Finnish nature and enjoy our educational services in a safe and positive atmosphere. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”. Skills, knowledge and experience are acquired outside a traditional academic classroom setting.

All Finnish Youth Centres are perfectly situated for inspiring outdoor activities. The Youth Centres offer safe and attractive facilities for school camping groups. The children can learn much about Finnish culture, lifestyle and nature and improve their learning, teamwork, self-reflection and social skills, which will help them move forwards in life with confidence.

We provide a safe yet inspiring experience by tailoring our activities based on individuals’ skills within the children’s groups. For us, group dynamics, the children’s self-esteem, personal growth and social skills are of the utmost importance. The children return home with more holistic abilities for learning, lovely memories and useful experiences they will treasure for life.

Accessible to any student: yes

Meaningful participation for every student: yes

Why?: Professional staff, excellent facilities

Support to the practice: yes

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