“Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”- Confucius
In terms of the impact the ability to choose between different kinds of learning activity appears to be an important requirement. The need for effective follow-up work after outdoor learning experiences is stressed by several authors (for example, Orion and Hofstein, 1994).In my opinion a blend of indoor and outdoor trainings may be considered depending on the kind of competency being dealt with. Indoor training provides for more theoretical understanding and allows a large amount of content to be covered in relatively short durations. It also is relatively cost effective and can be used when large numbers of students/participants are involved.
Outdoor learning programmes on the other hand are inarguably the best way to learn application of concepts. It has high value to help learners identify their own potential, push skills to the limit, understand the behaviors that come naturally to him when working with various constraints and identify weaknesses and thereby work on them.With organizing, planning and facilitation, outdoor learning activities afford the opportunity for valuable lessons in acquiring the skills and values necessary for teamwork, problem solving, building trust, and decision making for the good of all constituents. Challenging outdoor experiences in an adventure context builds self-esteem and offers practical experience in leading and following. Youthful participants can observe the characteristics of successful leadership and/or “followership” in these adventure challenges, and with proper oversight, be involved in the decision-making and execution of the resulting plan of action.
This approach teaches the importance of doing your share because others are dependent on you, accepting full ownership of what is required, and doing it to the best of your ability for the benefit of all. Thus, delegating a “teamwork share” of the responsibility is an excellent way to teach youth to contribute by taking their share of ownership of the action plan.