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Emer Walsh | 3 March 2022
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Kids have had it rough over the last few years. They’ve been forced to adapt to new ways of learning, gone for months without seeing classmates and friends, and missed out on so many formative experiences including school trips.

And this may seem like a bit of an exaggeration, but when we take a look at the ages of our students, it really hits home:

For current Year 9 students, who are starting to focus on their GCSE studies, their last normal school year was in Year 6. For year 7 and 8 students, it’s exactly the same. Their last normal school years were also in Primary School, meaning that they missed out on saying goodbye to old friends, and have had to find their footing in a new school without key opportunities to bond with their classmates.

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For current Year 9 students, who are starting to focus on their GCSE studies, their last normal school year was in Year 6. For year 7 and 8 students, it’s exactly the same. Their last normal school years were also in Primary School, meaning that they missed out on saying goodbye to old friends, and have had to find their footing in a new school without key opportunities to bond with their classmates.

With children back in classes, it may feel like these things are slowly beginning to repair themselves, but the school residentials they’ve missed out on, also mean they’ve missed out on:

  • Learning how to work better as a team
  • Developing creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • Building new friendships
  • Taking time to focus on their mental health away from the classroom.

Let’s take a closer a look at just how a school camping trip can achieve these things compared to a day in the classroom.

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Get away from screens

If students are away from phones or laptops, they’re away from the temptation to check what’s trending and see who’s following who. They can focus entirely on themselves, and more importantly, focus on having FUN!

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Taking on new challenges

Here at Bushcraft, we’ll set your students problems they’d never thought they’d face. From figuring out how to build a shelter in the wilderness to rescuing someone from a crashed plane. They’ll be working on so many key developmental skills and come back with a new mindset.

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A breath of fresh air

From homework, to friends, to after school activities, we don’t realize how busy our kids are. Taking them out on camp gives them a very literal breath of fresh air, helping them to take some time, slow down and appreciate the beautiful views that our wilderness camp grounds can provide.

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