Adventure Education at Brookville
Adventure Education programs include survival, orienteering, GPS, challenge courses (both low- and high-ropes courses) and overnight tenting programs. These activities facilitate personal and interpersonal growth (communication, problem-solving, trust-building, risk-taking, and cooperation) and help to meet district goals for the NY State SAVE legislation. These are excellent choices for teams, peer counseling groups, at-risk students, teacher inservices, and all groups seeking a strong cooperative experience
. Teambuilding Activities are instrumental in the practice of SEDL skills (social,emotional,developemtn and learning). . See our PowerPoint for a descriptioon and view of the research.
Low Challenge Course- New Games, Initiatives and Low Elements:
Groups move through a series of hands-on activities designed to develop communication, cooperation, trust, and problem-solving skills in an atmosphere of safety, respect, and fun. Participants are guided in making connections between these activities and "real-life" situations. Teachers report a positive impact on classroom climate, student performance, and interpersonal dynamics when these activities are reinforced in the classroom.
"A fun way for the kids to learn ...and they hardly realized they WERE learning things about themselves and their peers. They really learned to trust one another and problem solve" ~ 5th grade teacher
High Challenge Course - High Ropes Experience (Middle School-adult):
These activities build upon the group skills and trust developed in the low elements experience. All high elements are at a 25-35 foot height and present individuals with a personal challenge of expanding one's comfort zone with the support of the larger group. Student teams assist our staff in supporting each climber. Positive communication, trust, and appropriate risk-taking are all elements of this process. See what the High Ropes experience looks like! Click here for pictures of 8th graders from the Bethpage School District.
Climbing Wall (Middle School-adult):
"The wall" is a 32-foot high structure with climbing and rappelling routes which present the student with a level of challenge suited to his or her abilities and desires. Teams of students assist our staff in providing the support necessary.
Students discuss basic human needs and how to respond in a survival situation. Activities may include shelter building, fire building, the acquisition of food and water, trail-marking, and basic first aid. The importance of cooperation and shared decision making is emphasized in this activity.
Applying mathematical and problem-solving skills, students learn how to use a compass and calculate distance through pacing. Groups then work cooperatively to complete an orienteering course.