Packing lists, rainy weather, sleeping in dorms or tents, homesickness, no homework, sand, mosquitoes! Why would we ever put our kids through this drudgery each year? What’s the benefit? What are our children really learning by being away from home for 2 or 3 nights?
At CDNIS our Grades 3-6 students attend camp. This is an opportunity to extend the learning beyond the walls of the classroom and develop students’ non-academic skills that will prepare them for not only their progression through the Upper School but also in life. The research is clear, “Young people still need to learn to get along, accept difference, hold respect for all species, and safeguard the planet” (Stephen Fine, 2015). And you will find the inspiration for all of this in camp.
Before I outline the reasons why we support camp and outdoor education at CDNIS, I believe we should first have a reference point – our vision and mission. These are the foundations of our decision-making about learning.
To inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally.
CDNIS is a school united by the joy of learning, excellence in achievement and development of character. We will inspire academic and personal growth in our students by encouraging inquiry, stimulating creativity and innovation, embracing cross-cultural and global perspectives, and fostering meaningful participation and service.
What are the reasons that drive our commitment to camp in the Lower School at CDNIS?
As a Hong Kong Green School and with a mission to “empower engagement locally and globally,” CDNIS is committed to preparing our students to lead in the 21st century. This means facing very difficult challenges such as environmental degradation. Having our students spend time in nature, to experience its beauty firsthand and to learn from experts the challenges we face in the future can inspire them to both commit to and lead in its preservation.
The research is clear. The PYP Transdisciplinary Skills are essential in developing lifelong learners and inspiring personal growth. You will find Social, Communication and Self-Management Skills in camp activities.
Resilience & Independence
Renowned psychologist, Angela Duckworth, states, “what we eventually accomplish may depend more on our passion and perseverance than on our innate talent.” At camp students are pushed out of their comfort zones, coming in the form of the activities in which they participate or simply taking care of their own belongings. No only does learning occur but children develop the dispositions – independence, perseverance, self-esteem – to prepare them for the challenges of life and develop their character.
A growing body of research points to the the connections between physical activity and learning. At camp, students are involved in a range of physical activities that can include hiking, canoeing. What can be better than being outside with your peers and engaged in vigorous physical activity from morning to evening?
CDNIS and Camp Life
As mentioned above, we are proud of our camp programmes at CDNIS. We look forward to learning more about our students’ experiences when they return back to school. The following dates have been reserved for our Grades 3-6 camps:
Grade 3: May 10-12
Grade 4: April 29-31
Grade 5: November 23-25
Grade 6: December 12-14 (changed due to typhoons in October)