Posted on

A FRESH START – CORPORATE OUTBOUND TRAINING

It is a widely known fact that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. However, any white-collar job these days is of the same nature – all work and no play. How, then, are businesses supposed to maintain productivity at high levels? It is only through offering their employees some manner of recreational, challenging engagement that a fresh start can be initiated in the thinking process and mindset of the employees, which can be easily achieved through corporate outbound training.

How does corporate OBT offer a “fresh start”?

  • All outbound trainings are conducted in a completely new environment – mostly close to nature. This offers the participants to experience a setting totally different from their work environment. It is a highly effective way to invoke curiosity for the new surroundings in anybody’s mind. Curiosity is an important element to scintillate the mind.
  • Office work demands output of certain specific set of skills to achieve desirable results. As time passes, a burnout stage is reached when it becomes necessary to present some creative challenges to the employees in order to reactivate their thought process. Outbound trainings are interlaced with interesting activities that employ critical thinking as the basic requirement, thus providing the participants a new perspective to think from. It catalyses their recreational capabilities and provides them with an opportunity to display their extra-curricular skills as well. In the long run, this helps to reaffirm confidence as well as open new avenues of social bonding between employees.
  • Always having to give 100% to work and company is bound to birth some amount of animosity from the employees towards the employer. By organizing periodical outbound camps, the brand communicates to the employees that it cares for them; this goes a long way in building trust, and also reinvigorates the spirit of the employees towards their job responsibilities.
  • Outbound training programs often aim at dissolving hierarchical boundaries between the participants, allowing all of them to compete at the same level. A new kind of bonding is initiated by doing this, reinforcing a feeling of goodwill among those who are teamed up – seniority/juniority notwithstanding.
  • A break in the monotony of daily life always works to help reset the thought process in a person.

 

Organizing regular outbound training camps for the employees helps them regain their productive capacities in more aspects than one. Junoon Adventure offers bespoke training solutions to corporates, tailored according to the employer’s needs.

Posted on

मेरी हिमालय यात्रा….

Re-posting a vividly descriptive blogpost by one of our senior-most and esteemed trekkers, Mr. Dilip Pidiyar. We give him full credit for his creative work, and thank him for joining us on our JT2 Trek To Gwaru Nala, 2017! – Team Junoon

“हिमालय पर्वतराज की श्रंखला में मनाली के ६ km आगे पर्वत चढ़ाई करने पर बेस कैंप बसा है । आकर्षक विहंगम दृश्य हिमालय की वादियों का दिखाई दे रहा है। पर्वत की श्रंखला में ढलाई पर जहाँ पर थोड़ी समतल ज़मीन दिखी वहीँ पर टेंट्स लगाए गए है। निसर्ग के साथ कोई छेड़खानी नहीं की गयी है. हिमालय में सेव, अखरोट की खेती प्रायः होती है. वह भी दिखाई दे रहे है. सामने ऊँचे पर्वतराज है. पूरा पर्वत ऊँचे-ऊँचे चीड़ के पेड़ों से ढका है. पर्वत की खाई में व्यास नदी कल कल कर बह रही है. उसकी विहंगम मनमोहक आवाज़ सुनाई दे रही है. चोटियों पर बर्फ की चादर ढकी है. वह चाँदी सी चमक रही है. कैंप से सभी लोग ट्रेक पर गए है. आज हम बेस कैंप में आराम कर रहे है. पांडेय जी और उनकी पत्नी भी यही रुके है. उनकी पत्नी के पाँव में मोच आयी है. हिमालय में चलते वक़्त बहुत सावधानियां बरतनी पड़ती है. छोटी सी पगडण्डी पर संभल कर चलना होता है. एक तरफ गहरी खाई दूसरी तरफ ऊँचा हिमालय. पर्वत श्रंखला में चोटियों पर बर्फ गिरती है. बर्फ सूरज की रोशनी से पिघल कर झरने बनकर बहते है. हिमालय में रहने वाले लोग पीने के पानी के लिए इन्ही झरनो का सदुपयोग श्रोतों से करते है.

पर्वत की ऊँची चोटियों से बादल टकराकर बरसतें हैं. कभी धुप कभी छांव आ जाती है. बादल भी नीचे ही दिखते है. कैंप साइट बहुत ही अच्छी है. पास में ही बनारा गांव बसा है. नाग मंदिर भी है. जिसमे महिलाओं का जाना वर्जित है. मंदिर पुराने काल में पत्थरों का बना हुआ है. पर्वत राज दिखाई दे रहे हैं. नीचे खाई में व्यास नदी का पवित्र शुद्ध और ठंडा जल कल कल कर बह रहा है. ट्रैकिंग करते वक़्त बहुत सी सावधानियां बरतनी पड़ती है. पगडण्डी पर चलते वक़्त एक एक कदम संभल कर रखना पड़ता है. क्योंकि जीवन और मृत्यु के बीच एक डेढ़ फुट का अंतर रहता है. गुरूजी श्रीराम शर्माजी द्वारा लिखित किताब ‘सुनसान के सहचर’ में हिमालय यात्रा का वर्णन करते वक़्त (१९५८ में) लिखे शब्द याद आ गए. योग सर टीम को लेकर शार्ट ट्रेक पर गए है. बेस कैंप में शांत वातावरण है. मैं और गायत्री सेव की पेड़ की छांव में त्रिपाल डालकर बैठे है. पक्षियों की चहकने की आवाज़ आ रही है. बीच बीच में खाना बनाने वालों की बर्तनो की आवाज़ आ रही है. मिशी और रूबी कैंप में देखरेख कर रहे. टीम लौट कर आते ही खाना खाएंगे इसलिए वो दोनों तयारी में जुटे है. दोपहर में सूरज की रोशनी से गर्मी बढ़ जाती है. लेकिन शाम होते होते बारिश होकर मौसम ठंडा हो जाता है.

आज सुबह ९:३० am बेस कैंप से टॉप कैंप ट्रैकिंग हेतु निकले. सुबह का चाय नाश्ता होने पर सभी ट्रैकिंग सूट पहनकर, मोज़े जूते, रेनकोट, जैकेट, कैप, मफलर, और ट्रैकिंग बैग लेकर ५५ लोगों की टीम ट्रैकिंग हेतु निकल पड़ी. जिसमे १० साल के बच्चे से ६० साल के मेंबर थे. बेस कैंप से १० बजे नीचे उतरना शुरू किया और रोड पर आने पर टेम्पो टैक्सी जीप द्वारा ६००० RD पॉइंट तक गए. वहां उतरकर पैदल ट्रैकिंग शुरू की. हम दोनों ‘दुहनगन’ नदी तक जहाँ बर्फ जमी थी, वहां तक गए. कैंप साइट से पहाड़ों की चोटियों पर जमी बर्फ चाँदी के समान चमक रही थी. मानो वह चाँदी के पहाड़ हों. लेकिन पास जाने पर भ्रम टूट जाता है. हम अवन्ति और उसकी बीवी २ बच्चों के साथ बर्फ के समीप पैदल चलकर गए. रास्ते में हाइड्रो पावर स्टेशन भी है. पहाड़ों से नीचे गिरने वाले पानी को स्लोप बनवाकर अंडरग्राउंड टर्बिन लगाकर बिजली का उत्पादन हिमाचल विद्युत् मंडल करता है. सभी साथी बातें करते हुए चल रहे थे. हंसी मज़ाक पांडेय जी बहुत करते है. लेकिन जब सकरी पगडण्डी आ जाती थी तो सभी बातें बंद करके अपने कदमो पर ध्यान देने लगते थे. यह दृश्य बहुत ही शोभायान था. गायत्री और अवन्ति के बच्चे बर्फ इक्कठा कर लड्डू बना कर उछाल रहे थे. बर्फ की चादर नहर पर बनी पड़ी थी. यह दृश्य इतना आकर्षक और प्राकृतिक सुन्दरता इतनी मनभावन है की यहाँ से जाने को दिल नहीं कर रहा. जूनून के साथ ये ६ दिनों का साथ यादगार रहेगा.”

Posted on

CHALLENGES IN EDUCATION TODAY

We send our children to school for one reason: To learn. To make sure our children have good employment through what they learn at school and college. To make them understand all the worldly things that being at home cannot teach them. Schools are places where students glean knowledge that prepares them to face the real world – which makes it a very important life-lesson. Through books and teachers, students learn about various things and systems of the environment they live in. They learn discipline and obedience. However, there are certain shortcomings of schooling system that cannot be overcome unless students are removed from that environment of strictness…and that is one of the biggest challenges of education.

Education also includes character development, which somehow gets ignored during conventional schooling. While attributes like discipline, obedience and civic manners are religiously taught, traits like confidence, perseverance and versatility are largely overlooked. Nowadays, schools are adopting a vigorously studious regime, cutting down physical activity times to assist students aim at higher academical scores. The challenge of honing a student’s personality has taken the backseat.

The need of the hour is to understand that to achieve the basic objective of schooling – which is to learn – it is important to stimulate the mind and body both to participate equally in gleaning knowledge. Long hours of sitting on a bench trying to understand instructional information leads to lack of attention and drop in retention. The students need to engage themselves in what is being taught, and apply their mental capacity to derive solutions to the problems being presented. Through such active participation only can the efficiency of learning and knowledge retention in students increase.

To tackle this limitation of monotonous, instructional pedagogy, outdoor learning programs have been created. These programs aim to involve students both physically and mentally in activities outdoors, so that required stimulation can be achieved. Trained professionals design activities that push students into applying themselves thoroughly to the tasks at hand, and in the process learn to have confidence on themselves and each other. Outdoor learning programs help the students learn what conventional schooling cannot teach them. While schooling is important in its own right, students also need a sound character to be able to survive in this world.

“Learning through doing” is the best method that can be used to impart long-staying life-lessons – and that is exactly what outdoor learning programs for students do.

Posted on

Pro Tips on Trekking (by an Amateur)

“Why did I do this to myself!”, I sighed as I rubbed my eyes sweeping away the last traces of sleep from my eyes. I mused how well I was settled like a sack of potatoes in my home at the hot and sweltering Patna with the mercury climbing in excess of 40 degrees. While in Patna, I begged God for some respite and here in the hills as I pulled over the sweatshirt over my head, suddenly those 40-odd degrees felt like the sweet warmth one feels in the embrace of one’s beloved. I sighed again and made my way out of the atariya in which I was sleeping.

I stretched my arms to push away the last remnants of sleep and was mesmerized by the beauty around me. The sun rays sprinkling over the hills painting them in hues of greens that even the best artists would envy; towering above them were the snow capped peaks guarding us like sentinels from everything beyond them; the sweet scent of the apple orchard, where our base camp has been made filled my nostrils, almost giving me the feeling that love was in the air. And I almost puked at that ghastly thought.

So why did I do this to myself? The answer to that question is same as that of the question ‘What exactly does a person want from his life?’ or to that question, ‘Why did Eve eat the apple?’ or to that question ‘Why does Dhinchak Pooja sing?’. In fact the answer is pretty simple. For a sense of purpose in one’s life. Nope, not for that. It’s actually for love. Naah… just kidding. It is for food. Oh my, the sweet taste of fresh cut fruits at 3300 metres above the sea level accompanied with cutlets, daal pakwaan, chhole bhature, shahi paneer and the list goes on. The menu is good enough that you won’t mind 20-odd kilometers hike. Pro Tip: Make as many friends you can. Not because you will be taking back awesome memories with you, but because you can share their plate and save yourself from washing it with water at temperatures of under 5 degree Celsius.

Okay, on a serious note, you also go on such treks for memories. I met amazing people doing such outstanding things in life that I couldn’t even think about like studying in English medium schools or having a steady employment or being supremely fit or getting married or having a Jacuzzi all for themselves or kids having no idea about SwatKats. Yeah, such things… give you goosebumps. Don’t they? This generation which has been raised on Doraemon and Chhota Bheem will never know the happiness of watching SwatKats, The Flinstones or Scooby Doo. It’s like comparing smoking pot to sniffing thinner. Sorry! Wrong analogy. It’s like explaining Attitude Era of WWE to a generation of kids who relax by spinning fidget spinner. The bunch of kids I had the privilege of knowing this time around was outstanding; astute brain, nimble on their feet and a hell lot of fun to hang out with. Pro Tip: Chat and talk with these kids and know about them. Not because their ideas and aspirations can give you new perspective on life but because when people like Shrey use their friends’ names in creating a movie name for Dumb Charade, you can easily decode.

The Antakshari around the bonfire is a regular affair at such treks. This year it was The Elders vs. The Young Ones. One is ready to tackle the likes of Kamal bhaiyya and Harish Sir, but debutante Rashmi Ma’am eclipsed both of them. It was like battling 3 Jukeboxes from the Sixties and Seventies on steroid. We were crossing out every song in our arsenal and didn’t have many left. All hopes seemed lost. The Chitauri army was hitting us from all sides. There was apparently no song left starting with R or N. Captain America has dropped his shield and Thor could no longer lift Mjolnir. The Avengers look defeated. Just then a streak of lightning flashed in that starry night sky illuminating everything around the top camp and we saw Gandalf the White riding on the Eagles coming to save the Avengers. Ranu and Chetna had to come to our aid. Cries of ‘Jai Mahishmati’ filled the valley and with new vigour we were able to make a stand against the Elders and the Antakshari ended at a stalemate. I know I just crossed over Avengers and The Lord of the Rings and Bahubali and the paragraph doesn’t actually make any sense. But then when else have I made any sense earlier? Pro Tip: Try not to play Boys vs. Girls. You are more likely to lose.

One of the most important features of any trek is camping. Inside your tent, enveloped in your sleeping bag, braving the elements will toughen you up. It is a different experience when the mercury drops way close to the freezing point, raindrops chattering up on your tents with strong wind blowing in gusts. Suppose at this moment, you have some light business to attend to and as you step out of your tent and have walked about ten steps clenching your jacket and raincoat close to your body, you suddenly, hear an eerie howl from the mountains behind. Man, that’s scary! Suddenly the light business you were gonna attend to becomes quite heavy in nature. Pro Tip: Coax the leader in getting the tent close to the ‘Business Conference Area’ so that the long walk to and fro isn’t so long.

Additional Pro Tip: Brush up on your knowledge of pop culture from Bollywood. Listen to a couple of Bhojpuri songs and polish your Bihari accent. It will help. As the trek reaches its end, most of the people will start speaking in that tone.

Posted on

DOES OUTDOOR LEARNING HELP STUDENTS?

What is education? How does it differ from literacy?

Most people think of education as sending their children to school to learn from textbooks, maybe play some sports and come back home. Is this enough, though? To learn the more subtle life-skills, it is important for students to experience something more, something challenging in order to grow as a person. Education isn’t limited to learning how to read and write; education is a holistic thing that students need to move ahead in life and to live as better human beings. Conventional schooling does impart bookish knowledge and a sense of discipline, but it has its limitations when it comes to learning social, interpersonal and ethical values. Such qualities can only be learned in a less formal environment, which is where outdoor learning programs help.

To be able to glean the most from things taught at school, it is necessary to have undivided attention of the students. It has been proven through studies and research that having children engage in physical activities helps to improve their focus and retention. Activities that pull the students out of their comfort zones – rappelling, for example – trigger intense focus and concentration in the mind for self-preservation. The mind then learns to employ the same kind of focus in other challenging situations encountered later on, which could be during exams or competitions. Regularly having the students engage in challenging outdoor activities helps to replenish mental freshness and alertness, thus resulting in longer periods of focus and attention in classroom learning.

Much like motivation, instilling sense of achievement among students helps them gain confidence in executing tasks at hand. In conventional classroom setting, there are limitations that prevent educators from exposing students to such softer kinds of confidence boosters. Through outdoor learning sessions, personality experts ensure that all the participants are engaged in challenges. Through inspirational words and encouraging pushes, experts get the students to complete challenges on their own – which achieves the goal of boosting their confidence in themselves. In the long run, it serves to produce increased participation from students at regular school. It may improve attendance as well.

Outdoor learning for students is a great tool to enhance overall performance at an individual level. With Junoon Adventure, your institution gets the benefit of experience and expertise under one name.

Posted on

Outbound training – importance and efficacy

Corporate companies today are all about productivity and getting the job done. Employees punch-in, sit down and work away till the day ends – and the monotony thus created results in reduced output. The human brain requires stimulation to be able to focus, and this stimulation can only be achieved by breaking the pattern of tedium. How can this be achieved? Outbound training sessions aim to give the employees a new environment that enables them to rediscover the spark their minds need to lunge back into their daily lives and actually get jobs done. While this sounds exactly like taking a vacation, there is an interesting twist. Corporate outbound training sessions aim at producing long-lasting, and sometimes even permanent, impact on the human mind – lessons and takeaways that help the employees improve their productivity and thinking capacity.

What can you expect from an outbound training session?

Outdoor learning sessions are meant for one purpose only – to help the employees push their limits through taking risks, getting out, participating; it all boils down to one phrase – getting out of comfort zone. Through facing challenges in the form of activities on an outdoor learning session, employees intertwine play with work, which is a proven method of effective learning.

The HR professionals that conduct outbound training sessions look at specific elements of human behaviour in work environment, such as communication, and create activities around these elements. These activities subtly force the employees to engage their aptitude towards achieving the objective, thus breaking their comfort bubble and presenting them with a sudden hurdle to jump over. Building employee aptitude and strengthening their morale and resolve helps to create a workforce that faces adversities with a positive outlook.

Experts recognize the following areas that can be targeted through outbound learning sessions for improvement or change.

  1. Communication
  2. Organizational effectiveness
  3. Leadership
  4. Problem solving
  5. Team building
  6. Flexibility
  7. Creativity
  8. Trustworthiness

The workforce of any company is made of employees; it is these employees that generate results – good or bad. To train their minds for tailored results and help them unlock their latent potential is the objective of outbound learning sessions. Skills are not just limited to knowledge of tools; skills are also vested in the behaviour and personality. Personal growth impacts organizational growth; it is thus important to take both in stride.

Posted on

NATURE CAMPS? YES, PLEASE!

Student life these days is a big challenge. Children are required to keep up with many different schedules and outperform each other – which ultimately results in stress. Being so young, it is important for their minds to find some time to relax as well, to let creativity flow freely and to unplug from this hectic life. How can that be made possible? The answer is student nature camps.

What exactly do students do in a nature camp?

Nature camps for students have several different purposes. They target certain aspects of personality grooming and intellect stimulation that help students learn through their senses. Here is a brief note of what students gain on a nature camp trip.

Learning through senses and experience. Unplugging from the monotony of daily life helps the students discover fresh avenues to engage their mental capacity in. Their curiosity and creativity is given freedom on nature camps. Students explore, discover and engage in many new activities and places, which helps broaden their perspective about learning. Nature camps teach students about the world that exists outside their bubbles of concrete and bricks. Junoon Adventure conducts birdwatching and wildlife spotting activities on school nature camps to bring the students up to speed with the rich biodiversity their country has!

Health of the mind, body and soul. Living among natural elements has a healing effect on the human body. Camping in raw outdoors exposes the students to fresher, cleaner air and healthy sunlight, which has a positive impact on their metabolism. Students feel more energized and positive. The body-clock restarts and tunes the brain back into synchronization with day-night cycle. Students participate in activities and become physically more active, which helps to build strength and immunity in the body.

Interactive learning. Activities that are conducted in student nature camps teach many life lessons to the children. They learn leadership qualities, they learn to work as a team; most important of all, they learn to help each other out. Whatever animosity exists between the students in school environment gets dissolved as the boundaries created by systemic teaching are broken down in outdoor environment. The most important life skill that nature camps teach students is that while scoring well on tests is important, their health and well-being is important too!

With Junoon Adventure, students get the benefit of exploring nature with an added Junoon Factor of care and proper guidance!

Posted on

What is “Junooniyat” all about? What’s the hype?

We rediscovered the essence of our passion earlier this year while doing reconnaissance for our Aghaaz-e-Junoon culture tour.

The infamous NH-5 is what it is for a reason. All along this highway, which begins somewhere in the fertile fields of Punjab and ironically leads up to the gravelly barrens of Shipki La on the Sino-Indian border, this cautionary signboard can be spotted every now and then. The drivers of that region are uncannily conditioned to survive these roads with professional, practiced deftness, almost like basal instinct…but these roads are not for the unprepared. The terrain along this highway is mostly loose gravel; come rain, it all turns into a loose slurry and starts to flow – which is what causes frequent landslides here. Which goes to say one needs a driver born of the local soil if they are to come out safe and sound.

 

As Team Junoon was navigating NH-5 (kind help of a local driver), all the cosmic variables decided upon an opportune moment to misalign all at once, and there was a landslide. It was somewhere around a removed hamlet named Kah that we were marooned. Now, Kah is a separate story in itself; a place with only 10-12 makeshift ‘houses’ of sort, this hamlet wasn’t ready for an influx of stranded travellers. There were no hotels, no dhabas, nothing – this place wasn’t even on the map. Not too far away we could still hear land sliding down. There was no way back, and there was no road any further. Kah it was. Team Junoon had officially vanished off the face of the planet for indefinite time.

 

Landslide work had already begun. JCBs had arrived and BRO jawaans were at it selflessly, trying to clear the road out. All this inflow of new population into Kah meant all the more requirement for provisions – which the hamlet didn’t have. In this situation of emergency, our hero of the story emerged. A middle-aged man running a provision store-cum-chai-point of sorts stepped up to the task. He was a scrawny guy who owned a small room-like shop. We discovered that he had prepared for the apocalypse – packets upon packets of Maggi stowed away in his little room from the floor to the ceiling!

 

Normally one would expect the locals to just go about minding their own business in such adverse situations but Team Junoon was in for a surprise. The Maggi-man had taken it upon himself to keep the stranded travellers fed, no matter what. As we prepared our roadside bed that night, we saw the Maggi-man working away at his stove, ceaselessly, tirelessly preparing Maggi and Rajma-Chawal for whomever came to his shop hungry. For as long as Team Junoon was stuck in Kah, the Maggi-man kept everyone fed and functioning. The BRO jawaans working away at the landslide, the Maggi-man working away at his cookstove…there was a “junoon” in the air. The Junoon to clear the road, to keep the travellers fed, to help those in need and to keep the wheels of the world turning…

In discovering a little village that wasn’t even on the map, we rediscovered the essence of our passion!

Posted on

Leadership Development

 

Over the years, the essence of leadership has evolved quite a bit. Corporates have now come to clearly distinguish the characteristics of a good leader from the bad. In order for the entire organization to function smoothly, it is necessary to achieve a synchronisation between the leaders and the team. More importantly, it is essential that team leaders understand their role and responsibility if they are to derive maximum efficiency from their teams. Some people are born leaders; others are made. Through targeted outbound exercises, it is possible to help the “hesitant” or “dormant” class of leaders to come to the frontline and perform. Leadership development training helps the participants understand how best to tackle their team through various outdoor exercises designed to trigger leadership instincts in individuals.

Why are outbound training programs necessary for leadership training?
Office environment is a formal setup where corporate hierarchy is prevalent and strictly imposed. In order to implement effective strategies of leadership training, these walls of formality need to be taken down. This is where changing work environment helps. An unfamiliar outdoor environment (like a jungle or a riverbank) triggers basic human instinct of forming packs and sticking together, which helps to melt the ice between employees.

Junoon Adventure’s outbound training programs help the participant recognize and acknowledge five aspects of leadership, and work towards grooming them.

  • Coaching: effectiveness of the way a leader is improving his team. Participants learn that real-time feedback and encouragement work better than judgement and disapproval.
  • Accountability: ethical responsibility for the team’s actions. Aims to teach the participants that the leader is not separate from the team, rather the answerable part of it.
  • Communication: aimed to make participants understand that communication isn’t only verbal or written. By tailoring communication through body language, words or behaviour, the leader is letting the team know his opinion of them – and it is necessary to ensure this communication is effective in getting the job done at the end of the day.
  • Change management: one of the key qualities of a leader is to help his team prepare ahead for possible changes that may come in the near future. This can happen when a leader is trained to analyse events and form a bigger picture from the microdata he has.
  • Influence: leaders differ from bosses in that they actively participate along with their teams in getting a job done. Influence and negotiation play key roles in identifying the most efficient approach towards completing a task and generating desired results from the team.

Junoon Adventure conducts corporate outbound training programs that target leadership issues specifically. We make sure to design the activities in a way that targets all the issues that clients highlight.

Posted on

Importance of Outdoor Education

Helping children learn and grow to become responsible adults is the primary goal of education. Factual knowledge is but one aspect of education; true holistic growth can occur only when the child experiences progress in intellectual, spiritual, physical, social and moral aspects also. A highly effective methodology to help children hone their team-building skill, leadership, interpersonal skill and confidence is through directly engaging them in activities that present challenges. Through outdoor education, all these qualities in children can be stimulated and put to test through activities and exercises in an informal environment outside of the classroom, for example, in jungles or rural areas.

 

Outdoor education helps children develop community. Human beings are social creatures; we tend to create social groups and circles that help us go through life. Outdoor learning gives the students an opportunity to interact with each other in an informal setting, helping to melt away the walls of formal, systemic education. Students interact through outdoor activities and challenges, get to know new things about each other that a classroom setting normally wouldn't encourage.

 

Being outdoors translates to students leaving behind their familiar environments and venturing out into something new - a stimulus that helps build resilience, adaptability and curiosity in them. Leaving comfort zone behind and learning to survive in unfamiliar surroundings are indispensable life-skills that all children should know today. Outdoor education programmes are designed to subtly test students' capability to take challenges in stride and put in efforts to succeed through games, adventure sports and other recreational tasks. It also helps them build bonds with their fellow participants.

 

Performing activities together in team games is one of the most popular methods used to reinforce positive communication and collaborative effort in students in outdoor education programmes. Students, through experiencing teamplay, grasp the concept of teamwork and unified efforts. It also helps the instructors identify individualistic skills and talents of participants, like leadership, physical agility, interpersonal skill, etc. This helps the instructors guide these individuals to play to their strengths.

 

Outdoor education is a multi-faceted programme with manifold benefits that directly impact the mental and physical frame of the participants. In addition to factual knowledge education, it is important for the students to develop their personalities as a whole - which is where outdoor education can fill in the gaps.