THE FOUR OVERARCHING GOALS OF Sun Valley COMMUNITY SCHOOL’S OUTDOOR PROGRAM ARE TO:
- Build relationships;
- Provide opportunities for personal growth;
- Develop relationships with wild places;
- Teach outdoor skills.
These goals are reflected in the Elementary School Outdoor Program trips, where students increase their appreciation for nature, explore local habitats, and build group cooperation through team building games.
Students also begin to learn and practice the basic outdoor skills they will need for future trips. Most of the trips are day trips. Students embark on their first overnight trip in the spring of third grade. Elementary outdoor activities take place each season with each grade. Several in-class pre- and post-trip activities are planned as well.
- Encourage a lifelong love of wild places;
- Teach leadership skills, self-reliance, and self-care;
- Instill a respect for the outdoors and start children thinking about the importance of practices like Leave No Trace;
- Foster independence in a nurturing and structured environment;
- Learn about amazing places, both near campus and far;
- Promote teamwork and cooperation;
- Learn to step outside of comfort zones;
- Build strong relationships with classmates;
- Have fun!