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Outdoor Education & Camping Learning Framework

All programs are underpinned by a framework delivering learning outcomes. Programs are designed and facilitated for each group, based on desired learning outcomes prioritized and selected by you during the program planning stages.

Features of a YMCA Outdoor Education & Camping Program

  • YMCA Staff role model positive, responsible behaviour
  • Young people demonstrate positive values by caring for and encouraging each other
  • Young people gain independence by taking responsibility for themselves
  • Programs at the YMCA are a friendly, inclusive place where all participants are welcome and diversity is embraced
  • Young people build self-esteem when given the chance to overcome personal and group challenges through experiential learning
  • “Challenge by choice” is integral to all programs
  • Programs are places that spark imagination and awaken a sense of adventure, a place of fun where outdoor play is always encouraged.
  • All Y staff understand the positive impact Outdoor Education & Camping experiences can have on individuals and teams and work with the intent to provide the best learning experience possible for all participants

Outdoor Education & Camping Values

Our Outdoor Education & Camping values form the foundation of our community. Participants are introduced to the values at the beginning of a program and they guide the way with interact with each other during our time together on the program. 


Demonstrating consideration for others, the environment and ourselves through our thoughts and actions.


Everyone belongs. Each participant is a valued member of the Outdoor Education & Camping community


Accepting responsibility for our actions and holding ourselves accountable, we each play our part to contribute to creating a positive camp community

Best Self

Striving to be our best selves on camp, acting with integrity and going beyond ourselves to care for others in our camp community and challenging ourselves to “have a go” at all new experiences.

Outdoor Education & Camping Learning Outcomes


Learning Outcomes


Build Resilience

Participants develop and demonstrate coping strategies to adapt to individual and group challenges.

Reinforce a Positive outlook

Participants are happy in the present moment and have a sense of wonder and optimism for a positive future and interact positively with each other

Develop new physical activity skills

Participants experience new adventure activities and develop skills to encourage lifelong physical activity in the outdoors

Set Goals

Participants learn to set personal and group goals, persist and strive to achieve them

Make Healthy Choices

Participants understand how healthy choices contribute to their own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing

Develop Independence

Participants take responsibility for their own actions and wellbeing and display initiative to effectively solve problems

Provide opportunities for Leadership

Participants experience opportunities to influence and encourage positive group behaviour, led by example


Learning Outcomes


Be Socially Responsible

Participants are inclusive and respectful of others, embrace diversity and contribute to their camp community.

Solve problems together

Participants respect each other’s viewpoints and work together to achieve outcomes

Work as a Team

Participants work collaboratively with their peers using effective communication skills and developing trust between group members

Connect with others

Participants develop positive relationships with others, form new friendships and strengthen existing ones.


Learning Outcomes


Appreciate the natural world

Participants experience positive interaction and connection with the natural world

Understand the natural world

Participants are exposed to and learn about the local ecosystems and human impact on the environment, developing respect for the natural world

Protect the natural world

Participants take responsibility to protect and further enhance the environment through their actions


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