Clare Youth Services recently launched a new report on outdoors learning with young people at their Courage Conference. 'Let the Nature take its Course' highlights the value of using the outdoors to create opportunities for learning with young people.
Outdoor programmes have been shown to provide positive physical, social and developmental outcomes though experiences that create new stories, skills and self-concepts for young people. For children growing up in technology-enabled, safety-conscious and urbanised environments, programmes which take them into the natural environment and deliver experiential learning benefits are being seen internationally as more important than ever.
The report written by Steven Smith with the support of TACT / Ennis Garda Youth Diversion Project, The Kilrush Garda Youth Diversion Project, Carlow Regional Youth Service and the Clare Youth Service Community Training Centre, Ennis, highlights some of the key benefits observed through programmes of this kind currently being conducted in Ireland and abroad.