Chewonki Wilderness Trip Curriculum
A wilderness trip is full of learning! While our trip leaders will take the time to teach participants new animals, weather patterns, and how to put up a tent, so much of the learning takes place without the participants even knowing it! On all wilderness trips at Chewonki we work to instill a set of values and learning for all participants. Below is a list of some of those topics and how we instill them.
Expect Excellence In All We Do
We teach participants how to reach this at Chewonki and throughout their lives by setting our expectations high and helping everyone get there.
Joy of living; Wonder and Awe
We teach participants how to appreciate the simple things while they are on a wilderness trip. From sunsets, stars, each other’s company, or digging into a physical challenge. While we love to discuss the adaptations of a particular ant we find crawling on our boat, we also are out there to have lighthearted fun!
We have each participant taking ownership for their learning. Trip leaders will guide participants through new experiences and challenges by with curiosity, critical thinking, creativity. On a wilderness trip, learning is a part of whole experience. Some of these experiences include taking on the responsibility of Leader of the Day, group and individual reflections, helping out with Crews, developing cooking skills and travel skills.
Existing out on a wilderness trip means learning to live and work within a community. We strive to teach through this community the values of living a life of integrity and intention, taking initiative to improve communities, and understanding that we live in an interconnected world. This learning manifests through service projects, campsite crews, group contracts, and challenge course activities and reflections at the end of a trip.
As all trip skills are intertwined, we also strive to have participants work to form intellectual thoughts and incisive questions and mindfully listening to the thoughts of others through journaling and evening group meetings.
Sense of Place
Our aim is that every wilderness trips developes a sense of place within the students for the area that they traveled to. A sense of place gives them a deeper connection to the natural world and their place in it; including the human and natural history of a place.
Sense of Self
The end product of almost every trip a participant goes on is a heightened understanding and acceptance of their individual talents, desires, and limits. They come out with more humility, self confidence, vulnerability, and grit.