Why a Residential Camp is More Than Just a Place to Stay

We always enjoy watching our young students push through when something seems scary at first to find the courage to try something new. There are certainly different ways in which residential adventure camps can help them become even more courageous.

Stepping outside their Comfort Zone

Being away from home to experience one of our outdoor adventure school trips  is a great way for young people to have a chance to be themselves without the confines of school or family that often defines them. It takes courage to work through being around new places, but this process of learning who they are (and what hidden strengths they have) when they’re in a different environment helps them to learn to stand up for themselves (and others) in a good way.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear‘.

James Neil Hollingworth

Overcoming Fears

Camp gives young people a safe place to try new things and learn the benefit of taking risks. Climbing & Abseiling, Kayaking, perhaps a night time hike or taking on a Water Park challenge may all appear a little scary at first, but they’re really just fun ways for the young students to learn the benefits of risk taking and pushing through fears to overcome challenges. This determination and persistence go hand-in-hand with courage and help them to be more confident in school, at home and in friendships.

Exploring the Unknown

There are a wide range of adventure activities that encourage the students to explore the unfamiliar and encourage a confident outlook. Coasteering presents them with a new challenge and encourages them to find fun in new experiences. Fishing for your supper is integral to learning development while Bushcraft is likely to expose them to the unknown so they feel more confident in other unpredictable situations.

Support & Friendship

Great team leaders and instructors make great Residential Adventure camps! Every Cumulus Camp is filled with supportive staff who encourage young students to try new things and push through challenges and frustrations. Whether it’s helping them start their first campfire, climbing a rock face, or meeting a new friend, leaders and instructors are key to building courage in a young person.