Many people believe we are producing a generation of ‘cotton wool kids’, who are missing out on important experiences that help to raise their self-esteem, give them confidence and increase motivation.
Current research suggests that not allowing young people to engage in independent mobility and environmental learning, denies them the opportunity to develop the skills and resilience that they need to be able to be safe and manage complex environments effectively. There are also indications that such restrictions have long-term implications for young people’s future development, health and well-being.
The PRIMARY objective of SHAC is to help redress the balance by combining outdoor adventure with education and to re-connect children with the great outdoors. We aim to help increase the understanding of the woodland and its ecology whilst introducing the benefits of taking risks in a safe, well managed and informative environment.
Our courses deliver and inspire passion, motivating young people to become successful learners and to develop as healthy, confident, enterprising and responsible citizens with an understanding and mindfulness towards our environment.
The core values of our courses echo the key concepts of outdoor learning and education: Challenge, enjoyment, relevance, depth, development of the whole person and an adventurous approach to learning, connecting your curriculum to the wider world. Through practical, hands on learning children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts taught. We will work closely with the schools teachers and educational staff in order to develop and deliver a relevant experience that supports what students are learning in the classroom.
The Surrey Hills Adventure Company follows the Forest School ethos of 'child led' learning through fun, adventure and enjoyment in a woodland environment which leads to a greater understanding and respect for the environment whilst delivering many valuable lessons both educationally and socially along the way.
It is often argued that exposing young people to risk is dangerous. We strongly believe that the polar opposite is true. Teaching young people to manage risks and to give them the skills to make good decisions and not to just know facts is extremely important for the development of a young person.
Welcome to the Surrey Hills Adventure Company.