This program is a unique and progressive component of Pollard’s curriculum. The program will equip students with the skills they would need to know in order to live and survive outdoors, as well as cultivate valuable leadership traits that will prepare them to be productive community members in the adult world. In the beginning stages, students develop these skills during our on-campus component, and put them into practice during a number of intentionally planned, immersive field trips ranging in length from one night to two weeks.
· Outdoor Skills and Practices—Students will learn essential survival skills such as how to setup and breakdown camp, how to build a fire and cook a meal outdoors, how to apply basic first aid, how to use a map and compass to navigate, and much more. They will apply these skills in real-life outdoor situations that are safe and structured.
· Connection to Nature and Place—Students will develop a sense of connection with nature by being immersed in the wilderness and exploring their relationship with their surroundings. Through self-reflection and observation of ecological processes, they will gain an understanding of the natural world and our place within it.
· Leadership and Community—Students will gain a sense of self-confidence, independence, and leadership through challenge, teamwork and reflection. They will practice that leadership within a supportive community of students and staff, while learning how to be a productive member of that community.
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