Philosophy Camps and Sleepovers
Children grow faster outdoors - in character, confidence and independence; and there's also great cameraderie between the staff who make the experience possible. There are one or two weekends (and time during holidays, especially the longer holidays of private schools) during which I can run Philosophy Camps at a Scout or Guide campsite near you. These are two-night events that mixes the excitement of the outdoors with philosophical challenges and some profound pondering around the campfire. Each camp is tailored to your particular group, suitable for Year 7 and upwards. All risk assessed and staffed to best practice standards.
For Year 7 or primary schools, Philosophy Sleepovers at your own premises provide an exciting and memorable but inexpensive option. Get in touch for further details and allow plenty of time for us to develop a suitable programme and advertise it to your young people.
Finally, although I should really concentrate on developing my career as a teacher trainer, I keep making excuses for squeezing in another trip. There are two weeks still available for week-long multi-activity residential trips in July. These are based on a successful pattern established with Year 8 at Sutton Grammar School for Boys, and would be suitable for gifted or other groups with high standards of behaviour and enthusiastic staff who are willing to get involved. Our approach is to go beyond the 3 hour taster sessions that dominate most activity holidays, so that each main activity lasts a whole day and includes a meaningful journey, giving participants an opportunity for genuine adventure. Evening activities include a masterchef competition, backwoods cooking, skinning rabbits, wide games and the like, and of course we can mix in as much philosophy as you like.
Our preferred location is Botany Bay Scout Campsite in Trelleck, Monmouthshire, which is within easy reach of the mountain biking, walking, caving/climbing and canoeing activities that form part of the programme. A word of warning - if your colleagues see their role on trips as passive supervision, they will mutiny if you send them on this trip. The necessary experts are on hand during all specialist activities, but accompanying teachers need to be “up for it” - the trip is intense for pupils and staff, but very rewarding.
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