Outdoor learning/education improves students’ health, engages them in learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. The Expedition Skills CCA is all about giving students a hands-on introduction to a wide range of skills associated with life in the wild outdoors. Students will learn about expedition planning, wildlife identification and observation, navigation techniques, basic outdoor survival skills, conservation field work techniques, risk assessment, expedition camp life, physical geography, ecology, and life in extreme environments.
For this academic year, we are looking into giving our students a sense of responsibility in mentoring and supporting the young students though a buddy system to learn leadership skills as well as into an opportunity to bring the Duke of Edinburgh award to GESS, a set of activities that equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. This award requires students to complete a personal programme of activities in four sections (for the Bronze): volunteering, physical, skills and expeditions.
We will be using the campus grounds and I&S classroom as a location for theory sessions and practical hands-on experiences. This will be supplemented with regular visits to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Reserve, Dairy Farm Wallace Information Centre, Botanical Gardens, MacRitchie Reservoir, Pulau Ubin, and other local nature reserve sites. We will also hold an optional 3-day end-of-year expedition to Endau Rompin National Park in Johor, Malaysia, where students will get the chance to put all of the skills they have learned during the year into practice. There is an expectation that students will purchase some basic essential outdoor equipment (e.g. compass, first aid kit, pen knife, flint, head torch, field note book). All the additional information regarding costs and materials can be found on the CCA Expedition Skills Website