Transition group 3rd to 7th August
During the summer holidays I have been fortunate enough to deliver a week of activities to a very deserving group of youngsters from Whitecraig and Wallyford. Prior to the holidays Wallyford Community Centre, helped by school teachers, identified 8 young people who would reap great benefits from a week of outdoor activities based around personal and social development. The criteria for selection was that the children were transitioning from primary to high school, had low self-confidence, self-esteem and perhaps social interaction issues.
During the week the children took part in a wide range of activities which they chose from an extensive list. The following are what they chose; Bushcraft, Rock Climbing & Abseiling, Canoeing, Kayaking and Raft Build, Coasteering and Trail Cycling.
Throughout the activities the children never stopped amazing us with their ability to push boundaries and invest in their own development. They constantly strived to go one step further and were jubilant with their achievements, not only for themselves but for others also.
By the end of the week every participant had demonstrated a notable improvement in both self-confidence and self-esteem.
When dropping their children off in a morning some of the parents commented that they were amazed at the achievements, confidence and motivation from day to day.
A few things the children said they never knew they could do:
- Cycle so far
- Build a den
- Jump off a cliff
- Climb a mountain
- Build a raft
- Swim to an island
These were some of their highlights:
- The whole week
- Water Activities
- Climb to top of North Berwick Law
- Cliff Jump
- Getting a chance to try lots of activities
- Bus journeys
The children agreed that the following aims and objectives were met:
- Building self-confidence
- Building self-esteem
- Had a chance to try lots of new activities
- Got to meet new people
- Were challenged
- Built resilience
We have received some fantastic feedback from both the children and their parents, all of whom see a great worth in this kind of group work and hope to see more of it in the future.
To end I would personally like to thank Stuart from Wallyford community centre for his help throughout these activities and for giving up his time to benefit the children from his local community. Myself and Stu found this a very fulfilling week. It was fantastic to watch these unsure, anxious children who arrived looking cautious on day one turn around on day five asking for more having pushed themselves beyond their usual boundaries.
Antony Stone – Associate Instructor