Let's have a look at Therapeutic Recreation. Watch the video below:
At Over The Wall we want to challenge each and every camper- but what do we mean by 'Challenge'?
Challenge is by choiceWe let campers decide their own level of challenge by encouraging them to engage in activities in a way that they want to, setting their own challenges as they go. We empower campers, giving them responsibility to choose what challenges they undertake.
Challenge is individualFor a camper who can swim well, the deep end may be a challenge for them- but for someone who isn't a good swimmer, paddling in the shallow end might be a big deal. Each camper will consider different things a challenge, and we need to recognise this.
Getting to know your CampersIn order to help your campers, you'll need to discover what they find challenging. By asking them questions you can find out what they might find challenging at camp- and even better, you'll be able to plan ahead to help them overcome these challenges.
Comfort ZoneThis is a state of feeling secure and safe. Obviously we want our campers to be in this zone at camp- but we'd also like to support them and help them move outside of this zone occasionally so that they can try new things and challenge themselves.
Stretch ZoneThis is a state where the camper may feel a little unsure and a little nervous when facing a challenge, but given the right support they are able to push themselves to overcome the challenge. We aim to encourage campers into this zone at OTW.
Panic ZoneWe never want our campers to be in this zone. This is when they are overwhelmed by a challenge or they have not chosen the challenge, and their chance of attempting that challenge again is damaged rather than helped.
Succeed at helping your campers to succeed! Take a look at the video below:
How many specific positive labels can you think of?
Look at the picture below - can you think of any Specific Positive Labels you might use after this moment? Try to think of 4 Specific Positive Labels and write them below.
Choose the right phrases to explain what 'Success' looks like at an Over The Wall Camp:
Success is unique to each camper, and success can take many forms. We want to create a environment so that our campers can be themselves and feel confident enough to push themselves into their where they can try new things and challenge themselves.
In order to create this environment for the campers, it is important for volunteers to both with their campers and with each other, so that a camper’s success is more likely to be noticed and can then be highlighted to them.
We always want to make succeeding at challenges , so you may need to adapt activities so that campers can fully participate and be successful. It’s worth thinking ahead about whether an activity will need to be so you can inform the Activity Leader of any needs your camper might have.
Another way we create an environment that encourages success is through . In traditional competitions, the focus can often be on ‘winning’ and ‘losing.’ This doesn't mean we want an ‘everyone always wins’ approach, because that wouldn’t be a meaningful success for our campers. Instead, positive competition is about and instead focusing on in an activity and the inclusion of campers in that activity.
You can encourage positive competition by:
- Avoiding games where participants get and can't participate in the game anymore.
- If you do play a game where people are 'out', make it so they still have a role in the game (i.e they could be responsible for encouraging the campers still involved in the game by them.)
- Mixing up teams half way through a game to avoid it being about the score (e.g swapping it from mixed teams to campers vs , or switching around campers on each team.)
- Playing a game where the element of competition is to achieve a shared goal (e.g 'can we score 20 goals in total?)
Scroll down this page for a recap on Reflection:
Let's reflect on Reflection. Why do we encourage campers to reflect? (Select all answers that apply:)
- Because we want campers to realise that they have proof that the positive labels they've been given at camp are true
- Because even though campers will have succeeded at camp they might not have realised everything they've done- reflection helps them to look back and see how much they've achieved
- Because we wish all people were actually mirrors
When & where can you encourage campers to reflect? (Select all answers that apply:)
- At mealtimes
- During transitions from one activity to another
- As soon as you see a camper has been successful
- At the end of an activity
- In Cabin Chat
- Every opportunity you get!