Over The Wall's E-Learning 2017 (SIBS)

Before you begin, take a look at the video below:

Remember, if you need help or have any questions about E-Learning, just e-mail [email protected] or call 02392 477110. Have fun!

Making Therapeutic Recreation A Reality

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'?

Match the terms to their definitions to find out what we mean when we talk about 'Challenge' at Over The Wall.
  • Challenge is by choice
    We 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 individual
    For 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 Campers
    In 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 Zone
    This 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 Zone
    This 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 Zone
    We 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 3 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!

How can you encourage campers to reflect? Write your thoughts below:

Time to discover Discovery...

Policy Bonanza!

Meet Irwin

Below is a picture of Irwin, a volunteer coming to camp. 

There are several ways that Irwin is breaching OTW policies and isn't ready to volunteer at camp. Can you identify 5 of them? Click on areas where you think Irwin is breaching policy/ being inappropriate and then check to see if your answers are correct.

Meet Olive

  • She's taking pictures of the Campers
  • She's wearing inappropriate clothing
  • She's breaching the phone policy
  • She's not heeding the 'no radio use after 10pm' rule
  • She's breaching the 2:1 adult policy
  • There's inappropriate contact going on between Olive and the campers.
  • Her focus isn't on the campers she's with

Olive is spotted strolling down to climbing with three campers. She's got her OTW T-shirt on, and sensible shoes, so what could be the issue?

Take a look at the picture of Olive below, then tick the policies you think she has breached/ the inappropriate behaviour she is displaying. 

Test your Policy/ Appropriate Behaviour Prowess!

Appropriate Contact:

Examples of inappropriate contact include letting a camper sit on your knee, full frontal hugs/ hugs from behind, lifting campers off the ground, giving them 'piggy backs' and  

2:1 Policy:

If you find yourself alone with a camper accidentally, you should  

If you are in a situation where you have breached the 2:1 policy or you have had inappropriate contact with a camper, you should  

Socialising with Other Volunteers:

Socialising and getting to know your fellow volunteers after the campers have gone to bed is an important part of the camp experience. However to ensure that we can look after the campers safely and that you've got enough energy for a fun-packed week at camp, getting enough rest throug is also vital.  We also follow the  rule at camp for both campers and volunteers.

Radio Use:

Radios shouldn't be used  unless in the event of an emergency, and if you're on the radio, even on the more private channel 2, it's best  and arrange to meet somewhere to talk in more detail if necessary.

In the event of a medical emergency, use the radio to . If you hear this announcement on the radio, then  

Social Media/ Photography:

At camp we have a wonderful team of Camp Recorders. Due to our media policy they are the only people who should be taking pictures of the campers unless otherwise stated by the Support Team. You can take pictures of yourself and other volunteers at times when campers will not be around (for example, after they have gone to bed), if  

If a camper adds you on social media, you don't need to respond- just get in touch with the office and we'll message the camper explaining our social media policy, you don't have to do anything.

Creating a Culture of Behaviour Empowerment

Take a look at the video below...

Match the Behaviour Empowerment Technique to it's explanation:

Below are some practical techniques we can use to support Behaviour Empowerment. You can find a more detailed explanation of these and other techniques in your Team Folders at camp.
  • Pro-action Technique: Hurdle-Help
    When we know a camper is unable to complete an activity without assistance, we can help to get them be successful. This might involve breaking the activity into small, achievable chunks- but attention should not be drawn to the additional help.
  • Pro-action Technique: Modelling
    Our attention is often drawn to inappropriate behaviour.It is sometimes useful to identify an example of positive behaviour in order to focus attention on what is expected. This has to be done tactfully. Look to choose different positive models each time.
  • Redirection Technique: Humour
    Most young people respond well to the non-threatening interaction created by humour. It can grab the attention of children even in tricky circumstances. Humour can also set a positive tone when starting something new.
  • Redirection Technique: Redirection.
    Redirect the camper or change the activity. Distract or divert their energy and attention to a substitute activity to help them maintain control. Give them a short activity that demands special responsibility to allow them to experience success.
  • Redirection Technique: Planned Ignoring
    Can be used to eliminate harmless, attention-driven behaviour as it withholds reinforcement a child gets from attention. Generally campers displaying attention-driven behaviour need attention. We must pay particular attention to them when things go well.
  • Intervention Technique: Positive Correction and Prompting
    Signal a desired behaviour verbally or non-verbally. Use simple, non-critical directions to help them. Language should be positive. End statements with ’thank you’ even before they have complied, creating the expectation they will do so.

How do we use Restorative Conversation?

Restorative conversation involves thinking about the language we use when dealing with challenging behaviour. The language we use can make a huge difference in helping to create a positive outcome from a challenging situation.

Below are some tips about how to have a restorative conversation with campers. Drag the words in the blue boxes to the correct grey box to place them. (The grey boxes will appear when you start dragging a blue box across the screen)

  • Communication
  • Curious and concerned:
  • Understanding:
  • Empowering: