MANIFESTO FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
THE IMPORTANCE OF OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Appeal for Support: beyond 2000
The Foundation now seeks explicit support for its aims from
organisations and individuals from all sections of the community.
Such support will enable the Foundation to approach its work with
enhanced authority and effectiveness. The priorities for the
Foundation for the next three years will be:
The trustees ask for your endorsement of the work of the
Foundation for Outdoor Adventure.
- To complete a comprehensive action research project in partnership with local education authorities, Nottingham University and youth organisations, seeking to establish more clearly the relationship between adventurous and other education programmes, and to develop more systematic methods of evaluation of adventurous programmes;
- to explore new and more comprehensive approaches in the
development of leadership skills needed by those who take responsibility for young people engaging in adventurous activities and other programmes;
- to work in partnership with other organisations to increase understanding of the purpose and benefit for society when young people have such experiences; focusing in particular on the value of outdoor adventure for young people who are disadvantaged or at risk;
- to work co-operatively in promoting the achievement of young
people by offering support through the relaunch of the John Hunt Award Trust to voluntary projects and initiatives which foster youthful enterprise in disadvantaged sectors of society.
In 2004 the Foundation for Outdoor Adventure ceased to exist, but the work goes on, and much of the work that was achieved is well recorded. Any enquiries about publications should me made to the Institute for Outdoor Learning or the Brathay Academy. The campaigning work of the Foundation is continued by many organisations including the Campaign for Adventure and the Institute for Outdoor Learning. For continuing research activity, get in touch with the Research Forum of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, join the 'outres' (outdoor research) discussion list, and subscribe to the Insitute's Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.
When the Foundation for Outdoor Adventure was established in 1989 there was much less researching, publishing and campaigning. And there is still much progress to be made in all these areas. Yes we are making progress, but social and legislative changes make it ever more important to keep this cause alive. The Manifesto remains on this website because it has yet to be achieved.
Roger Greenaway, June 2004
(Formerly a researcher and research adviser for the FOA)