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MANIFESTO FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
THE IMPORTANCE OF OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
In an attempt to understand themselves, others and the changing context of their lives, all young people are engaged, consciously or unconsciously, in an exploration of what it is to be human. This is in essence a spiritual journey, in which young people come to terms with the mysteries of human existence; establish standards and values by which they live and work; identify worthwhile goals and develop the skills and understanding through which these may be achieved.
Our society is changing rapidly, and this calls for new approaches to learning, working and living together. The importance of assisting young people to prepare effectively and successfully for their adult lives is obvious; the cost of failure in this task will be borne in the future both by the individuals themselves and by society. The challenge for all concerned with young people is to empower them to cope effectively with the choices, problems and opportunities which face them, and at the same time to help them develop a real sense of community and citizenship.
The Foundation for Outdoor Adventure identifies five areas of development for young people. In each of these, individual learning and development needs can be addressed through the empowering experience of outdoor adventure.
"There is an essential need for adventure in the education of young people. The human need for excitement and challenge can, if unfulfilled, express itself in anti-social behaviour. Outdoor and adventurous activities have the potential to satisfy the need for excitement and challenge in a positive way."
"We are convinced of the value of adventurous outdoor activities for children and young people."
" The world of the 21st Century will be unlike any we have known. If we are serious in our intentions to prepare young people to move confidently in this world, we have to look at it face on. The best we can do is to develop the capacities of young people as fully as possible, so they will be equipped for whatever futures they do meet."