Outdoor Citizens have respect for the outdoors. They have the knowledge and skills to both protect the natural environment and to personally thrive within it.
They are adults who have experienced outdoor adventures throughout their childhood and understand how to manage risk and challenge. Their academic success has been aided by the impact of effective outdoor learning.
Outdoor Citizens are future parents who know that outdoor education is a must have for their own children. They are connected to nature in a way that benefits their physical and mental well-being.
Outdoor Citizens are equipped to address the challenges facing the natural world - in their community, across the country and around the world.
This campaign is being run through the Outdoor Council, a group of organisations from across the Outdoor Learning Sector, including IOL, Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres, Outdoor Education Advisors Panel, British Activity Providers Association, Scouts, Young Explorers Trust and Field Studies Council. It is also observed and supported by CLOtC, AALA and Campaign for Adventure.
This is not a sound bite campaign. Nor it has it come about overnight - it reflects several years of increased co-operative working between leaders in the outdoor sector. It is a shared commitment to an evidence informed programme of work that will ensure that the 750,000 four-year olds entering reception classes in September 2022 will be guaranteed high quality outdoor learning throughout their school life and through a rich set of family, youth work and community experiences.
A Progression of Outdoor Learning Experiences
Our model is for a set of progressive experiences from birth to adulthood that build on each other to develop knowledge and skills. School – as one of the few places of universal entitlement – is of course a core part of how that progression framework should be delivered. And a large part of the Outdoor Citizen Campaign will focus on supporting schools to offer high quality outdoor learning based on what we know works in teacher CPD, effective pedagogy and school improvement.
But schools cannot - indeed should not – be alone in this. Informal learning, family and individual experiences are a vital part of the offer and we are delighted to have so many youth work and parent organisations engaged in the Campaign. We are developing what that looks like for all. Please engage in the debate