WHAT IS THE CHARACTER CURRICULUM?
Where Classroom and Wilderness Unite
Character skills can be taught - both in the classroom and in nature’s physically and challenging environments. With this curriculum we employ the experiential learning tools that Outward Bound instructors have used in the field for decades and expand them into teachable modules available to guiding, supportive teachers and adults to facilitate with their student groups. When these customizable lesson plans are used in conjunction with an Outward Bound Expedition, students are empowered by learning how to persevere through challenge, manage conflict, show compassion, and solve problems. This unique approach equips students with the life and leadership skills to transfer learning and enact positive change in their own lives and communities.
- Apply conscientious communication and conflict resolution skills during times of disagreement.
- Acknowledge responsibility and accountability for words and actions.
- Use moments of individual and group failure to motivate positive change.
- Listen to others’ opinions, and productively express own opinions.
- Compare and critique various solutions to group challenges and successfully complete tasks.
SEE IT IN ACTION
We partnered with twelve different schools and youth-serving organizations this last school year and have seen the Character Curriculum used in a variety of use cases. While it's always used in combination with an Outward Bound Expedition, the classroom components are customizable to the students' needs, and goals of the individual schools. In this video we explore what the Character Curriculum is, as well as a glimpse of how it was used for Green Street Academy. Hear from one of their educators about the impact it's had on her students throughout the years they've been working with us and start to see how this may integrate in your learning environment.
We are here to help you prepare your students for success far beyond their time in the classroom. Work with us to build a more compassionate world that's full of youth that are prepared to serve as leaders in their communities.