I myself had a chance to participate in Secondary Green Camp last week, with the first ever IB Green Camp in Lesna Ryba.
During these 4 days, IB students engaged in climbing high ropes, building water rafts and home shelters, swimming and other sport activities. There was also time to write a university personal statement, work on an extended essay and sing music hits during a karaoke evening.
More importantly, it was the time to bond with other students while working together on various group projects – with students who have been at TBS Warsaw for a while but also with new TBS students who, during the green camp, had an opportunity to become an integral part of our school’s community.
The idea of green camp is closely related to our early years of IB programme, and the concept of outdoor learning and adventure education, that was promoted by Kurt Hahn. The Duke of Edinburgh Award and United World Colleges were just a natural follow up to Hahn’s philosophy of education.
The principles of outdoor learning, outlined by Hahn emphasises self-discovery, dealing with success and failure and allowing students to train their imagination. I strongly believe that our outdoor programme at TBS Warsaw and green camp demonstrates these three principles above, and is clearly reflected in our learning philosophy and educational vision now and in the future.