Life Skills and the Outdoors!

Once a year, our Half Day School Program organizes a camp for its primary level students, so they can develop life skills in various areas.  This year’s camp took place from the 30th of September until the 3rd of October at the Mae Chan Watershed Conservation and Management Center, about 50 kilometers from the Half Day School site.

These four days were filled with a wide variety of activities, ranging from workshops about violence in the family interactive games, to a nature trek with the rangers from the center.  The first day that students and teachers arrived at the campsite, they visited hot springs located close to the center.  For the second day, the Thai and International staff of the DEPDC / GMS organized games for the children, so they could practice their skills in different areas like teamwork, dexterity, coordination, and endurance.

2014 HDS Nature Camp_Pre-Trek Lecture by Rangers_Cropped for blog post
Students eagerly listen to park rangers and await the trek

The staff of the Mae Chan Watershed Conservation and Management Center organized the third day’s activities, and they gave lectures about natural disasters, their causes, and countermeasures that can be taken to reduce their effects. During the afternoon, the rangers organized a trek through the forest around the center.  They named the flora and fauna of the mountain forests of Northern Thailand to the students.  After this trek, the students had the opportunity to plant their own trees in a reforestation area close to the center.

The fourth day was filled with some final lectures about shaping one’s life in a beneficial way and the return trip to Mae Sai.  After these four days full of learning and other activities, the students arrived back at our school site in the early afternoon, tired but happy.

2014 HDS Nature Camp_Preparing to Plant Trees
Preparation of saplings to plant in a reforestation area




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