ALI believes that with so many pressures and influences on young people today the outdoors can play a pivotal part in giving them an opportunity to grow personally, emotionally and physically. With childhood obesity at alarming levels nationally and computers, ipods and the internet dominating the way young people spend their spare time, so many young people are missing out on the benefits that the great outdoors has to offer. The outdoors through any number of different activities offers students the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, as basic as riding a mountain bike through to developing their personal skills such as common sense, communication, ability to work with others (teamwork), leadership skills and the responsibility that comes with it. Outdoor Education is vital in teaching students that every action has a consequence.
Outdoor Education also gives students the opportunity to leave their comfort zone and participate in a range of activities. These activities are designed to help build their self confidence and question their source of security.
ALI has at its doorstep the following outdoor activities which can be used in any combination within one of our programs to suit the schools requirements: canoeing (flat-water and white water up to grade 2), hiking, abseiling and rock-climbing, team building and initiative games, orienteering, downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snow survival skills. ALI can also work with your Duke of Edinburgh programs to assist your students to utilise the wonderful outdoor playground of the Snowy Mountains.