Leading adventure expert and outdoor enthusiast, Sam Sykes, has launched a new and exciting outdoor product as a developmental tool for young students. ‘24 Hours in the Wild’, an experience initially aimed at Year 9 school children (aged 13-14), will involve Sam and his expert instructors taking 12 students for an unique experience into a remote landscape for a 24 hour period.
The students will be exposed to the outdoors with only sleeping bags and bivouac covers for shelter, will experience a proper sunrise and be encouraged to answer a number of questions about their personal lives, relationships, attitude and aspirations for the future. It is hoped that each individual will experience their very own personal journey, yet will work together with the other 11 students taking part, using skills such as team building and communication. With no access to anything manmade, for example, mobile ‘phones, and no artificial light, they will have only the countryside around them.
The intense experience aims to build character and work as a developmental tool to help them move forward and consider the impending life decisions ahead of them. It is a process of continual development. 6 months later, the students will revisit the answers given at that time and discover whether they have experienced improvement or change.
Central to Sam’s focus for the future is in educating people of all ages about taking on new challenges and getting outdoors. He appreciates that a challenge for one person might be climbing a mountain, whereby for another, it could simply be taking a short walk. One of the country’s top providers of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award at bronze, silver and gold level, Sam has delivered professionally led expeditions across the UK and overseas for more than 30 years and has seen first-hand, the positive difference it can make to people’s lives, particularly youngsters. In 2013, he and his instructors worked with more than 1000 young people across the country and from all walks of life. This year, he hopes to work with more than 1500.
“We are extremely excited about the ‘24 Hours in the Wild’ experience and how this will help young people develop as a whole: mind, body and soul in an environment of solitude, social interaction and team working.” said Sam. “The students will learn skills such as leadership, responsibility and self-belief, attributes that are essential to their transition from young people into adults – crucial to the workplace and wider community.”
‘24 Hours in the Wild’ will initially be based in the Lake District, although there is every opportunity to undertake this experience in other locations across the country.
For more information, please visit this website www.samsykesltd.co.uk