By Adam Nusret
When asked, “What challenges does Adventure Education give students?” three things come to mind: trust, confidence and will. Unlike any other physical education course, in this course you really have to rely on the trust of others. A perfect example, when doing any blind-partner activity, such a blind-finger lead, or mind field even, you have to trust that your partner will do what they can to prevent you from falling flat on your face while your eyes are closed. Adventure Education gives “teamwork” a whole other definition. Other physical education’s idea of teamwork is the trust that they’ll succeed for the team. Trust in this course is more so a safety factor and plays an even more important role. Trust should be taught and explained early in the course because, really, everything in this course has something to do with it.
And with trust comes confidence. Not only have confidence in others but, of course, yourself. Confidence is mental. If you believe in your mind that you can do something, and remain focused, the chances of your succeeding will increase. Even in something basic like an activity like Ninja. Obviously, this activity required great hand-eye coordination, and lots of quickness. But after a while, if you tell yourself to focus, and block everything else out, you will improve, and the belief in your head will strengthen. Above all, “will.” The idea of will is a combination of both the mental and the physical, and it comes to play mostly in the toughest times. Willing yourself to do something when you know you’re weakening not only builds character but is a positive thing as well, in any aspect of life. I was almost near the top of the climbing wall. Though I was physically drained, and mentally struggling, I still found a way to continue what needed to be finished. When I did finish, the sense of accomplishment was great.
a lot to come along in Adventure Education. It doesn’t take a great
athlete to be successful, but it does take much to become a strong person