Camping Promotes Teamwork and Better Understanding of Others
This study covered four semesters, from the second semester of 2004 to semester one of 2006. An overall number of 126 pre-service physical education students of the University of the South Pacific agreed to answer a questionnaire after each semester's camping trip, asking the about what they had learned as a result of participating in the outdoors, camping experience. Overwhelmingly, answers have consistently revealed two outcomes: firstly, the teamwork and cooperation within the group, and secondly, getting to know and understand others of different cultures, ethnicity, language, religion, and race. The activities they participated in such as games, hiking, the traditional activity of 'bilibili' (bamboo rafting), and others, were all secondary to their reflection of what they have learned. The teamwork and an avenue for the better understanding and tolerance of others different, were instead the major outcomes of their camping experience. Considering the questionnaire was open-ended, thus no options for choices, the findings of this study are revealing, stating the importance of outdoor education in the development of the affective domain of learning.
Keywords: Camping, Outdoor Education, Physical Education
Lecturer, School of Education, University of the South Pacific