School & Youth Group Expeditions

Sign up your students, members of your youth group, and your church's youth clubs on our weekend, school holiday and week-long jungle expedition adventure camps. These young explorers will learn to hike, camp, abseil and kayak as part of their expedition in ways that will help them develop the soft life skills they need in order to be the best they can be. This programme is open to young people 12 years of age and older. 

What Is An Expedition Adventure?

Every BraveHearts Expeditions Adventure takes teams of business leaders, business men and women, families, students of junior and senior high schools, business schools, and college faculties out into Ghana’s great outdoors. These teams sleep in canvas tents, eat camp-cooked food, hike on some of Ghana’s most breath-taking landforms, slush through knee-high rivers, hack their way through jungle thickets, scramble over dirt paths and engage waterfalls on filmed expeditions that give them so much more in return. Each Adventure features excellent outdoor instruction, practical leadership skills, hands-on teaching of technical skills, enjoyment of Ghana’s best jungles, and most of all, fun! Read on to know what a BraveHearts Expeditions Adventure is all about.

What They Will Learn

Leadership

The leadership lessons the young people will learn on their expedition adventure easily transfers to their daily lives. Because they will live and travel as an expedition, they will develop the leadership and group skills necessary for working with others in the office, at school, at church or at home. Self-awareness, group management, communication, team work, decision-making, judgment, initiative, and increased tolerance for adversity and uncertainty will transfer to many aspects of their lives.

As BraveHearts Expeditions Adventurers and as ever-developing leaders, they will recognize how important it is to adapt and learn such things as openness for the ambiguity of the unknown, appreciation for challenge and hard work, patience for their own and others’ anxieties, tolerance for feedback, and tolerance for discomfort. They will experience the joy of meeting a challenge, being part of a vibrant community and creating experiences that make them proud.

Jungle Skills

On their expedition adventure, they will learn how to live and travel comfortably in the Ghanaian outdoors. Their expedition will give them the time to learn and apply such things as map and compass use, caring for themselves and their equipment, cooking, Leave No Trace techniques, and much more. They will have more than just brief introductions to these skills; they will have ample opportunity to practice and master them. The Ghanaian jungle will offer a lifetime of recreation and learning opportunities, thanks to the time they will spend with BraveHearts Expeditions.

Risk Management

Managing risk at BraveHearts Expeditions starts with they learning to take care of themselves so they can become and remain functional team members. They will learn to recognize the hazards encountered in the back-country and mitigate the risks of those hazards. They will learn and apply leadership skills to facilitate effective group decision-making to attain the goals of their expedition adventure. As their expertise develop, BraveHearts Expeditions will coach them on how to shift from following simple rules to applying sound judgment.

Environmental Education

Their BraveHearts Expeditions adventure will include thorough training in the Leave No Trace principles. Studying local ecology and natural history will help them to both enjoy the environment and better understand local environmental management issues. Learning and practicing the principles of wilderness ethics and sustainability combine with the BraveHearts Expeditions leadership skill set to give them the values and tools to be effective leaders in their home and community when they return from the expedition.

Expedition Behaviour

Besides weather and other environmental factors, one of the biggest challenges they will face is the expeditionary nature of the expedition adventure. With colleagues from all over the world, tent groups that may be co-ed (except for groups of students), and everyone coming from different backgrounds and experiences, it will sometimes be challenging to live in close proximity with the same people every day. However, caring for fellow expedition members and helping others when the going gets tough is what makes an adventure successful. At BraveHearts Expeditions, we call this type of teamwork “expedition behaviour”. As group members, it is vital that each individual be fully committed to the success of the expedition and the well-being of their colleagues.

Evaluations

The evaluation process is an integral part of every BraveHearts Expeditions adventure. They will receive feedback in a timely fashion throughout the expedition. They will also receive written evaluations from their instructors at the end of the expedition adventure. In turn, they will be asked to provide feedback to their peers, their instructors and the overall programme. Giving and getting positive or constructive feedback is a valuable communication process that they can take beyond their BraveHearts Expeditions experience.

Good Food and Nutrition

Being physically active in the outdoors requires good food and lots of it. BraveHearts Expeditions supplies a nutritious diet of fresh foods, offering numerous combinations that are limited only by their creativity. Different avenues of cuisine can be explored by experimenting with their spice kit, and wild foods such as fly-fished tilapia may provide other creative possibilities. We adjust rations for food allergies or medical and/or religion related food restrictions. Adventurers with special dietary needs would need to contact our Client Services Experts with their special needs two weeks before expedition deployment.

Instruction in Back-country Sanitation

Personal cleanliness in the jungle and wilderness is important for health and well-being. At the beginning of the expedition, instructors discuss hygiene topics including bathing, hair washing, proper disposal of human waste, sanitary materials and non-biodegradable substances.

A Positive Learning Environment

We want to provide them with a positive learning environment. Each person’s values and beliefs affect the rest of the group and balancing these issues is an important part of expedition behaviour. If anyone feels BraveHearts Expeditions staff or expedition participants are not respecting their values or beliefs, it is essential that they speak up so the issues are addressed.

They can expect the following:

  • Freedom from discrimination on any basis, including race, colour, gender, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability or socio-economic background.
  • A learning environment free from physical or verbal harassment.
  • Real challenges and meaningful experiences.
  • Thoughtful, honest and timely comments concerning their performance and abilities.
  • Well-trained and qualified instructors.

BraveHearts Expeditions expects the following of them:

  • To follow the safety practices and policies described in the pre-expedition information, adventure orientation, and as taught by instructors throughout the expedition, and to be responsible for their own safety and to contribute to the safety of the group.
  • To participate fully in the expedition adventure – take part in study sessions, camp chores, activities, discussions, leadership, conflict resolution, and the building of a safe learning environment for all.
  • To respect the values and beliefs of other expedition members.
  • To be courteous to local residents and traders and help to maintain a positive image of BraveHearts Expeditions.

 
Send us a mail: info@braveheartsexpeditions to book an expedition or call 030-274-7428 for more information.