“Experiential learning takes place when a person is involved in an activity, then looks back and evaluates it, determines what was useful or important to remember and uses this information to perform another activity.” - John Dewey
Throughout the summer, mentors and workers participate in the 4-H Challenge program. During these challenges participants hone teamwork, communication, problem solving, responsibility, decision making, self-efficacy, and reflection skills. These skills can then be applied in the classroom, on-site project work and learning to be a crew member.
Crew Leaders are trained to evaluate their crews, select appropriate challenges based on the crew’s particular needs, and finally how to facilitate and debrief the activity so that learning and growth can take place.
Experiential learning is not limited to the challenge activities (“initiatives”). Instead, it is a philosophy and method of learning that can be applied to all aspects of the program. Whether out on a trail, in the van traveling to or from a project site, or in the classroom, the “Do-Reflect-Apply” components are applied. The goal is that all participants will take this powerful learning tool and use it beyond FYS.
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Forest Youth Success
PO Box 850
Stevenson, WA 98648
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