Fostering a deeper connection to self,
others and the earth through exploration and dramatic play!
uilding, plant and animal identification), Storytelling, For children of all ages.
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that cultivates creativity and confidence through live-action role-play as characters in nature and performance. The culture of Wild Craft Play mentors children to find their inner hero. By working in community, collaborating with other children, and learning from mentors, children have a safety net to explore, develop and create.
This is not just a program, it is a platform to teach from. It was created by Jamie Black because she believes that the children of the future need more opportunities to develop life skills and gain tools to grow into extraordinary human beings. Jamie has found that children are super engaged in video games, she wondered why some children were more engaged in nature, than playing outside. So she decided to create a video game in real-life, where children are so immersed in the quests and adventures that they don’t even realize that they are learning things like…
SELF-CONFIDENCE CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROBLEM SOLVING
LEADERSHIP FINANCIAL LITERACY NATURE AWARENESS
COLLABORATION INTER-PERSONAL SKILLS GLOBAL AWARENESS
Not only has Jamie been developing this experience for children since 2008, but she decided to research children playing this game as a case study for her Masters Thesis at Royal Roads University from 2013-2016. She wonders “How this style of mentoring co-relates to the level of engagement of children in play?”
What better way for children to learn these necessary life skills, than through an epic adventure filled with gold, quests, exploration and the wilderness, then share their adventure in the form of a performance.
Guiding children in their own discovery.
The leadership style offered in Wild Craft Play is a model of mentoring developed over 15 years of experience and
training. The core essence of how all Wild Craft Play activities are facilitated exist in a practice that Jamie Black calls Guided Discovery. Ultimately, this means that the leaders are as hands-off as possible, and the children get to explore, learn and grow by doing it themselves. You will often find her saying “I don’t know” or “good question,” and then the children are left to their own devices to figure things out themselves. This is a technique that is rarely seen in education, and yet is invaluable to expanding the imagination of a child. The Guided Discovery approach is hard to adopt as an adult due to the way we may have been taught, and yet it is very rewarding.
When Jamie Black was coaching sailing at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in 2003, she was honored to work coach along side a world renowned coach named Tine Moberg-Parker. Ever since her experience with Tine, she adopted a concept called Guided Discovery. Jamie took this theory of coaching and mentoring to heart and put it into practice in every environment she could.
What solidified it was when she worked on a tall ship in New Zealand for 10 days in 2003, she knew that creating life-altering adventures for children in nature was essential. And when the captain of the ship said that this vessel is not about learning how to sail, it’s about learning the life skills to manage in life as an effective human being. The captain also said, just because you know how to coach sailing, doesn’t mean that telling the children how to sail this ship is what you need to do. What I want you to do is “put your hands in your pocket and say ‘I don’t know, go figure it out.'” Not only was this a challenge for Jamie with her keen interest to guide and teach children, but it was also a painful process for the youth of that ship. They were angry, frustrated, and even brought to tears, but in the end the results of what they learned in that process were life-altering.
The is the mechanism
for providing a holistic approach to learning.
All adventures are offered with a delivery mechanism called the 8 shields model created by Jon Young and co., designed to expand the culture of Wild Craft Play. Wild Craft Play builds community, expands the awareness of all involved, enhances life-skills and provides more opportunities for children to become well-rounded individuals in our society. Jamie chose this mechanism for teaching because of her experience working with Wes Gietz and Windwalker ways. Wild Craft Play has grown into what it is today due to the teachings of many. Most of all we would like to acknowledge Windwalker, and support the vision that
“every person has, as his or her birthright, a healthy relationships with self and spirit;
a deep personal connection with the natural world and
membership in a healthy human community.”
See this short video to learn more about the 8 Shields Model:
Take a look at this article from the summer
by Brenda Gough from the #PQBNews