Dec 4th Training – Guiding Young People to Mental Health through Wild Craft Play

This post is to share about the upcoming training.

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My name is Jamie Black, I am the founder of Wild Craft Play ‘sCool. I have an opportunity for teachers who work with children ages 8 to 12 (Grades 3-7).

Research indicates the pandemic is having a negative impact on children’s mental health. They are bored, overwhelmed, stressed, less focused, and missing opportunities to socialize with friends. Do you have an interest in helping young people regenerate their resilience, use good coping strategies, and enhance their overall wellbeing? Are you looking to enhance children’s social and emotional development? If you answered yes, then keep reading.

Wild Craft Play ’sCool originated from my MA in Environmental Education and Communication and my curiosity about why children choose videogames over playing outside. I created Wild Craft Play as a program in 2008, and have since tried and tested with many different groups, classes, organizations, and communities. It’s a game that emulates videogame-like play without the technology, there are gold coins, quests, characters, and play that is accessible to outdoor play with a unique facilitation style I named the Hummingbird Approach. The results have been phenomenal! Kids love it so much that they take it beyond the program and play on their own! Here’s a testimonial from a grade 5/6 school teacher:

I am hosting a training pilot and am looking for 10 teachers. It will start as a 1 Day Training on Saturday, December 4th, 2021, then time is spent preparing for a teacher-led start in January or February when the teacher is ready. This training is accessible from teachers who have just begun running outdoor activities, to teachers who have years of experience outside. It’s a great way to level up their game experience in a way that truly speaks to each individual child’s interests.

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Wild Craft Play’s Cool is looking for teachers who work with children aged 8 to 12 and say yes to the following:

Do you want the children you serve to thrive? To strengthen their mental health, gain leadership skills, and reconnect with their inner resilience?

Are you looking to improve learning through proven, guided discovery facilitation techniques?

Are you willing to take the classroom outside and engage in outdoor play?

What about learning to use crafting tools that are guaranteed to engage young people?

Wild Craft Play’s Cool has helped more than 200 people transform their teaching skills by creating a sustainable step-by-step program with online support. I am passionate about providing ongoing support to help teachers and leaders regenerate resilience through the magic and wonderment of nature and merriment for young people aged 8 to 12.

Let me show you how this program can hook young people by becoming masters of adventure at your school or community center!

I’ve developed a roadmap and compass to guide teachers and leaders through a “choose your own adventure” style App filled with videos and tools to hook young people. In the back end, teachers and leaders have access to a ‘how to’ for everything they need, including quest writing, storytelling techniques, soft skills like coping mechanisms, compassion, and good listening, we also integrate wilderness first aid techniques.

Mostly with the pandemic, teachers and leaders are struggling to find innovative ways to keep kids engaged or take their learning outside. Are you one of the next masters of adventure? Are you one of the 10 we are looking for?

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Wild Wishes,

Jamie Black MA
Master of Arts in Environmental Education & Communication
(I prefer Master of Adventure)
Consultant, Facilitator & Founder of
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It’s an honor and privilege to be working and playing on K’omoks First Nation Territory
(Sathloot, Sasitla, Leeksun, Puntledge, Cha’chae, and Tat’poos) in beautiful British Columbia.

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