"I wanted to take a few minutes and let you know what an impact this program has had on my child. In the past she had some rotten experiences [...]
“I wanted to take a few minutes and let you know what an impact this program has had on my child. In the past she had some rotten experiences in public school, making her less than enthusiastic about joining groups. Well – she has BEGGED me to keep bringing her back to homeschool days. Your staff has been just amazing with her. She is engaged and learning AND having fun. A big thank you to you and your staff. She has a program she wants to attend and feels comfortable enough to tell me I don’t have to stay. You all are wonderful! “
~from a parent of a child attending homeschool days
Tuesday October 13, 2015 from 9:45am-3:15pm – Eagles! Did you know Bradford Woods has a pair of eagles nesting on our lake? This program will offer opportunities for students to observe birds in their natural habitat and learn how to use binoculars correctly. Students will look at the difference between wetland and woodland birds. We will be using our Wings of the Woods Module. Come fish on our lake for the recreation that day.
Please click above to register. This form can be filled out electronically and emailed to: Melanie Wills 765-342-2915 ext. 5238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bradford Woods Global Release – please fill this out and bring on the day of the program.
What to Bring:
- water bottle
- closed-toed shoes
- bug spray
- sun screen
- rain jacket or poncho
- sack lunch/snacks
- Global Release signed by parent/guardian
Spread the word about our programs! Feel free to print a hard-copy of our flier or email to home school groups. Thank you!
(Tuesday) 9:45 am - 3:15 pm
5040 State Road 67 N
Jen Smith email@example.com
October 16-18, 2015, at Bradford Woods. A free (with TANF scholarship) weekend program for military personnel returning from active duty and their families. Click here to download a flier. PROGRAM Families [...]
October 16-18, 2015, at Bradford Woods. A free (with TANF scholarship) weekend program for military personnel returning from active duty and their families. Click here to download a flier.
Families will stay at Bradford Woods’ historic Manor House and engage in programming throughout the weekend. All meals and lodging will be provided free of charge.
Eligible families must have at least one adolescent child and may bring up to three additional children for the weekend.
This program is part of a research study through the IU School of Public Health – Bloomington. Families will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the weekend experience to shape future programming.
The goal of the program is to build a network of social support between military families by engaging in meaningful recreation while exploring ways to build family togetherness after deployment and post reintegration.
TANF Scholarship Funding Available ($750 per family)
Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Pre-registration Required. With questions or to pre-register, please contact:
Ashley Lawinger, MS, CTRS
16 (Friday) 2:00 pm - 18 (Sunday) 1:00 pm
Bradford Woods - Manor House
5040 State Road 67 N
Ashley Lawinger firstname.lastname@example.org
The Riley Youth Reunion Weekend is open to campers of Camp Riley 1, Camp Riley 2, Camp Riley 3 or Beyond the Woods campers from the 2015 summer camp season. [...]
The Riley Youth Reunion Weekend is open to campers of Camp Riley 1, Camp Riley 2, Camp Riley 3 or Beyond the Woods campers from the 2015 summer camp season. Campers will stay in the Baxter Cabins with our trained staff and will participate in a fun weekend of camp activities and get to reunite with friends from camp! Don’t forget your costume, as we will have Halloween activities and a camp-style trick-or-treat
To register, fill out the Weekend Camp Registration Form.
Please send all applications to the following mailing address, or e-mail them to Ashley Lawinger.
Bradford Woods RT Youth Reunion
5040 State Rd. 67 N
Martinsville, IN 46151
October 30-November 1
Check-in: 6:00-8:00 Friday
Check-out: 10:00 am Saturday
October 30 (Friday) 6:00 pm - November 1 (Sunday) 10:00 am
Bradford Woods - Baxter Village
5040 State Road 67 N
Ashley Lawinger email@example.com
History of AE
Adventure Education was born out of the concept that play can be purposeful – through natural forms of recreation and leisure one can attain personal growth. As this form of education evolved, it became more defined.Outward Bound used the natural environment for youth development programs in the 1940s that included activities like orienteering, expeditions, service and simulations. In fact, it has been said that the concept of “ropes” courses actually started on sailing ships!
The disequilibrium created by “looking risk in the face” produced a perfect platform for introducing leadership and life skills. Project Adventure brought simulated activities into the classroom in the 1970s and then transferred learning into other areas of life. The concept of transfer of learning is the most important purpose of adventure education: taking what is learned in a simulation and transferring it back to the school, home, field, court, office, or other environment. Bradford Woods began using challenge courses (or ropes courses) in the early 1980s during summer camp and then extended their use to environmental education programs. Soon after, Adventure Education became its own program area.
Adventure Education Timeline
5th Century BC— Greek Philosophers: Plato & Aristotle
§Understood importance of adventure, recreation, leisure and play
§3 elements of play
§Leisure and recreation is the way to personal growth and attainment of the good life
Late 1800s-early 1900s—Philosophers: John Dewey& William James
§True behaviors surface during adversity (speech given in 1907:The Moral Equivalence of War)
§Freedom to develop naturally, interest is motive of all work (Dewey)
§Making the outdoors the classroom for outdoor activities (Dewey)
§Founded coeducational, residential school in Germany
§Focused on respect, social justice, service in community, and equality
§Closed by Nazi’s and Hahn imprisoned
§Released to United Kingdom
§Asked to find reasoning in decline of youthful sailor’s attitudes and ability to survive as an effective sailor
§Intended to provide experiences through adventure to turn attitudes around
§Program for youth
§Participants sponsored by shipping companies, police and fire departments, local governments, and schools
§30 day courses
§Orienteering, search and rescue, athletics, sailing, mountain and ocean expeditions, service to community, and obstacle courses designed to simulate tasks and risks on a sailing vessel
§Predecessor of modern challenge courses and high elements
1962—First OB America founded in Marble, Colorado
1965— National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) founded
§Train Outdoor Leaders
1971—Project Adventure (PA), Jerry Pieh
§Adventure in Classroom
§Key component: Transfer
§Lessons learned in cooperation and problem solving during P.E. classes
§Directly used and applied in school projects
1976—Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
§Conferences, workshops, publications
§Resource for the outdoor professional
§Appalachian State University
1977—Wilderness Education Association (WEA)
§Membership based on colleges and universities departments
§“Wilderness Preservation Through Education”
§Western Illinois University
1982 – Bradford Woods
§Summer programming and outdoor education utilizing challenge courses
§Challenge course training begins outside of outdoor education programs
Today, Adventure Education at Bradford woods seeks to provide innovative learning opportunities that enable individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to maximize their potential. These program designs may focus on team and community development, interpersonal reflection, personal skill growth, outdoor technical skills, leadership and adventure therapy. Professionally trained instructors facilitate participants through challenge courses and adventure-based activities.
Adventure education uses unique situations and purposeful activities to provide an environment for learning. Specific activity sequences and program outlines are created based on the group’s desired outcomes described in a group profile form. Our goal at Bradford Woods is to create a safe simulated environment where learning may transfer directly to the school, community, home, or workplace.
While we love to use our facility at Bradford Woods, we can easily go to your location of choice for a program.
A paramount principle for all activities at Bradford Woods is Challenge by Choice©. This term originated with Project Adventure and has since become almost universally adopted by the Challenge Course industry. It means that we as facilitators offer both physical and psychological challenges to individual participants but they choose their level of engagement in the particular challenge. Our challenge courses and activities are designed to offer differing levels of challenge to participants. We operate inclusive programs meaning anyone of any ability is able to join.
We seek to be innovative and continue connecting with like-minded professionals in the industry. Most recently,
Bradford Woods was host to the 2010 Association for Experiential Education AEE Mid-States conference. We attended and presented at the 2010 American Camp Assocation ACA Mid-States conference. We attended the 2010 Association for Challenge Course Technology ACCT International Challenge Course Symposium and remain active in the industry through a variety of affiliations. Our challenge courses are inspected annually by an approved vendor of the ACCT and we train our facilitator according to industry accepted standards.
Bradford Woods5040 State Road 67 NMartinsville IN, 46151