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 Experiential Education is a philosophy in which our Scouts learn by doing.  Experiential learners learn best by directly experiencing on their own adventures. Experiential education is a methodology in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values. Experiential Education focuses on supporting experiences with analysis and reflection.  Learners make decisions and are responsible for the results.  

Focus is on the learner, not the educator, and on the process, not the results.  Learners are responsible for posing questions, experimenting, risk taking, and drawing their own conclusions. Experiencing is the first step, followed by sharing observations of the experience, analyzing the experience, discovering new principles based on the experience, and finally planning how to use that new information in the next experience. girl with seashell

Educators study their own judgments and biases, and what effect they may have on the learner.  Learners and educators explore their own values, and how preconceived notions and judgments may affect the learner’s progress.  There is an opportunity for both educators and learners to improve themselves and their learning techniques.

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