"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
— Marcel Proust
This learning adventure focuses on the "new world" of the 21st century — one where climate change, peak oil and overshoot will play a major role in determining the quality of our lives. To navigate this new territory, youth need a compass of sorts which can serve as guide and touchstone when confronted with the questionable worldview offered up by consumerism.
Enter the Discovery compass with its cardinal points of N(ature), S(ustainability), E(thics) and W(orks) — the central organizing framework of the program. Students explore these directions through a sequence of field games, team initiatives, interpretive hikes, workshops, ocean exploration, group discussion, solitude spots, forest activities, campfire celebrations, and more.
From the fast paced, wired, take-make-waste, unsustainable world of 'more' to its counterpoint — the slower paced, durable, conserver economy of 'less', the compass metaphor and its interconnected directions provide students a different way of seeing the world — one that is more grounded, authentic and responsive to their needs as young people.
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