Chaperone training: providing a toolkit for youth meetings that increase learning and life skill development
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The Curriculum was designed to increase youth content learning and Life Skills developed on chaperoned trips. The curriculum provides a basic outline for engaging youth through pre-event activities, event meetings, and post-event activities. The activities and meetings are engaging and use experiential education tools and techniques. The curriculum supports chaperones, multiple community building activities, group norming activities, experiential activities, and closing reflections from which to choose. Three Life Skills were targeted for all groups to work on during the meetings. On trips there are physical safety concerns, so Personal Safety was a life skill selected. Sharing a hotel room and working closely with new people was addressed by the life skill Accepting Differences. Lastly, the trip provided an opportunity for youth to develop job skills so Marketable Skills were selected.