Young people getting an insight into their true potential at Boyle River

September 11, 2019

Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre has teamed up with Skills Active Aotearoa to help young people gain credit for the learning they do in the great outdoors.

In a brand new video, Boyle River development manager Nick Chapman talks about the partnership with Skills Active and how it supports the Centre’s adventure-based learning programme.

Adventure-based learning is a way of developing and assessing some of the key competencies in the New Zealand curriculum, through a sequence of outdoor activities, Nick says.

“It’s about thinking, it’s about relating to others, it’s about self-management and contributing and participating.

“Pushing the comfort zones of individuals gives people a bigger insight into what they are truly capable of.”

Nick explains that for the past three years, Boyle River has had a Memorandum of Understanding with Skills Active, as the standard-setting body for outdoor recreation, to help students gain unit standards while taking part in Boyle’s assessment-based programmes.

“Every student that comes through, we have in the back of our mind that a few of them are definitely going to use this as a stepping stone into future careers, whether that’s becoming an outdoor leader, a park ranger or in the tourism industry.

“Working with Skills Active has been really fantastic; it’s provided so many opportunities to young people throughout Canterbury and greater New Zealand.”

To hear more from Nick and see the learning in action, check out the video.


Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren

021 195 5127

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation for recreation, exercise, sport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, and funded by government to promote careers and workforce development in our industries, work with those industries to create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.