Life Roles In The Outdoors

Author: Hyabiel Daniel | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2023-24


This week during the Men’s life roles class the students were put to the test by applying what they covered in their previous life roles lessons. This Wednesday instead of the usual lecture, the men went out into a practical outdoor setting. 

Trail maps replaced notebooks as the students awaited a day filled with healthy competition, bonding – and life lessons. The Reedy Creek Park was where this event took place. The 10 young men were split into two teams, setting the stage for a friendly yet challenging orienteering competition. 

The students had to race against time. They were equipped with maps, which helped them navigate the twisty trails, searching for hidden markers scattered throughout the nature reserve. The ticking clock added a sense of excitement as well as an element of energy. 

 Navigating a map isn’t just about figuring out and reading symbols, it’s like learning how to navigate through the ups and downs of life. The boys were introduced to the skills of reading maps. It’s more than just about trails; it taught them how to plan, be forward-thinking, and have the ability to adapt to different situations.

The competition wasn’t just about individual achievement, but instead about teamwork. It was a lesson in cooperation, communication, and trust. This was yet another perfect time to foster bonds that extended beyond mere challenges, which echoed the importance of a collective effort in real-world scenarios. 

As the one-hour timer wound down, the competition came to an end. The students left Reedy Creek Park equipped with newfound knowledge. This was an experience that enabled the boys to learn new things beyond the classroom

Hyabiel Daniel is a first-year Living Education Student. She is from London, United Kingdom, and typically attends the Seven Oaks Congregation. She enjoys studying social sciences and also loves spending time reading books, baking, and spending time with loved ones.