A school field trip provides learning experiences to students outside the classroom. It is also an opportunity to connect with the real world. While every school field trip should have a particular goal to achieve, it should be a memorable experience that every student will always remember the life lessons that it taught them.
When planning a school field trip, it helps to consider all factors while seeking the opinion of concerned individuals. Going through every detail is a must, and preparing for the unexpected is a virtue. There had been some instances in the past when school field trips turned out to be disasters. But even then, school field trips are necessary, and they should not be scrapped altogether.
Here are some tips when planning for a field trip for your students.
Get as Many Members in the Planning Committee
When planning, involve as many people as can be from your co-teachers to parents and other school officials. Treat all suggestions as important. This will take some responsibilities from your shoulders. It is also critical to form subcommittees to take charge of essential aspects like coordinating, inspecting the proposed venue, transportation, security, disaster response, security, food, and many others. Several meetings should be held to get updates from the subcommittees before the select date come.
Coordinate With Local Authorities
It is crucial to inform and coordinate with authorities where the field trip is going to be held. Talk to the police and town officials to inform them of the planned activity in their area. Seek their opinion about the field trip in their locality. You may even ask them for some assistance like security and disaster response since they know their place better.
Seek the Help of Volunteers
A school field trip can genuinely be very challenging to manage without the assistance of others. For sure, there will be others who will be very willing to help you. What about asking volunteers to help? Volunteerism is part of many cultures in many parts of the world. So do not worry that there will be no volunteers to help you. Many will undoubtedly be showing up, especially those who are adventurous themselves. They will surely want to reminisce about old times while helping out.
To maximize the use of volunteers, you can seek those with knowledge on medical intervention, safety and disaster response, food preparation, and other individual tasks.
Have a Plan B
You need to have a plan B or plan C. Anything may happen in between your planning and the date of your departure. What if it will rain on that day? Indeed, there are many things that can change your plans. A plan B will not let you have to rush things if you need to change your original plan.
Before you take off, make sure that you have a dry-run. This will make sure that nothing is overlooked. You will also know that everyone knows their responsibilities and duties.