The Hive is a response to the growing disconnect from nature more and more children experience. This affects their wellbeing, as well as their ability to care for the natural world and how they apply the skills they develop as they grow up to the environmental challenges we all face.
OUR MISSION IS TO HELP CHILDREN:
1. CREATE, PROBLEM-SOLVE & COLLABORATE OUTDOORS AND IN NATURE
2. BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN OUTDOOR LEARNING, INNOVATION AND DIGITAL SKILLS
3. DEVELOP SUSTAINABLE VALUES AND BEHAVIOURS
The Hive is a Social Enterprise, which was founded in 2014 by Caroline Leroi. We deliver holiday camps, school workshops and Forest School training programmes in and around London. We are Ofsted registered (registration EY497153) and have a £5m Forest School Public Liability Insurance with Birnbeck Insurance, an insurance company specialising in Forest School.
ADVENTURES - We may be Agents, Time travellers, Spies, Treasure hunters, Detectives, Wizards. One thing is for sure: we cannot fail in our mission! There are Aliens to be rescued, Pirates to track, Witches to save, Stag Beetles and Bats who need our help, Eradicons to fight.... We'll have to overcome challenges, solve clues, learn new skills, make tools and contraptions, be clever with how we use our technology and maybe even survive in the wild!
WORKSHOPS - These missions are truly hands-on! Making potions like a herbalist, cooking like a wild chef, following in the steps of Katniss Everdeen learning to make bows and arrows, mixing coding and kite making or trying to survive in the outdoors bushcraft way, these adventures are not for the faint-hearted:) If you love a challenge, you'll have a ball!
PROJECTS - Can you imagine building your own Go Kart and racing it or designing and making a proper lair for you and your friends to chill in? Do you fancy having a go at story-boarding, shooting and editing a nature film with professionals? What about producing your own Art Trail Exhibition or enrolling in the SAS for a week? All this is possible at The Hive!
DELIVERED BY INSPIRATIONAL TEAMS
Because our experiences are so unique, we put great emphasis on staff training to ensure the quality and consistency of the missions is as strong as it can be. All our facilitation staff undergo a robust in-house training programme which combines four modules: safeguarding and Health & Safety / facilitation and mission delivery / storytelling and character / technology tools.
All our missions are highly structured and scripted to support the quality and consistency of our delivery. This helps ensure that children are engaged at all times.
SUPPORTED BY INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE
We are members and adhere to the Code of Conduct of:
The Institute for Outdoor Learning
Committed to encouraging Outdoor Learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the outdoors. IOL aims to promote high professional standards and to develop its members. Find out more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/
The Forest School Association
The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and 'quality Forest School for all'. FSA provides information and support to individuals and organisations setting up and running Forest School settings. Find out more at: http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
As the national voice for learning outside the classroom, CLOtC believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
Find out more at: http://www.lotc.org.uk/
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
The Association’s purpose is to promote all forms of environmental education, and to support all those involved in its delivery, so that together we can understand and act on the need to live more sustainably in order to protect the future of our planet.
Find out more at: http://naee.org.uk/