Adventure, Discovery, Inspiration First!
We don't put safety first at Coyle Outside. That is said with trepidation as it seems our culture, especially around kids, values safety above all else sometimes. That leaves things like good judgement, relationship, trust, connection to come AFTER. What we see is that the world kids grow up in is increasingly sanitized of adversity and opportunities to experience victory and to experience themselves as contributors. We believe that discovery is more powerful than learning and that wisdom (as well as a beautiful, rich life) comes through taking risks and from entering and passing through what is scary and uncomfortable.
Making a Difference connects us
Wisdom is born from a commitment to taking risks
We can't have our cake and eat it too. If one wants inspiration we believe they pay for it in safety or comfort or familiarity. We want our students to discover the power of distinguishing for themselves the costs and benefits of choosing to follow prescribed rules and policies versus developing and using their innate humanity.
We want to work with families who want to take chances and stretch themselves. We are more interested in the power that comes from making a difference in the world than what comes from pursuing happiness. We want for students to leave our programs feeling like they had to generate some courage and that they pushed themselves to do something that would not have happened on its own. We want them to leave with stories to tell.