Boosting Management Skills through Trekking – IPS COLLEGE, Jaipur Outreach Activities in the Nahargarh Hills
The Nahargarh Hills Trekking Challenge Program organized by IPS COLLEGE, Jaipur for all First Year Management students blends trekking with team exercises. It especially focuses on making learning interesting and engaging.
These exercises are challenges which can only be completed if the teams work in unison and strategise effectively. The skills that students gain from these activities have implementation in every aspect of their personal and professional lives. Here is a look at what this Program offers:
The exercises in this Challenge are not a simulation of real life but are real challenges in themselves. The teams are provided with only the basic information. They have to devise a strategy and navigate to their end goal by themselves. In doing so they have to face the conditions of the mountainous wilderness. This is an excellent test of leadership skills. Some are naturally good at it while other take valuable lessons from it.
Trekking is all about working as a team to reach the desired destination. In order to do so, the team members need to establish good communication among them. They must effectively distribute tasks so that the contribution of each member results in achievement of the common goal. The teams need to achieve organisational efficiency and learn to cooperate with each other.
Resource management is an important skill to be gained out of the Trekking Challenge. The students learn to work with limited resources: they are given only the basic amenities and must learn to make do with them. The teams must use the limited resources very wisely lest they risk losing it all.
Each team is a mix of people of various skill sets, aptitudes and physical fitness. In this challenge, the team members must design a plan of action in consideration of three points: the individual skill and potential of the team members, the physical challenges imposed by the arduous path and the rules and criteria set by the program managers.
Students must also think ahead and make back-up strategies in case their initial plan fails. Any team that spends time in devising a good strategy tends to perform much better than the rest.
Decision making and critical thinking are very important skills that are honed in this experiential learning program. The outdoors is never easy on anyone. The conditions can change drastically which might call for a complete abandonment to the set strategy. In addition a particular team-member may not be able to perform expected tasks in the desired level so others have to make up for the lost efficiency. One must stay calm and think rationally through such high tension circumstances. The skill of knowing when to advance, when to retreat and when to stay put are tested and learnt during this program.
At the Trekking Challenge, the students are required to exercise their analytical and creative skills. After observing the situation in the mountainous terrain, the students present their solution as the final task. In doing so they learn how to effectively brainstorm ideas and get to exercise their communication skills among their teammates.
When a person is faced with a tough situation, their moral and ethics are questioned. The Nahargarh Trekking Challenge Program pushes the body and mind and helps students discover their real character. The students own ethical and moral principles are tested constantly, be it making quick decisions or dealing with team dynamics. They also learn the ropes of motivation and team morale.