If you’re a teacher or parent who has ever planned a field trip you know how much work goes into putting together a successful outing. Being responsible for a large group of kids and ensuring that they have a fun, educational field trip is no easy task. However, with some careful planning, you can make your next field trip one to remember. Here are some helpful tips to help you get started:
Of course, your first step is to choose a destination. But what type of places make for good field trip destination? Ideally, you want your field trip to be educational for your group of young students, however, it should also be fun. Popular destinations for field trips include zoos, aquariums, and museums. However, you might want to think outside the box for your next group trip. Consider finding a local business that will take your class behind the scenes of their day to day operations. Places like restaurants and factories can offer an interesting look at where your students’ favorite foods and other items come from. Visiting these places can teach kids a valuable lesson on teamwork while possibly inspiring some future chefs or engineers.
Next, you’ll need to transportation for your group. Many schools opt to have parents and teachers carpool to field trip destinations, however, this isn’t always practical. First of all, each adult can only take a small number of children with them in a personal vehicle. That means you will have to enlist far more chaperones for your field trip than may be necessary. Second, traveling in multiple vehicles opens you up to more opportunities for things to go wrong. One of the vehicles in your caravan could break down or get lost along the way, throwing off the itinerary for the rest of the group. Your best bet for any field trip is to hire a professional charter bus so that your entire group can travel together. This is the safest, most efficient way to stay in complete control of your group on the day of your outing.
If your field trip destination is a long way away, you may run into a problem with kids getting impatient on your charter bus. It’s best to be prepared with some options for keeping your kids entertained during your trip. Charter buses that are equipped with televisions are perfect for keeping kids entertained with a movie during a long haul. You can also encourage your students to bring their favorite book alone to read during the drive to and from your destination.
Mapping out the details for your trip is one of the hardest parts about planning a field trip. When you choose Ebmeyer Charter for your transportation needs, one of our expert team members can help you put together an itinerary for your trip. We will help you pin down exactly what time you need to depart for your destination and what time you can expect to be back to your starting point. Contact us today to start planning your next field trip.