What is life skill?
Dictionary.com translated life skill as the ability to cope with stresses and challenges of daily life, especially skills in communication and literacy, decision-making, occupational requirements, problem-solving, time management and planning.” While Life Skills Handbook, included “decision-making, goal setting, problem-solving, coping with stress, coping with emotions, negotiating, friendship, interpersonal relationships, empathy (concern for others), critical thinking, creative thinking, resisting peer pressure, assertiveness.”
The Skills You Need website goes in depth, saying, “There is no definitive list of life skills, certain skills may be more or less relevant to you depending on your life circumstances, your culture, beliefs, age, geographic location, etc. Perhaps the most important life skill is the ability to learn. By learning new skills we increase our understanding of the world around us and equip ourselves with the tools we need to live a more productive and fulfilling life. Life skills are not always taught directly but often learned indirectly through experience and practice.”
From those definitions we can conclude how important the life skill education is: through life experience and though challenges we provide them. Mutiara Harapan Scout and Life Skill Program is our new program that run every after midterm exam (twice a year), aimed to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the scout values, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
Scout and Life Skill Program run as nature tracking and team building and while tracking students will be challenged to crack some codes: tie knotting, Morse and semaphore. Outcomes aimed from this activities decision-making, goal setting, problem-solving, coping with stress, coping with emotions, negotiating, friendship, interpersonal relationships, empathy (concern for others), critical thinking. The outcome targeted from this activity is to enable students to deal constructively with problems in their lives through this simple life-simulator.