Having the possibility to reflect on the experience as it takes place allows the participant to understand experiences more deeply and allows them to develop.

In order to create a framework for reflection in which the participants feel comfortable and are willing to open up, it is recommended to create fixed reference groups. These can be the "building teams", who have been building together all day anyway. If there are no fixed construction teams, "family groups" can be formed for reflection, which meet regularly to reflect on what has been experienced. This consistency creates a safe framework in which it is easier for the participants to communicate. It is important that the leaders who work with these groups are familiar with reflection methods and know how to use them correctly.


Discussion Methods for During and at the End of a Session:

  • Traffic light method
  • Smiley method / thumb-rating method
  • Discuss the day with another participant
  • Small group reflection
  • Postcard / pictures methods
  • Find an object which describes the experience or emotion


Practical Actions

  • Draw a picture of the highlight of the day
  • Write a journal or journal entry (as group or individuals)
  • Go for a walk alone
  • Look at photos of the day


Through guided and solo reflection participants can process their feelings, appreciate their own work and the work of others, become cognizant of their inner thought processes and describe these with suitable words.


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The website and the content was developed in the project "Treehouse Camps - a Method to Strengthen Key Competences and Integration in Youth Work".

Project duration: September 2018 - August 2021