The purpose of this research was to clarify the educational significance of an Arctic exploration experience based on an actual case, the “100 miles adventure”. A questionnaire survey, primarily using the free response approach, was administered by mail to 40 youths and 35 of their parents/guardians one year or more after participation. The responses obtained were analyzed using the KJ method.
The results showed that there was some degree of freedom during the adventure, and that “human qualities” were cultivated through human experiences without any goal. In addition, while “steadfast companions” and the “importance of their presence” were identified as one type of educational significance, “disharmony with society at large” and “separation of friends compared to ordinary life” were also highlighted. Furthermore, it was suggested that the experience of children through “companions” also had an effect on the “growth of parents themselves”. Among the reasons for deciding to participate in this adventure journey, enabling participants to assimilate this form of educational experience, the need to have “trust in leaders who would continue to take up the challenge of a great undertaking” was emphasized. Going forward, there will be a need to clarify the image of a leader who would be able to realize this sort of adventure journey with a high degree of freedom.