Outward Bound Canada Discovery courses are designed to help you discover something new about yourself. Everyone takes away something inspiring and personal – whether it’s noticing a new talent or skill, finding a great friend, realizing your own strengths, or making peace with something you have been struggling with. In addition, our Discovery courses will give you leadership training and the confidence to achieve even more in your life at home. You will learn how to work effectively with a group, how to feel empowered in your interactions with others, how to be a fair and powerful leader, and how to approach uncertain or intense situations responsibly – whether the circumstances are physically, mentally, or emotionally difficult. In one word, we will teach you “resilience”, and you will return ready to take on whatever awaits you in your life – no matter how daunting it may have seemed before.
Your journey begins when you and your group are picked up from the airport in Calgary, Alberta. From there, you will be shuttled to Canmore where you will prepare for the upcoming expedition before heading deep into Alberta’s Ghost River Wilderness Area. Being surrounded by these rugged mountains, glacier-carved valleys, mountain lakes, and alpine meadows will help you to put life in perspective.
Designed for students without prior hiking or mountain experience, this course will teach responsible and effective mountain travel, how to pack your backpack, cooking and meal prep, minimal-impact camping, navigation and compass work, route-finding skills, how to assess and avoid hazards, how to move across scree and snow-slopes. Course work for your high school credit will be done through these activities, group discussions and analysis, and daily journal reflections. This journey also includes a 48-hour solo experience where you will prove your skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of the experience, your solo will give you the chance to reflect on earlier conversations from the expedition, absorb important realizations about yourself, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve you going forward.
To learn how fit you need to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here. To learn more about our high school credit click here. This course does qualify as a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Bronze, Silver or Gold qualifying journey. For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award visit their website here.
THIS COURSE IS SUBJECT TO AN $95 APPLICATION FEE.
Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase Canadians’ ability to access Outward Bound Canada’s life-changing programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers a bursary program designed for families in need of financial assistance. If you require funding support, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page, or click the button below to learn more.
Alternately, if you would like to fundraise for your course on your own, our Fundraising Kit provides helpful resources and tips to help you get started and achieve success.
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