This is an opportunity for participants to meet and connect with other youth who have a shared experience of a loved one in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). This course is open to:
- Children of parents who are veterans and no longer CAF members
- Children of parents who are current CAF members
- Children of caregivers who are veterans
- Children of caregivers who are current CAF members
Youth of military families deal with specific issues such as preparing for deployment, coping with loved ones being away on deployment, as well as their eventual return. These families may also deal with the stress of frequent moves and the very real risk of losing a loved one in their line of duty. This course hopes to allow participants the chance to challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment, fostering resilience that they can draw on when coping with stress in their day-to-day lives. They will also develop long-lasting attributes that are the hallmark of Outward Bound Canada – adaptability, courage, resilience, responsibility, persistence, integrity, compassion, service to community, and the ability to work well with others – qualities that will last a lifetime.
This course takes place in the Charlo Region of New Brunswick, which is well known for it’s cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Characterized by Acadian woods and Appalachian Mountains, the Charlo Region provides its guests with a true winter wilderness experience. At night, participants will stay in bunk-room accommodation within a chalet. During the day, they will learn the technical skills of winter travel by engaging cross-country skiing and snow shoeing, all while learning skills relevant to winter camping. These skills will be put to use during a one night overnight excursion into the backcountry near the end of the course. As per the Outward Bound experience, participants will develop skills in leadership, group dynamics and self-care in the context of a winter wilderness expedition.
Thanks to the generous support of the True Patriot Love (TPL) foundation, OBC is able to offer this program free of charge. TPL has been a long-time supporter of OBC, providing funding each year since 2011, always provided funding for our Veterans programming. All course fees, equipment, meals, accommodations, gear, clothing are provided without any fee to the participant. Travel expenses, for those living over 300 Km from the course start location, are provided without any fee to the participant
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