This Outward Bound Canada course is specialized to focus on the unique challenges girls face during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. This course recognizes the feelings of uncertainty and isolation that can arise for young women in this challenging period of their lives. This course will help you to take charge of your life, gain new skills and realize what you're capable of. Each experience begins with a physical journey – stepping out of the comforts of daily routines and into an environment that may be new, adventurous and exciting, but also foreign and uncertain. Facing and overcoming these changes helps to bring out new perspectives and skills for the future. Using the elements of the course as a starting-point, our skilled instructors will teach you how to transfer the skills learned on the adventure to your life back home. These important life skills include caring for yourself, taking responsibility for your choices, expressing your needs and opinions with confidence, and working with others in your school, home and community.
Your journey begins when you meet your group in Huntsville, Ontario. From there, your route will take you into the less-traveled interior of Algonquin Provincial Park, where you will find scenic lakes, challenging portages, rocky campsites and abundant wildlife.
This program has been designed for young women with little to no camping experience, and will impart skills related to wilderness travel techniques and navigation, backcountry cooking, flatwater canoeing, water safety, minimal impact camping, camp-craft and wilderness safety. This journey also includes a 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. This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Adventurous Journey at the Bronze, Silver and Gold Level (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey). For more info visit the Duke of Ed website here.
To learn how fit you need to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here.
Thanks to the generous support of the The Maddie Project, OBC is able to offer this program free of charge. All course fees, equipment, meals, accommodations, gear, clothing are provided without any fee to the participant. Participants are responsible for funding their travel to and from the course location. We ask only that participants consider “paying-it-forward” to help other young women have this experience through a donation to the program.
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