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Age 13-16
Program Type Youth Course
Duration 8 days
Location Charlo, Sugarloaf Provincial Park, New Brunswick
Courses / Appalachian Winter Adventure

Appalachian Winter Adventure

Ready to build Skills for Life amidst the winter wonderland of Sugarloaf Provincial Park in New Brunswick? Cultivate resilience, leadership, connectedness and compassion while learning rustic winter survival skills and embarking on the adventure of a lifetime!

The Appalachian Winter Adventure is based out of the group lodge in the heart of Aventuriers nordic ski park.  It is a giant log cabin deep in the woods, with bunk rooms for up to 14. It has an open fireplace and group kitchen where everyone takes turns preparing meals for the team. The base has all the equipment for all activities.  Participants simply need to have good winter outdoor clothing, and all the rest is provided.

This program is open to teens 13-16 who are from parents/primary caregivers who have served or are currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.


The natural setting is a wonderland of winter activities. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skating and winter camping with snow shelters, are all part of this program. Participants age 13-16 will get to experience rustic winter survival skills, leading up to the final challenge of an overnight wilderness trek using snow caves, igloos and a tipi for the camping night. The training and activity progression includes cooking on a fire, baking bread on a stick, moonlit trail adventures and always developing confidence, leadership and useful skills for life. We go into Sugarloaf park for one phase of our cross country ski excursions in this beautiful setting with great mountain views.

Throughout the course participants will learn the technical skills of winter travel, camping and survival. They will also develop long-lasting attributes that are the hallmark of Outward Bound – adaptability, courage, resilience, responsibility, persistence, integrity, compassion, service to community, and the ability to work well with others – qualities that will last a lifetime. Drawing on Outward Bound’s long history of working with youth from diverse backgrounds, this course aims to:

  • Develop Skills: Participants will participate in cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, while learning about winter survival skills. These skills will be put to use during a one night overnight excursion into the backcountry closer to the end of the course.
  • Build Community: Providing an opportunity for participants to meet and connect with other youth who have a shared experience of a parent in the Canadian Armed Forces. Participants will also learn skills relevant to leadership and group dynamics.
  • Facilitate Resilience: 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.


This course takes place over March Break 2020 (New Brunswick) and starts/ends in Fredericton, New Brunswick, at the Fredericton Inn.

Meeting: Saturday 11am, Fredericton Inn
End and pickup time:  Saturday March 7, 2pm, Fredericton Inn

Participants and the leaders will then travel to Charlo where they will stay in chalet accommodation within the park. After the group has had some time to learn about winter travel, camping and survival, they will put these skills to use on a one-night overnight excursion into the backcountry of the nordic park. This is ample flexibility to support alterations in the program due to weather conditions. 

clothing & gear

Please review the Clothing List document for your course that contains a checklist of all personal clothing and items that you should bring to the course. Should you not have access to any items on the clothing list, please let us know. We want to ensure that your clothing and gear needs are met for your comfort while on course.


The cost of this course is fully funded. Travel costs to the start and end location of the course in Fredericton, New Brunswick is not covered by the funding. Upon acceptance to the course, we ask that you sign a funding agreement to express your commitment to attending the course, and then make arrangements for travel.

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