Age 14-15
  • Aug 5 - Aug 18
Duration 14 days
Location Georgian Bay
Program Options Financial Assistance
Activities
Courses / Northern Ontario 14-day Passages for Girls

Northern Ontario 14-day Passages for Girls

During the transition from adolescence to adulthood, youth face unique challenges. This course provides a platform for the exploration of both the individual and the wilderness with a group of their peers of the same gender identity. No prior wilderness experience is required. The youth will build on their resiliency and strength, building skills that they can bring back into their day-to-day lives. This course is designed to help youth explore what kind of people they want to become, teach them how to take charge of their lives and realize all they are capable of.

Outward Bound Canada’s Passages courses are developed in recognition that youth today often do not experience a clear rite of passage that takes them into adulthood. Each experience begins with a physical journey – stepping out of the comforts of day-to-day routines and into an environment that may be very new, adventurous and exciting, but also foreign and uncertain. Facing these changes helps to bring out new perspectives. Using the challenges of the course as a starting-point, our skilled instructors will teach these youth how to transfer the skills learned from the course to their lives at home. These important life skills include caring for oneself, taking responsibility for their choices, expressing their needs and opinions with confidence, and working with others.

These courses are completed with youth in groups according to their gender identity to allow for a shared common experience between male or female-identifying groups. Non-binary youth are also welcome to join the group they feel best suits them as well as consider the LGBTQ2S+ expedition.

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YOUR INNER JOURNEY 

Outward Bound Canada’s Journey courses are designed to help you take charge of your life and realize what you are capable of.  Each experience begins with a physical journey – stepping out of the comforts of day-to-day routines and into an environment that may be very new, adventurous and exciting, but also foreign and uncertain. Facing these changes helps to bring out new perspectives. Using the challenges of the course as a starting-point, our skilled instructors will teach you how to transfer the skills learned on course to your life at 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 life at home.

AREA & ACTIVITIES

Georgian Bay branches off from Lake Huron providing a perfect area to explore by canoe and kayak. The Bay is nearly the size of Lake Ontario and along its eastern shoreline has a number of rocky islands showing off the Canadian Shield landscape formed by glaciers and inspired the Group of Seven. The lake has been an active trade route for the Anishinaabeg and Huron Wendat people for centuries.

Students will navigate flat water in a canoe, learning the strokes and rescue techniques along the way. They will carry everything they need for the expedition with them, packed using waterproofing methods. The skills students will learn will range from paddling strokes, map reading and navigation, camp skills, Leave No Trace, as well as teamwork and leadership. This route may include portages where students will need to work together to carry their equipment.

learning outcomes

Our expert instructors will lead participants through novel, real-life experiences that require groups to collaboratively problem-solve through challenges, failure, and success. This course is designed to have a lasting and measurable impact in three key areas:

 

  1. Improved sense of resiliency
  • OBC is building a generation of physically and mentally healthy citizens
  • Participants choose to improve their physical and mental health
  1. Greater leadership skills and social connectedness
  • OBC is teaching the skills needed to succeed at school, work and in life
  • Participants become more confident, collaborative and respectful team members
  1. Stronger connection with nature
  • OBC is promoting greater levels of environmentalism
  • Participants develop stronger life-long connections to the natural world

There will also be a solo experience during the course that provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience and make decisions about their future. Students are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff to maintain safety.

FUNDING & SUPPORT

Outward Bound Canada is a charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents experiencing socio-economic barriers to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist eligible participants and their families with financial assistance. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.

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