Designed especially for LGBTQ2S-identifying youth ages 15-18, this course aims to provide a supportive space in which to explore issues such as individuality and diversity, alongside an authentic wilderness experience that will arm participants with both technical and personal skills that can be taken back to their own communities, schools and workplaces. This unique course will introduce you to new activities and adventures in the stunning wilderness that thrives inside of Canada’s world-renowned Algonquin Park and will start you on an inspiring journey of discovery, helping you to unlock your true potential and gain a clearer understanding of what you’re capable of. This journey-based tripping expedition will not only teach you functional skills like camp craft and canoeing, it will also help you to better understand the natural environment around you, and the critical role we all play in helping to support it. But most importantly, you will be able to learn critical skills for life that will help you to be more successful at home, at school, and in your daily life.
AREA & ACTIVITIES
Your journey begins when you meet your group in Huntsville, Ontario. From there you will make your way deep into the breathtaking wilderness of Algonquin Park, where you will paddle and portage through the traditional waterways and trails of the oldest provincial park in Canada.
Open to youth ages 15-18 of any fitness or experience level, this course will teach hiking, canoeing, minimal impact camping, packing for hiking expeditions, fire-building, navigation and orienteering, and wilderness safety. By the end of the course, you will have a unique perspective on the urban wilderness environment, and all the skills needed to continue pursuing adventures in the city and in the wilderness beyond it.
This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze or Silver Level Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey) as well as the Gold Level Residential Project.
FUNDING & SUPPORT
Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist participants and their families with financial barriers to participation. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.