Age 16-18
  • Aug 5 - Aug 25
Duration 21 days
Location Canadian Rockies
Program Options Financial Assistance
Activities
Courses / Rocky Mountain 21-day Backpacking

Rocky Mountain 21-day Backpacking

Develop your outdoor and interpersonal skills on this 21 Day adventure in the Canadian Rockies. You will create a strong sense of community with your peers as you travel through the wilderness, learning how to work together to accomplish daily tasks and make decisions to keep you and your group thriving in the elements. This experience is a unique opportunity to really discover who you are and that there is more in you than you think!

 

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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

On this course, you will be backpacking with your group through the iconic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Each day will include hiking with a multi-day pack both on the trail and off-trail. You and your peers will be participating in all aspects of backcountry travel and living from route finding, navigation to setting up camp in the wilderness and learning how to live comfortably in the outdoors with minimal impact.  Every evening there will be an opportunity to gather as a group to discuss and debrief the day’s events and then planning and preparing for the next day’s adventure.

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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