Our Outdoor Education Program organizes wilderness trips at every grade level. Students learn survival skills through camping, canoeing, snowshoeing and hiking. This is a program that has always been a part of what makes the West Island College experience so unique. Each year in February, students take part in an incredible winter camping trip.
Teachers link the student experiences to what is taught in the classroom, including writing and other forms of artistic expression, as well as the application of science, math and geography concepts. The benefits of learning outside the classroom are immeasurable.
Our winter campers returned to school on Friday, February 19, 2016 after four days of cross country skiing and building and sleeping in snow shelters, known as quinzhees. Animators and teachers help students bond with one another and learn more about themselves through various outdoor and co-operative games. This a wonderful opportunity for each student to step out of their comfort zone and try something that simply doesn’t occur in everyday life.
This outdoor education trip, which takes place for Secondary III students each year, provides the students with the opportunity to develop skiing skills, learn about winter survival and general outdoor living, as well as develop leadership and cooperative skills and have fun!
Thank you to the teachers who accompanied our happy campers;
Mme Simard, Mr. Reid, Ms. Johnson, Mr. Merritt, M. Fequet, M. Paradis and Mme Rheaume