GRADE 8 EXPLORE OVERVIEW

The Grade 8 Explore program is divided into two trips starting with a fall trip and ending with a winter trip.

In September and October students spend a week out of class with the Explore program where on Monday they participate in a local day trip, Tuesday in a planning and preparation day at school and culminate the week with a 3 day/2 night backpacking experience to one of a variety of locations in southwest BC. In January, February and March students spend a week out of class where on Monday they participate in a daytrip ski lesson to Cypress Mountain, Tuesday in a planning and preparation day at school and the remaining part of the week at beautiful Manning Park for a 3 day/2 night cross-country skiing and winter camping experience. Please scroll down for further information on these two trip.

UPCOMING PROGRAM

Grade 8 Explore’s next program takes place over four weeks in September and October 2018:

Group A September 17-21
Group B September 24-28
Group C October 1-5

An email containing the information package and action items will be sent to parents in late June. Please email explore@collingwood.org if your child has any legitimate scheduling conflicts with any of these weeks. We look forward to seeing you at the parent meeting on Tuesday, September 11 at 6pm in The Commons.

Fall

Fall Backpacking

In the fall, Grade 8 students spend a week out of class with the Explore program where they on Monday participate in a local day trip, Tuesday in a planning and preparation day at school and culminate the week with a 3 day/2 night backpacking experience to one of a variety of locations in southwest BC. This is an exciting immersion into wilderness travel and community building. In small groups of up to 13 students travel with their teachers on foot to reach backcountry campsites where they sleep in tents for two nights, cook one-pot meals on their stoves and gather water for cooking and drinking from the river or lake. Each student learns the fundamental of Leave-No-Trace camping along with an introductory lesson on map and compass. In addition, each student will experience a two-hour solo and be guided to reflect on their journey in their Explore journal.

Throughout the program themes such as safety, respect, responsibility, self-reliance, inclusion and connection to the natural world are emphasized. This experience develops the students’ abilities in group and team care, personal leadership and campcraft and cooking skills. In addition, students come home learning many unexpected lessons and developing new friendships with their brand new peers on the Morven campus.

When: September/October

Day Trips: Mount Strachan, Black Mountain, Hollyburn Mountain
Overnight Locations: Manning Park, Stein Valley, Cheakamus Lake

Winter

Winter Camping & Cross-Country Skiing


In the winter, Grade 8 students spend a week out of class with the Explore program where they on Monday participate in a daytrip ski lesson up Cypress Mountain, Tuesday in a planning and preparation day at school and the remaining part of the week at beautiful Manning Park for a 3 day/2 night cross-country skiing and winter camping experience. The Winter Grade 8 experience is a wonderful opportunity to build on their skills that they developed from the Grade 8 Fall program. The winter environment provides the unique challenge for all the students to excel and develop new abilities in the outdoors. Each day, the students enjoy the unique terrain of Manning Park and develop stronger cross country ski skills. Spending a night in cabins, the groups practice community living and cooking in a kitchen. Overnight winter camping takes place at Lone Duck group campsite where students cook over their camp stove and sleep in tents. With one night in cabins and one night in tents, it is a nice transition into thriving in a winter environment.

This program has a strong emphasis on self-care and reliance as well as teamwork. Students will focus on maintaining a positive attitude and becoming self-reliant, as well as taking responsibility for their individual role and impact as part of a group. They will receive introductory lessons to assessing risk in the outdoors, how to cross country ski and how to winter camp. Manning Park provides an ideal setting to explore the wonders of winter. This trip is often a favourite for Explore students.

When: January/February/March
Where: Manning Park