Fall Outdoor Ed Trips 2022

Grade 10 Outdoor Ed
Grade 10s kicked off their year by jumping right into Outdoor Education, with two full days of preparation and skill training in anticipation of the return of the infamous Garibaldi hiking excursion. Unfortunately, due to smoke and poor air quality, plans had to be adjusted to accommodate the safety and wellness of the group. This brought about a unique opportunity for three more days of preparation and practice, increasing students’ competence and confidence in the outdoors! 

The group started off with a day of developing outdoor ed skills on campus, including a cook-out and tent races, followed by a hike in Pacific Spirit Park wearing their hiking packs, which allowed them to get a sense for carrying their gear over an extended period of time. The next day, the Grade 10sventured to Mount Seymour for two full days of hiking with Canada West Mountain School Guides. While out on the trails, students learned navigation skills, tree identification, leave no trace principles, and the importance of being prepared for all weather systems with the essential gear! Some students also had the opportunity to explore the beauty and serenity of nature through watercolours and journaling activities. The Grade 10s look forward to their overnight hiking trip, which will now take place in the new year.

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Grade 9 Outdoor Ed to Pitt Lake
The Grade 9s started their year with a three-day, two-night canoe and camping trip on Pitt Lake. Led by Ridge Wilderness Adventures, students traveled by Voyageur canoes, working together to navigate and reach their destinations as a team. Once at camp, students had the opportunity to learn new outdoor survival skills, such as food preparation, cooking over a stove, knot tying, tarp hanging, and shelter and fire building. The three days were filled with plenty of laughs, and new friendships, and all students further developed their outdoor survival skills. 

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Grade 8 Outdoor Ed to Camp Potlatch
The Grade 8s began their Senior School career at YHS with a three-day, two-night trip to Camp Potlatch, located on the Howe Sound. Together the group traveled to camp, where they participated in a variety of activities, such as rock climbing, archery, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and outdoor survival skills. A major focus of the week was for students to spend time in their Teacher Advisor Groups (TAG), allowing the groups to bond and develop a rapport as they start their five-year journey together as a unit. When students returned from camp, there were many smiling faces and new friendships amongst the group! 

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Grade 6 Outdoor Ed to Camp Summit
After a few weeks of settling into their Grade 6 year, students travelled to Camp Summit, located in Squamish, for a three-day, two-night camp experience together. Led by the talented Camp Summit staff, students immersed themselves in camp life and all it has to offer. The three days were filled with various camp activities, such as mountain biking, high ropes, archery, outdoor survival skills, hiking, and large group games. Students developed their outdoor survival skills while at camp and learned a new appreciation for nature, our environment, and the beauty it holds! 

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Spring Outdoor Education Camps: Grade 4-7

Grade 4s at Camp Fircom with Sea to Sky Outdoor School (May 4-6):
At the start of May, the Grade 4s embarked on their first overnight camping trip ever at YHS! The students traveled to Camp Fircom, on Gambier Island, where they participated in a magical three days with the Sea to Sky Outdoor School staff. Spending the entire three days outdoors, students learned all about the natural environment and the ways that they can help to protect and respect the land. Although it was a wet couple of days, the students were troopers and had a fantastic time learning new skills and trying new challenges, such as fire building, knife carving, polar dips, and slug kissing. 

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Grade 5s at Camp Fircom with Sea to Sky Outdoor School (June 1-3):
Later in June, the Grade 5s also got the opportunity to travel to Camp Fircom on Gambier Island, for their own exciting three days in the outdoors! Under the guidance of Sea to Sky Outdoor School staff, the Grade 5s explored the island and learned all about the beautiful wonders of the land and the environment. During their time at camp, the students embarked on a full-day paddling excursion in large voyageur canoes, exploring the wonders of the ocean as well as the land. This was the first overnight camp for many of these students and many wonderful memories were created over the course of the three days. 

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Grade 6 Camp at Camp Summit (April 28-29):
After a long-anticipated wait, overnight trips returned to YHS this spring and Grade 6 was the first group to kick things off! Travelling to Squamish, the Grade 6 students spent two days at Camp Summit immersing themselves in camp life and all the wonderful things it has to offer. Students participated in mountain biking, archery, geocaching, carving, and several camp-wide adventure games. There was lots of laughter, singing and fun campfire stories that were shared over the course of the two days. 

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Grade 7 Spring Camp at Evans Lake Camp (June 6-8):
Grade 7s finished off their year with an exciting three-day trip to Evans Lake Camp, along the Howe Sound. While at camp, students participated in rock climbing, archery, low ropes courses, canoeing, swimming, paddle boarding, campfires, and several game-wide survival games. The week was filled with many laughs and wonderful memories, a beautiful way for students to conclude their time in the Junior School. 

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