GO! Program Spring Update

The GO! Program finished off their school year with an action-packed spring! Students participated in a Leadership Workshop with Alison McKenzie from ShEvalesco, discovering their different leadership styles and how they all contribute to the overall team. The Grade 10s were then able to practice these new leadership skills when they joined the Grade 1s on their Outdoor Education excursion and organized icebreaker activities and collaborative games. The GO! students also participated in two action-packed days, hiking the Stawamus Chief and climbing outdoors in Squamish. Both day trips were filled with adventure, group bonding, grit and perseverance, as students challenged themselves to accomplish their goals.

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Finally, the GO! Program wrapped up their school year with their first multi-day excursion! At the end of May, students traveled to Tofino for an action-packed five days of activities. Camping at Surf Grove, students spent the week hiking, kayaking, learning to surf, participating in a beach clean-up, and educating themselves about the impacts of microplastics on our coastal environments. Enduring some challenging weather, including 24 hours of relentless rain, students demonstrated resilience, perseverance, a positive mindset, and impressive outdoor competence as they used their skills to stay warm, healthy, and dry(ish). 

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Ms. Brennan and Ms. Harrigan are incredibly proud of the group’s ability to bond together, support one another, and grow both as a team and as individuals. Throughout the week, students challenged themselves to learn and develop their outdoor skills, partaking in fire-building, chopping wood, hanging tarps with the appropriate knots, and cooking and preparing their meals. During the evenings, the group enjoyed campfires and shared special moments, shout-outs, and reflected on their experiences on the trip. This was a beautiful way to wrap up a wonderful year together in the program and as a cohesive unit.

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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