In a world where screens seemingly demand our attention, often leaving us feeling overwhelmed and inundated, our Grade 10 and 11 Outdoor Education classes found peace and quiet on an adventure that took them to our Northcote Campus. They didn’t just camp outdoors, they paddled from our main campus, toting all their gear and creating memories with each paddle stroke.
Once they arrived at Northcote, they unloaded their boats and portaged to our cedar grove campsites where they pitched their tents and set up camp. It wouldn’t be a camping experience without some outdoor cooking; a fun class treat, they made pita pizzas over the fire and practiced Leave No Trace principles as they went. After dinner, our OE students played flashlight games in the fields, making use of our expansive campus before gathering around the campfire. To end the night, they sang and played guitar with Mr. Bemrose before tucking in for the evening. After a night under the stars, they started the morning with a hearty oatmeal breakfast and began the trek back to main campus.
Experiential learning opportunities like this one offer so much for our students to gain.
Lessons Beyond the Classroom
As they pitched their tents and gathered around the campfire, our students learned the art of cooperation, discovering the strength of working together. They also put the canoe and camp skills they learned in OE classes into practice, under the guidance of Mr. Bemrose and Ms. Connelly.
A Deepened Connection
But this trip was more than just physical challenges and outdoor skills. It was a chance for our students to connect with nature on a deeper level. As they explored the natural wonders around them, from the rustle of leaves to the gentle lapping of the lake against their canoes, they strengthened their appreciation for our natural world.
A Journey Remembered
As they paddled back to our main campus, tired but triumphant, the students carried with them more than just memories. They carried the lessons of resilience, the warmth of strengthened friendships, and an even deeper connection to the natural world.
Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.