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Learning English through the Outdoors

Students earn course credit and hone their English skills in this immersive four-week experience, as they learn to pitch tents, build fires, paddle, identify edible plants, imitate bird calls, and much more.
The program starts with 2 weeks of online instruction and then moves to our beautiful campus for immersion in English, building skills toward an extended camping expedition in an Ontario wilderness park. Students earn an Ontario Secondary School course credit in English as a Second Language.

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  • Daily Schedule on LCS Campus

    Daily schedules vary, but students can expect:
    • Immersive and active instruction (throughout day)
    • Daily study/practice (2 hours/day)
    • Outdoors activities to practice English
    • An overnight camping trip each week to a natural area (hiking and paddling)
    • Leisure activities such as movies, board games, talent nights
    • Recreational activities that include yoga, dance, tennis, sailing, swimming, ropes courses, beach volleyball, and canoeing
    • Field trips to plays, music festivals, and sports events
  • English Skills Immersion

    English skills are used daily as students work together while:
    • Mastering outdoors skills such as wilderness camping, cooking over a campfire and canoeing
    • Being immersed in the cultural and natural heritage of our area 
    • Reading books about Canada
    • Learning about the Canadian wilderness from guest speakers
    • Discovering the rich history of Lakefield College School
    • Sampling our signature co-curricular programs
  • Accommodations and Facilities

    Students stay in an air-conditioned residence on campus in shared rooms (doubles or triples) with semi-private bathrooms. While the program is co-ed, male and female students will be housed on different floors. Live-in residential staff provide supervision and support 24/7.

    Online Experience
    Students can expect an engaging online experience, with whole group classes, break-out rooms, group projects, and asynchronous activities such as learning knots (following English directions and preparing a video to demonstrate your learning and your spoken English).

Our approach to learning English allows students to develop confidence in conversing with their peers and teachers while learning additional outdoor education skills that will allow them to slide easily into every aspect of life in Canada.

Dates, Fees and Additional Information

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  • August 9 - September 3, 2021

    Learning English through the Outdoors (ELSCO)
    Teachers: Briagh Hoskins-Hasbury & Bretton Clark

    August 9 - September 3, 2021
    **Remote: August 9 - August 22 
    On Campus: August 23 - September 3


    **Remote Learning and International Travelers:
    It is expected that our international students arriving in Canada for an August 9 start, will be participating in remote learning from their quarantine location. Please review the following information regarding travel to Canada and arrival to the LCS campus. 

    Anyone approved to travel to Canada must register with the ArriveCan App and self-quarantine for 14 days, as per the Government of Canada's guidelines. We offer an LCS off-campus quarantine program to support students and families. If you would like more information on this quarantine option, including associated costs, please contact Jen Horrigan at

    Families are welcome to make their own arrangements for quarantine as long as they meet the protocols of mandatory quarantine listed here. Student travelers will be expected to provide proof of these arrangements prior to boarding their flight to Canada.
  • Study Permit for International Students

    Any student who is not a Canadian citizen or Permanent resident of Canada must obtain a study permit to attend Lakefield College School Summer Academy programs. It is the responsibility of the parent (or guardian) to obtain the necessary documents and authorization prior to their student entering Canada to study.
    If you have not already done so, please contact your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible to begin the process. For complete details of the application process and requirements, please visit the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to complete your study permit application.
    If you require assistance with the process, please contact Immigration Consultant Nico Roy of Bay Immigration at 1-647-866-3530.
  • Laptops

    Students will need to bring a laptop computer to complete and submit academic assignments. Student residences and academic areas all have Wi-Fi.
  • Additional Requirements

    As part of the enrolment process for the Learning English through the Outdoors program, Lakefield College School will be asking you to complete several forms as part of your registration, including providing health information, arranging for health insurance, naming a Canadian Legal Guardian, etc. All such forms must be submitted to Lakefield College School by May 30, 2021.

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324


Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

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