Each year, Templeton's Outdoor Leadership Course harnesses the outdoors to provide a unique experiential learning environment. This September has been a very active month that has challenged students on many different levels.
Part of the challenge of the year comes out of the ambitious personal goal setting that each student sets in order to qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program. The award challenges students to set and achieve their personal goals in the four areas: Community Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Students have sought to fulfill the award's requirments with a number of ambitious trips and projects.
Recently, they embarked on their first backpacking excursion to the Garibaldi area on September 17 through to the 21st. It was a challenging trip. During the hike, students covered 50 plus kilometers over five days and were awestruck by the breathtaking beauty along the way. Their next trip planned will take the class to Diamond Head/Elfin Lakes area. During the trip, they'll be hiking over 30 km and spend one night in a backcountry hut/shelter. Students will be responsible for their equipment, food, and clothing; all of which will have to be carried in a backpack over 11 km to shelter.
The class isn't all about hiking in the woods. They've also been busy fundraising for the equipment they need for their trips. In their recent Pedal for a Pledge fundraiser, students headed to the Seymour Demonstration Forest in North Vancouver on October 20. They rode up to 60 lucrative km that day.