INTRODUCTION
 The primary goal of the the St.Dominic Outdoor Education program is to provide all students with physically, emotionally and socially challenging outdoor experiences. Students learn to safely navigate outdoors and are expected to engage in and reflect on their experiences. The Outdoor Education Program supports the development of practical skills as well as positive character traits in students including respect, responsibility, helpfulness, independence, self-confidence, self-discipline, interpersonal skills, courage and character leadership. Learning experiences will include participation in a variety of outdoor activities including; Hiking, Snow Shoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Short excursion, planning, Orienteering, Geocaching, Quinzee building, Shelter building, Frisbee Golf, Outdoor Team Sports, Canoeing, Paddling, Portaging, Navigating, No Impact camping, Fire Building, Outdoor Cooking, Route Planning, packing and Paddle Making.

AREAS OF FOCUS
The Outdoor Education Program supports the development of practical skills and theory. Areas of focus throughout the course will include the following.

INITIATIVE AND TEAM BUILDING
The first week of classes will spend time in class and out of doors (on school property) focusing on the value of...

  • Preparedness
  • Safety
  • Short Excursions
  • Winter Survival
  • Emergency Protocol
  • Team Building Exercises


EXPLORATIONS
  We are very fortunate to reside in a unique and beautiful part of the world. Muskoka offers... 
Surrounding St.Dominic 
Our explorations unit will focus on actively exploring the rich landscape and forests in the neighbourhood. Students will participate in short excursions and discover the many wilderness experience opportunities available to us.
  • Hiking
  • Snow Shoeing Sizing Chart
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Short excursion planning
  • Safety considerations for all seasons.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Throughout the course students will be participating in...
  • Bi-Weekly Lunch excursions
  • Orienteering
  • Geocaching course
  • Quinzee building
  • Shelter building
  • Short games - Camouflage, Manhunt
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Outdoor Sport - Ultimate Frisbee, Flag Football, Baseball, Capture the Flag 
  • Activity planning and leadership opportunities




LEADERSHIP
Character leadership is an important element of the Outdoor Education Program. Students will experience multiple leadership opportunities and grow abilities and hone techniques in organization, planning, collaboration and undergo a variety of character building activities.
  • Short games - Camouflage, Manhunt
  • Outdoor Sport - ie/ Ultimate Frisbee, Flag Football, Baseball, Capture the Flag
  • Activity planning and leadership opportunities


OVERNIGHT EXCURSION
 Canoe Trip is one of the most quintessential Canadian experiences. People come from across the globe to visit Muskoka and Ontario Parks to have a brief chance to experience the wilderness that surrounds us. 
  • Paddling
  • Portaging
  • Navigating
  • Key Skills; knots, survival, hanging food, etc.
  • No Impact camping
  • Fire Building and extinguishing, Axe handling, fireside safety concerns
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Route Planning, packing,
  • Health and Safety considerations

REFLECTIONS (CCT)
 Your reflections are a component of your course culminating task. Students are encourages to take photos while on excursions and will be prompted to write and reflect on experiences during the course. They will be assessed throughout the course and revisited as you work through your Course Culminating Class.

Please complete reflections on assigned dates. For a list of assigned reflections please visit the Reflections page.





 

...the secret
 of making
the best persons,
it is to grow           
  in the open air      
               and to eat                    
    and sleep            
with the earth. 
- Walt Whitman


 



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