Outdoor Core- skills, concepts and attitudes necessary for safe travel
Equipment selection and maintenance (clothing, footwear, rain gear, stoves and fuel types, tents, sleeping bags, back packs, tarps)
Safety, hazard recognition (terrains and wildlife).
First aid (CPR, hypothermia, frost bite, dehydration, heat stroke and treatment of minor injuries)
Food planning and preparation
Navigation - map and compass use, GPS, route planning
Emergency training and survival
Skills- fire building, tarp set up, knots, packing a pack, using a stove.
We will work toward application of the above into day and overnight trips that may include:
Personal and Group Development
Awareness of environment through direct observations and journals
Ecology - study of biomes, biogeoclimatic zones, local ecosystems, biodiversity in BC.
Species identification - birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees and other plants common in local ecosystems.
Geological formations, rocks and minerals of BC.
Sun and moon influences on Earth
Weather and cloud formations
Natural changes in ecosystems
Human caused changes to ecosystems
Minimum impact outdoor living and travelling skills
Knowledge of local parks and trails
Environmental service project