Flash Back Fridays

STRATHCONA PARK SHOWS ROPES OF THE OUTDOORS

Campbell River Mirror, June 11, 1975

A face of determination on the high ropes.

A face of determination on the high ropes.

This week at Strathcona Park Lodge, three different programs have been planned for three schools, Crofton School from Crofton, Somenos School from Duncan and Gold River School, from Gold River.

The Gold River program which has been organized by grade six teacher Julia Davies, is the most ambitious undertaking which has ever been conducted at the outdoor centre.

Two weeks have been structured to allow 336 children from kindergarten to grade seven to experience a wide range of outdoor activities and to live together in a new environment.

The program was planned earlier in the month during a day-long session at the centre in which 26 Gold River teachers were guided by outdoor centre staff through many of the activities which the students are now trying.

The orientation day resulted in three different programs designed for the abilities and interests of the children.

Teachers familiarizing themselves with the ropes course

Teachers familiarizing themselves with the ropes course

Instructional activities conducted by up to seven resident Strathcona staff are planned for groups of eight to twelve children and include nature walks emphasizing sensitivity and use of wild plants for food, climbing on the ropes course and the recently completed strings course, fire lighting and shelter building.

Also rug hooking, macramé, kayaking and canoeing on Upper Campbell Lake and hiking on the hills behind the outdoor centre are planned. There is also time in the long spring evenings for catching fish, swimming, dancing, singing and stories around the campfire.

The funds needed for this trip were raised by the teachers and students through bake sales, movie nights, a folk dance festival and many other activities.