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‘ARTS I’ FEATURES FEELIES

By Ryon Guedes (In October 20, 1972 edition of the Ubyssey)
Sixty ‘Arts I’ students recently attended a weekend symposium at Strathcona Park Lodge to make an informal study of man’s relationship with technology and nature. Section B boarded a bus Friday which took them across the Strait of Georgia, up Vancouver Island and finally to the Lodge, which lies 30 miles southwest of Campbell River.

Jim Boulding with ‘Arts I’ students

Jim Boulding with ‘Arts I’ students

Next morning, bright and early, after a hearty breakfast, the discussion leaders introduced the initial activity. This consisted of a seminar exploring the Robinson Crusoe idea; with the premise that a given group of people from modern technology were stranded in the wilderness with certain materials, climate and terrain. The ideas discussed, then, were the immediate needs of the supposed group, long term problems it would face and eventually, the formation of a civilization. Activities for the rest of Saturday were unstructured, devoted to whimsical and leisurely pursuits; so we strolled over to the Friends World College building and talked to students and supervisors there. The main attraction Saturday night was a frenetic get together that dispersed any ice that had been left unbroken. The schedule for Sunday morning offered a variety of activities: Centre director Jim Boulding supervised an introduction to survival in the forests of B.C. including demonstrations in fire building and emergency shelters. Botanist Ian Forbes gave an introduction to wild edible and inedible plants. A film on hypothermia, the conservation of body heat, was shown followed by
a talk from Boulding. The Lodge is, in fact, primarily intended for education outside the classroom.
It is designed for students and teachers of all ages. The center’s personnel are devoted to the development of a better understanding of the environment and a greater consciousness toward its use.
The residential programs and recreational facilities are arranged to the requirements of each group. Usually students share responsibility for housekeeping and cooking.
The center’s staff is willing to assist in the planning of curriculum,group dynamics, outdoor skill development and will act as guides on field trips.