Written on November 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm, by Scott
Written on November 9, 2013 at 2:22 am, by Scott
A BUNCH OF OLD TROUTS? NEVER
By Arthur Mayse, October 1986
Strathcona Park Lodge, which sprawls along the rugged shoreline of Upper Campbell Lake, is much more than a holiday resort.
It is also a training center that specializes in such outdoor skills as canoeing, kayaking, mountaineering and wilderness survival.
All this, of course, didn’t happen overnight. The program, unique on this continent, was developed through years.
It was in its infancy, and the lodge itself smaller by most of its chalet-type frame units when Win and I first ventured to Strathcona over a gravel road that threatened to dump us into the lake at every turn and twist.
Big Jim Boulding, the former Campbell River school teacher who founded the lodge on a dream and shoestring, was still alive in those years. Even then, Jim Boulding worried about the future of Strathcona Park, a wild empire of mountain, lake and timbered slopes.
A mine had intruded. Other mining claims stakes before the park was established in 1911, threatened, and the loggers had an eye on Strathcona’s grand first- growth evergreens. The threat remains unresolved.
We remembered Strathcona Lodge kindly, and when Myrna Boulding asked us to come up for a week and teach memoir writing to an Elderhostel which was about to descend on her retreat, we were quick to accept.
Not that we had any idea what an Elderhostel was. Myrna explained.
“As I understand it,” she told us, “Elderhostel is an organization of seniors who stay in groups at one college or resort.. They’re strong on education and adventure.”
With that to go on, we scrambled a mini-course together and on the Sunday set out for Strathcona Park Lodge. Read more
Written on October 25, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
JERICHO SCHOOL OF THE DEAF: DEAF, TRY SPORTS
Sixty-one students from Vancouver’s Jericho School for the deaf are about to experience sports, fitness, and life in the wild at its best.
The students, some totally deaf, some with only minor hearing impairments, are to be the guests of Strathcona Lodge Outdoor Education Centre from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.
Under the guidance of eleven of the Lodge’s most qualified instructors, the students will be given lessons in kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and bread baking.
“Because some children born deaf usually have some accompanying physical impairment, only some will be able to take part in over- night camping and back-packing trips,” said the Lodge’s assistant manager Nancy Brown.
Students range in age from eleven to seventeen years, and some have never left the city to experience life in the woods. Some have never camped; some have never been active in sports.
“Just to experience all these things will be great for them,” Brown added.
The five days with the students won’t be all easy going,” says Brown, who explains that the children must be under constant watch. Instructors must also use an interpreter, supplied by the school, to speak to most children. Some children are also suffering poor eyesight, and poor balance. Instructors must treat the students with added care, Brown implied.
Brown explains that Strathcona Lodge is frequently accepting student groups from September until the end of October and has the capacity of sleeping up to 150 youngsters.