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Flash Back Friday


I was in the first ‘Apprenticeship’ program from May to September circa 1977. Prior to that, in August 1976, at the age of thirty, I had taken a three-week ‘Wilderness Leadership’ program. I already knew Jill Chudleigh from our cooperative house in Victoria. She was an intern at the Lodge when I was there. Fellow apprentices included: Betsy Gregg, Wendy Anthony, Alastair Hancock, and Greg Thomason. The program was so intense that we were pretty well joined at the hip.

Barry at the beach

Barry at the beach

I spent some time with Brian Creer during the next few years in various paddling venues and continued to take canoe courses. Eventually I become an instructor. I also hiked Phillip’s Ridge. As far as what I did, I helped out in a variety of areas but I wouldn’t have called it work; torture, maybe.

When I took the apprenticeship course; the fee was nominal, only $1000 for four months.

Here’s the big one for me. My Strathcona experience, along with a follow-up course at COBMS Keremeos, launched me into new occupational direction in the B.C. Corrections Branch, where I had previously been a youth probation officer. I shifted to the government-run outdoor camps for young offenders, a job Read more

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Jim Force 1976

I first came to the Lodge in the summer of 1976 to take part in a leadership course for educators taught by Ray Preece and Geoff Evans. When staff wished to take groups to the bog they had to walk along the highway, which was rather dangerous. As a service project the participants of the leadership course cut a trail through the bush from the Lodge to the bog. Upon completion of the trail we had a great unveiling of the carved wooded sign that one of the participants made. Jim Rutter, dressed in a dress as the Queen and I dressed in coat and tails, a long-sleeved wetsuit top, as Prince Phillip, preformed the opening dedication to what is now known as the Preece Evans Trail. The trail has been used by groups ever since. However, for environmental reasons groups no longer go for a dip in the bog. But when they did it was great fun to really experiencethat the bog was made up of decomposing moss and not mud. It was the best of experiential learning.

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