Written on August 29, 2014 at 8:00 am, by Scott
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.
Written on August 2, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
Written on July 12, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
“Wilderness in jeopardy: see it before it’s gone”
By Myrna Boulding, the Campbell River Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1986
The former minister of Lands, Parks and Housing, Jack Kempf, spoke to the Gold River Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 16, not on Strathcona Park as he was originally scheduled to do but on forestry, his new portfolio.
He will make a good forests minister. That is where his heart lies. My con- cern is with parks, particularly Strathcona Park, now in the hands of Austin Pelton along with environment.
If Mr. Pelton has ideas very different from Mr. Kempf it will invalidate much of what I have to say, but I expect consensus within the Social Credit Party has pretty well been established regarding the future of Strathcona Park.
At the 75th birthday celebration of Strathcona Park on Aug. 4, Mr. Kempf promised a detailed review of plans for this park with public hearings to be held in Campbell River and Courtenay sometime this fall.
His stated objective was to make sure of the continued orderly development of our parks system, with a first step toward meeting this goal being to implement the con- clusions of the Wilderness Advisory Committee.
He said that this process was now well under way. The question is, what constitutes orderly development? Read more
Written on June 7, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
SUE HELLARD AND DOUG PATERSON 1977
Jim Boulding—My Mentor
When I think of Jim Boulding I remember someone who believed in me. His gruff voice saying “You can do it” made me take a big gulp and then just go do it. He was right, I could do it! My confidence started to soar. I found myself running white- water rivers with joy, and leading groups to the west coast on my own. I was filled with an exuberance for life as I did these things! The skills to make this possible were learned at the Lodge so I was confident in the knowledge that I could take on these challenges safely and responsibly.
There were of course memorable moments….Escalante was and is heaven for me, with the beauty and the power of the west coast. I treasure the skills and learning I received from all the resource people who came out on the trips.
Thanks to Hilary Stewart for sharing love and respect for plants and how to use them, cedar especially. I still love to weave baskets every year when we are at Escalante.
Thanks to Ray Williams at Nootka for stories of the trickster of the west coast as we sat in a sweat Lodge. Read more
Written on April 26, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
STRATHCONA LODGE KICKS OFF SUMMER TEACHING PROGRAM IN WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
July 8, 1975
Strathcona Park Outdoor Education Centre begins its summer teaching program with the first of its whitewater kayak and canoe courses. The Whitewater and West Coast Survival Adventure courses are overbooked, while some vacancies still exist for Basic Wilderness, Wilderness Leadership and West Coast Native Lifestyles.
The groups in residence during the last two weeks of June illustrate the varied nature of Strathcona’s appeal to school groups. A special needs class from Powell River spent one week working on life sports and survival skills. A grade 10 leadership class came to Strathcona all the way from Kamloops MacArthur Park School. Barbara Hargreaves and Ken Purvis designed and ran a program that required only a minimum Lodge staff, while it provided direct challenges in the form of whitewater canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing to the students.
A special two-day anthropology and fishing expedition to Quadra Island was lead by Jim Boulding, the Lodge’s director, and Mike Robinson, the staff anthropologist.
Kitsilano High School sent recent grade twelve graduates to participate in a High School Leadership workshop for ten days in June. Jeff King- ston, the Strathcona mountaineer, led this group on a major climb of a local peak – Mount Thelwood. ‘Alpine to Ocean’ ecological studies were conducted on the climb with the assistance of staff biologist Bob Sutherland
Also in and around the Lodge during June were students from Powell River who have received an ‘Opportunities for Youth’ grant to run a day camp for local youngsters. These teachers-to-be were taught small boat handling, first aid, survival skills, and introductory biology of the coast rainforest.
A small group of outdoor education students participated in a moderately strenuous program called “Senior Citizens Experience” during the last two weeks in June. The program was specially designed to accommodate a wide range of interests and included lake canoeing, whitewater canoe observation from a riverbank, photography, trips to the Gold River waterfront and bog ecology studies.
Written on March 15, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
THE FIRE: 1973
A story by David Boulding
The Lodge burned down May 23rd, 1973. The fire started after lunch and the building was completely finished by 3 pm. There were few people on property and nothing could be done except save some stuff and prevent other buildings from burning.
Jim, Myrna, and the kids: Jamie, Elizabeth, and Annie were in town. Jim and Myrna raced back to find all they owned burned to the ground. Tears were the common reaction. Jim Boulding’s suspicion that students smoking in the attic room near the crawl space started the fire had a rational basis because the only other possible reason for the fire was faulty wiring and there was no wiring close to the scene. Jim Denis, a contractor from town, was completing some renovations to the kitchen and north wing of the Lodge. I remember there being fewer than 10 people here on the property, although many people driving by stopped and helped.
And some helped themselves to some of the valuables: native baskets and carvings and even an old wagon wheel we saved from the fire.
The fire was so hot the Chevron gas station sign, a plastic four foot square sign, melted and buckled high atop a 30 foot steel pole about 50 feet from the building.
I remember Jade Chua from the kitchen being the hero. She was a UBC student from Hong Kong, working to pay for her university expenses. She was about five foot nothing, square-shouldered, and a solid muscular young 20 some- thing woman. Her heroism was visible twice. Some days earlier Jim Denis had taken out the big Garland cooking stove to clean it and make some changes to the gas fittings as the stove was being located farther north in the kitchen. It took four men to move the stove back into the kitchen, and the doorway trim had to be removed, as the stove was wider than the opening. Read more