For Students and Youth
So your school is coming to Strathcona Park Lodge. Lucky you – we wish our school came here.
Bet your wondering what it’s going to be like. Below you’ll find most of the answers. Also, check us out on Facebook.
When you arrive, one of our instructors will give you a run down of how the place is run. In the meantime if you’ve got other questions give us a shout, 250-286-3122 or email. We know you probably won’t, but if you do we promise to be nice.
Don’t worry about taking notes, your instructor will go over all this in more detail on the first day. And, we don’t do tests.
Think of Strathcona Park Lodge as a giant outdoor playground. We’ve got boats, rock climbing cliffs, high ropes courses, a massive lake, hiking trails, a beach, a sauna and more. Spread across the property are a bunch of buildings and cottages where you’ll sleep, eat and learn.
We’re in the middle of nowhere – so last century. We don’t have cell coverage and rooms don’t have phones, TV or Internet (forget about Wi-Fi). We create our own power from water and we heat that water with sunlight. We treat our drinking water with UV lights.
Yeah it’s different but we think you’ll love it here.
How to pack for your trip
What to bring depends a bit on what program you’re doing. Click here to find detailed clothing and equipment lists for every program.
Basically, you want warm clothes, lots of socks and underwear, a waterproof jacket and pants, a warm sleeping bag, a toothbrush, headlamp or flashlight, running shoes or hiking boots and a big backpack to carry it all in.
Don’t bring valuables if you don’t need them as your rooms aren’t locked. We do have a safe in the office for games or phones brought on the bus.
Check out the video play list below for tips on what to bring to Strath.
What you do depends on what program you’re signed up for. No two are identical but here are the basics.
Best of Adventure: You get to try a little bit of almost everything – canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, high ropes and orienteering. High ropes, zip line and rock climbing will probably be a highlight. Most programs include an overnight camping trip, which is always lots of fun.
Specialty programs: On these programs you’ll focus on one or two activities like rock climbing, canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater paddling or backpacking. Usually with these programs you spend more nights camping.
Whichever type of program you’re doing you’ll have free time between activities. You’ll have boundaries, but mostly you’re free to do what you want: hang out with friends, take a shower, play basketball. During this time your chaperones and teachers are in charge.
Keep in mind that no matter what program you’re on this is not a guided trip. You’ll be expected to participate and contribute in all activities.
What you Eat at the Lodge
We think the food here is awesome, but it may not be what you’re used to. Keep an open mind and try something new. You might find a new favourite. The food is served buffet-style in a dining room we call the Whale Room, because it has whale bones hanging on the wall.
You’ll line up along either side of a long table and help yourself. The menu is always changing, but follows a pattern. At lunch and dinner there are always a couple of salads, some veggies, a carbohydrate (rice, bread, pasta) and usually a meat. For breakfast there’s fruit, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, toast and then a main dish like scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast.
Our kitchen is sensitive to allergies and specific diets. There are no peanuts in the Whale Room or kitchen and there are always options for vegetarians and vegans as well as gluten and dairy-free alternatives. Be sure to let your instructor know if you have any allergies.
The Whale Room has plenty of seating inside and outside overlooking Upper Campbell Lake and picturesque mountains. After eating, you’ll scrape any food scraps into three bins: compost, “cooked” compost and burnable.
Where you Sleep at the Lodge
You’ll stay in a hotel room that has been converted for schools. When you arrive, your teachers will assign you to a room with several of your classmates. Each room has bunk beds, maybe a cot or two and a chest of drawers. You’re sharing space, so be nice and consider your roommates. Most rooms have their own washroom.
Beds have clean sheets and pillow cases, but you need to bring a sleeping bag. Just like at home, keep your room neat. Before you leave, you and your roommates will be responsible for cleaning your room, washroom and common areas.
Curfews are set by your school and are usually tiered: in your room, lights out, quiet.
Our instructors and leaders are a lot of fun and highly skilled. You’ll meet your instructor shortly after arriving at the Lodge, he/she will be your guide for your entire stay. They’ll show you around, guide you through the activities and keep you safe. By the end of the week they’ll probably be your friend.
They all know first aid and CPR, are trained and certified in a bunch of different activities, are full of information and they work hard to make sure your visit is fun and safe.
If you’re curious to find out more about the instructors head on over to our Youtube page and check out some of the past and current staff.
WYLD Expeditions qualify for Adventurous Journey in all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a United Kingdom charity program that encourages personal development for youths aged 14 to 25. All three levels of achievement (bronze, silver and gold) are voluntary and self-driven. The ‘expedition’ component of the award can be earned by taking part in a WYLD summer expedition camp.
To find out more about the award and why someone would want to do it go to their website, www.dukeofed.org. Students participating in the DoE must inform their instructor at the start of the Expedition. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the section on the qualifying journey and then give the record book to their instructor the evening prior to departure. Record books will not be signed if submitted late. Instructors will only complete the assessors section if the student has sufficiently achieved the requirements and accurately filled in the record book.
Duke of Edingburgh Preliminary Training
The Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award is intended to develop self-reliance and encourage participants to develop an awareness of the natural environment, and the importance of protecting it. One aspect of undertaking the journey is appropriate training in a variety of disciplines. In order to make the most of your time at Strathcona Park Lodge (SPL) we’ve prepared some information and a worksheet to cover some of this training. To assist students participating in the DoE adventurous Journey component we have created a “Duke of Edinburgh Preliminary Training” document. Read over the Preliminary Training and you will find answers to the Bronze, Silver and Gold DoE Adventurous Journey worksheets.
To meet the requirements for the bronze Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Award you must meet the following requirements:
- Duration of journey = two days including one night away
- Required hours to be spent on a planned activity = an average of six hours per day
We have made worksheets to assist you in achieving your bronze adventurous journey which you can find by clicking Bronze Preliminary Training Worksheet.
To meet the requirements for the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Award you must meet the following requirements:
- Duration of journey = three days including two nights away
- Required hours to be spent on a planned activity = an average of seven hours per day
We have made worksheets to assist you in achieving your silver adventurous journey which you can find by clicking Silver Preliminary Training Worksheet.
To meet the requirements for the gold Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Award you must meet the following requirements:
- Duration of journey = four days including three nights away
- Required hours to be spent on a planned activity = an average of eight hours per day
We are working on the worksheets for the gold level adventurous journey and will have them posted shortly.
Did you have a great time during your school visit and want more? You can spend your time Rock Climbing, White Water Kayaking, Hiking in the Mountains, Sea Kayaking and more during the months of July and August. Check out all the summer camps by clicking HERE