Upper One

The Upper One Outdoor Education trips occur in autumn at Appleby’s McLaughlin Northern Campus on Lake Temagami. Students are scheduled into three, one-week blocks where they will spend the time immersed in an exciting outdoor education program. The main component of their trip consists of a four-day, three-night canoe trip to some of Ontario’s more picturesque lakes. Many of these small lakes are only accessible by portaging one’s canoe or by float plane.

Within a challenging outdoor environment, an experiential approach is taken towards developing each student’s awareness and understanding of problem-solving processes, group dynamics, and concepts of well-being. Students learn and practice the skills and principles necessary to improve their own and others’ quality of life, and make choices associated with increasing personal responsibility within their own lifestyles. During the outdoor adventure, students are exposed to tremendous learning opportunities, designed to enhance communication, leadership, personal and social skills.

The trip provides each student with a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence, as they are involved in every facet of the canoe trip, from learning how to pack food and equipment, to paddling the canoe. They learn wilderness navigation techniques, along with an appreciation for the natural environment. Students learn the value of efficiency and ingenuity in setting up camp and outdoor cooking.

A sense of accomplishment is felt upon the completion of each trip, but the trip does not end there. With focus now turning to where they can apply their experiences to other parts of their lives, a great deal of time is devoted to trip reflection. This provides opportunity for each student to fully process their unique experiences and how they might look forward to their winter adventure in the Upper Two year.

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