Being out with the elements in all their moods is one of our core values because we believe it is an opportunity always available to us for building confidence and resiliency! Rain, snow, uncomfortable temperatures, and insects are all valuable teachers as long as we are well-prepared.
For programs at Angrignon park, we will gather under public shelters if the rain is too heavy. For other programs, we will use tarps and what Nature has to offer for shelter.
However, if the weather makes travelling dangerous, or if extreme storms / lightning / winds are expected, we will indeed cancel programs. In the event of a cancellation due to extreme weather, we will be sending an email in the morning of the program. We wait until the day of because it is truly exceptional that we cancel programs due to weather, and so want to be sure in our decision. However, we do not offer refunds for programs cancelled due to weather. As one of our sister schools Jumping Mouse Outdoor School likes to put it: “think of it as a CSA model — ‘Community Shared Adventure’!”
Ticks, just like all the common hazards that we speak about early on in our programs (dangerous plants, falling branches, dehydration etc..) are teachers of awareness. We empower children to look out for these things and get to know them so they don’t live in fear, but nurture an understanding of these things. Ticks are a hazard to approach with a lot of respect because the consequences are significant. The most important thing to do after a day in a wild area that is known to have ticks is to check for ticks at the end of the day and to properly remove them if they are embedded in the skin. Here are some useful links to know more about ticks and lyme disease:
There is always a person in charge that you can contact during programs. Whether it’s the director or the head instructor, you’ll find there phone number in the Welcome Package we send before the first session of the program.
There is a 50$ non-refundable deposit for your registration to a program.
For the Forest Schoolers Program:
There is a 5%non-refundable deposit of the total price of your registration to a program.
Should you decide to cancel your registration between 14 and 8 days prior to the starting date of the program, we will keep 50% of the first 25% installment.
Should you decide to cancel your registration 7 days or less prior to the starting date of the program, we will keep the totality of the first 25% installment.
For youth programs: if your child is unsure whether they would like to participate, please contact us and we would be happy to arrange a trial day before committing to the program.
If a participant must withdraw from an entire program for medical reasons a full refund will be issued, upon receipt of medical evidence (such as a note from a health practitioner).
In the event of low registration, last-minute debilitating illness of instructors, or other circumstances out of our control, programs may be cancelled. Participants will receive a full refund for the day(s) missed, or be offered a make-up program date.
For all things COVID-19 related, we ask that your child be mature enough to agree with our practices and to do their best to physically distance and to receive our coaching should they need support.
A child is ready when they have the trust and confidence to be away from their parents for the program, it must be their choice, and we work with parents when need be to empower their child to make the right decision for themselves when the time comes. If a child is signed up for a year round program for 4 – 6 year olds, they can come with their parents for the first two weeks to get used to the experience. At the beginning of our third day we will have a special moment where children will decide themselves if they are ready to participate without their parents. If the child does not feel ready, that is ok! We can try again next season, and the parents will be reimbursed a prorated amount (they will pay for the days the child has participated).
You are asked to bring your own water, food and shelter.
For water, ideally bring your own drinking and cooking water. We will have some extra if you run out. We’ll have hot water to share for warm beverages.
For food we recommend: – Anything pre-cooked that you want to reheat over the fire. – Most food will last fine for a weekend as the nights will be cool enough. (Avoid raw meat) – Some kind of cereal like oatmeal that can be made by just adding hot water – Sandwiches, wraps, with whatever ingredients you want to put in. – Lots of little snacks – A cooler with an ice pack is useful if you want to be very cautious with certain ingredients. – If you have pots and pans and enjoy cooking over a fire, feel free to explore a wider range of possibilities.
For shelter: – Bring a tent, mattress and sleeping bag
At the current moment (January 2022), outdoor activities that involve frequent or prolonged contact require vaccination passports. We are outdoors and spaced out, and our activities are modified so that we don’t come into close contact for prolonged periods. We had to adapt our activities a while ago and are used to making sure transmission of airborne germs would be very improbable.
We recommend stainless steel, fixed blade, full tang knives. Stainless steel because maintenance is easier (cleaning and sharpening), fixed blade limits some risks of cutting onself accidentaly, full tang (where the metal goes into the handle) because it’s very solid and you can baton the knife to split kindling.