Do you have a craving for adventures?
Are you ready to slip away from the city on a regular basis to learn ancient and amazing skills with a group of like-minded people? This is a program for teens between 13 and 17 years old to have two full days per month immersed in nature and community.
The goals of this program are to develop participants’ wilderness living skills and ecological literacy, develop their self-awareness and self-expression, and nourish their genius and personal gifts. This is a community space for every participant to feel safe and connected, a peer group of like-minded people led by passionate and skilled mentors.
We will practice survival skills, learn naturalist knowledge, challenge our skills and awareness, and build leadership.
This program includes one weekend camp-out where we will explore some vast wilderness and practice the skills we learned together. There will also be an additional weekend option for elligible teens to participate in called the Fire Quest. The invited teens will spend a season preparing (alongside our regular activities) to spend a night alone in the woods tending a fire and reflect on their life and growing autonomy. This event works on a donation basis.
During this year this program will visit at least twice our location and staff from Kahnawake. 12 minutes from Angrignon park, across the Mercier bridge, participants can make fires, harvest plants, build epic forts, and also learn about indigenous culture and history. We’ll let you know when those dates are in the welcome package we’ll send before the program starts. We encourage and help facilitate carpooling so that the drive out is less of a stressor.
Projects and activities will depend on the passions and curiosities of the participants, but may include:
- Skills of shelter, fire, water, and food
- Building bows and arrows
- Wild edible and medicinal plants
- Animal tracking
- Camouflage and invisibility skills
- Learning the language of the birds
- Leather shoe-making