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About Schools & Scouting

Schools and Scouting Partners in Education is an innovative outdoor education program offered by Scouts Canada now in its 14th year. The program is designed to supplement and complement Grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 curriculum topics including social studies science physical education and fine arts as well as the associated learning as mandated by the BC Ministry of Education's Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs). Over the years we have partnered with many schools in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, and Central Okanagan seeing well over 1400 students participating in our program last year alone!

The program is a combination of eight in-classroom sessions designed to promote an appreciation of the outdoors and a residential 2 ½ day camp at Scouts Canada's Camp Byng; which is a unique 200-acre campground situated on the Sechelt Peninsula on the Sunshine Coast. All classroom and camp sessions contain elements of the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics. Specifically the topics addressed in this program are Team Building: Outdoor Cooking, Fire-building, Pioneering, Shelter Building, Map Reading and Orienteering, Hike Planning, Outdoor Safety, Singing, Skits, Campfire, and Archery.

The Schools and Scouting content is derived from skills taught in the first-year Scout program. The in-class sessions are an introduction to a variety of these skills and the camp sessions that follow provide the opportunity to participate hands-on in the activities discussed in the classroom. As outdoor education in many schools has been limited the Schools and Scouting program fills a niche for teachers who are interested in the program but may not have the personal skills or the resources to provide this experience to their students on their own.

We can accommodate classes of between 40-120 students at a time. The ratio of students to adults at camp is six to one (teachers other staff or parent volunteers; at your discretion).

If you or your teachers would like to learn more about the Schools and Scouting Partners in Education program or if you would like to arrange a site visit to Camp Byng please contact Jennifer Koel We look forward to working with you and your students!

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