The Teachers have the most important role to play in defining the experience the students will have at the Center. The teacher is responsible for:
- Booking the Facilities
- Planning which studies will be undertaken
- Submitting a Schedule of activities and objectives to their Principal and the Site Coordinator
- Arranging Transportation
- Arranging for adult volunteer helpers
- Attending an orientation session if it is a first time use.
- Notifying parents of the planned trip and obtaining parental permission along with medical information.
- Arranging the menu
- Arranging to get any required equipment not available at the center
- Arranging for any required instructors with adequate qualifications for the planned activities.
- Arranging for a first aid person and an emergency vehicle to remain on site at all times.
- Ensuring students bring adequate clothing
- Carrying out pre-trip studies and activities
- Establishing a buddy system among students
- Notifying students of the rules and regulations
- Implementing lessons, schedules, discipline, supervision, etc. while at the site
- Carrying out post-trip studies and activities
- Evaluating the center, including providing suggestions if any.
- Ensuring that the site is cleaned properly before departure!
THE SITE COORDINATOR
The operation and use of the Outdoor Education Center is under the direct supervision of the Outdoor Education Coordinator.
The Coordinator is responsible for teacher in-service, site bookings, safety and all matters pertaining to the operation of the Center.
THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
The school principal is responsible for reviewing the Planning form and Schedule in advance of their submission to the Site Coordinator, and for appointing the emergency contact.
The Student to Adult ratios required for trips to the Outdoor Education Center are met by involving Parents, Grandparents, Friends and Senior Students as group leaders. Without their help the programs could not go on. Properly prepared these individuals can become very effective leaders.
Specific expertise is not required in order to be a good leader in any activity. Showing interest and enthusiasm are the only pre-requisites. The planning section of this handbook may assist you in helping these volunteers become helpers and leaders at the Center.
School District 60 Outdoor / Environmental Studies Center
250-783-0866 (Coordinator Mobile) 250-783-5465 (fax)
Utilizing Adult Helpers
The following suggestions may aid you in assisting volunteers to become equipped to be helpers at the site.
- The tasks given should be specific
- The tasks given should be carefully outlined before the trip commences
- Involve helpers as much as possible but also give them the chance to retreat and relax if necessary
Utilize the volunteers appropriately
- As study leaders, especially if they have an area of specific expertise or interest which applies. Helpers may also be assisted through the use of reference materials provided during orientation.
- As overseers of specific chores such as cooking or cleanup in the cookhouse or dorms.
- As leaders of a campfire activity such as games or songs.
- As a “floor monitor” at the climbing wall
Off Site Involvement
- In preparation prior to the trip (ie Menus)
- Food Purchases
- Classroom visits – Persons with some area of relevant expertise may provide class visits prior to the trip to share their specific knowledge or skills.
Keep your volunteers informed through on site meetings at the school and written letters. These meetings and letters should cover planning and information sharing, assessing strengths and interests of individual volunteers as well as background information on the site, students, and overall expectations. Have them pre-read this handbook as a primer.
The Outdoor Environmental Studies Curriculum. A very in-depth and thorough guide. Every school has a copy of this.
Chief Roland Wilson from the nearby West Moberly First Nations may be available to do evening talks. Topics can include a history of the area, traditional lifestyles, food gathering areas, organization of the reservation, legends, etc. Contact the Site Coordinator for More Information.
On Site Literature including:
- 30 Trail guide booklets for the hidden lake trail explaining the various features along the trial
- A small set of plant and animal identification books
- Various outdoor adventure, nature and geographic magazines