What is adventure education?
"Adventure education involves personal development
through participation in challenging activities where the
perceived outcome is unknown to the participant. Participants
often develop new skills, recognize personal strengths and
limitations, and develop compassion and service to others."
Q. What is experiential education?
Experiential education refers to learning activities wherein
individuals gain knowledge through direct, hands-on experience.
In this type of learning, the subject comes alive through
first-hand exposure, providing information not just to the
brain but to most of the senses affected by the environment
in which the subject exists. Experiential learning involves
adapting and relating to the broader environment in which
the learning is conducted, providing information not just
on the subject itself, but on its natural connection to
the world around it.
education is one type of experiential learning. For example,
instead of passively studying intertidal life (mussels,
limpets, sea stars, anemones, etc.) from a text book, CanAdventure
Education campers will have the opportunity to seek out
these organisms in their natural environment, searching
through tidal pools while smelling the sea air, hearing
the crash of nearby surf, seeing the organisms in their
natural environment, and touching appropriate parts of this
environment with their own hands.
Q. What are the benefits of this type of learning?
Experiential and adventure education create direct, personal
impact that enhances understanding and retention of subject
material. It is also normally conducted in an atmosphere
that promotes growth in other areas, such as self-concept
and self-esteem, problem-solving and goal-setting abilities,
communication skills, interpersonal relationships, and value
research supports the theory that adventure pursuits foster
individual wellness with a variety of benefits including
the growth of self-confidence, tranquillity, a sense of
being connected, and enhanced self-esteem. People need to
be connected to feel relevant and involved. People need
the opportunity to test themselves, and to push themselves
to the upper limits of accomplishment. People need to be
guided to new awareness of self, others, environment and
the joyful connection and importance of all that is."
[Smith, et.al., 1992, p. 77]
Q. How is your program different than others?
Our programs are designed and implemented in a manner that
engages the mind, body and spirit of each camper. Through
detailed learning modules, each camper will improve their
knowledge of forest ecology, river ecosystems, North American
history, First Nations studies, geology, marine biology,
navigation, flat-water paddling, emergency response, and
Education programs offer a unique and unparalleled blend
of experiential learning, cultural awareness, skill development,
and personal growth -all in the world-renowned wilderness
environment of Vancouver Island. While other programs may
offer exposure to some of these areas on a selected basis,
few have succeeded in assembling all of these important
components into one complete package. None on the west coast
of North America are available at the competitive rates
offered by CanAdventure Education.
Q. What is included in the camp fees?
A. CanAdventure Education camps include all accommodation,
meals, camping equipment, course instruction fees, transportation
to and from out-trip destinations, and park / land-use permits
required during the programs. Complimentary pick-up and
drop-off services can also be arranged to and from local
airports, bus or train stations at the beginning and end
of camp (see below).
Q. What is not included?
Each registering camper is provided with a gear list, which
must be filled prior to arriving at camp. This gear list
includes basic outdoor clothing, including boots, rain gear,
expedition-rated underwear (tops & bottoms), toque,
rain hat, toiletries, etc. When your reservation is confirmed,
we'll send you a package of information including this list.
Q. How do campers get from the airport, bus or train
station to the CanAdventure Education base camp?
CanAdventure Education provides free transportation to/from
base camp from Comox and Campbell River airports, bus and
train stations. During the registration process, our Admissions
Director will acquire all of the arrival and departure dates
and times from you.
Q. Are there risks associated to your program?
All outdoor-based programs have some element of inherent
risk. However, CanAdventure Education takes every step to
minimize these risks to each camper. Our camp safety policies
and guidelines have been developed through years of experience
in the outdoor industry and through cooperation with other
leading wilderness organizations. We also educate campers
themselves about the process of identifying and managing
risk. All of our Senior Instructors have received industry-leading
industry accreditation, giving them the ability to make
decisions critical to minimizing risk to those relying on