2017 Project Discover Student Reflections
Last week the Grade 8 students took a trip to Camp Summit! We started the fun with activities. We rotated through events such as mountain biking, canoeing, hiking and outdoor living skills. During mountain biking, we were lucky to be able to go to the Camp Summit bike park and test our skills! Canoeing was a blast! We strengthened our communications skills by playing a game called “Pick Up The Pigs!” The forest hiking trails offered the perfect views and places to reflect on what we are thankful for.
When we were taken to the forest for outdoor living skills we learned how to cook bannock, make cedar tea and build a shelter for six people. Every night after our activities, we would have dinner, dessert, and then we would play a camp-wide game as the grade six and seven students from White Rock Christian Academy joined us. Every night after our game, we had a CAMPFIRE (campfires, we love campfires) where we sang songs and told funny stories. On the last day of camp after breakfast, we walked to the beach where we had time to explore and play! As we hopped on the bus, it was a bittersweet feeling. We were happy to get home but sad to leave camp. Through reflection, the grade eight students enjoyed this year’s camp!
-Submitted by Zahraa Rehmtulla and Ashley Westeringh, Grade 8 Students
Pitt Lake Canoe Trip
On Tuesday, September 19, the grade nine students left for Pitt Lake to canoe for four days. Unfortunately, when we arrived it was raining, and it continued to rain for the rest of the day and night. Luckily for us, the next day the rain stopped and everyone was happier because we got a chance to dry out. Every day we would load up the canoes with our stuff, and canoe to a different spot on the lake. The views were beautiful, and the canoeing was really fun. The food was pretty good, and the activities were challenging. My most memorable moment from this Project Discover trip was on the third day, canoeing with my friends in the sun!
-Submitted by Sydney Macdonald, Grade 9 Student
On Tuesday, September 19th the Graduating Class of 2018 embarked on an unforgettable trip to Whistler. Each group was assigned two meals to prepare for roughly 50 people. Every detail from the price to a number of boxes was covered during our group meetings. These meetings had put into perspective all of the important servings we need to eat in a day and how to execute them in our everyday life. When shopping at the grocery store, it was important to read instructions and calculate the right amount of food we needed, in order to prevent any leftovers. We stayed at the Hi-Whistler Hostel just a few minutes outside of the Village. This was a great opportunity to learn how to adapt to new surroundings with people from all around the world. Most of the guests that had stayed along with us were very friendly and curious to learn new things about us. These encounters had not only encouraged me to learn but also to socialize with others around me. The hostel was a great way to transition into the university dorm room style. Though we had shared rooms with our friends, it helped me learn how to create my own space and privacy when needed in a room of four girls.
Our second day, we went to the Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Gym. It was filled with activities directed towards our health and fitness. The three main activities we participated in were rock climbing, fitness, and yoga. While each of these activities mainly covered physical health, they all taught a different skill. By the end of the day, we had all learned the importance of staying active and how to apply these skills in University.
We spent our last day learning helpful tips to apply in university, financial advice and a session on mindfulness. As a class, our final Project Discover trip together was a very memorable experience, filled with a lot of helpful advice for the future.
– Submitted by Sachi Sharma, Grade 12 Student