Outdoor Education

Since 2002, St. Michael’s College School has worked closely with the Toronto-based adventure company ALIVE Outdoors Inc. (Adventure, Leadership, Individuality, Values, Empowerment) to create customized outdoor learning experiences for our students.

SMCS student leaders at ALIVE Outdoor Education Camp

In partnership with ALIVE Outdoors, our Outdoor Education programme encourages personal growth through cooperation, teamwork, and leadership in a safe and supportive atmosphere, empowering students to embrace challenge in an outdoor environment.

At St. Michael’s College School, it is important that students learn to work together, to appreciate each other’s strengths, and to develop lasting bonds. At camp, students foster a sense of community by developing teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution skills. Since this trip is sometimes the first experience away from home, we ensure that we create a supportive and caring environment.

We offer six unique camp experiences annually: Grade 7 (Camp Timberlane) and Grade 9 (Camp YMCA Wanakita), both during the first week of school. Grade 10 (Camp Northland - Art, Music, and Design & Technology) and Grade 10 (Camp Arowhon - Physical Education Canoe Trip), during the second week of classes. Grade 8 (YMCA Wanakita - January Winter Camp). We also offer a Leader in Training Certification (L.I.T.) program through a conference and seminar based camp experience in May each year to train and develop leadership skills on an ongoing basis.

At camp, students participate in a variety of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, high ropes, team building games, outdoor living skills, swimming, water activities, hiking, paddle boarding, zip line, and tennis. Evening activities include camp-wide games, campfires, slide shows, and a candlelight Mass.