Counsellors are at the heart of Outdoor School programs. High school students act as youth leaders and role models for visiting students. They lead afternoon and evening activities, assist teachers on field studies, and foster a strong connection with kids in their cabins.
Confidence and leadership skills are built through training weekends and on-site mentoring by staff, alumni and experienced peers. Counsellors strengthen their communication and team-building skills as they help create a fun, inclusive environment for everyone.
Along with a new counsellor name, many gain a sense of community, purpose, and deep connection to the natural world they are immersed in. Some counsellors even gain credit for counselling weeks when they enroll in Experiential Outdoor Environmental Leadership 10, a distributed learning course.
For many who visit Outdoor School, their counsellors are what they remember most, along with the baby goats. This legacy of youth leadership, from visiting students to counsellors to alumni, is a foundation of Outdoor School.