A Summer Camp.
An ESL Learning Experience.
An introduction to Canada's Wilderness.

OVERVIEW:

Join UBC for a unique Language Learning experience in Canada's iconic Cariboo region. Starting in July 2019 (exact dates TBA) , UBC will be hosting a 5-day program that blends English language development with an introduction to wilderness skills.

The objective of the camp is to bring a cohort of students to the region to connect with nature, make new friends, build confidence and grow their language skills, all while having fun. Highlights include assorted How-To Demonstrations, an introduction to local First Nation's culture, whitewater rafting, seeing the Fraser River from above, and scenic drives.

Day One

8:00 AM – Meet on campus for bus pickup
12:00 AM –
Hell’s Gate Airtram and Lunch
1:30 PM – Bus Departs Hell’s Gate
4:30 PM – Dinner Stop at the
70 Mile Sugar Shack with lesson on making maple syrup
6:00 PM – Bus Departs the 70 Mile Sugar Shack
8:30 PM – Arrive at Gavin Lake for a cabin assignment, tour of location, and a snack
Nighttime activities: TBD

Day Two

8:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Group hike around Gavin Lake
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Learning Module 1
3:00 PM – ESL Directed Studies
4:30 PM – Free Time
6:00 PM – Supper
Nighttime activities: TBD

Day Three

8:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Learning Module 2
10:45 AM – ESL Directed Studies
12:15 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Learning Module 3
3:00 PM – ESL Directed Studies
4:30 PM – Free Time
6:00 PM – Supper
Nighttime activities: TBD

Day Four

8:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Learning Module 4
10:45 AM – ESL Directed Studies
12:15 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Learning Module 5
3:00 PM – ESL Directed Studies
4:30 PM – Free Time
6:00 PM – Supper
Nighttime activities: TBD

Day Five

8:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Depart on bus
12:30 PM – Lunch Stop at the
Historic Hat Creek Ranch with introduction to local First Nations games
1:45 PM – Bus Departs Hat Creek Ranch
5:30 PM – Rafting with
Wedge Rafting in Whistler, BC
8:30 PM – Bus Departs to UBC (with bag supper provided)
11:00 PM – Arrive on campus

Bus Trips (Day one & Day Five)

The trip to Williams Lake is a bit long, so we’ve broken it up by offering a few interesting stops along the way.  Hopefully, the rafting trip and arrival time in Vancouver isn’t too late for anyone! Both directions, you will be accompanied by at least one ESL tutor and a Learning Module Instructor.

Learning Modules Included (1.5 hours each):

  • Canoeing

  • Plant Identification

  • Archery

  • Orienteering

  • Wetlands and Beavers

ESL Directed Studies Time (1.5 hours each)

We recognize that not every student will be at the same level in terms of their English language education.  Therefore, these time slots will be dedicated self-directed study time in which there will be an English instructor available for help.  Additionally, some of the Learning Module instructors will be available to help with specific vocabulary related to those modules.

Facilities Available During Free Time & Nighttime Activities

  • Canoes

  • Climbing / Bouldering Cave

  • Fire Pit

  • Volleyball

  • Basketball

  • Swimming

  • Wood Sauna

  • Telescope & Observatory

  • Walking Trails

  • Obstacle Course

  • Ping Pong

  • Pool Table

  • Recreation Room

  • Note: There is no WiFi available at this facility, come prepared to expand your imagination!

How-To Demonstrations

Throughout the program, learning module instructors will provide quick “how-to” tutorials on the following topics:

  • Splitting Firewood

  • Sharpening an Axe

  • Using a Fire Pump

  • Measure Tree Heights

  • Count Tree Ages

  • Measure Tree Diameter

Learning Module Instructors

  • Stephanie Ewen, MSc, RPF

  • Mike Tudor, BSc

  • Cathy Koot, MSc

  • Jon Gaztelumendi, BSc

  • Certified Canoe Instructor