Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education Program

The goal of the Outdoor Education program at Glenlyon Norfolk School is to provide students with the outdoor travel and living skills needed to develop self-reliance in the wilderness and stewardship for the natural world.

Our Outdoor Education program allows our Senior School students to take full advantage of our location on the beautiful west cost of Canada. From launching kayaks off the beach of our own Junior School Campus to surfing on the wild east coast of Vancouver Island to winter camping on nearby mountains, our staff design this course to allow students to take full advantage of our unique region.

Beginning with co-curricular options in Grades 9 and 10, each successive course builds on the skills acquired in the previous year. In Grades 11 and 12, students have the opportunity to choose Outdoor Education (OE) as their credited physical education elective, which requires them to participate in one OE trip each term. The outdoor education program is also a good fit for students wishing to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

As part of the course requirement, students are expected to keep a working journal to document their activities and the skills they have learned. Please enjoy these video entries by one of our Grade 12 ORL students for a wonderful glimpse of her experiences in the program.