Outdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education Program encourages students to challenge themselves in a range of outdoor activities and adventures. Students explore our natural environment, learn to work cooperatively and gain confidence in their own abilities.

Whether paddling a canoe through Nootka Sound, cooking meals together or cooperating to set up a group shelter, students gain an appreciation for their peers and build upon what they thought to be their own personal limits.

The Outdoor Education Program at SMS spans every grade:

Junior School students are introduced to basic outdoor skills and explore a broad range of recreational activities. The youngest members of our school explore and develop an appreciation for our immediate natural surroundings through the Outside While Learning (OWL) Program. Grade 3 students get their first taste of activities-based outdoor education. They spend a day at a nearby outdoor camp and are introduced to activities like canoeing, kayaking, archery, swimming, and climbing. Grade 4 and 5 students go on two outdoor trips each year, including their first overnight trip – a short, two-day camp.

Each fall, every student from Grade 6 to Grade 12 leaves our campus for a week-long outdoor adventure. Outweek features opportunities to camp, canoe, kayak, cave and climb at Strathcona Park, sail a tall ship with SALTS, or explore our underwater environment in a scuba diving program.

Each year, Outweek activities build upon skills students have acquired in previous years and offer new challenges. Students have a greater variety of activities to choose from as they progress through the program. Students completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can use this experience to earn credit for their residential project.