Throughout their time at York House, students participate in a variety of experiences ranging from day-trips to the woods to multi-day excursions in BC’s wilderness at the high school level. Each excursion integrates curricular goals across subjects and fosters emotional and social learning and life-skills.
Our commitment at YHS is to cultivate students’ confidence and skills in a progressive way over time. In the primary grades, students begin their journey by undertaking day trips to local forests and beaches. In Grade 3, students experience their first overnight YHS excursion. From Grades 4 to 7, students participate in multi-day outdoor education trips to some of the province’s most renowned outdoor education camps such as Sea to Sky Outdoor School, Camp Summit, the Cheakamus Centre, and Camp Stillwood. Through a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, canoeing, sailing, biking, camping, and environmental studies, students learn and develop self-reliance, teamwork, leadership, and responsibility.
In Grades 8 through 10, students embark on week-long excursions into British Columbia’s pristine wilderness in locations such as Manning, Golden Ears, and Garibaldi Provincial Parks. By Grade 10, students have developed the skills to plan and execute a multi-day outdoor excursion including meal planning, tent-set-up, and so much more. Interested students from Grades 9 and 10 may pursue their passion for the outdoors as well as fulfill Duke of Edinburgh International Award requirements. Interested Grade 11 and 12 students may fulfill Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award requirements with a team-formulated trip under the guidance of the YHS Outdoor Education Coordinator.