Get Outside BC is a collaborative youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to British Columbia’s wilderness by empowering young leaders across the province.
The purpose of the project is to connect youth to the outdoors in a meaningful and sustainable way by giving them a sense of purpose and the capacity to inspire others to spend more time in the outdoors. The goal of the project is to provide both a gateway experience for youth engagement with BC's outdoors and subsequent opportunities for engagement through youth-led follow-up events and the creation of a supportive youth network of natural leaders. Rather than providing a one-time experience, Get Outside BC aims to provide youth with the tools and resources to develop an enduring connection to the outdoors and a lifelong identity as a natural leader.
Get Outside BC is shifting Phase 1 from hosting one central camp in southern BC, to hosting multiple community camps across BC. In the upcoming year, Get Outside BC will be hosted in Kimberley, Port Alberni, and Kelowna with the goal of adding more summits in the following years. This shift will allow the young leaders to develop a stronger connection between them and their local BC parks. Also, we will be able to involve more youth from the community and surrounding area, which will increase their capacity to engage their community getting outside. Not only will this community shift involve more local youth, but will involve more local leaders. This will increase the opportunities for mentorship between Get Outside BC participants and community leaders. Finally, we are hoping that this community summit structure will make Get Outside BC easier to replicate, and a Get Outside movement can sweep across Canada!
To apply for one of the upcoming 2016 community projects, please click the links below:
Are you a past GOBC Participant? Apply to be a 2016 GOBC Intern!
As a GOBC Intern, you will work alongside the Get Outside BC Coordinators deliver this year’s camp and help support and facilitate participants in Phases II, III, and IV.You will influence and inspire the program through all four phases!
Applications are due June 3rd at 4 pm PST. Extended until June 30th for Kelowna summit.
Click to download a GOBC Intern application: Kimberley, Kelowna, Port Alberni.
Get Outside BC wouldn't be possible without generous financial contributions from BC Parks and Mountain Equipment Co-op. We also wish to thank Parks Canada, Vancouver Foundation, and the Hamber Foundation for their in-kind and financial support.
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Are you looking for more youth leadership opportunies?! Check out these great programs too:
Leadership Ecology Adventure Program (LEAP) offers secondary students an applied field course in Leadership Studies. During this 9-day outdoor immersion, students will develop their Action-Centered leadership skills. The climax of LEAP is the Journey, which is tarken through a modality of choice (Abroad, Voyageur,SUP). Lead is a tranformative passage where learners develop a deeper understanding of themselves within the greater cultural and biological ecology of the Pacific Northwest. www.outdoors.sd47.bc.ca
The Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox(MVST) brings together environemntal conscious students from across the lower mainland together to explore environmental leadership and stewardship while developing strategies to assist their schools and communities in becoming more sustainable. Sustainability Toolbox students each 4 credits in Sustainability Studies. The program runs in August. www.outdoors.sd47.bc.ca/sustain.html
If there are leadership programs missing from this list please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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