Hunter Training Camp: Valuable Student Experiences

Outdoor Education – Hunter Training Camp 2018

Parental/Guardian Information

Dear Parents:

Students eligible for the outdoor survival camp will be taking part in the annual DVSS Hunter Training Camp during the first week of June, 2018.

Basic Information

  • Monday June 4th to Wednesday June 6th.  

  • Alford lake Conservation and Education Center near Caroline, AB.  

  • The Students will be provided with equipment guides and assigned to a shelter group of 2-4 students.  

  • Trip cost is $80.00/student:

    • $40.00  Camp fee/instruction/range fees

    • $40.00 Transportation

  • Select high school students who have taken part in the course in the past will likely accompany us on this trip as Jr. Leaders.

  • Student transportation by bus

  • Parent Volunteers are required

    • We require a minimum of 5 parent volunteers for this excursion to take place.  Of the 5 volunteers, we must have at least one female.  There will be at least 2 teachers travelling with the group.  In addition we are required by the camp to have a trailer to store our food in while at the camp.  In the past we have been fortunate enough to have parents/guardians who have access to a horse trailer. If you wish to help out we can be reached at the school at, or you can send a message to Mr. Berdahl.

The material needed by the students is being detailed throughout the course.  They will be supplied with an equipment list. Some of these materials are personal and everyone is expected to have these items.  Some of these items are group items and must be collectively accumulated by members of their group. Due to the cost of the camping equipment it is suggested that materials be borrowed whenever possible.  It is also required that the students and parents sign and return the campers code of conduct (available online by way of our virtual classroom).

Eligibility

To be eligible to attend survival camp the students must meet the following criteria:

  • Permission from Parent or Guardian

  • Appropriate classroom behavior throughout the term

  • An overall mark of 70% prior to the trip

  • All school fees, and trip fees must be paid

  • All required documents must be submitted prior to departure  

Conduct

No behavior that endangers the safety of an individual or group will be tolerated.  In certain cases it may be necessary to call a parent in Drumheller and require the child be picked up at the camp.  This includes, but is not limited to the use of drugs or alcohol. In the event of such behavior the student will be held at the camp center until the parent arrives.  Further, it should be noted that only the students that have met the criteria and those that have paid their course fees will go on the trip.

Parent supervisors are to work in support of keeping our students safe and well for the duration of the camp.

Parent Volunteers

Parent supervisors are to work in support of keeping our students safe and well for the duration of the camp.

Supervisors may need to offer support in some or all of the following areas:

 

Task

Materials

Notes

Building/repairing shelters

Tarps, tarps, tarps...ropes, duct tape, etc.

Given that it seems to rain every time we are at camp, appropriate shelters for sleeping and cooking are important.

Fire starting

 

Students have been training to start their fires with flint and steel; or, using a battery and steel wool.  In any case, lighting fires without matches, lighters, or accelerants…. We’ll see how that works out

Range supervision

Clothing appropriate for a full-day at the archery, rifle and shotgun range(s).

Our students will be split into at least three groups at the range, and each group will require adult supervision throughout our time on the range  

Cooking/meal prep

Camp stove….

Supplementary food/snacks

Students are expected to plan and prepare and clean up after all their own meals.  If conditions are extremely difficult, then we will need a couple of camp stoves to ensure that everyone has access to hot water and warm food.

Ensuring the general well-being of all members of our group

First aid kits appropriate for camping, additional snacks, extra blankets, rain gear, spare hat/toque/cap, etc.

Dehydration, heat stroke and/or hypothermia are matters of ongoing concern for all participants. Allergies, insect bites and/or



 

Student Groups

 

Student groups are intended to ensure an appropriate standard for shelters and meal planning, and to ease or spread the burden of providing certain equipment (axes, grills, cooking utensils, etc.).  Most groups consist of 2-4 people. While all students are encouraged to join a group and cooperate with one another, this is not always possible; therefore, occasional exceptions are made for those who insist on working alone.

 

Students will be expected to prepare their own shelters and at least five meals (2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 1 lunch) in addition to providing their own box/bag lunch on the first day, and a enough cash to enjoy a simple fast food meal on the way home.

 

Equipment list

 

Group and personal equipment lists are provided.  These lists are intended as a reasonable minimum requirement to ensure student safety and comfort throughout our time in camp.

 

Meal plans

 

Meal planning will constitute one of our course assignments.  Students will develop and carry out a suitable group meal plan. Suitable meal plans ensure that every member of the group is properly sustained throughout the duration of the camp (3 days and 3 nights).

 

Supplementary Rules-Guidelines

 

  • Participants are expected to move in groups of at least two people whenever we move outside of the immediate group area.  This includes, but is not limited to trips between the campsite and our storage location and/or the washroom.

  • Participants are to ensure that there whereabouts are known by either by an adult; or, by the other members of their student group at all times.

  • Students may bring appropriate knives (max. 4 inch blade, lock blade; or, fixed blade with suitable sheath)

  • Each student group is expected to have a suitable axe. No Hatchets (or tomahawks)

  • Participants must follow all appropriate guidelines for axe and knife use, at all times.

  • Firearms will be provided at the range.  Students are NOT to bring any firearms

  • Deodorants, Colognes, Perfumes are NOT permitted in the campsite.