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Outdoor Leadership

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Grade 11 and 12 students from the HSSS Outdoor Leadership program describe their experiences, memories, and challenges from the 2015-2016 school year.


OL Application 2016

Outdoor Leadership is an opportunity for students to explore the outdoors, experience new adventures, to learn new skills, and to discover their individual strengths. For semester 1, students will take the board approved Outdoor Leadership course during the regular timetable. In addition, students will receive credit for the Outdoor Leadership PE course for their time spent outdoors throughout the school year. Activities may include: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, wilderness first aid certification, avalanche safety training certification, snowshoeing, orienteering, multi-day backpacking, and sea kayaking. Students need to be strong independent learners, well organized, and self-motivated to handle the formal component of the course, and keen outdoor enthusiasts and problem solvers to enjoy the various outdoor adventures. No outdoor experience is necessary. A course fee of $1000 pays for professional instructors, certification courses, camping fees, and specialty gear rental. Students must fill out the application form on the HSSS website in order to be considered for the program.

 Course calendar and additional information can be found at Mr. Harwood’s website.

 Applicants for 2016-2017:

In order to be considered for Outdoor Leadership, students must complete the application and submit to the office or to by May 9th, 2016. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday, May 13th and a payment of $1000 is due June 10th, 2016. The course fee is non-refundable. Payments can be made online at the following link: or by cheque made out to “Howe Sound Secondary School – OL”. 


Scholarships and Bursaries

The Wendy Thompson Bursary is open to students who wish to participate in Outdoor Leadership. Click this link to access detailed information. Please note: The deadline for application is April 14th, 2017.

For the 2016-2017 school year Altus Mountain Guides is offering a full scholarship to one student who demonstrates financial need and a passion for the outdoors. For more information contact

Upcoming Dates