The daily programme is structured around five 1-hour activity periods. Two consecutive periods are spent in the classroom for language study. On arrival, all campers are tested to determine which of the three levels of study is most appropriate for their continuing studies. As ESL (English as a Second Language) is optional, students who decide not to take ESL simply replace it with two activities of their choice. In 2010, we are continuing to offer the new "Introduction to Guitar" programme.
Another new programme was successfully introduced in 2009 - the WEP (Wilderness Education Programme). This is an extraordinary opportunity for campers with good English and is an alternative to ESL. The goal of the WEP is to involve and educate students using the unique outdoor classroom that Lakefield School has to offer. Activities are focused on the environment, wilderness exploration and discoveries unique to the local Canadian landscape. Components include:
Wilderness Living & Survival (building shelters, campfire cooking)
Outdoor survival games & hikes
Animal and insect exploration (fishing, observing marsh habitats)
Native Canadian stories & history
Current Environmental Concerns (global warming, environment, sustainable living)
The programme includes 10 hours per week split into 2 daily periods and is suitable for campers with intermediate to advanced level English.
The remaining three periods are devoted to a variety of sports and arts with campers able to elect the activities of their choice once each week. Once choices are made students stay with those activities for the entire week, building on their developing skills. All the instruction is conducted in English by qualified staff.