In the last few years, we’ve seen the preliminary results of studies on the effects of technology and social media on youth. Both aspects have great potential as tools, but when overused have the potential to cause a lot of stress, particularly in young people. These thoughts are the basis for this course offered by School Of The Forest. We’re offering this two-week canoe expedition in the North Maine woods as an antidote to these problems. In this course, students will learn about camp life and the basics of canoeing at our field school, before setting off on a trip down the Allagash river. All of our courses touch on the “Self” aspect of our educational philosophy, but this one, in particular, will focus on it in depth. Students will be required to keep phones on airplane mode while at the field school, and once we’re on the river we’ll be beyond the reach of cell signals. Students will keep in depth journals about their day to day experiences, as well as keeping a record of food and water intake. They’ll take part in “Sit spot” exercises each morning, help with cooking their own meals and build shelters for themselves. All of this sounds daunting, but this once in a lifetime experience will provide a solid basis of skills for outdoor living and a relaxing time away from the everyday buzz of technology that’s part of young people’s lives in the modern world.
Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate skill proficiency and experience in a wide variety of outdoor skills, including fire, shelter, outdoor cooking, observational weather forecasting, carving, basketry, cordage and natural bindings, navigation, and the safe and efficient use of the axe, saw, and knife.
2. Make a variety of pieces of traditional gear, such as a canoe paddle or pack basket.
4. Have a working knowledge of basic, intermediate, and advanced wilderness survival.
5. Assemble and maintain a tool kit with which they can make a variety of different crafts.
6. Navigate by map and compass, and also by using barehand methods.
7. Build a strong foundation of nature knowledge about the weather, plants, the stars and constellations, mammals and their tracks, fish, etc.
8. Have a basic knowledge of edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful wild plants.
9. Document progress with individual skills in their logbook.
10. Increased knowledge of individual needs relating to food, comfortable sleeping, etc.
The program is $375 per student, and includes access to the staple foods we keep at camp.