elementary outdoor


Elementary Outdoor School is designed to connect to and compliment the grade five and six curriculum, but can be modified for other age groups. This program combines curriculum-based activities with experiential outdoor adventure and classic camp activities. The program periods are designed in three-hour blocks, with cross-curricular links in a hands-on environment.

Instincts for Survival

Students will use their instincts to survive in our Instincts for Survival game. Students will enjoy the chase and the thrill of surviving, cooperating with teammates, engaging in physical activity and having fun! The Instincts for Survival game teaches participants about what living things need to survive, the food chain, life cycles and the relationship between humans and habitats.

Nature Hike

Students will engage in a guided hike, exploring the natural world around them. Students will be encouraged to use their senses as they participate in a variety of activities designed to increase their awareness of nature in their own backyard.

Wilderness Skills

Students will learn the basics of surviving in the wilderness. Students will learn how humans have historically survived in the wilderness, focusing on shelter and fire-building. See if you have what it takes to survive!

First Nations Study

Students will learn about the First Nations Peoples of Canada through trust activities, storytelling, archery, games and other engaging activities.

Sky Science

Students will explore the night sky in order to learn about our solar system, phases of the moon and the legends of the constellations. During the day, students will learn about cloud formations and weather prediction.


Students learn about direction, true north versus magnetic north, parts of a compass, compass use and maps. Give your hand at this traditional activity and learn how to navigate from here to there.

Initiatives/Team Building

Students have the opportunity to practice their problem-solving and communication skills by working through fun and challenging tasks as a team.

Challenge Course Activities

Challenge course activities are not built into the Elementary Outdoor School Program; however, some schools choose to add these at an additional cost. Challenge course activities require specialized certified staff, small group sizes and in some cases, a minimum age of students. The availability of challenge course activities to elementary schools depends on the number of students attending and the number of days they are at camp in order to ensure enough time for all students to participate.

The challenge course activities and minimum ages are:

Minimum age 7                     Minimum age 9          Minimum age 12

Climbing Wall                         Giant Swing                 Zip Line

High Ropes Course

Low Ropes Course Teams’ Pod

Challenge by Choice

All Camp Kindle programs follow the ‘Challenge by Choice’ philosophy, which allows participants to define success individually, giving them the opportunity to choose the level at which they challenge themselves. We encourage all participants to try each activity and reach outside of their comfort zones. We do not force or peer-pressure participants into activities or actions they do not feel comfortable with.