Grade 7 Program

Camp Thunderbird experience (five days, four nights) highlighting:

  • group dynamics;
  • outdoor-living skills;
  • environmental awareness;
  • First Nations culture; and
  • hiking and overnight camping.

The Grade 7 program continues the environmental focus established in Grade 6 while introducing important outdoor living skills in a residential setting. The importance of group dynamics is stressed through team-building exercises utilizing the ropes course, rock climbing, and other activities. Guest speakers might include a conservation officer to discuss wildlife issues, an expert on traditional native lifestyles or a local artist.

Most of the program develops outdoor-living skills, such as:

  • navigation;
  • outdoor cooking;
  • fire-building;
  • erecting shelters;
  • basic survival; and
  • minimum-impact camping.

Students spend the first two nights in cabins at camp. The final two nights will be spent camping in the wooded areas of the surrounding Sooke highlands.

SMUS Middle School Viewbook cover cropThe Middle School viewbook provides an overview of programs and the SMUS experience.

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