Program Overview

Going Beyond the Classroom

The Community Environmental Leadership Program is a unique four credit program offered to 24 grade 10 students at Norwell District Secondary School during the second semester.
 
The program provides students a unique opportunity to depart from the traditional classroom and learn through an exciting engaging, hands-on approach to academic education.
 
Approximately four days a week students are bused from the school to Camp Wyoka near Clifford, the other days we remain at the school. At Wyoka there are acres of awesome wilderness and a cozy classroom with another building nearby for eating and cooking. We have a smart board, high speed internet and a computer- we have access to the same learning tools that we use at school with a bonus of the great outdoors. During school days we arrive back to school in time for buses home.

Courses

The four credit integrated program includes: 

Integrated Learning

The courses are integrated with one another. Nothing is learned in isolation and all CELP activities are tied to the course content.

Students prepare through text, video and other media and time with the teacher can then focus on exploring and examining subject matter. Fieldwork is combined with seminars to develop thinking skills, allowing students to work together and make detailed observations.


 Wilderness Trips

Field trips tie into core program components to achieve course objectives. Some of these activities include extended overnight trips to Camp Wyoka, Cyprus lake and Halliburton Forest. Learn More >>

Camp Wyoka is the first extended field trip and a chance for program orientation.
Wyoka overnight trip is at the start of the semester. It is an overnight trip that allows everyone to let go and get to know one another.  We do so many activities over the two days, such as snowshoeing, trust exercises, crafts and a night hike.
 
Cyprus Lake camping trip
Cyprus Lake camping trip is a three day tent trip where we hike the Bruce trails, visit the grotto, take a nature hike at singing sands beach, go rock rambling, take a trip into Tobermory and so much more. It is an amazing trip with many great opportunities.
Halliburton Forest is an outstanding five day canoe trip. We take part in so many amazing activities such as: canoeing, swimming, portaging, rock climbing, high ropes courses, and biking. This trip is the last trip of the semester and wraps up the year with a bang.
Halliburton Forest is an outstanding five day canoe trip. We take part in so many amazing activities such as: canoeing, swimming, portaging, rock climbing, high ropes courses, and biking. This trip is the last trip of the semester and wraps up the year with a bang.
 

Volunteering

CELP Students are active in the community and complete 28 hours of service
Earthkeepers is two day event led by CELP students for local grade five students integrating themes and drama. It is a fun and challenging program that takes significant planning.

Earthkeepers is two day event led by CELP students for local grade five students integrating themes and drama. It is a fun and challenging program that takes significant planning. 

Community Environmental Projects include tree planting on local farms or public land, annual Earth Day activities, and the Waterloo Children's Water Festival.

Community Environmental Projects include tree planting on local farms or public land, annual Earth Day activities, and the Waterloo Children's Water Festival.

Community Events include local festivals, unique community days and many other engaging activities that allow CELP students to build skills and contribute to their community.

Community Events include local festivals, unique community days and many other engaging activities that allow CELP students to build skills and contribute to their community.


Application

 
Applications become available in early November of the school year for grade nine students to apply for the program. If the applicant is accepted into the program they will take part in the program during second semester of their grade ten year. Applications can be picked up at the guidance office.