THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE GREAT PORTAGE CAMPS
THE NEW PATHWAYS FOUNDATION IS LAUNCHING ITS NEW CAMP PROJECT
A Great Portage Camp in YOUR community!
GREAT PORTAGE CAMPS
The return to school is fast approaching, and uncertainties still hang over the current situation due to Covid-19. One thing is certain, health and social distancing measures will now be in effect. In particular, some communities are considering a gradual return to school, including a priority on exploring nature. It is in this context that the New Pathways Foundation set up its Great Portage Campp, a community camp combining workshops and learning from New Pathways camps and the creation of a trail with athlete David Gill.
Considering that the camps are an immersive educational environment where we work to develop multiple inter-related skills and where we focus on self-confidence, living together, cultural pride, the relationship with nature and critical thinking, we believe that the workshops that we have developed could greatly facilitate the return to class following such a long period of absence. Great Portage Camp can be molded to the needs of the community and adapt to the needs of the targeted age group.
Two camps will be held this fall between September and November. The dates will be determined with the two chosen communities.
WHAT IS THE GREAT PORTAGE?
2KM OF MARKED TRAILS IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
While offering a flexible schedule that adapts to the school’s schedule, the Great Portage Camp offers the community the opportunity to reappopriate the surrounding forest by developing a marked 2 km hiking trail intended for members of the community, created by a group of young people from your community.
WHO IS IT FOR?
IT'S UP TO YOU TO DETERMINE ACCORDING TO YOUR NEEDS!
The group chosen could be from the regular classes of elementary and secondary (6th grade or secondary 1, 2 and 3), a group of young people not attending school or who have special needs.
DAVID GILL AND A DYNAMIC FACILITATION TEAM
The Great portage is a project initiated by Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation athlete David Gill. As a national team athlete in track and field, David traveled to Quebec’s Aboriginal communities to promote physical activity. Thanks to his many visits, and having spent all his youth in the community, David is well aware of the need for sustainable and free-access facilities, such as those offered in the Grand Portage.
David will visit your community and share his expertise on marking hiking trails. He will be accompanied by two facilitators from the experience camps who will ensure the dynamic and warm facilitation of the camp’s workshops.
Strict sanitary measures to prevent Covid-19
1. Limit the number of visitors to your community to 3-4 interveners.
2. Have visitors tested beforehand.
3. Respect and enforce the rules of physical distancing.
4. Limit physical contact by scheduling activities and games that limit the sharing between participants of material that hasn’t been disinfected.
5. Respect the sanitary measures of hand washing and disinfection of the equipment.
6. Wear a face covering in indoor areas.
The Foundation is committed to preserving the health of the members of our communities, which is why it is committed to respecting public health recommendations on health measures for day camps.
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?
6 DAYS OF WORKSHOPS DEDICATED TO THE CREATION OF A MARKED TRAIL.
We offer a formula of a half-day camp in nature devoted to various workshops and the creation of the trail, with one half-day in class. Our idea is to split one of your groups into two. The first half will devote their mornings to the Great Portage Camp, while the other half will stay in school to take their regular classes. In the afternoon, it will be the reverse, the first half will go to class and the other half will be at the camp!
The camp’s programming will be co-developed with the community, but will mainly focus on the creation of a trail, including walking in the forest and theoretical teaching on the marking of trails while respecting nature. In a combined way, a program will be put in place around self-confidence, teamwork, the achievement of one’s goals, perseverance and discussion, all with a culturally relevant, fun and artistic approach, helping to keep young people and participants motivated and smiling.
MOBILIZATION OF SKATEHOLDERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
This project aims to mobilize several community stakeholders. It will require the involvement of a local team (teachers, coordinators, artists, public works, band council, etc.)
The New Pathways Foundation will cover expenses of an approximate value of $20,000. The community must make a financial commitment to purchase the signs for the trail markings and the trail start/end announcement, which can represent around $4,000.
Please note that we will request written approval from the Band Council for the granting of an area in the community for the creation of the trail.
For more information, please feel free to contact the camp coordinator, Alexandra Picard Sioui, who is available to answer any questions and to accompany you.