This Junior School Nature Camp, hosted by the International School for Earth Studies (ES) in Ladysmith, Québec teaches campers about outdoor emergency skills, environmental literacy through leadership language and animal connection workshops, so they may become more nature savvy.


Section 1: Welcome to Earth Studies

1.1 Curriculum Involvement

ES will supervise hands-on, intentional progression driven and applied skills for outdoor emergency preparedness (firemaking, shelters, etc) and while increasing environmental literacy during each day of camp. This includes coaching and leadership communication workshops (see Calendar below).


1.2 Meal Preparation & Housing Accommodations

ES will provide all meals, housing and facilities for the activities of camp. Campers will sleep in the camper housing building or Lodge with the possibility of sleeping in a tent or tepee.  


1.3 Camping, Canoeing, Swimming

It’s all about teamwork, communication, leave no trace while respecting your local environment.  Campers will not only learn about important strokes, maneuvers and water rescues -- they will work as a team and better understand the concepts of follow the leader.


1.4 Outdoor Wilderness Survival

Campers will develop confidence and initiative through learning about backcountry preparedness and travel, primitive shelter and fire making, and the prevention and mitigation of outdoor recreational emergencies.


1.5 Animals Environmental Impact

To help preserve and understand freshwater ecosystems and the role they play in the food chain, campers will choose one of several ongoing Earth Studies projects. The most common group projects include beaver mitigation, tree planting and wetland restoration.


1.6  Teamwork and Leadership

Campers will learn how to stay motivated while controlling their stress, emotions and wellness. There will be two professional sports coaches who will talk to these points. These speakers have been carefully selected and have created youth-leadership initiatives with Earth Studies in the past.


1.7 Interdependent Studies Workshop

Campers will be encouraged to take advantage of the countless resources and natural places on the Earth Studies 250-hectare private campus. Swimming, paddleboarding, backcountry exploration and lake-side meditation are a few examples of common activities.


1.8 Free Time

Depending on day-to-day scheduling, weather and group dynamics, campers will be given rest and relaxation time to reflect upon their own personal goals. Activities and games are also encouraged during this time.


Section 2: Animal Connection


2.1 Introduction to Animals

Children are the most at risk from accidents with animals both wild or domestic. This camp will help increase wild and pet awareness through general animal behavior that focus on understanding causes, functions, development and evolution of animal behaviors.


  • The purpose of this camp is to also educate the next generation of pet owners. By the end of the camp participants will know how to walk, socialize with, and the importance of household rules, boundaries and limits.


2.2 Camper Training for Dogs

A hands-on guide to understanding the basics of dog behavior. Workshops focus on the Earth Studies pack of 19 Seppala Siberian Huskies. Topics include non-verbal body communication, dominant and submissive language, pack dynamics, lead and follower mentality.


2.3 Confident Leadership & Responsibility

How to have a meaningful relationship with your dog. Campers learn how to supervise dog-related activities and games. The most important knowledge participants learn is how to develop respect, trust and love with their own dog(s).


  • The best way to teach how to be your dog’s leader is through participation and engagement. Several interactive games and activities will help bridge the communication gaps between new campers and senior sled dogs.


2.4 Code of Conducts

Campers discuss topics of sustainability and the planet. It is important that campers develop and create their own perspective and opinions on the guidelines and come together in collaboration.


2.5 Environmentally Normalized Social Interactions

This camp allows participants to gain perspective of how dogs interact and socialize within a large dog pack. Understanding the significances of the environment, people and dogs allows for informed lifestyle choices.


  • Campers who understand the people-dog relationship dynamics, will share their experiences and knowledge within their sphere of influence. The life skills learned can then be taught to siblings, friends and family members.


2.6 Ethical Treatment of Animals

Group discussions on the ethical treatment of sled dogs and dogs in general as household pets. The topics discussed will include but are not limited to eugenics, natural history, canine evolution, and a dog’s purpose.