Crisis Management Simulation—Learning Important Life Skills

By Peter O'Grady, LCS Teacher The Crisis Management Simulation has been an integral part of the Grade 12 Outdoor Education experience at Lakefield College School for almost 20 years—teaching teamwork and the building of communication and collaboration skills. Combining amazingly realistic make-up, a story that involves multiple injured persons, an amazing outdoor wooded campus and an often wet and cool late November day, the stage is set for an impactful and meaningful experience. Students are asked, in advance of the simulation, to consider and identify their unique strengths and how they align with the type of leader they are. For this particular activity, students are assigned to roles that align with their particular strengths and areas they feel confident with. While wilderness first aid, in general, is part of the experience, in this context, introducing students to this skill area - of identifying and working to personal strengths - is the key. We build on first aid training…

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Lessons Learned on The Ocean

Alumnus Joe Ribbins ’18 is spending his year with Class Afloat exploring the world and enjoying new experiences while aboard a tall ship. Submitted by Joe Ribbins Class of 2018 Waking up to a beautiful sunrise over a calm ocean, seeing the stars over the open sea with no light pollution, and having to eat soup when the boat is rolling over 10 ft swells are just some things I have had to get used to when living at sea. My name is Joe Ribbins, or as my school friends call me—Ribz.  Thanks to Lakefield, I am now sailing on a 70 meter (200+ ft) tall ship to 23 different ports in 20 countries and will cross the equator and the Atlantic Ocean twice. The first five ports have been some of the best experiences that I have ever had. Of course, I miss home (Cayman Islands) and Lakefield. I miss…

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The Lessons Nature Teaches Us

Deepening our connection with, and responsibility to, nature and the outdoors through beekeeping. On a warm day in early June, three students at Lakefield College School pull on long-sleeved white coveralls and plunk veiled hoods over their heads. Then they carefully tuck leather gloves under elasticized cuffs. Looking more like emergency responders in hazmat suits than high school students, they turn to the leader of this oddly dressed group. "Let's go," he says. Garret Hart, Head of Cooper House and Outdoor Education Assistant, is giving the students a hands-on lesson in one of Lakefield's latest outdoor pursuits: beekeeping. Hart is well known for coordinating The Grove’s maple syrup production every year. Many in the community covet the delicious product he and his students create each spring from the sugar maples on campus. Beekeeping is a fairly new endeavour at the school, and you can tell from the way he talks about the bees…

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