Outdoor Adventure students at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley are getting a taste of what lies ahead in their program as they embark on the final Program Readiness Camp of the summer.
“The Program Readiness Camps are a mandatory part of the admissions/selection process for the Outdoor Adventure Program,” explains Jamie Bramburger, Manager, Community & Student Affairs at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley. “There are two large camps held in May, and one last minute camp held in August for late applicants. The students participate in this camp at the Wilderness Tours Resort. The applicants are evaluated at these camps and then a decision is made by the faculty on whether they should be admitted to the program. The applicants have already been evaluated regarding their academic prerequisites by the time they attend the Program Readiness Camp.”
The group of eight students will be rafting, rappelling, mountain biking, and more over the next _ days “to introduce them to the type of outdoor training they will be exposed to in the program”, adds Jamie. “It is also a test of their leadership and team work abilities. It helps students better understand the physical requirements of the program, and allows faculty to evaluate the applicants on their ability to be successful in the program.”
While some might see rafting or rappelling from great heights as an intimidating thing, Jamie points out this is a program for thrill seekers. “The students are always “pumped” after participating in the program readiness camp. While they are sometimes apprehensive as it pushes them outside of their comfort zone, it is an adrenaline rush for many of them and they are eager to know if they have been admitted to the program. We call it “the most exhilarating college program on earth!”"
Best of luck to the Outdoor Adventure students!
Check out this video from a previous Outdoor Adventure camp to see more of what the students are up to today!