Set the tone in your classroom. Leadership programs inspire teamwork, communication, and confidence. Together we learn skills that will last a lifetime. Our educators can bring their skills and materials to your school or you can bring your class to Blue Lake Camp.

Columbia Outdoor School provides educational programming focusing on outdoor skill development, environmental science and leadership. We accomplish this through fun, meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural environment. 


Challenge Program

The Challenge Program is an activity- based group program specifically designed by Youth Centres Canada, supported by Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion to engage youth in activities that stimulate and develop problem solving, decision- making and personal skills that position them better to make informed choices that affect their lifestyle and wellbeing.

Students are encouraged to apply the skills they learn to everyday situations. The challenges are fun and resemble light- hearted games and activities. The activities provide opportunities for the students to problem solve and strategize and are followed by a structured debrief session that gives everyone in the group a chance to talk about their experience and listen to others’ experiences.

Classroom Leadership

Our staff can cover any of these goal specific topics. Select three of the following:

  • Group Dynamics

  • Common Ground Activities

  • Problem Solving

  • Decision Making

  • Communication skills

  • Public speaking

  • Self- Esteem

  • Leadership skills development

  • Capacity building in classrooms

  • Reduction in Social isolation

  • Risk Awareness

Details & How To Book

Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 9. See recommended grade level next to program titles.

Program Cost:

  • 1.5 Hours at your school, inside or outside your classroom - $130 per class.

  • Half day field study - $175 per class.

  • Full day field study - $300 per class.

Dates: Year round programming. Program availability may depend on the season.

Location: Anywhere in the Columbia Basin. Our educator will meet you on location and provide programming and equipment.

Time: Programming can be tailored to your class schedule, preferably sticking to a 2-4 hour session.

How to Book: Contact us at 250-426-3676 or

What to Bring:

  • Enough parent chaperones to supervise class size. Recommended ratios 1 adult per 5 students (grades K-3), 1 adult per 8 students for grades 4 and up.

  • Water bottle.

  • Litter free snacks and/or lunch.

  • Warm, waterproof footwear.

  • Be prepared for weather (sunscreen, hats, rain jackets, layers, warm coats, hats, extra socks, mittens, etc.)

  • Sit upons if you have them and would like to bring them.

  • Pencils.