West Ironbound Island –off of Gaff Point (Hirtles Beach) for the expedition. Location for drop-off and pick-up is at our Boathouse in Luenenburg at 174 Bluenose Drive.
DATES: The 8 Day expedition will take place between August 17-24 with the pre-trip planning day on August 17th in Lunenburg and sleeping at the Lunenburg Campground on the night of the 17th. There are no pre-expedition planning days to accommodate girls traveling from afar.
Drop-off and pickup location: 174 Bluenose Drive – Lunenburg
Drop off time: 10am - Wednesday August 17th
Pick-up time: 6pm - Wednesday August 24th
This exciting program will include a 7 day expedition on West Ironbound Island followed by a day sail in September and other exciting program opportunities in the months after the trip.
West Ironbound Island is a very unique place to explore and learn about Nova Scotia’s rich heritage. Your Sea School instructors are highly trained to provide the best experience possible while on the island. Your group will be transported out to the island departing from Lunenburg by motor boat and dropped off for the duration of the program. Upon arrival you will meet Jake and Melissa Wentzel, 3rd generation caretakers of the island, who will provide a tour for the group. Once settled on the island, you get the opportunity to practice leadership skills, wilderness survival and camping skills while also doing some unique program activities including the possibility of a sheep round-up! This program is one of the most memorable components of an unforgettable summer with the Sea School. The group also learns a great deal about the island's history and how to take care of it.
• Shelter Building with tarps and / or found materials practicing no trace
• Plant Identification and wild edibles
• Camping in tents or under tarps
• Cooking on outdoor stoves
• Fire building and one match fires
• Solo reflection
• Any island services requested by the KCC (Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy) on their part of the island including trail development or clean-up.
• Possible Sheep round-up
Participants are responsible for providing warm clothing (we can loan you items as well); we provide sleeping bags, camping equipment, all meals and eating gear, canvas duffel bags to pack clothes and belongings into, and heavy duty foul weather gear (boots, pants, jacket).
Participants will be selected through an application process based on the participant meeting the following criteria:
- Participant must reside in Lunenburg or Queens County
- Participant is between the ages of 13 and 17.
- Participant is female
Please contact Sophia BEFORE you complete an application to pre-register at [email protected] or call 902 423 7284.
Download or request a copy of the application form and return it to us.
For your application – please indicate why you would like to participate. Your answer will be evaluated based on the following:
- Participant expresses financial / transportation / social barriers to participation in outdoor adventure. OR
- Participant expresses interest in opportunities for leadership development OR
- Participant expressed interest in an all-girls learning environment as opposed to a co-ed one.
Each participant will be expected to pay $80 for registration (tax included) – bursaries are available. We are happy to be able to offer this program for a highly subsidized rate thanks to funding support from Canadian Tire Jumpstart, the Department of Health and Wellness, Queens Community Health Board, and Lunenburg Community Health Board.
Please indicate on your application if you need travel support.