Service Excursions was a multi-day program that encouraged and got youth outdoors to provide service to the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society of Tumbler Ridge B.C.
The main purpose of the project is to create a multi-purpose trip that fulfills multiple objectives. It is designed to get youth on board to plan and execute a trip, get youth outside, provide service to the Tumbler Ridge community by doing trail maintenance, as well as curating and building awareness of backcountry safety and skills (camp stove cooking, fire building, ax safety, trail finding, compass/map work, etc.)
My mentor and I simply asked some participants to be a part of the planning process. This included food prep, gathering materials needed for our service jobs, and being involved in the planning process. I also had a peer on the trip who took pictures for us.
There was a total of 15 participants because this event was a multi-day event and out of town. Some people could not attend.
This project engaged youth from ages 14-19. Our group was able to complete quite a few maintenance tasks/jobs around Lost Haven Cabin in Tumbler Ridge BC! This also gave the youth a look into what hiking and camping are like.
The biggest success achieved through this project was watching youth enjoy the outdoors while being of service to the Wolverine Mountain and Nordic Society.
I learned/confirmed that I love serving others, youth, and being in the outdoors. Next time I would make the event longer so we would have a chance to do trail maintenance on more than one hiking trail!