Take A Hike Update
Students participated in cross-country skiing on their out days. Both classes were also busy getting prepared for their upcoming winter trips. Prior to their trip Grade 10s attended avalanche training and practiced building snow caves. On January 31st the Grade 10s headed out on their winter trip on Mount Cypress. They travelled by snowshoe and spent their first two nights in Hollyburn Cabin and the remaining nights in snow caves they built themselves. On Tuesday evenings students participated in a 6 week snowboarding program with the Executive Director Jaydeen Williams as their chaperone. Four additional students joined the class in January.
The Moonlight snowshoe was another huge success raising over $48,000. There were over 100 participants, 12 students, 25 volunteers, 7 program staff and 9 of the 14 board members present. Students contributed to the event by cooking the delicious homemade soup, helping with set-up, clean-up, and display work. One of the Take A Hike students made a speech explaining how much the program has impacted him and changed him for the better.
On February 16th two Take a Hike board members went into the Take a Hike classroom to tell their students about their journey up Mount Aconcagua in Argentina to raise money for the foundation. They raised $22,310 for Take a Hike and had an amazing adventure along the way.
The grade 11/12 class went on their winter trip from March 7 to 11 at Elfin Lakes. They travelled by snowshoe and, like the Grade 10s, spent nights in cabins as well as nights in snow caves they built themselves.
More photos from these events can be viewed on the Take a Hike Facebook page.
March 16 was a donor connection event called “Harness Hope for Youth at Risk.” The event gave donors an opportunity to participate in a ropes course at UBC and experience some of the challenging activities the Take a Hike students participate in.
Currently Take a Hike is getting ready to kick-off their “Take a Hike on the Wild Side” fundraising campaign which starts mid-April.
Spring trips are scheduled for May 2nd – 12th for the Grade 11/12 class (10 day hiking excursion on West Coast Trail and May 26th – 31st for Grade 10 (6 day kayaking trip off the coast of Vancouver Island)
Ongoing In the Community
Recent activities include: writing letters to donors in the Take A Hike foundation office, Holly Hauling in Pacific Spirit Park, serving meals at downtown food shelters, sorting computer parts at Free Geek Vancouver.