What is Trailhead?
Trailhead is a one semester, four-credit, environmental leadership program for grade 10 students through the Halton District School Board. Trailhead is connected to Gary Allan High School.
The Trailhead class is made up of about 20 students selected from all Halton public and Catholic schools. Students spend every day at Sidrabene, the BCP school site, for a 5-month high school semester.
Sidrabene is a 100 acre community property located at 5100 Appleby Line in the middle of the Halton District School Board. The property has a main school building with two classrooms, a dining hall, and kitchen. Your day as a BCP student includes a mix of outdoor activities and indoor classroom lessons. Cooking lunches during the week and taking responsibility in the kitchen is also part of the Trailhead experience.
Part of your semester includes teaching grade-four students a one-day program called Project WILD. Trailhead students learn various games and hands-on activities, so that they may become leaders and teach grade-four students in an outdoor setting. Emphasizing fun, excitement and learning by doing, Trailhead leaders will help their elementary students to understand the importance of being responsible citizens for our planet, ones who take positive and constructive action toward wildlife and natural resources. Each Trailhead semester hosts about four days of Project WILD.
Throughout your semester, you get to know a new group of friends. You live in a community where success is celebrated and challenges are welcome as part of the learning process. You explore current environmental issues and human impact, and discover your own relationship with nature.
The Trailhead group goes outside every week to hike through the local valley, and play games like ultimate frisbee and prisoner’s base. Your semester also involves an Adventure Trip canoeing in Algonquin Park.