The Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program (GASP) is an opportunity for students in grade 9 and 10 to learn leadership, backcountry and photography skills during a three-day backcountry hut trip during the summer; and returning GASP participants in grade 11 are welcome to join us as leaders, to glean from their previous experience, develop their leadership skills, and encourage positive learning in younger participants. During this weekend, students set out to the wheeler hut in Glacier National Park, were they develop skills in the following areas: hiking to a summit, topographic map use and route planning, GPS use and geocaching, tree identification, fire building, camp stove use, alpine lightening preparedness, bear encounter preparedness, team building and communication, and leadership.
In return, students give back to their community by completing 15 hours of stewardship in the community and parks. Stewardship Activities have included Parks Canada events such as Take a kid mountain biking day, Celebrate the Summit, and a Parks Restoration day. Students also assisted at NCES events such as Martha Creek stream bank rehabilitation, assisting in the delivery of the Junior Naturalist Program, running an activity at the Kokanee Fish Fest, assisting with Bear Aware day, and preparation of the GASP photo art exhibit.
Through these stewardship activities, youth have volunteered over 200 hours back into community and park programs – a massive achievement!
The students also are given the opportunity to work alongside local professional photographers who have generously volunteered their time to teach and inspire these youth. The students learn about nature photography techniques, and then have their images printed and put on display during an exhibition at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre gallery.
Inspired to get involved in this program this year? Contact us for more information!