Thriving Roots – Cowichan Forest Scouts

Forest Dwellers Spring Program

Weekly Youth Program for  Ages 7-12

Dates:  Weekly. Fridays 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Spring Semester: February 8 – June 14th. (No classes during Spring Break: March 18-19)

The term ends with an epic overnight campout (June 14-15) Dinner for the campout is included.

at OUR Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake

Learn how the animals live every day in the wild, finding all their food, medicine, shelter, and water. 

Learn the old skills that have allowed kids all over the world to thrive in nature. 

We will play games, go on wild adventures, make crafts, and cultivate a deeper sense of our place in the natural world. Through activities, challenges, and song, youth will discover greater self-confidence, learn cooperation and teamwork, and gain a sense of environmental care-taking.

Each week will be a new adventure on the land: playing games, hearing nature-based stories, building fire, carving primitive tools, weaving baskets, foraging for food and medicine, journaling nature mysteries, learning bird language, expanding our senses, exploring the pond, tracking wild animals and more!

As a weekly program, Forest Scouts Cowichan will give students a deep immersion into nature connection and cultural mentoring learning skills, making projects and ultimately finding peace and connection. The more often we enter the “mind of the scout”, the deeper that mindset will permeate our everyday life.

Explore, discover and adventure while learning skills that have allowed kids all over the world to thrive in nature!

  • We will play games,
  • go on wild adventures,
  • use knives,
  • make tools & crafts,
  • sing songs,
  • cultivate a deeper sense of our place in the natural world

Participants will discover greater self-confidence learn cooperation and teamwork, and gain a deeper sense of belonging and environmental care taking.

Thriving Roots uses the 8 Shields Mentoring Model- an educational approach that is based natural cycles and ancient mentoring practices that:

  • Encourage creative thinking rather than providing answers
  • Help students develop problem-solving skills and self-sufficiency
  • Take learning to a deeper, embodied and contextual level.

Where: OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake

Ages: 7-12

Dates:  Weekly. Fridays 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Spring Semester: Feb 8 – June 14th. (No classes during Spring Break: Mar 18-19). 17 sessions total.

The term ends with an epic overnight campout (June 14-15) Dinner for the campout is included.