Group Development Program

2018 Spring Program General Information (subject to change):

Spring Outdoor Centre Opens : Monday May 7, 2018

Spring Outdoor Centre Closes: Thursday June 22, 2018

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Dates Closed: May 21st

Group Development  (Grade 5 -12)

Group Development Program
Maximum Number of Participants: 14 students
Grades 5 -12

This program is a fun way to introduce your group to the concept of teamwork and personal challenge in an exciting outdoor environment. The day begins with energizer activities to set the tone. The group will set some goals for the day. The morning will consist of a number of creative and challenging initiative tasks that have been chosen for their appropriateness to the group’s goals. At the completion of each activity the participants will reflect on the experience and suggest improvements for the future. After lunch, the group will participate in a Challenge Course Element activity either on Low Ropes or High Ropes. The Challenge Course element is used to consolidate the mornings outcomes and provides an opportunity for peak experience involving personal challenge, group development and communication skills.

High Ropes (Afternoon Option)
One of our most popular Challenge Course Elements is the 26 foot High Ropes Course. This is a static belayed course, meaning all participants are on the course at the same time. Our trained staff supervise the belay systems (transfers). There are 10 elements on the course to challenge participants and encourage them to work together. This an excellent way to peak a group experience.

Low Ropes (Afternoon Option)
This element offers participant the opportunity to challenge themselves on a low level as well as learning the importance of taking responsibility for other people’s well-being. The Low Ropes Course consists of 7 challenging elements that are suspended 1.5 feet off the ground.


Outdoor Skills Program

2018 Spring Program General Information (subject to change):

Spring Outdoor Centre Opens : Monday May 7, 2018

Spring Outdoor Centre Closes: Thursday June 22, 2018

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Dates Closed: May 21st

Outdoor Skills Programs  (Grade 3 -12)

Outdoor Skills Programs

The focus of this program is to provide participants with safe, fun and experiential activities. Each student will spend the full day participating in two of our outdoor skill options. After an introduction to our facilities, instructors and the day, we play a number of large group activities to “break the ice”. Participants will move into their morning option where staff will use a very experiential approach in introducing participants to new skills. Participants will meet for lunch before switching to their afternoon option. The day will be wrapped up with a reflection of the outdoor experience.

Typical Day Outline

9:00 AM                      Arrival – Bus Drop-Off on McCutcheon Island
9:00 – 9:10 AM           Welcome, Introductions & Orientation to the day
9:10 – 9: 30 AM          Full Group Tone Setter Activities and split into morning skill groups
9:30 – 11:45 AM         Morning Skill Program Options
11:45 – 12:15 PM       Lunch in the Pavilion (Teacher supervised)
12:15 – 12:30 PM       Group Activity and split into afternoon skill groups
12:30 – 2:45 PM         Afternoon Program Options
2:45 – 3:00 PM           Group Reflection Activities
3:00 PM                      Departure – Bus Pick-Up on McCutcheon Island

Available Skills Program Options

Challenge Course Elements

Badger Climbing Wall (Grades 3 & 4 ONLY)                                                                Max 12 participants
The Badger Wall is a great introductory climbing wall for new climbers. With supportive staff this is a great opportunity for students to challenge themselves to new heights.

Climb Tower & Bouldering             (Grades 5 +)                                                                      Max 24 participants
The Climbing Tower is a 28 foot, 5 sided outdoor element. It is set up with a variety of climbs that will accommodate both beginner and advanced climbers. Challenge yourself on our Bouldering Complex while being spotted by a classmate.

Dangle-A-Maze (Grades 5 +)                           Max 12 participants
Four participants work together to climb to
the top of a giant stack of crosses.
Each cross gets smaller and farther apart

 as they go up. Team work is the key!

Flying Squirrel (Grades 5 +)                                      ax 12 participants       *Individual Max weight 200 lbs
 This element takes a group effort.  It consists of a Hauling Team on a belay
rope that goes up through a pulley attached to a steel cable 35 feet
in the air and comes down to the participant.  Eight or more participants are

 hooked on to the hauling side of the belay rope.  When ready the group hauls
the participant up as slowly or as quickly as the participant wants.  As an
added thrill the participant may run and get hauled up so a swinging effect happens. 

Giant Swing (Grades 5 +)                                       Max 12 participants       *Individual Max weight 200 lbs
Participants have the option of going to a maximum height of 45 feet on our Giant Swing! When the participant reaches their desired height, they release themselves from the haul rope and begin their swing.

Stereo Zip Line (Grades 5 +)                                               Max 12 participants       *Individual Max weight 200 lbs
This exciting element allows two participants to share in the Zip experience together. Participants will climb the 35 foot poles while on belay to reach the platform. Once they reach the platform they will see 200 feet of cable stretched out before them. The platform staff will attach them to the zip pulleys.  When they are ready to go they push themselves off the platform and “zip” down the cable. Gravity and the ‘drape’ in the cable bring the participants to a slow halt to finish their experience.






Watercraft Programs                                                                   

Introduction to Canoeing             (Grades 3 +)                                                                   Max 36 participants   
Participants will paddle their way through this half day option learning water safety, basic canoe strokes with the excitement of great canoe games.

Introduction to Kayaking
(Grades 5 +)                                                                   Max 36 participants  
Having fun while developing skills makes kayaking a great half day option.  Roundup, Sponge Tag and Peg Pirates are some games the participants will play to help them learn basic paddling skills, get comfortable with this sport and build confidence.

Introduction to Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) – JUNE ONLY 
(Grades 5 +)               Max 12 participants
Our energetic instructors will teach participants the basics of paddle boarding using games on the water in a safe and fun environment. Participants will be introduced to SUP boards and their feature, basis strokes, turns and pivots, great games and fun races.


Outdoor Education Programs

The Seneca Survival Game (Grades 3 +)                                                                   Max 24 participants
This physically active program gets participants involved in a simulation game that demonstrates the food chain in a dynamic ecosystem; it is the delicate dependence of each and every species upon each other for survival. The game, played outdoors, gives all the participants a role in the food chain. When the game is going, the players are creating a real, working food chain.

Quest for Fire (Grades 3 +)                                                                                             Max 24 participants
A great combination of adventure, orienteering and fire building. Students will learn how to orient a map and how to use a compass to locate hidden wooden boxes. Within these boxes are items for fire building. Find all the boxes and be the first team to start a fire ready for a campfire treat!

Olympic Archery (Grades 3 +)                                                                                          Max 24 participants
Your group has qualified to represent your class in Olympic Archery! Olympic flag making, historical trivia, and more will set the tone. In this exciting program students learn the basics of archery from how to string a bow, to how to notch and release an arrow as well as range safety. Students will take part in a friendly tournament to conclude the program.

Outdoor Living Skills and Fishing Fun (Grades 3 +)                                                   Max 24 participants
Enjoy our Outdoor Living Skills classroom to discover our neighborhood animals habitats, try your hand at shelter building and fire building, and participate in a great activities such as BUG-TASTIC and Water Filtration Fun. Conclude your session with a little fishing on Lake Seneca.

Amaze–King–Race Group Development
(Grade 5 +)                                              Max 24 participants
This great group development program incorporates some fun elements from the Amazing Race into a traveling group building experience over the beautiful King Campus property. Race your classmates in team challenges (Ie. Minefield, Plug It Up) in the quest to win the Amaze-King-Race.  A campfire debrief concludes the experience.






Facility Rentals

  1. LOG CABIN: rustic old log cabin in the woods, adjacent parking, surround windows, 2 washrooms (max 75 ppl)
  2. PAVILION: has a wood-burning fireplace, small kitchenette, picnic table seating and a large deck that overlooks Lake Seneca, surround windows, adjacent washrooms (max 100 ppl)
  3. MEETING ROOM/CLASSROOM: we can meet all of your A/V needs in this space, adjacent washrooms (max 15 adults)
  4. McCUTCHEON ISLAND/GROUNDS: bring your lesson to the outdoords... the sky is the limit... literally!
  5. OUTDOOR CLASSROOM: built in 2012, this unique outdoor space can meet all of your A/V needs, muskoka chairs and bench seating (max 30-40 ppl.)

Grasshopper Program (JK, SK, Grade 1 & 2)

Program Options      

Nature Art
Capacity: 20 students
½ Day Program 
Curriculum Links: Kindergarten – The Arts – V.1.1, 2.1, 5.1
Grade 1: Visual Arts – D1.1
Grade 2: Visual Arts – D1.1

Students will gather items during an interactive nature hike which will allow them to use nature's colors, forms, and materials in their art activities. From forest weaving to nature chalk painting, this program provides great ways for students to connect with the natural environment.

Voyageur Canoeing & “Only One You” Group Development Program
Capacity: 20 students
½ Day Program
Curriculum Links: Kindergarten – Health & Physical Activity 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Grade 1: Living Skills – 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, Active Living – A1.1, 1.2, 3.1
Grade 2: Living Skills – 1.1, Interpersonal Skills – 1.3, 1.4, Active Living – A1.1, 1.2, 1.3

In this exciting program, students will be introduced to canoeing with a voyage in our voyageur canoes over to Rosie’s Castle. Upon arrival, student will participate in a series of fun and action-packed games that explore working together as a team. This program encourages self-confidence and self-belief as there is “Only One You”.  A special take home craft will remind students of their experience.

Outdoor Mini Musicians
Capacity: 20 students
½ Day Program
Curriculum Links:Kindergarten – The Arts – M1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1

Grade 1: Music – C1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1
Grade 2: Music – C1.1, 1.2, 3.2

Rustling leaves, clacking rocks and rubbing sticks, there is music all around us!  Students will experiment with the natural materials found in our woods to make music. Djembe drumming will be introduced to enhance the musical experience. The program concludes with making a simple instrument to take home.

Our Natural Neighbours & Dipnetting Program
Capacity: 20 students
½ Day Program
Curriculum Links: Kindergarten - Science & Technology – 1.2, 2.2, 3.3
Grade 1: Relating Science & Technology to Society and the Environment 1.1, 1.2
Grade 2: Relating Science & Technology to Society and the Environment 1.1, 1.2

Who are the critters in our neighbourhood woods? In this interactive program, students will explore animals, birds and insects we see every day.  With the use of stories, games and nature activities, students will reveal our natural neighbours.  Students will go on an adventure to dip net at our Mystical Marsh to catch and observe some wetland friends.

What Would The Lorax Think? – Hiking & Outdoor Living Skills Program
Capacity: 20 students
½ Day Program
Curriculum Links:Kindergarten – Health & Physical Activity 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
                              Kindergarten – Science & Technology – 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.3
Grade 1: Living Skills – 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
Grade 2: Living Skills – 1.1

The Lorax (by Dr. Seuss) is a popular book with a strong environmental theme about standing up for what you believe.  Our Lorax program aims to introduce students to the importance of clean air, fresh water, and animal habitats through a hike and nature activities. Students will also be introduced to the Adventure Smart Program, Hug A Tree – What to do if your lost in the woods. To conclude this program, students will participate in shelter building and a fun camp fire.

Typical Day

The following illustrates how a typical day is structured for a class of 30 students. We have chosen 2 programs and split the class into two groups.


Group1 (Half of class)

Group 2 (Half of class)

9:15 – 9:30 AM

Arrival & Welcome at Nature Cabin

9:30 – 11:45 AM

AM – Program
Ie. What Would The Lorax Think

AM – Program

Ie. Our Natural Neighbours & Dipnetting Program

11:45 – 12:15 PM

Full Class Lunch & Nature Cabin Exploration Time

12:15 – 2:30

PM – Program

Ie. Our Natural Neighbours & Dipnetting Program

AM – Program
Ie. What Would The Lorax Think

2:30 – 2:45 PM

Full Class End of Day Wrap Up & Departure


·         The cost per student for a full day program (2 Program Options per student) - $25.00      *Required minimum for booking – 20 students