Adventure is unique within the Independent Schools. Adventure trips and experiences at Albert give students the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, challenge themselves in areas of uncertainty, develop leadership and teamwork skills and create friendships. Albert is constantly changing adventure trips as the need for personal exploration and leadership develops within the student body.
EPLC and Junior School
A sense of adventure is developed at the Junior School with various field trips. Field trips vary from grade to grade based on curriculum and student driven inquiry. Field Trip possibilities include: Conservation areas, Blades of Glory to explore life during ancient civilizations and Upper Canada Village to immerse in pioneer times, Air Force Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Fish Hatchery in Prince Edward County and other local adventures. Adventure is also promoted with physical activities such as skating days for Grades 1 to 6, ski trip for Grades 4 to 6, swimming in the Albert College pool, and a three-day overnight camping trip for students in Grades 6 to develop leadership and team work skills.
Every other year, students learn what life was like for British soldier in the 1800s during an overnight stay at Fort Henry in Kingston. Students also visit Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and skate along the world’s longest skating rink- the Rideau Canal. The Middle School students also get the opportunity to go to Toronto where they explore the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo, Science Centre or Art Gallery of Ontario. The Middle School ends the year with a curriculum-based trip to either Montreal or Quebec City. All these trips are included in the tuition.
St. Donat Trip
To enhance our French program, the Middle School students travel to St. Donat, Quebec to experience French Canadian culture. Bilingualism and biculturalism are promoted and celebrated in this excursion, not to mention skiing and other outdoor winter sports. In addition, the Middle School enjoys lunch at a local French restaurant, L’Auberge de France. Students put their classroom learning into action as they interact en français with owner Jean-Marc and his staff.
Orientation Camp is an Albert tradition dating back to 1973 and is a highlight for students each September. Before classes begin, students and faculty spend a few days enjoying the Canadian outdoors together. During the day, students choose from a variety of activities including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, various sports and games, rock climbing, and hiking. In the evenings, everyone gathers around the campfire for skits and songs. Orientation Camp provides a relaxed environment that encourages interaction and cooperation and supports a strong sense of community. Camp is excellent opportunity to meet other students and spend time with teachers outside the classroom.
Duke of Edinburgh Trips
A program focusing on individual development, personal achievement and self-challenge, the Duke of Edinburgh program is available to anyone between the ages of 14 and 25. As students work towards the levels in the program, they have the opportunity to organize and participate in a variety of expeditions including canoe trips, outdoor camping, dogsledding, snowshoeing and hiking.
Visit to the United States
An alternating annual trip to New York, Boston or Washington is another feature of Albert's adventure program. In New York City, students visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, enjoy plays on Broadway, shop in Times Square or tour Rockefeller Centre. The Boston adventure features whale watching, a walk on the Freedom Trail, a visit to the New England Aquarium, and shopping in Faneuil Square and Quincy Market. In Washington, students have the opportunity to tour Capital Hill and visit other historical museums and sites.
Grade 10 Leadership Trip to Bark Lake
In the spring, the Grade 10 students travel to Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre in Irondale, Ontario for a three-day excursion. The main focus of the program is to further develop leadership skills within the group. There is a large focus on processing the experience and investigating into “why”. This also allows students to overcome challenging and unfamiliar experiences that test and develop their physical, social and interpersonal skills. The Albert College group will concentrate on the following outcomes and skills: problem solving, social awareness, environmental awareness and communication. As part of the leadership training, students will be involved in planning their activities during the program.