Winter Survival

Winter Survival may be one of the most important field studies offered by Outdoor Environmental Education. Every year, a number of Canadians are thrown into winter survival situations due to winter storms or vehicle accidents, and unfortunately every year some of these people are injured or die unnecessarily because they lack rudimentary winter survival skills. Winter Survival is a full day field trip where students are challenged to complete tasks in a winter survival scenario. Students learn the basics of shelter building, fire lighting, ground-to-air rescue signals, and how to stabilize and transport a casualty. See trip outline at the bottom of the page.

Day of the Trip
If possible students should be on the bus and ready to leave the school by 9:15 in the morning. The full day will be spent outdoors. We will build fires at lunch time and students are encouraged to heat meals on their fire. Details of what materials to bring will be discussed in the class visit. See below for Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist.

Curriculum Connections   Outcomes Indicators
Grade 6 Phys Ed

PE6.10 Apply controlled use of selected movement skills and variations (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills) as well as safe and environmentally friendly behaviors while participating in a variety of:

alternative environment activities

  Phys Ed PE6.13 Analyze and apply safety guidelines and rules that apply to the target games, invasion/territorial games, and alternate environment activities to develop an appreciation of their impact on self and others. D
Grade 7 Science HT7.1 Assess the impact of past and current heating and cooling technologies related to food, clothing, and shelter on self, society, and the environment D,E,F,G
  Health USC7.3 Commit to personal safety practices while acquiring basic first aid knowledge and skills C,D,E,F,G,I
  Health USC7.5 Evaluate personal food choices and needs by applying accurate and current nutritional knowledge E
  Phys Ed

PE7.9 Utilize selected movement skills and combinations of skills (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative) to participate in a variety of:

Alternate environment activities

  Phys Ed PE7.14 Examine, evaluate, and represent both the historical and present impact of Canada's Northern people on the development of movement activity options as a means of supporting the well-being of self and others. C,D
Grade 8 Phys Ed PE8.8 Apply and adapt selected activity-related skills (e.g., carrying, paddling, gripping, hanging, wheeling, digging, fire building, snow ploughing, compass reading) and strategies required for participation in alternate environment activities (e.g., backpacking, hiking, cycling, overnight camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, wall climbing, in-line skating, skate boarding, cross-country skiing, tracking, roping, dog sledding, skating, orienteering, downhill skiing, toboganning, quincy building) A,C,D,E,G,H,I,J
  Phys Ed PE8.12 Demonstrate the skills required to administer basic first aid (e.g., scene management, seeking help, treating minor injuries, applying precautions for body fluids) required as a result of injury caused by participation in movement activities A,B,C,D,E,F

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