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Bold Beginnings
University Adventure

Bold Beginnings
University Adventure

5-Day Personal Development Odyssey for University Students


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At Leaders of the Day© we specialize at creating powerful post-secondary transition experiences that help students to begin to “excavate” their own unique strengths, talents and resilience. We do this by inviting students to step outside of their everyday settings and circumstances and into the heart of an unforgettable adventure together. Research shows that young people who have a deeper sense of self-awareness, greater resilience and a growth oriented mind-set are the ones who ultimately are placed head and shoulders above their peers. What better way to obtain that edge than on an epic adventure!

Through a series of very intentionally designed challenges and activities, this strength-focused Trailhead Program promotes self-discovery, deepens personal resilience and assists students in forging the type of lasting new friendships that will help them set down good roots as they begin this exciting new chapter in their life. The skills that students acquire on these expeditions are highly transferable tools that serve as vital keys to unlocking their own personal successes both at school and beyond.

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This very dynamic program has been engineered to help promote the essential skills and character traits necessary to take on the challenges of today’s rapidly changing world.  During their adventure together, students have the chance to make decisions, try on the mantle of leadership and work collaboratively with others in a high functioning team environment. By doing so, they emerge feeling more confident in their skills, with a stronger sense of belonging and with a hunger to place their goals on the next lofty summit.

“Thoughts become words; words become actions; actions become experience; experience becomes character.  Character is everything.”

The Trailhead Program has been created both to welcome incoming students standing  on the threshold of their University experience as well as blending upper year students poised to launch their professional careers.  The program is open to all university aged students across Canada who wish to take part in this life-changing adventure.

The experience invites students to step beyond the confines of their everyday routines and assumptions and into a fully experiential learning adventure in our “wilderness classroom”. During their course, students will learn first hand about team building, effective communication, problem-solving, self-care, critical thinking and personal leadership.

Through a progression of intentional challenges and meaningful benchmarks during their program, students discover that they are capable of much more than they might have previously imagined.  Our former participants say they can’t imagine having navigated either of these huge transitions in their lives without their Trailhead experience and the tight alliance of positive friends that they made there.

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“Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try.”

The Expedition


Our 5-Day Canoeing Expeditions take place within world-renowned Algonquin Provincial Park. Students need only pack their basic clothing as outlined by the Leaders of the Day© clothing list. All other food, technical equipment and/or personal gear will be provided as part of the all-inclusive course fee. You’ll have the chance to travel through stunning vistas, see incredible wildlife, ancient trees, and then fall asleep beneath a sky full of brilliant northern stars.

At the conclusion of your adventure our “Transition Crew” will meet the group with ingredients for an incredible celebration lunch on the beach to honour your accomplishments prior to your journey by chartered transport back to the city.

“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.” – Unknown.

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Your Instructors


At Leaders of the Day, we hire talented Instructors with deep knowledge and experience of the outdoor world. They hold the highest industry standard certifications; have vast teaching experience, worldly knowledge, and deep log books. As well as being practiced guides, mentors and role-models, our Instructors are also skilled facilitators of the Transformative Experience.

They are experts at living, teaching and traveling in the wilderness and have been selected not only for their significant technical and facilitation skills but also for their wealth of unique life experiences that make them interesting, approachable people. They are passionate professionals teaching what they love to teach most and have great energy and excitement for helping you make a strong start to this very compelling new chapter in your Life!

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  • To anyone out there wondering if a trip with Leaders of the Day is for them, the answer is YES. If you like adventure, nature, or even just want to add something new to your routine, you won't find a better way to do it. The Guelph Trailhead program was a fantastic experience and I learned so much about myself and the natural world around us. But most important of all, it has made going into university so much better! I will never forget my experience and will treasure the bonds made forever Emily, former Trailhead Participant

  • This was a truly eye-opening experience, it will make you feel things (and certainly muscles) you have never felt before! It will be tough, but there will always be people to help you along the journey and to discover that you are capable of far more than you could imagine! Thank you! - Paul, former Trailhead Participant

  • We had the best, and most challenging, five days! A very huge thank you to Tony and everyone at Leaders of the Day for this incredible experience! I will forever remember Trailhead and all the wonderful memories (and laughs) Krista Kermer, University of Guelph Program Liaison.

  • This was a great way to start my university experience! I got to meet people that were "in the same boat" as I am. I learned how to persevere through obstacles and how to live with people from all walks of life, which is very helpful for starting University. The friends and memories that you take away from the experience are priceless. Thanks Leaders of the Day for this amazing time! - Johnny former Trailhead participant

Packing List

Click here to learn everything you need to know about our Trailhead Program Expedition:
What to bring, where to meet…..everything!

Join us this summer final

Program Tuition
$650.00

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Your Adventure Happens

August 7-11, 2017