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Bold Beginnings
University Adventure

Bold Beginnings
University Adventure
Packing & Preparedness List

Dear Students:

You are about to embark on an unforgettable adventure! For 5 years now we have been helping University Students make the powerful transitions from High School to University or from University to their emerging career paths. This program powerfully equips you with essential skills to help set you up for success!

Universities in the United States have long recognized the value of a powerful transition experience to help students bridge the gap from High School to their Post-Secondary learning environments. In 2012, we were commissioned to design a program for the University of Guelph and now we have created a program that is open to students from far and wide. Any students at any stage of their University careers are welcome.

This is not just a canoe trip. It is much, much more. With decades of experience, our Program Design team have helped young people learn about their own strengths in the outdoors from as far away as the Jungles of Thailand to the Arctic Circle and everywhere in between. Your program will take place in world famous, Algonquin Park. This beautiful wilderness area is larger than some European countries and will be the back-drop for this transformative experience with us.

Every Leaders of the Day program is made up of a diverse group of individuals. Each participant brings their own special talents, personalities and great qualities. On your journey, you will meet new friends, discover inner strengths and amaze yourself by doing things you might never have thought possible.

We will provide at least one update during the program that will be posted on our Facebook page. This way your friends and family can follow your Journey somewhat and have a sneak peek inside the course experience as it is unfolding. Have them follow this link so they can receive updates. We do not have direct access to the internet and will be phoning in our updates.  As a result, we cannot respond to inquiries from friends or family in real time until our return to the office.

What Leaders of the Day Provides

Leaders of the Day will ensure that you have all the technical equipment and specialized gear that you need to safely and comfortably enjoy your adventure with us including: Experienced Wilderness Instructors, a warm, light sleeping bag, water-proof bags to store your clothes in, canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices, tents, tarps, delicious meals, First Aid supplies and emergency equipment.

On the packing list included in this document, we have outlined the type of clothing that works best in an expedition environment. If you don’t have everything, most of the items are available lightly used at places like value village or alternatively at places like Mountain Equipment Co-op, Sail or other outdoor adventure outfitters if you are open to investing in new equipment for future adventures.

What You Should Bring With You

Our clothing lists have been developed from years of experience spent living and teaching in the outdoors. The clothing list has been designed for your safety and comfort for this particular experience.

To give you an idea of how we dress and pack at Leaders of the Day, think of two sets of clothing: a quick drying “wet” outfit for day wear and a warm “dry” outfit of layers to change into for the evenings and to sleep. Each day you will wear a set of clothes that, despite your best intentions, might get wet to some degree during the course of your planned activities. You may not end up wearing everything on the list, but if some of the weather turns wet or cold, you will be happy that you have it. The key is to be prepared, but remember, we must carry everything we bring.

Weather Conditions for Your Program

It is important that you bring proper clothing to be actively engaged in learning in this fully expeditionary environment. Weather at this time of the year can experience large swings both in conditions and temperature and that is why it is important to bring all of the items that have been outlined. We could experience 30 degrees C one day and also have a night time temperature of only 6-9 degrees C.

Course Start time and Location

Magnetawan Lake Access point of Algonquin Park

It is your responsibility to get yourself to the course start location. Leave yourself some extra time to navigate the access road as it is a dirt road and takes a little more time than Google might suggest. Your group will be gathering at 11:00 sharp on Monday August 7th 2017 and after some introductory activities and some lunch will be launching our expedition. We are unable to wait for participants beyond that time-frame.

Depending on where you will be traveling from, some participants choose to take a motel room in a nearby community the night before to shorten their drive on the day of the course start. Please follow the link provided for a detailed map and directions.

We will have very poor or non-existent cell connection on course start day, so please be in touch with any questions you may have by Friday August 4th while our office is still open. You will be able to leave your vehicle in the parking lot there (if you elect to drive yourself). Alternatively, you can get dropped off by friends or family or try to arrange a ride share with other participants via our Facebook page.

Please email us with your license plate info and make and model of vehicle if you do intend to leave it at the access point as we will need to purchase a vehicle permit on your behalf. Your course will conclude in the early afternoon on Friday August 11th.

Here is a link to the map:

Tents and Sleeping Arrangements

A Few Notes about Meals and Snacks

All food, drinks and snacks from lunch on Day 1 until Lunch on Day 5 will be provided as part of your course tuition. We plan all of our menus taking into consideration the dietary concerns (if any) that you may have indicated on your Confidential Medical Disclosure.

Having food or soft drinks in personal effects or in your tent can attract unwanted animal visitors like Bears this time of year that can damage equipment or pose dangerous and unnecessary safety risks for yourself and other program participants. Please leave personal snacks and candy etc. at home. We will ensure you are well fed!

If you have any questions about your course, please call us Toll Free at: 1-866-576-5323 ext 38

Trailhead Program Packing List

Sport sandals or water shoes (closed toe please) This should be a pair of footwear with a back strap that can get wet as you get in and out of the canoes and to protect your feet when you swim. Our safety policies require that participants do not walk or swim barefoot. No Crocs / flip flops please.
Light runners (Dry shoes) 1 pair for wearing around the campsite at the end of the day.
Wool socks 2-3 pair of wool or synthetic “work” socks.
Warm pants (optional) 1 pair of Fleece pants. If you are someone who gets cold in the water.
Warm Sweaters 1-2 Sweaters: polyester, wool or Fleece. Try to avoid cotton if you can.
Long underwear 1 set of tops & bottoms: for cool nights or to warm up after being in the water.
Rain jacket and pants The course is entirely expedition-based, so please make sure you are prepared.
T-shirts 2, T-shirts: Cotton or synthetic are both O.K.
Shorts 1-2 pairs: Nylon, or other quick drying fabric.
Quick-drying pants 1-2 pairs: Nylon, Polyester, or other quick-drying fabric. Cotton is not ideal.
Underwear 2-3 pairs: Cotton is O.K.
Sports Bra 1-2 For women – Cotton is O.K.
Swimsuit Something that is quick drying.
1 Litre Water bottle We will be “gifting” you with one, but you will require 2 in total.
Sun hat 1 With a brim for sun protection (baseball caps are also O.K.).
Warm hat 1 (wool or fleece) for cool evenings or to warm up after rescue simulations
Toiletries Toothbrush, small toothpaste, and any other “essentials”. Fragrances = bug bites
Feminine supplies Female participants should bring an ample supply (if required) in a Zip Lock bag.
Sun screen & lip balm 1 each: 30 SPF is ideal. Sun exposure can be powerful on the water.
Sunglasses & retainer strap The inexpensive variety with a retainer strap.
Head lamp /extra batteries Important for some of the evening programming / using the washroom after dark.
Towel 1 Small, quick drying sport towel to dry off after swimming or for cleaning up.
Camera Bring a dry bag for cameras. We cannot be responsible for damaged technology.
Any personal Medications As listed on your medical form.
Sleeping Mattress *Leaders of the Day will provide you with a simple foam pad for sleeping on. If you would like to bring something a little more comfortable, you are welcome to bring your own light-weight inflatable sleeping pad. You will have limited space to pack your gear, so it needs to be light. No air mattresses please. Thermarest is a good product..
Bug Jacket or repellent If you are sensitive to mosquitoes, there are a number of products on the market to help you forget about them and focus on having a great time. Bug jackets rule!