Beginning sometime in March of each year, applications are accepted for entry into the next fall's Northern Outdoor Studies Class. Applications are taken from grade 10, 11, or 12 students. Applications can be submitted from students outside of the Bancroft school area, but first preference is given to those within the school district. The program only takes in 18 students each year. If there are not enough acceptable applicants from within the school, then outside applicants are considered for acceptance. This has happened on several occasions. Usually there is a waiting list, and over the past several years we have had taken students from the list because of individuals deciding not to take the program for one reason or another.
Course Requirements and Expenditures
The cost of the course for next year is $300.00 per student.
Additional costs and equipment students must have:
- a proper fitting paddle, and a Canadian Coast Guard approved lifejacket or PFD.
- a minimum "Class G" hardhat with attached hearing and face protection. Recommend hard hats with side impact protection.
- a Nalgene 1,000 milliltre water bottle
- green patch leather work boots
- leather palmed work gloves
- students are required to pay for meals when away on trip, or working away from the school
- students and parents are encouraged to purchase additional personal injury insurance - many of our activities are considered "high risk", and the board of education insurance does not cover all types of injuries.
- the Professional Skidder Course is optional and requires separate payment.
- chainsaw boots,
- chainsaw pants - recommend pants with front leg and calf protection.
Considerations before applying...
The time commitment for participating in the Northern Outdoors Studies Program is fairly demanding. It requires working long and varied hours including some weekends. The average number of hours students put in during a semester is approximately six hundred. Applicants need to have transportation available to and from the school as required, when course activities run before or after regular school bus hours. Those applying from out of the Bancroft area, and if accepted, must register as students with North Hastings High School, and must at their own expense, find accommodation within the school area before the program begins .
If you are interested in applying for the Northern Outdoor Studies Program print off the application below and either mail or fax it to:
North Hastings High School
PO Box 190, 16 Monck Rd.
Fax: +1 613 332-0978
Note: each application for consideration must be accompanied by three completed Teacher Reference Forms (these are included in the application file).
Northern Outdoor Studies Application (pdf)
Northern Outdoor Studies Tentative Schedule 2007-08 (pdf)