THE MUSKOKA WOODS EXPERIENCE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
In the spring of 1993, Greg and Paul - two educators from the Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board - set off on a yellow school bus to Muskoka Woods with 45 Grade 8 students and their teachers. They spent four days enjoying the great outdoors and, upon their departure, agreed to return to Muskoka Woods the following year.
Within three years, the “Muskoka Woods Experience” expanded to include 300 students from nine schools across Windsor. During the Experience, students enjoyed a fun-filled, outdoor recreational experience that emphasized the importance of leading an active, healthy lifestyle and focused on developing their leadership skills. In this supportive and encouraging environment, students were taught “You don’t have to be the best, you just have to do your best.”
To enrich this exceedingly popular program, WECDSB high school students and staff were integrated as program leaders and instructors. With the help of Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in their school’s leadership courses, the number of Muskoka Woods Experience participants continued to grow.
What began as dream with 45 students from one school has evolved into an inspiring 20-year partnership between the WECDSB and Muskoka Woods. Now, 1,200 elementary students from 35 schools and 300 Grade 11 and 12 students from eight secondary schools take part in the Muskoka Woods Experience each year.
Thank you to Greg and Paul, and the teachers, administrators and parents of the Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board, for making this unforgettable experience possible. We look forward, with eager anticipation, to continuing our commitment to developing the next generation of leaders together.