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Personal growth through physical challenge

Recreation Academy students test themselves and pass

By: Chris Colbourne and April Bartlett

  |  Posted: Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 06:00 am

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  • Recreation Academy Instructor Kevin Witschen leads students on a snowshoeing expedition.
    Recreation Academy Instructor Kevin Witschen leads students on a snowshoeing expedition.
  • Students took turns making meals for the group.
    Students took turns making meals for the group.
  • Supervisor Megan Hall does up some instruction sheets.
    Supervisor Megan Hall does up some instruction sheets.
  • The hostel in Lake Louise where the student group stayed.
    The hostel in Lake Louise where the student group stayed.
  • Equipped with headlamps, students take a nighttime walk.
    Equipped with headlamps, students take a nighttime walk.
  • Nate Reinhart takes a breather after a tiring day.
    Nate Reinhart takes a breather after a tiring day.
  • Connor Olstad, 14, takes a turn at stirring detail.
    Connor Olstad, 14, takes a turn at stirring detail.
  • Academy instructor George Mentz.
    Academy instructor George Mentz.

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April Bartlett

Video by
Chris Colbourne

In late February, a group of students from W.D. Cuts Junior High School in St. Albert headed for the snow-capped mountains of Lake Louise, Canmore and Banff for three days of fun with friends, personal challenges and self-discovery.

For many of the Grade 7 to 9 students, climbing frozen waterfalls, mushing through deep snow and still forests, or experiencing the joys of racing down the ski slopes, were a foreign concept.

However, each student met those challenges and persevered in his or her own way and created memories to last a lifetime.

Welcome to the Recreation Academy.


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