Update - 2019April Amanda's Legacy is pleased to announce that we were able to gift $3000.00 to support the 'GET OUT' Youth Camp!! Thank you to everyone for making this possible.
Get Out! “Unplug to Connect” started in 2009 when the City of Port Coquitlam partnered with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to provide marginalized and at risk youth with barrier-free opportunities for kids, 11-18, to connect with nature, with each other, and with themselves. Since that time, Port Coquitlam Youth Services has reached out to share the program with other Lower Mainland communities, thereby expanding the reach and number of youth in participation.
Currently Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Vancouver, Richmond, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge have partnered to allow up to 100 youth take part in this amazing unplugged weekend. Cell phones, tablets, computers are not allowed at the three day, two night camp, and neither is smoking of any kind. One youth, Jenna stated, “On Friday when we got to camp I couldn’t believe they wouldn’t let us have our phones. But by Saturday afternoon I was like, I’m soooo glad I don’t have my phone… I was able to leave all the drama behind.”
With a focus on inclusion and overcoming obstacles, the camp leaders create fun activities that challenge the kids. Participants are asked to step outside their comfort zone and try everything including: a high and low ropes course, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, scavenger hunts, nature interpretive walks, swimming, trail running, yoga and more. After two activity filled days, the third day is a time for artistic options, as well as connection and reflection where kids have a chance to share their experiences, triumphs, their struggles, and their goals. The event allows this kids to make new friends, try something new, forget about personal stressors and live without their electronics which allows their unique personalities to shine and memories to be made.
Get Out! is a powerful experience for participants and staff, and aims to be barrier free to allow underprivileged youth an empowering, fun and rewarding experience. Thanks to the Amanda Todd Legacy Foundation, we will be able to continue the event into 2019.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PARTICIPANTS AND PARENTS “I am not a social person, and I have never been. Just the idea of going to a camp like this, where I would have to interact with total strangers from around the greater Vancouver area terrified me beyond belief… I came from a country where there was a lot of war. I don’t sleep well, ever. But for one of the first times in my life I felt safe around people I barely knew and was able to sleep.” Niamh M
“It was a chance to take a step back and breathe, to relax in the beautiful nature that this province offers us and to remind us how interconnected the world is.” Karen L
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