Fircom Outdoor School

Fircom Outdoor School

Fircom Outdoor School is a group of teachers, outdoor educators, chefs, and farmers who are passionate about education and the outdoors. It is founded on the belief that experiential outdoor education is a cornerstone of student development. Fircom offers a distraction free space that encourages imagination, creative exploration and problem solving.

Built on prescribed learning outcomes, Fircom Outdoor School programs are completely customizable. The program team will work to tailor the program options to fit each class or school group. Fircom Outdoor School programs start the moment the students step off the boat as the staff treat every moment on the island as a teachable one.

THE OBJECTIVE

The objective of this 5 year plan is to bring Fircom Outdoor School to a place where it offers 3 complete program packages:

  • Each rooted firmly in the core competencies of contemporary BC curriculum;
  • Each overlapping in grades to increase choice, while at the same time.
  • Each remaining specific to an age range which allow us to strength specific on-the-ground activity content & train staff to a finer degree.

EXAMPLE

“We want to work with you”

Fircom Outdoor SChool:

5-year Stepping STones

  • Inviting teachers into the process
  • Soliciting feedback
  • Building a firm OS direction based on Fircom’s values, needs and goals
  • Relationship-building by inviting others into the process

Objectives

  1. Increase OS revenue by $50,000
  2. Begin to establish Fircom as a leader in environmental programming in BC
  3. Strengthen current relationships and the Fircom community by deepening our connection with the Vancouver & surrounding school boards–it’s teachers, staff and students.

STAGE 1

  • Build on the work of the practicum student-teachers for marketing
  • Make “5 year plan” announcement to public to build excitement and interest
  • Bring current clients into the loop about potential program changes through face-to-face conversations and support material to gauge interest and solicit feedback
  • “Trial” new pilot program with 1 current school client
  • Lead 2 Pro-D days
  • Compliment with video campaign of intentions

New PROGRAM – Pilot Test:

 

SUNSHIP EARTH – Grade 4-6

  • Primarily designed for grade 5 and 6 students, this 4-day program teaches students how to take positive environmental actions and to build lifestyles that fit more harmoniously with the systems which support all life on Earth.
  • During the Sunship Earth™ program, participants receive a quality program that offers a balance of hands-on learning with recreational activities.
  • Please contact us for more details. Sunship Earth™ is a trademarked program by the Institute for Earth Education.

STAGE 2

  • Strengthen new program channels by refining programs through consultation/partnership, and marketing descriptions
  • Define 3rd program stream & bring in new school as a pilot school to trial the program
  • Host teacher-appreciation lunch for input, feedback and continuation of relationship-building
  • Lead 2 Pro-D Days
  • Compliment with video campaign of progress & efforts, encouraging ongoing consultation

Actionable Items

  • Increase outdoor school clients by 2
  • Lead 2 Pro-D training sessions
  • Host 3 teacher feedback sessions

New Program – Pilot Test:

 

Leadership & Outdoor Pursuits

  • This four-day program is designed for students in grades 7 to 12 and aims to foster positive social growth, group awareness and leadership development.
  • Students participate in a number of activities designed to develop teamwork and outdoor living skills such as hiking, canoeing, high ropes, the challenge course, initiative task, fire-building, camp craft and archery.

Stage 3

  • Continuing the pilot of the two new program streams: Sunship Earth and Leadership & Outdoor Pursuits
  • Continue to expand marketing of 3 streams
  • Continue to relationship build with teachers, hosting feedback sessions & school visits.
  • Compliment with video of new streams & success of pilot efforts

Actionable Items

  • Increase outdoor school clients by 2
  • Lead 2 Pro-D training sessions
  • Host 3 teacher feedback sessions
  • Announce formal launch of Fircom’s 3 program streams

3 Official program streams

Fircom Outdoor School

Presents

Fircom Outdoor School

ALL GRADES

  • Completely customizable
  • Built on the prescribed learning outcomes
  • The program team will work to tailor the program options to fit each class or school group, delving into our 4 core program areas: Water, Wilderness, Farm & Food Systems, and Leadership

Sunship Earth

GRADES 4-6

  • Teaches students how to take positive environmental actions and to build lifestyles that fit more harmoniously with the systems which support all life on Earth.
  • Program that offers a balance of hands-on learning with recreational activities.
  • Certificate in Environmental Sustainability

Leadership & Outdoor Pursuits

GRADES 7-12

  • Foster positive social growth, group awareness and leadership development
  • Activities designed to develop teamwork and outdoor living skills

Onward…

  • Conversion of pilot schools into permanent clients
  • Locked 3 programs streams
  • Continue annual teacher check-ins and thank-you celebration finishing the 5 year campaign.