Access to our great outdoors is abundant in the beautiful landscape that surrounds us and thanks to a new piece of equipment Power To Be can help participants explore even further.
The reflection of sun on water catches my eye, distracting me from the sneaky ambush headed my way. I spin my head around and I’m immediately drenched with a spray of water from the splash of a paddle as laughter echoes across the lake.
Brought together by a common thread, their journey had begun many years ago. They are survivors and Power to Be was lucky enough to organize a trip for eight amazing youth through the Teen Adventures – A Spirit Quest program supported by Balding for Dollars and the Oncology/Hematology/BMT Program at BC Children’s Hospital.
On a sunny weekend in July, a group of Adaptive Recreation staff and participants from Victoria and Vancouver made the trip to Salt Spring Island to go camping.
Victoria-based volunteers came together for Power To Be’s first volunteer overnight training. Volunteer trainings are a common practice at Power To Be, although training with an overnight component was something new this year.
Power To Be’s Wilderness School helped bring out the best in Shaheen Rabie, and since graduating from the program, the 17-year-old has committed his time and energy to helping other youth in the community build confidence and connection through adventures in nature. His efforts have garnered him a United Way Youth Now Volunteer Award.
Shiloh approached the edge of the cliff and threw the stone she carried up the mountain. Crashing down amongst the trees hundreds of feet below her, the rock held all that was weighing on her mind. “I put all of my anger and frustrations into it. When I threw the rock, it released a lot of stress,” Shiloh says.
Just north of the world famous West Coast Trail lays the relatively unknown Cape Beale Trail. Historically it was part of the same telegraph line and lifesaving trail that set the foundation for the West Coast Trail. The Cape Beale Trail, however, although much shorter in distance, provides its own challenges with infrequent maintenance and deep mud.