What is the BCP?

The BCP is a one semester, four-credit, environmental leadership program for grade 11 and 12 students through the Halton District School Board. The BCP is connected to Gary Allan High School.

The BCP class is made up of about 20 students selected from all Halton public and Catholic schools.  Students spend every day at Sidrabene, the BCP school site, for a 5-month high school semester.

Sidrabene is a 100 acre community property located at 5100 Appleby Line in the middle of the Halton District School Board. The property has a main school building with two classrooms, a dining hall, and kitchen. Your day as a BCP student includes a mix of outdoor activities and indoor classroom lessons.  Cooking lunches during the week and taking responsibility in the kitchen is also part of the BCP experience.

Part of your semester includes teaching grade 5 elementary students a 2-day overnight program called Earthkeepers.  You learn the script for a dramatic ecology activity, and teach about three Earthkeepers programs during your semester.  You may also lead a campfire or hike as part of the evening program.

Throughout your semester, you get to know a new group of friends.  You live in a community where success is celebrated and challenges are welcome as part of the learning process. You explore current environmental issues and human impact, and discover your own relationship with nature.

As part of the program, you can become certified in Green-check GPS Training, Wilderness 1st Aid, leadership skills, paddling, and ice safety.  If you take part in the Specialist High Skills Major diploma program, the Ministry of Education covers any of these certifications to which there is a significant cost for you.  The BCP group goes outside every week to hike through the local valley, and play games like ultimate frisbee and prisoner’s base.  Your semester ends with a 5-day adventure trip Bruce Trail Hiking Trip or canoeing in Algonquin Park.

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Funding provided by the Halton District School Board, the Halton Learning Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Halton District School Board Gary Allan High School

The Bronte Creek Project is a Gary Allan High School program in the Halton District School Board.