The Carlington Summit

(Carlington Community and Health Services Adopt-a-Program)

Calling all trekkers! Remember the first time you enjoyed the beauty and ruggedness of Canadian woods and waters? Let's help our youth enjoy that same pleasure - along with aching muscles, burnt noses, and a hearty Bar-B-Q to round out the day.

Carlington Community and Health Services (CCHS) is giving youth at Bellevue Manor on Caldwell Avenue an opportunity to investigate the great outdoors. This innovative project offers a day of hiking and canoeing in Gatineau Park to girls and boys aged 12 to 19, for most of them a first-time experience in a wilderness setting. With the help of the City of Ottawa and Trailhead Expeditions and under the guidance of a skilled expedition leader, the group will explore nature, learn new skills, and enjoy physical activity, - all of which will help build confidence and encourage the development of leadership skills.

CCHS is responsible for overall coordination as well as recruitment of the youth participating. Trailhead Expeditions is lending canoes, paddles, life jackets, and hiking equipment, while the City of Ottawa will provide staff to help with the program.

But we need the community's support too. A qualified and experienced instructor is essential to ensuring a safe outing and a solid learning environment. Transportation to and from Gatineau Park is necessary and so is the food for a bang-up Bar-B-Q to feed the hungry trekkers after they exercise their muscles:

instructor $150 per day
bus $200 per trek
Bar-B-Q $10 per trekker

Can you help our youth discover the challenges and pleasures of outdoor activities in nature? Call Wendy O'Connell-Smith (722-4000) to adopt this program.

(Carlington Community and Health Services is a non-profit community-based health centre which provides health and social services, is committed to the well-being of our community, promotes social, economic, physical, mental and environmental health, and is responsible to the community through an elected Board of Directors. Our staff and volunteers work together to achieve these goals. For information on becoming a volunteer or a member, please call us at 722-4000.)