This summer Ernescliff College will carry out its regular summer activities for high school students.
There will be two Big Picture Seminars (BPS), one in Montreal from July 5-11 and another in Quebec City from July 19-25. The Big Picture Seminar helps students entering Grade 9 to acquire a broad vision of the importance of their education. The program touches on subjects such as studies, extracurricular activities, career and university planning, character formation, and leadership. This is combined with sports, white water rafting, and other recreational activities.
Ernescliff will also organize a social service project in Quebec City from July 13-17. The project involves helping with household and maintenance work at homes for people with intellectual disabilities and the elderly, volunteering in soup kitchens for the homeless, and clothing and food banks for the underprivileged. Students of both English and French speaking backgrounds are invited to participate, as the activities will be run in a bilingual setting. The project also includes visits to cultural and historical sites in Quebec City.
From August 13-21 there will also be a social service project helping out at the Catholic parish in the First Nations reservation in Berens River, Manitoba. Located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, participants will help with repairs and construction work around the parish buildings, as well as tutoring local children in English, mathematics, and catechism.
Finally, from August 22-27 a group of parents in contact with Wellspring will organize Camp Caribou in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, for boys from 9 to 13 years of age. This is a traditional outdoors boys camp with an underlying leadership component where participants learn the fundamentals of character, leadership, and teamwork, all in a context of fun and friendship. The activities at Caribou include sports, swimming, hiking, canoeing, and campfires as well as talks on Christian virtues.