Comm Rec Extreme

The course is made up of two components:

  1. Safety and Preparation projects in our four main adventure areas.
  2. Adventure Outings: Preparing for, going on, and blogging them.

So what do you do?

  1. Begin completing the safety and prep projects. There’s four. they won’t take long. Get them done early. Now. Before Xmas. That’s an order.
  2. Go on adventure outings and have fun. Read below to find out how.

Steps to Successful Adventure Outings

  1. Check the Trip Calendar and decide which trips you want to go on.
  2. Follow instructions and guidelines from the projects and prepare for the trip.
  3. Go on the trip.
  4. Complete a 100 word blog on the trip. Click here for guidelines.
  5. Relax knowing you’ve taken advantage of the greatest educational opportunity that’s ever been presented to you.

There are some challenges to this course.

  1. Communication:
    1. Add me (Mark Commrec Loewen) as a friend on Facebook. I will add you to a Comm Rec Extreme Group. I will send you weekly videos and FB messages. Respond to those messages. Send me some of your own. Post pics and thoughts of our adventure outings when you get a chance.
    2. Check out this website. Often. Then again.
    3. Come see me in person. Or see my office. I always have copies of trip info and permission forms hanging outside my office. Help yourself.
  2. Scheduling:
    1. You are busy. I know this. Carving time in your school/work/personal time/xbox live/snapchat schedule to go on outdoor trips can seem like a challenge at times. Trust me on something. You will never regret it. Not once will you be at home and say doggone it…I shouldn’t have hiked to the top of that mountain…I should have stayed home and gone on Instagram all weekend like I usually do.

If you like, click on some of the Adventure Outings on the right of this page to see what students have to say about their experiences.

If you have time Meet the Instructor  here.  Hear what he has to say here: Loewen Speaks

You can email Mr. Loewen at Mark_Loewen@sd34.bc.ca

Comm Rec Extreme is an extended day class for the outdoor enthusiast who is looking for timetable flexibility and a greater challenge than provided by regular physical education courses. The course itself is available free of charge to any grade 10, 11, or 12 student. Students complete on-line lessons in preparation and safety in each of the four major adventure areas: rock, snow, river, trek. On-line Blogs will be entered for each adventure outing completed to get adventure hour credit. Students can successfully complete the course by completing the safety and prep lessons, and completing the major assignment in each adventure area. Alternatively, students can demonstrate mastery of the learning outcomes by successfully planning for and completing various optional enrichment activities. These include over 40 adventure outings each year, including those that meet their interests and schedule. Activities will include indoor and outdoor rock climbing, paintballing, camping, caving, white water rafting and kayaking, hiking, multi-night backpacking trips, and snowboarding. Students must accumulate a total of 100 hours over the school year. Each year nearly 500 hours of adventure are available to choose from. Course meetings will be on-line, where students will access outing schedules, permission forms, and preparation guides.

Outdoor Adventure Areas

  • TREK: Backpacking and Hiking
    • Highlight: a three day/two night backpacking trip to Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk Peak in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
  • RIVER: River Rafting/Kayaking
    • Highlight: an overnight camp-out, river swim, caving, and a river run down the Chilliwack River in a raft or inflatable kayak (water levels depending).
  • SNOW: Snowboarding/Skiing
    • Highlight: up to six day trips to Hemlock Mountain for snowboarding and skiing.
  • ROCK: Indoor and Outdoor Rock Climbing
    • Highlight: indoor climbing at Flashpoint Rock Gym, and outdoor climbing on the Sumas Bluff and Hatzic
  • Paint: Adventure Sports Games with a Paintball Gun
    • Highlight: four day trips to Sniperz Paintball in Chilliwack.

Format

For each outdoor adventure area, students will complete the following activities.

  • On-line Learning Module: Includes “how-to-do” theory, safety, ethics, and leadership components. All six learning modules must be complete by year end, and the appropriate module must be completed before going on an adventure outing.
    • 20% of mark.
  • Field Experience: Throughout the school year, students will be asked to participate in outdoor adventure outings where they will put their learning in the area to a practical test. Over the course of the school year students must earn 100 hours of adventure time to meet this field experience requirement.
    • 60% of mark.
  • Blog: At the conclusion of each field experience, students will make a formatted blog reflecting on personal and practical growth achieved during that unit. Adventure hours will not be credited to the student until the corresponding blog is complete. Blogs to be published on the website.
    • 20% of mark.
  • Major Assignment: If field experiences are not options, with instructor approval, for each adventure area a major assignment requiring demonstration of an understanding and application of that area’s learning outcomes can be completed.
    • 80% of mark.

Important Information 

  • Parent Permission
    • Each adventure outing requires written parent permission using the appropriate parent permission form. All participants must have this submitted to the instructor in order to participate. No exceptions!!!
  • Fees
    • The course itself is available free of charge. The cost of each adventure outing, however, is the responsibility of the student. The cost of each adventure outing varies greatly, and should be covered by the student before departure. Because of our partnerships with adventure service providers, our students are able to access activities at a far lower cost than the general public.
    • Example: Transportation, Lift Ticket, Snowboard/Boot Rental, Lesson at Hemlock

Regular Public Price:    $110.00

Comm Rec Price: $65.00

  • Note: All learning outcomes for each unit can also be met via an on-line assignments which have no cost.
  • Deadlines
    • Submitting permission forms and money and forms by the appropriate deadline insures your spot on an outing. Late forms/fees means risking the trip filling up and you unable to take part.
  • Contacting the Course Instructor
    • The course instructor’s name is Mark Loewen. You can contact me at mark_loewen@sd34.bc.ca , 604-853-7191(4154). I also teach on-site at WJ Mouat Secondary School, where I can usually be found in my office off of Gym 3.