“Gesstwood is a facility open to all; young and old. Students and adults get a real sense of self and what it means to be one with nature. They learn about themselves; who they are, the power they possess and the strength within each of them. They are challenged to investigate their leadership abilities and how they can use them to make a difference. Being vulnerable in nature is key,” says James Cowper, Principal and Leadership Camp Leader, Kingsville Elementary Public School, Greater Essex County District School Board.
Located 30 minutes away in the heart of Essex County, Gesstwood is considered our local hidden gem on 62 acres of playing grounds, beautiful forest and meandering streams. Over 7,000 students and 70+ adult groups a year unplug and participate in outdoor education programs that allow leadership skills to be developed naturally. Through experiential learning, program participants discover the roles that they take working within a group, what skills they bring and areas of improvement. They learn by expanding their comfort zones.
To keep up with increasing demands of its growing program rosters, Gesstwood is launching a fundraising campaign to upgrade facilities and expand learning elements for the young leaders of tomorrow. Their wish list spans: upgrading overnight facilities and washrooms to offer overnight camp all year round, like snowshoeing in the winter; enhancing programs like their canopy tour, and opening the camp to families on weekends.
“Throughout the Gesstwood experience, participants are encouraged to take on roles you would not normally do – find your voice, share your ideas, step back and investigate other people’s leadership styles. It’s fun for all ages. Electronics are turned off, we run around, act silly and break barriers, all through a common outdoor experience,” said Karen Seguin, Executive Director, Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre.
To see a video about Gesstwood in action:: https://youtu.be/GFALyETQvU0
Learn more at www.gesstwoodcamp.com.
by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine