Sustainability and Ecological Education Department SD47



I am graduating from school this June.  Can I still take LEAP in July?

Unfortunately, students who have already graduated from high school are not eligible for LEAP.


I am enrolled in high school but live outside British Columbia.  Am I eligible to receive the 4 credits in Applied Leadership Studies 11 or 12?

The transferability of the 4 credits in Applied Leadership Studies 11 or 12 is left to the discretion of your high school’s guidance department.  Once you have completed LEAP, a letter will be sent to your high school outlining the course and your grade in the course.  Your school will decide from there whether or not these credits will be applied to your high school transcript.   


Can we use LEAP for our Duke of Edinburgh, Adventurer’s Journey?

Yes.  Teachers in the LEAP program are able to sign off on your Duke of Edinburgh, Adventurer’s Journey.  Make sure to bring your award booklet along and let us know of your intentions before the program begins.  


What gear will I need?

Great question!  Please see our Gear List for all the details.


I am concerned about my child’s welfare during LEAP.  What are the safety procedures in place during LEAP?

Staff members take risk management very seriously.  All our programs use the Association for Experiential Education’s (AEE) safety accreditation standards.  We have Emergency Response Plans (ERP) for every activity and site.  Staff members are required to have Wilderness First Aid training.  Our staff members are certified in either Essential Wilderness First Aid (40 hours) or Advanced Wilderness First Aid (100 hours).  Knowledge of our students’ medical history is informed through our medical form.  Staff members do background research on all medical conditions, including working with a physician to advise us on student medical conditions.  In the rare event of an evacuation from the back country (i.e. hikes and canoe trips), leaders carry 2 first aid kits as well as two-way radios, cell phones, and where necessary, a satellite phone.  Furthermore, student safety is fundamentally a shared responsibility and self-care is an important leadership skill.  As a result, wilderness safety is an academic unit we cover with students. This unit focuses on self-care, preparedness, risk-awareness, and prevention. We begin this unit as soon as students arrive and continue the unit throughout LEAP.    The safety and well-being of your child is of paramount importance to us! 

Is there an application deadline?

No.  There is no application deadline.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


Do you have to have had any previous experience in the specific activity before coming to LEAP?

No, you do not need to have experience. All of our programs meet participants "where they are at" and move forward from there. Be prepared to be pushed to the edge of your comfort zone but know that you will be supported.


Are limited spots available in the LEAP program for students from outside of BC?

There is no limit to the number of students from outside of BC at this point in time.


“Leap made me feel alive. I did what I never expected to do in my whole life.”
– Iris, LEAP 2010