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 7 day base camp - ages 14 - 18




West Ironbound Island is a very unique place to explore and learn about Nova Scotia’s rich heritage. Your Sea School instructors are highly trained to provide the best experience possible while on the island. Your group will be transported out to the island departing from Lunenburg by motor boat and dropped off for the duration of the program. Upon arrival you will meet Jake and Melissa Wentzel, 3rd generation caretakers of the island, who will provide a tour for the group. Once settled on the island, you get the opportunity to practice leadership skills, wilderness survival and camping skills while also doing some unique program activities! This program is one of the most memorable components of an unforgettable summer with the Sea School. The group also learns a great deal about the island's history and how to take care of it.


- Shelter Building with tarps and / or found materials practicing no trace

- Plant Identification and wild edibles

- Camping in tents or under tarps

- Cooking on outdoor stoves

- Fire building and one match fires

- Solo reflection

- Hiking

- Felting

- Any island services requested by the KCC (Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy) on their part of the island including trail development or clean-up.

- Possible Sheep round-up



Tuition for this trip includes all group gear such as sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tarps, foul weather (heavy rain) gear (including rubber boots), eating gear & food, etc.  Participants are responsible for assembling the clothing items in their pack list.  If you do not have or cannot find a clothing item, we have a collection of clothing to lend, which we are happy to lend you on the condition that you let us know ahead of time, & it is returned to us.


Sea School is committed long-term to improving diversity within its leadership and participantship in a meaningful and structural way.  If you are an applicant who is part of an underserved population in the outdoor community, we are interested in assisting you on your journey with us, providing any necessary training to you or our staff, and hearing what you have to say about what might make your opportunity for participation and leadership in this field possible.  Reach out if you'd like to hear more about Sea School's commitments, goals, intentions, and partnerships with regards to diversity in sailing and in outdoor communities.


See also: Registration Information Page

General Information:

Bursary support for this course is available. We offer payment plans,  partial and full bursaries.  Indicate your financial request when you apply and we will do our best to accommodate.  Full bursaries will be prioritized for equity deserving youth from communities experiencing barriers related to race, gender, settlement in Canada, mental health,  low income, youth in care and or single parent families. 
No experience is required! Have an exciting adventure- this is the opportunity of a life time!
Price: $1600

Price includes all food, group equipment, sleeping bags, and other gear apart from personal clothing items.

Ages and Dates:   

Session: Ages 14 - 18,  July 5 - 11

open to all gender expressions

*age is based on birth year

Location: 174 Bluenose Dr. Lunenburg.

Expedition: West Ironbound Island off of Gaff
                          Point (Hirtles Beach) on the South Shore

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