Inspiring Hearts and Minds

Summer CALM




Registration for Summer 2025 will open December 2, 2024



Career and Life Management (7 credit course)

PED 0770 - CALM 20 (3 credits)
HSS 1090 - Speaking and Listening (1 credit)
CTR 1010 Job Maintenance (1 credit)
HSS1020 - Nutrition & Wellness (1 credit)
HCS 3000 Workplace Safety Systems (1 credit- MUST be completed within 30 days of course confirmation. This course will be emailed to parents and students upon course confirmation.0


Experience horseback riding, rock climbing, canoe skill development and hiking while exploring career choices, decision making and team building.

Complete your CALM requirements in a 5-day experiential learning adventure! This 6-credit course includes hands-on outdoor projects that meet the outcomes of:

Personal Choices: Explore the emotional/psychological, intellectual, social, spiritual, and physical dimensions of health while connecting to the outdoors.
Resource Choices: Make responsible decisions in the use of finances and other resources in preparing for caring for self and others while on site and beyond.
Career Choices: Develop and apply processes for managing personal and lifelong career development in a supportive and engaging environment.


The Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS) is offering Career and Life Management 20 in an immersive experiential manner for your student. Students will take the course over 5 days and 4 nights. Students will receive 6 credits for the course: CALM 20 (3 credits), Speaking and Listening (1 credit), Job Preparation (1 credit), Nutrition (1 credit), and Workplace Safety Systems (1 credit and due prior to the start date of the course).

Students will take part in a number of learning activities including land and water wilderness navigation, meal planning and preparation, flat water canoe training on the confluence of the Bow and Kananaskis Rivers, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and journaling. In order to participate in outdoor activities, students MUST BE ABLE to demonstrate the ability to hike for an hour or more and are able to plan for inclement weather. Learning activities are scheduled between 8:00 am and 9:00 p.m. with lights-out at 10:30 p.m. All learning activities and after-learning activity time will be supervised by male and female CRPS teachers. *Please note that activities are subject to change without notice.

Students will stay in bunks at the Outdoor Learning Centre that are equipped with bunk beds, hot showers, and flush toilets. As part of meeting the curricular outcomes, students will plan and prepare all meals beginning with Day 1 supper to Day 5 lunch. On Day 1, students should eat breakfast prior to their arrival AND BRING A BAG LUNCH (No nuts please). There is no option to purchase lunch on Day 1. On Day 5 afternoon, students should arrange for pick up at the Canmore Collegiate High School at 3:05 p.m.


Immersion in the 5-day course will take place at the Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre in Bow Valley Provincial Park and surrounding natural spaces. The Centre operates under a comprehensive public safety system ensuring the highest standards of due diligence and care. The drop off location for the course starts and ends at Canmore Collegiate High School in Canmore, Alberta.


Students will engage in a variety of learning experiences throughout the CALM 20 course. These learning experiences may be in the form of a group task, assignment, journal questions, quiz, or discussion, etc. Students are required to bring a laptop computer to the course. Prior to the course, students will be provided a CRPS Gmail account associated with their name to access and submit classwork, assignments, and activities on Google Classroom during the course. Student marks will be submitted and accessible through myPass after September 10.

Risk assessment and Safety

Training and Certification

CALM 20 is facilitated by CRPS teachers and program assistant who possess current teaching certification, Wilderness First Aid, and other current, relevant outdoor industry standard training and certifications along with experience working with youth in experiential and wilderness settings. In addition to the division's Administrative Procedures, Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre operates under an Alberta Parks Instructional and Guiding Permit which outlines required groups sizes, activity locations, and leader certifications. CALM 20 activities (canoe training, horse back riding, and rock climbing) are facilitated by local, professional, and insured third party providers in the Bow Valley.


Transportation to and from the course start and end locations are the responsibility of the visiting school or student.

CALM 20 Mandatory Gear List

It is recommended to pack your items in 1 suitcase, hiking backpack, duffel bag or a hockey bag. Please do not pack items in garbage bags. 

Outdoor Gear (mandatory)
~ Raincoat/Rain pants
~ 2 Pairs of runners/hiking shoes/boots
~ Thermal underwear bottoms and top
~ 2 Warm layers (i.e., fleece or synthetic)
~ Sun hat / ball cap
~ Toque
~ Backpack (30 L or greater)
~ 1 Litre Water bottle
* insulated travel mug/cup  

~ 1 Pair of Pyjamas
~ 2-3 Sweaters/shirts (fleece, wool, or synthetic preferred)
~ 2-3 Pairs of pants
~ 2-3 Pairs of shorts (quick-dry or nylon preferred)
~ 2-3 T-shirts
~ 6-8 Pairs of socks (synthetic or wool preferred)
~ 4-5 Underwear
~ 1 Swimsuit for swimming
~ 1 Reusable bag for swim gear at pool
* 1 pair of flip flops for showering 
* 1 pair of indoor shoes

Personal Articles
~ Towel(s)
~ Sunglasses
~ Sleeping bag
~ Pillow and pillowcase
~ Single bed fitted sheet
~ Flashlight/Headlamp
~ Personal Medications
~ Lip Balm
~ Sunscreen
~ Toiletries (toothbrush/paste, deodorant, shampoo)
~ Laptop/tablet
* Camera

*Use of cell phones/technology is not permitted during activity times, lesson, guest presentations, or meal times unless otherwise instructed by a CROLC staff.*