FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FOR THE TEACHERS
How does the sliding fee model work?
The more students you bring, the lower the per-student fee.
What kind of transportation is used to get to various locations?
If there is transportation needed during the outdoor school camp, we’ll be taking transit, walking, or biking. We take every step to help lower our CO2 output. This includes overnight school camps and field studies.
What kind of qualifications does the staff have?
Our instructors have years of experience in camp life, cooking, wilderness guiding, outdoor education, and/or environmental studies. Our instructors come with a variety of qualifications and skillsets to lead an experience for your students.
Do you offer field studies and overnight school camps over the weekend?
Yes, we do! A school doesn’t have to be the primary organizer, as we do also work with parent and community organizations.
A student has food allergies and/or dietary restrictions. What will they eat?
Please ensure that you list all of your student’s allergies on their registration form. If we have any questions, we will contact you to clarify before camp or field study. We can accommodate most allergies and dietary restrictions. If your student has multiple dietary restrictions (e.g. celiac AND vegan), we may ask you to send some additional snacks along with them.
How much insurance does VOS carry?
$10 million in liability insurance. Please contact us to learn more.
My student has a disability or medical condition or wets the bed — can you accommodate?
All medical/behavioural information is kept in confidence and done in collaboration between the school and VOS to ensure we help every student regardless of their challenges – to be included. It is important to complete the VOS student registration form before a field study and/or overnight camp.
How do I know if my student and/or class is ready for a VOS experience?
There are lots of things you can do to help prepare your students for overnight camp and field study. Read through the Welcome Package with them, connect with parents, call us, use our online registration program and/or take advantage of our school visit.
What kinds of safety precautions do you take at camp?
All field study and overnight school camps are up to and follow industry-standard safety regulations including school policies.
FOR THE STUDENTS
What is the food like?
The food is the best! We will give you mostly vegetarian food throughout the camp experience. All meals have healthy options and students are involved in preparing, eating and cleaning up with the support from VOS instructors. Since you’ll be outside a lot, you’ll be given water for each meal and throughout the day. Almost all of our snacks are healthy and homemade.
Where do we sleep?
If you join us for an overnight camp, you will be tenting outdoors or staying at our ski lodge camps. We’ll send you a Welcome Package to read over, to ensure you pack appropriately for all weather conditions.
What do we get to do?
So many things! At all of our camps, you’ll get a chance to hike, swim, and explore! If you join us for Forest Camp, you’ll get a chance to learn real cooking skills! At Galiano Island Discovery, you’ll be canoeing and sleeping under the stars. Every day is different, and we know you’ll have a blast at any or all of our camps! Whistler – kids spa, camp games, scavenger hunt and more.