For our last trip of the semester our COAST students get the opportunity to share everything they have learned with one hundred students from a local middle school. Each COAST student gets paired up with four middle school students, that they are responsible for leading during a four day camping trip. The camping trip is usually to a place called New Castle Island just outside of Nainaimo. The COAST students meet up with their buddies after they get off the ferry and help transport them and their gear to the island by canoe. Then continue to support them as they set up their tents and cook their meals. 

This culminating trip is one that the COAST students look forward to all semester. They are very proud of the training they have done and are eager to teach others. Throughout the four day trip the students are all engaged in stationed activities that include oreinteering, beachcombing and canoeing skills. The evenings are spent enjoying skits and songs around campfire and sharings stories of COAST adventures from the semester. The applicants to the COAST program often end up being the middle school students who come on this trip, look up to their COAST buddies and admire all their skills. The connection that forms between these students on this trip bridges the gap for the younger ones as they make their transition into their later years. 

"Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education."
- David Polis