College of the North Atlantic's Pre-Orientation Wilderness Leadership Experience!

2018-08-27 16:00:00 2018-09-01 09:00:00 America/St_Johns The College of the North Atlantic's Pre-Orientation Wilderness Leadership Experience! College of the North Atlantic is offering a new and exciting Pre-Orientation Wilderness Leadership Experience! Students will be introduced to a variety of skills and attitudes that will help prepare them for college life. Starts Monday, August 27th and runs until Friday, September 1st. A PDF Registration form can be found at: Registration deadline is August 15th, 2018 @ 4:00pm. Corner Campus (College of the North Atlantic) Jeff Martin
Duration: August 27th - September 1st  
Limited to maximum of 13 participants
Registration cost: $60.00 CAD
Registration deadline: August 15th, 2018 @ 4:00pm [Register now ]

What is it? | Where is it? | When is it? | Who can attend? | Backpacking Gear Checklist | Backpacking Gear Explained | Registration |


What is it?

College of the North Atlantic is offering a new and exciting Pre-Orientation Wilderness Leadership Experience! The Pre-Orientation Wilderness Leadership Experience program uses a wilderness environment to introduce students to a variety of skills and attitudes that will help prepare them for college life where no previous experience is required!  

The program is designed to help students to make connections with their peers, develop leadership skills such as communication, problem-solving and personal reflection habits in a rugged wilderness environment.  It has been noted that wilderness experiences can provide a solid foundation for success in personal, academic and professional realms due to the direct transferability of skills and attitudes that are required to travel comfortably and safely.  Pre-Orientation Wilderness Leadership Experiences can provide new students with opportunity to develop strengths and characteristics critical to being successful in college such as:
  1. To provide students with a fun, safe, and memorable experience in a remote wilderness setting during the pre-orientation phase of orientation.
  2. To provide students with opportunities for leadership development through Leader of the Day activities.
  3. To provide opportunities for students to demonstrate outdoor safety through group decision making and teamwork.
  4. To educate students on expedition behaviour and how it can be transferred to real life circumstances.
  5. To provide opportunities for students to develop as a group through education of group development principles.
  6. To provide students with opportunities to develop a wilderness safety ethic for future outings.
  7. To provide students with the opportunity to develop critical life skills such as self-reliance, accountability, communication, leadership and self-efficacy.
  8. To provide a safe atmosphere for students to engage in social development activities.

Where is it?

Where is it?
Participants celebrate the completion of their pre-orientation wilderness leadership backpacking experience with a group photo at the Green Gardens trailhead.
This year we will take on some of Gros Morne National Park’s most beautiful and rugged coastline, the Green Gardens Trail during a three day back-packing adventure. 

Students will meet at the Corner Brook Campus one day before the program and will spend one night in a local hotel and will depart the following morning for Gros Morne National Park.  Prior to the backpacking adventure we will spend one day in Lomond Campground getting acquainted with all the gear and equipment.  This day will also include a number of ice-breaker activities, a short hike and a group meal!

C.K.PROWLE Participant

"The pre-orientation wilderness expedition was one of the best experiences I've had to date. It provided with new team and leadership experiences as well as lifelong friends. It allowed me to learn many new things about myself and it challenged me mentally and physically. No words can describe how thankful I am to have been given this amazing opportunity"

When is it?

The Pre-Orientation Wilderness Leadership Experience is scheduled to take place Tuesday, August 27th and run until Saturday, September 1st.

Students are asked to be in Corner Brook on the evening of Tuesday, August 27th and will spend one night in a local hotel before being transported to the Corner Brook Campus the following morning.  The last evening (September 1st) will also be spent at a local hotel before with a group supper before travelling to your respective campus the following day.


N.F. -PROWLE Participant

"As someone with social anxiety going into a situation that had me camping with complete strangers for three nights, I can honestly say we all became friends so quickly and it definitely helped me be more social when college started and I'm definitely most likely to be yelling answers out in class and communicating with my instructors."

Who can attend?

Who can attend?
Pre-O participants begin the CNA adventure with a group backpacking experience in beautiful Gros Morne National Park.
This experience is open to first-year students who have been accepted into a College of the North Atlantic program in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Pre-Orientation Wilderness Leadership Experience is limited to a maximum of 13 participants.
Required Physical Activity Level:
The Green Gardens Trail is known for its descents and ascents following the coastline and fjording two brooks. Expect periodic climbs interlaced with downhill and flat terrain. Participants will be expected to carry their share of group gear, water for the day, and 3-days of food in addition to their personal gear.

M.A. -PROWLE Participant

"The opportunity for participation in PROWLE is one I definitely won't let slip my mind. This experience was so enjoyable and eye opening and it affects me every day to continue to become a better person and a better leader."

Pre-O Backpacking – Gear Checklist

The following list is what we suggest you bring for your Pre-O trip. Please ask us if you have any questions about the following list (why or why not to bring something). Also, keep in mind that you will have to carry some group gear and food in addition to your personal items, so do not bring things that are not included on the list.




What not to bring


Pre-O Backpacking – Gear Explained

The following is a short description and explanation of some of the gear we are asking you to bring for your Pre-Orientation experience. We ask that you provide the items on the attached list to make sure your experience is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Trust us -you will not have nearly as much fun if you are wet and cold the entire week. If you have any questions regarding what to buy, where to buy it or anything else please feel free to ask us (709-637-8575 or

Backpack (Available for use from us)

Sleeping bag and sleeping pad

Water bottles, bowls and spoons


Synthetic clothing (Non-cotton!)

Rain Gear



Click on the registration icon below to download the application form. Return the completed application form to before the deadline (August 15th, 2018 @ 4pm).
The registration cost is $60.00 per person and includes all meals, transportation to and from Corner Brook and hotels before and after the experience.  Transportation will be provided by CNA staff in college vehicles where applicable.
Participants will be selected at random.
Application Deadline is August 15th, 2018 @ 4pm.