CEEPS 2004 Report

April 7-9, 2006
(Rocky Mountain YMCA, Kananakis, AB)
April 21 - 23, 2006
(Bark Lake Leadership Centre, Haliburton, ON)


   Updated: April 17, 2006


CEEPS 2004 Report

CEEPS 2004 Logo

April 23-25, 2004
(Bark Lake Leadership Centre, Haliburton, ON)

April 17, 2006



CEEPS 2004 Post-conference Report

The second Canadian Experiential Education Practitioners Symposium (CEEPS) 2004 took place on April 23-25 at the Bark Lake Leadership Centre.  Despite the heightened interest generated by the success of our first year, attendance was somewhat short of our hopes.  However I am proud to report that we continued to grow, and by all accounts, we created another powerful professional development conference!

Practitioners discuss racism issues in the great outdoors

We had strong representation from the youth/youth-at-risk sector this year, and while the total sessions were slightly fewer in number, they were more intense.  The Virtual Space format was every bit as powerful as our first year, the weather was terrific again, and the "right people" were there!

Special thanks to The Frontier Group, who, true to their word from last year, sponsored two of their facilitators to attend.  An excellent example of investing in the growth of your people.  We also had no less than three participants come from Project D.A.R.E.  It's so much easier to keep the momentum going all year when your work mates shared the same experience!

Although many of our 2003 alumnae were sadly prevented from returning due to schedule conflicts, we did have seven re-register from last year.  We hope to see even more familiar faces in 2005.  (Click here to read about the 2003 conference.)

As in the previous year, we had great industry sector diversity.  Organizations represented included:


Corporate trainers








Outdoor Education Sites


School Boards


Contract Facilitators


Youth-at-Risk Centres


Municipal Recreation Departments

The rest of this report includes descriptions of some of the sessions delivered, some participant comments, and plans for the future.  There are also more photos throughout this report.

We look forward to some great new initiatives for CEEPS 2005 and the intervening months.  Already a CEEPS Yahoo Group has been formed to keep us all in touch throughout the year.  Thanks again to all of the participants who made the investment of time and dollars in their own development and that of the EE industry.  They demonstrate a rare commitment and integrity to their profession.

Most of the CEEPS 2004 attendees
(Sorry to those few we missed for our 2004 group photo)

As always, this report would not be complete without a special “thank you” to the two individuals who support my CEEPS efforts more than perhaps they realize: Belinda Clemmensen and Aaron Sheedy – true professionals and great friends in every sense of the words.


Respectfully submitted,

Andrew Welch
CEEPS Champion

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