School & Corporate Programs
School Programs

Welcome to the class room without walls! We provide the opportunity for students to develop confidence and leadership skills through curriculum-based activities that focus on team-building and environmental awareness. Our facilities provide students with hands on learning experience that they would otherwise not have access to in a classroom setting. Our exceptional staff lead and facilitate lessons covering Geography, Science, Physical Education, Earth and Space Science, and Environmental Sciences units for grades 5-12. We take pride in the many sustainable features we have to offer, including our solar powered boat, composting toilets, solar-powered buildings, green rooftop garden, and solar hot water systems.

Our Living Lightly Lab provides the perfect setting to learn about the applications of renewable energy and sustainability, as the building runs entirely on solar energy. In addition to this, the Living Lightly Lab is constructed with renewable source materials, has two types of rooftop gardens, and a sophisticated weather monitoring system that the students can study. Whether students are measuring the energy consumption of everyday appliances, or learning about solar and hydrogen cars through experimentation with our own working toy models, they will find themselves engaged in a hands-on learning environment at Glen Bernard Outdoor Centre.

In addition to curriculum based options, we also offer countless other outdoor activities that foster independence and self-confidence, as well as strong team building skills and an opportunity for teachers to gain insight into how to maximize their student's potential. These activities include: high ropes course, canoeing, kayaking, low ropes challenge course, astronomy, hiking trails, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, archery, trampoline, wilderness skills, group initiative challenges, and rock climbing. Contact us for more information

Program Options:

The sample program outlines a typical four day trip to GBOC: camp activities, outdoor skills, leadership development and team-building. We are happy to design programs for older students in which Glen Bernard staff involvement varies; you specify the parameters from full supervision to supported student leadership.

Glen Bernard is inspected and registered as a private school with the Ontario Ministry of Education. Academic enrichment activities are available in several subject areas and grade levels. Together, we can co-develop curriculum extensions or credit courses that are unique to your school. Click here for samples of curriculum-based activities for students in grades 7 and 8.

Seasons Dates:

The season runs from mid-May to the end of June; and from the end of August to mid-October. Trips for elementary, middle or secondary students are usually three, four or five days in length.


  • Capacity up to 200 students and 50 faculty members.
  • 75 beds are in cabins with heat and electricity.
  • Student washrooms and showers are in separate buildings, close to the cabins.
  • Faculty cabins have interior washrooms, showers, heat and electricity.

For more information, check out the Facilities and Activities sections of this site.


  • Nutritious, tasty meals and evening snacks.
  • Special dietary requirements can be accommodated when advance notification is given.
  • GBOC has a system to address life-threatening food allergies, such as peanuts.
  • Sample menu.

Other Details:

  • GBOC staff members are experienced, trained on-site and are certified in first aid.
  • Availability of activity options is subject to school and/or board policies.