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WILD: Western Inspires Leadership Development Bellingham: Grades 7-9

Please Note: Registration for this event closes seven days prior to the program start date.

Explore personal and practical growth through fun activities and experiential learning.  Students will:

  • Practice community building
  • Develop goal setting skills
  • Apply planning and problem-solving strategies
  • Gain confidence and social connections
  • Foster stewardship for the environment

Youth program participants and staff must abide by all University regulations and program rules.



At a Glance

Students entering grades 7-9

July 29 - August 2, 2019

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lakewood Watersports Facility on Lake Whatcom
See location details

(Before May 1)
(After May 1)


Day 1: Challenge Program – Low and High Course Elements

All students will begin their WILD experience by getting to know one another at Western’s Challenge Course. They will begin with initial group activities in our game field progressing to the low course elements as they continue to develop trust and teamwork, setting the tone for a supportive group environment. They will finish the day by participating in one of the high course elements testing their leadership and teamwork skills to get them to the top!

Day 2: Lakewood Introduction to Sailing

Students will get to learn basics of sailing and embark on a tour of Lake Whatcom with the knowledgeable instructors of the Lakewood Watersports Facility and Outdoor Center Trip Leaders. While out on the sail they will have the opportunity to continue to develop relationships with other group members and test out their basic sailing knowledge.

Day 3: Lakewood Water Sports

Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of and test out any of the following watersports including: stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking.

Day 4: Day of Service

Students will participate in a day of service as they join the Outback: a 5 acre organic farm and wetland restoration site on Western’s campus. This farm serves community and educational purposes, and donates some of the produce grown to the Bellingham Food Bank. Students will have the chance to learn about the importance of building community and giving back to others in need through hands on work in sustainable agriculture.

Day 5: Fragrance Lake Hike

We will celebrate the week with an afternoon of exploration! They will get the chance to hike and explore some local trails while trying out their leadership skills. This is sure to be a fun-filled day to cap off an adventure-filled week!

Students are asked to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hearty and healthy snack
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Clothing appropriate for outdoor activities

Instructors will inform of specific items to bring on a daily basis.

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Supervision is provided from 1 p.m. -1:30 p.m. for participants enrolled in morning Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp to eat lunch. Full-day participants are to bring a sack lunch.

Maximum enrollment is 15 participants. Supervision is not provided for participants that arrive before the daily start time and/or after the end time.

12:30 - 12:40 p.m. Check in
12:40 - 12:50 p.m. Entry activities, review activities for the day
12:50 - 4:15 p.m. Class
4:15 - 4:20 p.m. Wrap-up
4:20 - 4:30 p.m. Check-out

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Location Details

Lakewood Watersports Facility
2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd., 98225 Bellingham

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Cost Details

Regular Registration - $310 (Before May 1)
Early Bird Registration - $330 (After May 1)

Cost is per person, per week and includes instruction, materials, and specialized facilities and equipment.

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Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be granted if a program is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure and expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to seven days prior to the first day of your session; a $50 handling charge will be deducted.

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