Philosophy

Look to the Mountain gives our youth opportunities to experience success outside of the four-walled classroom.  We aim to create an environment that promotes courage by meeting the needs of our young people through the Circle of Courage philosophy.

Used with permission from Circle of Courage, a program of the Starr Institute for Training

Each quadrant of the Circle of Courage stands for a central value – belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. Look to the Mountain participants will experience these values in many ways.

Mastery: Students will be provided with many different experiential opportunities so that they will fulfill the need for competence.  Skills will be acquired through outdoor expeditions and various physical activities, learning a trade, farming, cooking, etc… Students are also encouraged to make and meet personal goals and to challenge their comfort zones.
Belonging: Creating trusting relationships are the core of the Look to the Mountain program. Belonging will occur through teamwork, trust initiatives, the development of non-violent communication and social skills in our everyday activities.
Independence: The goal is for our students to build respect, to learn inner-discipline, to show personal responsibility, to make decisions and solve problems in order to discover their personal power.
Generosity: Our participants will increase their sense of self worth as they become committed to caring for others both at school and in their greater communities.

Each student will achieve the first year equivalency of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) Pre-Work program criteria when participating in the program.