What is Mountain Adventure School?

Designed to provide students the opportunity to achieve high school credits while being immersed in the outdoors, MAS offers a unique learning experience for students from grades 10-12. 

MAS programs meet the AB curriculum outcomes for CALM, Physical Education 10, 20 and 30, and various CTS credits. The courses are provided through a combination of online and in-person instruction, with outdoor pursuits as the medium for learning.  Students will gain skills in lake and river canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, trail biking, camping and wilderness living skills. The online portions allow students to complete theory components on their own time, with guidance and help from certified Alberta teachers. 

There are 2 streams of MAS: In-city programs, and Mountain Camps. 

In-City Programs

Designed to allow students the opportunity to achieve PE 10, 20 or 30 through a combination of a week long day camp (5 days) and online learning. In-city camps occur in Edmonton, Calgary or Rocky Mountain House and offer a gentle introduction to outdoor pursuits including lake and river canoeing, climbing, orienteering, and wilderness living skills. In-city programs are a prerequisite for 101 and 201/202 Mountain Camps.

Mountain Camps

Offered as an add-on to the in-city camps, Mountain Camps occur as a 5 – 8 day out-trip in the heart of David Thompson Country. Students will have the opportunity to expand on the outdoor pursuits knowledge gained through the in-city camps, and learn camp operations through remote living. Mountain Camp details are specific to the program level. 

The 4-Year Program

MAS has the unique ability of not only offering high school credits, but also providing a pathway to a career in the outdoors. Graduates of the full MAS program will have employable guiding skills that will allow them to work at any camp in Alberta. For those interested in Outdoor/Adventure Education, Recreation, or Tourism, MAS provides a strong foundation in the skills and knowledge required for careers in these areas.