Our River Roots Program is an opportunity for individuals to become well rounded professionals. The idea is to create hard working, growth oriented individuals. Leaving the program having the skills to manage risk and make decisions as well as inspire others.
Your end goal may be to enter a career in outdoor education or backcountry guiding, to seek personal growth, to gain certifications and experience, a wicked cool adventure and stories to last a lifetime. You decide.
By fully immersing yourself for 42 days with a focus on white water paddling expeditions, you will;
- Earn Certifications
- Learn to manage risk
- Travel through remote locations
- Become Environmental Stewards
- Develop Leadership Skills
All of these elements are needed to travel safely and comfortably in the outdoors. Individuals must be ready and willing to learn experientially, be pushed to the edge of their comfort zone, challenge their physical and emotional being and work with in a team environment.
Gaining knowledge and experience by working with, and learning from a number of different industry professional with a vast array of personal and professional experiences. Woven throughout various trainings and expeditions, we will have a variety of lessons on topics such as;
- Risk Management
- Environmental Science
- Decision Making
- And much more
As the program progresses there will be opportunity to practice and develop these skills through back country travel, simulation training, and feedback along with a culminating 21-day River Expedition on either the Missinaibi OR Harricanaw River finishing in Moosonee / Moose Factory on the James Bay Coast.
Food & Lodging »
We will live, work, and learn together for the duration with the program. The home base for the program will be the MHO Barn which sits on 20 acres of mostly forest land just 15 mins south of Huntsville. When here, participants will take turns preparing meals in our outdoor kitchen and tent camp onsite. There is an indoor space for meetings, classes and preparing for expeditions. Throughout the program participants will travel (in MHO vehicles and/or chartered busses) to a number of different locations for various courses and expeditions where we will also tent camp.
Food is included in the cost of this program for the entire 42 days. It will be the responsibility of the participants to pack and prepare meals as a group everyday. This will look different depending on the locations. Some meals will be backcountry over the fire, others may be in some sort of a kitchen and in some cases will be catered for students.
Who Is This Program For »
- Those looking for entry level positions as an outdoor guide or instructor
- Those looking for a career change
- Folks in transition
- Gap year students
- Camp Staff needing certification and skills to become a canoe trip leader
- Anyone looking for a break, or an escape
- Someone seeking an opportunity for personal challenge and/or growth
- Those looking to develop transferable leadership skills
- Individuals interested in taking friends and family into the backcountry in a comfortable and safe way
- Post-Secondary Students wanting to gain extra college or university credits
- Anyone over the age of 18 looking for a really cool adventure
The goal of this program is to teach and give the opportunity to learn and practice new skills. Therefore, extensive backcountry experience and high level of fitness are NOT necessary to be accepted into the program
We are seeking those individuals that are excited to learn and be outside, willing to be challenged physically and emotionally, and ready to be a part of a small community for the duration of the program.
- At least 18 years old
- Have some previous camping experience
- Able to engage in moderate physical activity for the duration of the day with little down time
- Ability to swim 250m without a lifejacket
- Agree to course rules and expectations
Certifications Included »
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR 80 hours) Provided by Wilderness Medicine Associates
- Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT 4 days) Provided by Boreal River Rescue
- Leave No Trace Master Level Educator (LNT) Through Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
- Paddle Canada Beginner Moving Water Skills Tandem and/or ORCKA River Running
- Paddle Canada Camping Leadership and/or ORCKA Canoe Tripping 3
- Field Leader Course Through Outdoor Council of Canada
- College or University credits: Depending on your school this course may be eligible for credits
Application Process »
Step One: Fill out the online Application
Step Two: An interview with the MHO Program Coordinator
Step Three: If you are accepted into the program we will notify you with a acceptance letter and a request for a $2000 deposit.
Step Four: Once we have received your deposit you will have a secured spot on the course and we will send the Course Welcome Package.
Step Five: Complete all the Pre-course work (50-60 hours)
There will an opportunity for mentorship or to shadow a trip at MHO Adventures following the program depending on personal goals and an interview with our guide manager to make sure it would be a good fit.
This program is Eligible for college or university credits. Please email us for more information.
If you are currently enrolled in post secondary education and you are able to gain credits through this course you may also be eligible for OSAP or able to use RESP’s.