Do I need previous camping/outdoor experience?
No. The program staff will teach you the fundamentals of wilderness camping and travel. You must have an interest in trying or pursuing outdoor activities.
Do I need to know how to swim?
No, but you must be able to remain calm while floating in deep water (wearing a PFD/lifejacket).
How do the trip meals work?
Menu planning, food purchasing and meal preparation is done in small groups (2 or 3 students) with the guidance of program staff.
How physically fit do I need to be?
The TREK Program is a physically demanding experience but, anyone who enjoys moderate exercise will find the activities well within their physical ability.
I currently have a skills block in place of a language course. Can I still apply to TREK and will I be able to enrol in a skills block while in TREK?
Yes you can apply. We will attempt to offer resource support during the year.
What if I’ve already completed a Grade 10 subject?
All Trek students will be enrolled in 8 courses at PW. Students will complete another course in the place of the course that they have done. These courses will be taught by the TREK teachers and integrated into the program. They may also choose to do online courses if they wish to keep up with their accelerated programs.
Are former TREK students at an academic disadvantage in Grade 11 or 12?
No. Although we do not formally track students, informal evidence (principals lists, scholarships, university entrances) strongly suggests that TREK students do as well, or better than, their peers in Grades 11 & 12 (who did not complete the TREK Program). If anything, the program exposes TREK students to skills (self-discipline, self-confidence, independence, critical thinking) that serve them well in the intensity of Grade 11 & 12 academics.
I’m a French Immersion student interested in applying to TREK. How will I fulfill the 24 FI credits required to graduate with a bilingual dogwood?
French Immersion students should speak with their current school counsellor for current developments.
If I’m transferring from another school for the year, can I play on a sports team while I’m at P.W.?
1. If a student is attending TREK, they may not participate or play for Prince of Wales. They must play for the school that they were registered at before attending the TREK program.
o if the school that they attended does not have the sport that they wish to play, they are obligated to play for the next closest school to where they live.
2. There was a motion that was read at the BC School sports AGM held on May 6th. It was related to allowing TREK students participate for Prince of Wales provided that:
o they did not play in that sport the previous year;
o If they do participate for PW, they would become ineligible the following year at their previous school if the school were able to run a team.
o We are not sure if this motion passed or not. We will be informed soon but don't have a timeline.
Should I call TREK if I don’t get accepted?
No. Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are only able to accept 112 students. A subsequent draw will be performed if any applications are withdrawn prior to commencement of the program. If this occurs, the successful applicant will be notified immediately.