ABOUT

The Reason for Camp AUPE

On Friday, October 23, 2015, delegates at AUPE’s 39th Convention at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton voted and carried an amended motion, as follows:

WHEREAS activism should start at a young age; and
WHEREAS AUPE commits to being inclusive of all ages; and
WHEREAS the future of trade unionists lies in the hands of our children and grandchildren; and
WHEREAS the union should be committed to creating a safe positive environment to learn about unions and foster participation based on cooperation and solidarity;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that AUPE pilots a children’s camp that includes union education for ages 11-14;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the maximum number attendees be capped at 68;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the camp takes place during either July or August 2017.

Accordingly, staff in AUPE’s Education Department together with union members from the Women’s Committee will develop a new camp for the children of members.

Transportation and Safety

Transportation and Safety

Bus transportation is provided to and from the camp free of charge. The bus will pick up and drop off campers at designated locations, at times the camp organizers will announce in a letter or email communication to campers and their families. All AUPE staff and members who attend Camp AUPE are required to acquire and submit a valid criminal record and vulnerable sector check. AUPE staff and member volunteers will also have up-to-date first aid training.

Non-Formal Education

Non-Formal Education

Non-formal education acknowledges that crucial learning occurs outside the confines of the classroom and the formal education system, and that to a degree this learning can be planned and anticipated. We recognize that in some ways, Alberta's school system may be inadequate for our needs and purposes.

Labour Education

Labour Education

Labour education refers to the programming and training developed for workers, often by working people themselves, meant to build a stronger labour movement. It often includes a focus on social justice and strengthening participative capacity of workers.

Experiential Education

Experiential Education

Experiential education is learning by doing, and involves observing, coaching, and mentorship. It can also mean making sense of experience through collaboration with others in a community. It involves reflective learning, in which we foster critical reflection on experience and challenge our assumptions, all while validating knowledge that we construct together by sharing.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Outdoor education programs oftentimes include a residential component in which groups participate in a variety of adventurous challenges, like hiking, canoeing, ropes courses and group games, in which learners are encouraged and provided the opportunity to be outdoors. It draws on both environmental and physical education, meant to instil awareness, confidence and esteem. Kinaesthetic learning can include joy and appreciation of movement and action. We solve problems, and engage in sensory learning – deepening our connection with the broader social and natural world.

ADDITIONAL LEARNINGS 

AUPE strives for our summer camp to provide an unparalleled opportunity to create a community of of interconnected learners and doers. The experiences at a residential youth retreat like ours include several vital characteristics, like:

  • Interdependence – While learners may gain self-reliance and independence, we also seek to foster awareness of interdependence, and the need for mutual support, collaboration, integration and successful social relationships required in strong communities.
  • Communal learning – We learn together, and can all be teachers and learners simultaneously; we all have something to learn from others
  • Holistic development – People are complex beings and we believe positive experiences operate on multiple, integrated levels of spirit, body, mind, and emotions. Through this holistic approach, we can develop good people, who contribute to uplifting the community.
  • Meaning and Tradition – We make meaning through music, art, imagery, symbols, and rituals. Our camp will foster positive traditions of its own, pay tribute to traditions we inherit from the labour movement, and help enshrine the values, abilities and knowledge of workers.