Outdoor School (Teens Ages 14-16)

Teen Apprenticeship

Step into leadership by working with some of Pine’s most skilled and experienced Instructors.

The Teen Apprenticeship program equips 14-16 year olds with skills they need to excel in any leadership setting whether it be in school, the workplace, or their community. This brand new experience allows teens to draw back the curtain to see inside the mind of a mentor and learn how Pine’s Outdoor School programs are planned, run and reflected upon.

This program was developed for teens of all experience levels. Whether you’re a seasoned Pine participant or just beginning your nature connection journey, we welcome all applicants with an interest in strengthening their connection with nature and supporting others to do the same.

There are two components to the Teen Apprenticeship, which run over 9 months (October – June):

  1. Training Sessions: Develop your wilderness and mentoring skills by working with other teens and experienced mentors one Saturday each month (see below for dates)
  2. Apprenticeship: Put your skills into practice as an Apprentice for Pine’s monthly or weekly programs (see below for options)

Participation in the Teen Apprenticeship program will follow an application process. You can find more information below.

*All Pine School Year programs, including the Teen Apprenticeship program, will adhere to provincial and municipal Covid-19 public health guidelines as they continue to evolve. We’re continuing to closely monitor for updates and we’re dedicated to communicating any changes to participants as quickly as possible. Our School Year Covid-19 webpage will be updated regularly and registered participants will be emailed directly. 

Please note, Teen Apprentices are considered to be “participants” within the context of Pine’s policies & procedures. 

Teen Apprenticeship

2021/22 Season Details:

There are two components of the Teen Apprenticeship program. Training sessions take place monthly on Saturdays (dates below). Apprenticeship placement options are determined by the teen's age (see below for options).

Join us for an Info Night!
We are happy to be hosting an Information Night on Thursday, September 9th at 7pm on Zoom to provide caregivers and teens some answers to questions they may have about this brand new program! If your family is interested in attending, please contact info@pineproject.org to receive the Zoom information.

Details for Teens Training Sessions at Stan Wadlow Park (East End)

Saturday, October 16, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, November 13, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, December 4, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, January 15, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, February 5, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, March 5, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, April 2, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, April 30, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, June 4, 2021
9:30am - 4:00pm

Apprenticeship Placements

14 year old apprentices
March Break Day Camp (Mon - Fri, March 14 - 18)
15-16 year old apprentices
Sunday Weekend Wanderers (monthly)* OR Run Wild After School (weekly)*
Price: $1,150 total (for training sessions and placements)

Payment will be required in full when your application is accepted and you’re invited to register. If payment in full creates financial hardship for your family, please let us know and we can discuss a custom payment plan. Bursaries are available through our Bursary Fund.

Click here for registration policies. Please note, Teens are considered to be “participants” within the context of Pine’s policies and procedures.


*Weekend Wanderers placement option occurs on Sundays, the same weekend as Training Sessions: October 17, November 14, December 5, January 16, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5.

*Run Wild placement options, weekly (one of):

  • West End (King’s Mill Park): Mondays (4:15-6:15pm), Tuesdays (4:30-6:15pm) or Wednesdays (4:15-6:15pm)
  • East End (Stan Wadlow Park): Thursdays (4:00-6:00pm)

How to apply:  

In order to be considered as a Teen Apprentice:

  1. Complete the APPLICATION FORM – this must be completed by YOU, the teen applying! This is required for all applicants. 
  2. Ask one adult to fill out a character REFERENCE FORM for you. A character reference is an adult who can speak about you (it could be a teacher, coach, extra-curricular leader or neighbour). This is not required for teens who took part in Pine’s LIT program in Summer 2021.

Once you have submitted your application and we have received one character reference (for new applicants), you will be invited to have a short conversation so that we can get to know you a little better. Following the conversation, if you’re invited to join the Apprenticeship program, you’ll be sent instructions on how to register.

Please note that we have a limited amount of spots in our Teen Apprenticeship program. Teens should complete their application before September 19th to be considered in the first round of applications.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to info@pineproject.org.