How to Apply


The next two Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training semesters are:

Spring: April 26 – August 3, 2019
Fall: August 9 – November 16, 2019

Applying is simple. Just fill out the online COLT application forms:

Application Form

Do I qualify?

We welcome fit and enthusiastic applicants to apply. We only have a few prerequisites: you must be 19 years old at the start of the program, love the outdoors and have some previous camping experience. You must also agree to the course rules and have reasonable fluency and understanding of English.

COLT trains teachers, not athletes, so fitness is not a determining factor for eligibility. That said, aspects of the course can be physically demanding. Decent endurance and strength will make the experience more enjoyable. We suggest that COLT students should be able to comfortably hike 10 kilometres in a mountain setting before arriving for the course.

If you have any concerns about your fitness, or questions of eligibility, please contact us: info@colt.bc.ca or 250-286-3122.

What should I do before applying?

It’s a good idea to read through the application form and COLT policies.

You should also check out the following resources:


How much does it cost?

Tuition: $9,000
Accommodation and food: $7,500
Total: $16,500
or $12,610 USD, €10,925 (EUR)

That includes all your food, accommodation, transportation, instruction, technical gear, group gear, and park fees throughout the 100-day course.

This doesn’t include personal gear, transportation to and from the program, and personal trips, dinners out, and other incidentals. Also please note that there is an additional cost for obtaining specific certifications. For example, in order to be registered as a kayak guide/instructor you must first become a member of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC ($60 annually) and for canoeing, in BC the provincial organization is the Recreational Canoeing Association of BC ($45 annually) and to work country-wide, you’ll need to become a member of the federal association Paddle Canada ($90 annually).

We issue tax receipts for tuition costs.

What about financial assistance?

COLT is an accredited post-secondary school. That means most Canadian students qualify for student loans and even some government training funds and bursaries. Talk to a Loans Officer at your school, or find out more at the BC Student Aid website.

Hilary Stewart Bursary

If you identify as First Nation or have a strong interest in First Nations studies you may qualify for the Hilary Stewart Bursary. It was made possible by a longtime friend of Strathcona Park Lodge, Hilary Stewart, who was a keen student and researcher of First Nation culture in B.C. Make a note of your interest on the COLT application form and we’ll follow up.

Do I need insurance?

All students should have adequate coverage for the possibility of a medical emergency. Canadian students should ensure premiums are paid before attending COLT. Foreign students should purchase insurance through an insurance broker before they leave.

What’s the application process?

Complete the online application form. We will email telling you we received the application.

You will be contacted by the COLT Director to set up a time for a phone interview. The goal of the interview is to make sure you meet the requirements of the COLT program and that the COLT program meets your needs and expectations.

Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive an e-mail asking you to fill out the COLT acceptance forms and provide a $2,000 deposit.

There are three ways of sending the $2,000.00 deposit to Strathcona Park Lodge:

  • E-mail money transfers to accounting@strathconaparklodge.com
  • Phone 250-286-3122 and provide your Visa or Mastercard information
  • Money orders or cheques made out Strathcona Park Lodge Ltd and mailed to: Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre, P.O. Box 2160, Campbell River, BC, Canada, V9W 5C5

Once we receive your deposit, we will send a letter of acceptance and a receipt. We don’t enrol students or hold spots until we receive the deposit. We only cash the deposit if you are accepted into the program.