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Teacher candidates in the B.Ed. program have the opportunity to complete a supplemental practicum in an alternative setting to better understand diverse perspectives in education and explore varied employment opportunities. Tim Horton Children’s Ranch is one such setting “designed to change the way young people from disadvantaged homes think about themselves and the opportunities that exist for them.” A group of teacher candidates.

The THCR Supplementary Practicum involves 3 weeks of on-site educational leadership at the Tim Horton Children’s Ranch in Kananaskis and runs in the Spring Semester. The teacher candidates are required to be on-site at THCR in Kananaskis 5 days per week, with options for weekend participation. Teacher candidates participating in the 3-week supplementary practicum are placed with a THCR program facilitator and work directly with student groups from participating schools from all over Canada. Teacher candidates have the option to remain on-site at the THCR for each week session. Some outdoor educational activities the students lead include archery, boating and lake studies, hiking, wilderness survival and nature studies, leadership games, arts, music and drama, and rock climbing.

The supplementary practicum provides teacher candidates with valuable field experience and professional certification (some possible examples include: Standard First Aid; Wilderness First Aid; Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training, Outdoor Council of Canada-Field Leader Course; TH Leadership Training).

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation has seven camps across the country and provides free camp experiences to economically disadvantaged youth. The educational programs are designed to help our campers become more responsible, caring and motivated individuals. To learn more please go to Tim Horton Children's Foundation..