COOPS 2015

COOPS 2015

Waypoints for Experiential Orientation Programs:

Building Institutional Capacity



We apologize for any inconvenience.

Brock University
(Co-hosted by Brock University and McMaster University)

The 2nd Canadian Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (COOPS) is a forum for administrators, program directors, researchers, student leaders, program alumni and anyone interested in outdoor and experiential orientation programs to discuss approaches for initiating and sustaining programs in high schools, colleges and universities. This year's theme, "Building Institutional Capacity," is intended to highlight strategies and practices that outdoor and experiential orientation programs can implement to take advantage of broader institutional resources and to become integrated into the organization's overall orientation program.

COOPS 2015 also features workshops specifically designed for student leaders, students thinking about becoming a leader, and professionals involved in the development of peer-facilitated experiential learning programs.

COOPS was originally designed to provide information on getting an outdoor or experiential orientation program started, best practices, basic information for program operation and administration, and research specific to the Canadian context. These threads continue to play a dominant role in the COOPS agenda.

Whether you are thinking about starting a new program or already have one up and running, there is something here for you!


2015 Keynote Speaker

Mr. Rick Curtis, Director - Princeton University Outdoor Action Program

Rick has served as the Director of the Outdoor Action Program at Princeton University for over 30 years. The Outdoor Action Program, now in its 42nd year, is one of the largest outdoor orientation programs in North America, with over 700 incoming freshmen and 200 student leaders in the field for six days. He is the author of The Backpacker's Field Manual widely regarded as the best wilderness field manual available for outdoor programs. Rick is also the founder and CEO of Well-known in the outdoor education community, Rick is an experienced author, Web designer and programmer. He has been on the forefront of sharing information through the Web from the very beginning. Rick is an experienced backpacker, whitewater kayaker, sea kayaker, and Telemark skiier.



Please note that COOPS 2015 has been cancelled!


Professional: $70.00 (includes 13% HST)

Student: $30.00 (includes 13% HST)

Cost includes all workshops, presentations, breakout sessions and keynote presentations, snacks on Friday, morning coffee, afternoon coffee and lunch on Saturday.


The agenda is now available. Updates will be made weekly.


Rooms are available at the Four Points by Sheraton (within walking distance of Brock University) for $119.00 (plus applicable taxes) per night. Please mention you are attending COOPS at Brock University to receive this rate.

Rooms are also available at the Holiday Inn - Parkway Suites (about a 15 minute drive to Brock University) for $119.00 (plus applicable taxes) per night. Please mention you are attending COOPS at Brock University to receive this rate.