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Memory Monday-Does it always have to be hard work?

The romantic notion of canoeing along an idyllic river or lake is immediately dispelled when you look a photos from the St. John’s canoes trips. Obstacles were always part of the trip, and finding ways around them were sometimes difficult…. Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – New uses for “old” crests.

So, do you still have your old crests. Did your Mom save them for you and now you’ve gone through some old boxes and found a treasure trove of St. John’s memorabilia? Here is a great idea for you…from an… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Volunteering

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh program, students were required to commit to 100 hours of volunteer service for the gold level. Through the 1990’s and early 2000’s most of our grade twelve students were part of the program…. Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Have You Been Here?

This is a school bus, on a logging road, west of Nordegg Alberta, in the winter. Read that line again… Can you imagine doing this today? Well, for years we did go into the mountains, with school buses- with and… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Gear Upgrades

Today we expect regular improvements to outdoor gear, but back when we first started hiking at St. John’s, we could not have imagined the upgrades that were to come. What was the best improvement in gear for you? Something you… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Biggest Brigade.

From this photo, we can see at least five canoes. Generally, brigades of this size were the junior groups. And when you think that with their smaller stature, there would likely be eight students per boat – that’s a BIG… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Halloween Fun.

Halloween was celebrated in some capacity at the schools each year. Whether it was dressing up in the classroom or only after classes, there were some imaginative costumes. Often there were other contests – carving various vegetables, decorating the dorms… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Boys will be Boys” Moments…

I know this is not a popular expression these days – but what else do you call it when boys get together and enjoy a fun challenge? These photos are perhaps a more benign challenge then some, but still seemed… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Sleepy Heads”

Who takes these pictures!? For most of us, the last thing we want to see is a photo of ourselves the minute we open our eyes in the morning. But every album from every trip I have scanned – there… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Snow Biking

Over the years there were numerous cycling trips as part of the outdoor program. In 1987 the grade ten class completed a cycling/canoe trip in May. Little did they know that they would be peddling and camping in the snow!… Continue Reading →

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