FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While you may think that not many teenagers would give up a week of their summer break to learn, students in the Peace Region are doing just that.
North Peace Secondary School is currently hosting the Mind Over Metal Camp, which is put on by the Canadian Welding Association.
The program was originally targeted for at risk youth between the ages of 12 and 15, but Brian Campbell with School District 60 says that the program here was opened to include everyone. There are currently close to 15 students taking part this year in its second year participating in the event.
“The Canadian Welding Association has been a big help, not just to the north peace but to the District with helping donate equipment. They are funding this camp but they also have given equipment.”
Ryan Britton is the instructor of the group. He also works for School District 60 in Metalwork.
“It’s about trying to promote the trade. It’s great how the CWA covers it.”
Students create everything from roses to dirt bike stands and everything in between. The camp runs from July 3rd to 8th this year.
Campbell says it gives students a prospect of what a career in welding could be like while allowing them to gain exposure to the trade that they may not be able to experience everywhere else.
“Hands on learning at these camps is building confidence and self-esteem and giving many youth a reason for continuing on to secondary and post-secondary education. Welding has captured their attention and is giving them a focus for their future.”