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Outdoor entrepreneurs get early start

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For youth looking at a future combining business and outdoor adventure, Community Futures from Howe Sound, North Fraser, South Fraser and the Sunshine Coast are joining forces to once again offer Venturing to the Extreme.

Last year the Venturing to the Extreme program was held for the first time at the North Vancouver Outdoor School, just north of Squamish. This year the program will continue at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Egmont from July 2 to 7. This is a unique experience for high school students who have demonstrated leadership and who wish to explore and develop entrepreneurial skills in an adventure setting.

A total of 65 youth participants will be selected by Community Futures in consultation with their local school district.

The program includes outdoor team building activities, leadership development games and outdoor adventure activities such as rock climbing, hiking and kayaking with skilled professionals.

The business programs include "Entrepreneurship is a Realistic Career Option"; "Business is Fun!"; and "We Are All Leaders".

The program facilitators are Hugh Culver, owner of Marathon Communications Inc. and founder of Dare2Dream; Dave Freeze, Chair of Adventure Tourism Program at University College of the Cariboo; and Martyn Williams, a Canadian expedition leaders and founder of Pole2Pole 2000.

The Credit Unions of British Columbia have partnered with Community Futures to provide major funding for this experience. Community Futures will also be raising local community donations.

The cost per participant is $550, and many students will be required to pay their own travel costs.

For more information on Venturing to the Extreme, contact Robyn Cyr at the Community Futures Development Corporation of Howe Sound at 604-892-5467, or by e-mail: robyn.cyr@cfdchs.com.

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