BPS JULY 26-28, 2019

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The Big Picture Seminar

[July 26 - 28 . 2019]

About the Big Picture Seminar

Its aim is to help students see their high school years as preparation for their life as adults. High school is a time of broadening one’s horizons, where the focus shifts from oneself to others.

Through various activities, the Seminar hopes to engrave in the memories of the students themes and concepts that will be part of students’ thought processes as they navigate high school.

Themes & Concepts

Character & Maturity

Freedom & Responsibility

Virtues & Good Manners

Reading

Relationships & Friendships

Faith

Activities

Sports

Talks

Camping

Public Speaking

Team Building

Role Playing

OVERVIEW

 

FRIDAY, JULY 26

Sports

Get to know other participants by engaging in play

 

Character & Maturity

Learn about yourself through role playing during a mock interview process which helps you consider your strengths and weaknesses

 

Virtues & Good Manners

Learn about the importance of virtues and how they are expressed in good manners by preparing and presenting skits

 

Freedom & Responsibility

Learn and write a speech about freedom and responsibility after considering some of history's great speeches

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27

Camping & Team Building

Enjoy time with other participants outside the city

Reading

Learn about the importance of reading while coming up with a reading plan for the summer and the future.  

 

Relationships & Friendships

Learn about forming relationships and friendships and how these can help one grow

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28

Faith

Learn some practical ways of strengthening in your faith during high school

Talent Show

Display your abilities in a final show!

Contact, fees, & location

Upon registration, participants will be contacted for an interview. The interview will explain in more detail the expectations during the seminar and will allow seminar organizers to gauge applicants’ willingness to participate. Only successful applicants are able to attend.

 

Fee: $150 payable by July 20, 2019 to Northbow Educational Foundation

 

Location: The seminar takes place at Bowmont at the address below. The camp takes place in Millarville.

 

Time: Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to Sunday 2:30 p.m.  

 

The participants will stay overnight at the camp from Saturday to Sunday.

(403) 288-2588

info@bowmont.org

2435 27 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2M 2K1

ACTIVITIES DETAILS

Character & Maturity

 

Talk and discussion - A speaker will give a short talk on the topic and discuss it with the boys.

Mock interview - The boys choose an age-appropriate job and submit a description for it beforehand. "Employers" interview them for the job. The boys are given tips on preparing for such an interview. Interview questions also help participants consider their strengths and weaknesses. In social time afterwards, interviewers describe their professional life and give feedback to the boys, who, in turn, write thank you notes to interviewers.

 

Virtues & Good Manners

 

Talk and discussion - A speaker will give a short talk on the topic and discuss it with the boys.

 

Skits - Participants will prepare a humorous skit presenting the art of etiquette. They will be given some reading beforehand to get ideas. 

Participants will be taught writing etiquette by composing thank you notes.

 

Freedom & Responsibility

Talk and discussion - A speaker will give a short talk on the topic and discuss it with the boys.

 

Speeches - The boys are given guide sheets about freedom and responsibility to prepare a 4-minute speech. It is delivered and recorded in front of peers. They will have listened beforehand to an important speech in history, to get ideas. Part of their address is on how high school students should use free time during the summer and how they intend to grow in responsibility. Feedback provided. 

 

Reading

 

Talk and discussion - A speaker will give a short talk on the topic and discuss it with the boys.

 

Reading list - Participants bring a list of books they have read, which they will present during the seminar. They will bring and talk about a favorite book. The boys are then given a sheet to help them identify interesting genres and start their own reading list.

 

Relationships & Friendships

Talk and discussion - A speaker will give a short talk on the topic and discuss it with the boys.

 

Reflection questions - The boys are given quiet time to reflect on questions about how they are forming and taking care of friendships and family relationships.

 

 

Faith

Talk and discussion - A speaker will give a short talk on the topic and discuss it with the boys.

 

Reflection questions - The boys are given quiet time to reflect on questions about their spiritual life. Then a priest leads them in a time of prayer.

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