Campers will be guided through some of BC's most beautiful alpine territory, providing the perfect backdrop for leadership instruction and self-reflection.

YUKON SKY (14 to 17 years)

Yukon Sky


Dates: August 16 to August 27, 2017
Ages: 14 to 17 (Co-ed)
Price: Early Bird (until January 30, 2017) - $1,875.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Regular - $1,995.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Includes instruction/supervision, food, accommodation, group camping gear, Whitehorse airport pick up and drop off, and canoes during the trip. Does not include fishing licences or flight.
Locations: Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs, Yukon River and Dawson City
Core Recreational Elements: Canoeing, Canadian history, outdoor guiding, orienteering, gold panning, wilderness safety.



Expedition Highlights

Fully guided trip on the Yukon River from Carmacks to famous Dawson City
Canoe certification and outdoor skills training
Soaking your bones at the Tahini Hot Springs
Witness the Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights
Visiting historic Fort Selkirk
Discovering old Yukon cabins
Campfires, s'mores and the comfort new friends
Visiting some of the Yukon’s most treasured and historical gold rush locations
Wildlife - view eagles, moose, while listening to the wolves cry!


Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)


August 16, 2017 – Takhini Hot Springs
Afternoon departure from Vancouver International Airport to Whitehorse
Pick-up and drive to Takhini Hostel
Introduction of staff and overview of canoe trip
Program orientation and gear check

August 17, 2017 - Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse
Early wake-up
Intro of staff and review of canoe journey
Unpack personal gear (again) and group gear check
Pack up food
Knots lesson
Safety lesson and protocols
Half-day practice of paddle strokes
1 hour free time in Whitehorse
Campfire 'Welcome Ceremony'

August 18, 2017 – Carmack's/Yukon River (Five Fingers Section)/Sam Magees Ashes
Early departure
Practice strokes (again) at Carmacks
Map reading & Orienteering at Carmacks
Emergency Procedures at Carmacks
Paddle past Five Fingers section
Visit Sam Magee ashes
Cooking lesson 101
Review of safety protocols and use of safety devices

August 19 to August 24, 2017 – Yukon River
Outdoor Leadership 101
Guiding principles of leading out trips
Weather reading
River navigation lesson
Yukon River history and geography
Exploring and visiting old cabins
Visit to Fort Selkirk
Explore old ruins of towns during the gold rush days
Review wildlife in the wild
Poetry and photography on the river
Panning for gold
Option to fish

August 25, 2017 – Arriving into Dawson City
Shower up
Tour the city and visit historical places
Graduation dinner
Campfire

August 26, 2017 – Takhini Hot Springs, Whitehorse
Pack up & breakfast in Dawson City
Lunch on the road (6 hour road trip back to Whitehorse)
Set up, clean gear, bracelet ceremony and ice cream in Whitehorse

August 27, 2017 – Homeward Bound
Pack up and full day touring in Whitehorse
Shuttle to airport
Early evening departure to Vancouver International Airport
Pick up at Vancouver International Airport

 
LEADERSHIP CAMP (13 to 17 years)

BC YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP


Date: June 25 to July 8, 2017
Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)
Price: Early Bird (until January 30, 2017) - $2,249.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Regular - $2,550.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Includes instruction, food, accommodation, most camping gear, camping fees and transportation while on trip. Does not include flight and some optional activities.
Locations: Whistler, Squamish, Howe Sound, Sechelt Inlets Marine Provincial Park
Core Recreational and Educational Elements: Coastal hiking, canoeing, Indigenous culture, life and social skills and outdoor leadership skills.


Expedition Highlights

Paddle, by canoe, along the majestic coastlines of Sechelt Inlet and Howe Sound
Hike to a glacier lake (Rainbow Lake)
Spend time at Whistler’s Fireside Lodge, and sleep under the stars in some of BC's best Provincial Parks to enjoy some peaceful rest in your tent
Learn the basics of front and back country camping, day hiking and orienteering
Obtain canoe certification
Learn about leadership styles and competencies of leaders
Partake in language and cultural exchange experiences with other international, Canadian and Indigenous youth


Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)


June 25, 2017 – Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, Sechelt Inlet
Arrivals between 10am to 11am – Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. A Fireside instructor will greet all campers at the ferry terminal
Equipment and bag check before departure
Walk onto BC Ferries to Langdale with Fireside staff
Campers travel on Fireside bus from Langdale to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
Welcome ceremony and dinner at campsite
Acknowledgement of the people of Indigenous people and their territory
Overview of 14 day leadership program and goals
Review safety and emergency procedures and full value agreement
Evening paddle and review of group camp gear
Team building challenge
Swim test

June 26 to June 28, 2017 – Sechelt Inlets Marine Provincial Park
Morning wake up and pack up gear
Paddle 3.5 days through Sechelt Inlet
Ocean paddling skills review, practice and certification
Review meal preparations & cooking 101
Leadership Discussion Question: What is leadership? Who are your leaders? What are the characteristics of a leader? Why is leadership important to self and others? Review of leadership bracelet process.
Water purification, weather reading, shelter building and orienteering
Animal Aware: What to do when you see an animal (bears, cougars and raccoons)
Individual and group goal setting
Journal writing
Numerous short day hikes
Walking amongst ancient trees
Trip prep basics (packing bags, rolling sleeping bags, how to travel lightly, group gear, food prep)
Trip preparation (how to keep yourself warm, cool, dry and your gear water proof)

June 29, 2017 – Gambier Island, Howe Sound
Up early and pack up
Shower and pack up groceries and supplies
Evening canoe paddle crossing from Langdale to Gambier Island
Set up camp
Review Gambier Island expedition (circumnavigation of Gambier Island)

June 30 to July 04, 2017 – Gambier Island, Howe Sound
Halkett Bay clean up (community and environmental service project)
Day solo at Halkett Bay Provincial Park
Basic hiking 101 – review and endurance exam (group will participate on several half day hikes on Gambier Island)
Stargazing
Snorkelling
Land orienteering lesson
Evening discussions: 5 pillars of Fireside leadership and principles

July 5, 2017 – Squamish, Alice Lake Provincial Bay Park
Up early and paddle to Sunset Marina
Clean up gear and pack up canoes
Drive to Squamish and take Sea to Sky Gondola
Pick up groceries and supplies
Evening swim
Rest and take in the sunset
Evening Discussion: What to do when you are lost and what are your greatest fears?

July 6 to July 8, 2017 – Whistler, Fireside Lodge
2 full days exploring Whistler (hike Rainbow Lake, tour the village, Olympic sites, swimming)
Camper Paid Option: Zip trek or Peak to Peak (paid by campers)
Skill Test: Putting outdoor skill knowledge to the test for an evening challenge course
Graduation BBQ
Movie night at the Fireside Lodge

July 8, 2017 – West Vancouver
Up early
Camper evaluations and debrief
Travel to Horseshoe Bay for parent pick-up, time TBA

 
LEADERSHIP CAMP - INTENSIVE (13 TO 17 years)

BC YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP - INTENSIVE


Date: June 29 to July 18, 2017
Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)
Price: Early Bird (until January 30, 2017) - $3,349.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Regular - $3,599.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Includes instruction, food, accommodation, most camping gear, camping fees and transportation while on trip. Does not include flight and some optional activities.
Locations: Nanaimo, Tofino, Clayoquot Sound, Alert Bay, Cape Scott Provincial Park

Core Recreational and Educational Elements: Temperate rainforest hiking, canoeing, surfing (optional), Indigenous culture, backpacking, life and social skills and outdoor leadership skills.

Expedition Highlights

Hike Cape Scott to camp on kilometres of untamed Pacific Coastal beaches
Paddle along the majestic coastlines of Clayoquot Sound
Spend time in Alert Bay
Sleep under the stars in some of BC's best Provincial Parks and enjoy some peaceful rest in your tent
Experience the beauty of Vancouver Island specifically Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park, Coombs, Campbell River and Port Hardy
Learn the basics of front and back-country camping, ocean canoeing and orienteering
Be supported by experienced and skilled instructors who will provide supervision for 24 hours a day for the entirety of the program
Participate in leadership and canoe certification
Learn about leadership styles and competencies of leaders
Partake in language and cultural exchange experiences with other youth
Participate in environmental/community stewardship projects



Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)

June 29, 2017 - Vancouver/Englishman River
Arrivals between 10am to 11am – Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. Fireside instructor will greet all campers
Equipment and bag check
Walk onto BC Ferries and travel to Nanaimo accompanied by Fireside staff
Campers travel on Fireside bus to Englishman River
Welcome ceremony and dinner at campsite
Evening hike

July 30, 2017 - Horne Lake and Englishman River
Morning wake up – stretch and morning walk
Overview of 21-day leadership program
Overview of program goals and objectives, review safety and emergency procedures and full value agreement
Review meal preparations & cooking 101
Visit Horne Lake to go hiking
Leadership Discussion Question: What is leadership? Who are your leaders? What are the characteristics of a leader? Why is leadership important to self and others? Review of leadership bracelet process.
Animal Aware: What to do when you see an animal (bears, cougars and raccoons)
Individual and group goal setting
Journal writing and Letters to Self
Swim test

July 1, 2017 - Englishman River and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Morning hike and explorations of Rathtrevor Park (sand castle building contest)
Ocean swim and enjoy Canada Day festivities
Basic hiking 101 – review and endurance exam
Trip preparation (how to keep yourself warm, cool, dry and your gear waterproof)
Assignment of staff instructors to youth participants
Trip prep basics (packing bags, rolling sleeping bags, how to travel lightly, group gear, food prep)
Evening fireworks

July 2, 2017 - Campbell River and Cape Scott Trailhead
Early wake-up and pack up
Pack up food for Cape Scott hike
Review personal gear
Drive Cape Scott trail head and set up camp
Orienteering lesson
Evening discussion: 5 pillars of Fireside leadership

July 3, 2017 - Cape Scott Provincial Park
Up early and hike to Nels Bight
Set up camp and explore beach
Rest and take in the sunset
Walking amongst the old growth and old Danish community ruins
Evening Discussion: What to do when you are lost and what are your greatest fears

July 4 to 7, 2017 - Cape Scott Provincial Park
3 full days exploring the beaches, light house and forest
Putting outdoor skill knowledge to the test
July 7 – hike out and camp at trailhead

July 8 to 9, 2017 - Alert Bay
Up early, showers and laundry in Port Hardy
Take 45-minute ferry to Alert Bay for overnight experience and to meet with locals

July 10, 2017 - Alert Bay to Kennedy Lake
Up early and drive to Kennedy Lake
Begin canoe expedition (short paddle)
Set up camp and practice skills

July 11 to 16, 2017 - Kennedy Lake to Clayoquot Sound
Ocean and lake canoeing skills review, practice and certification
Temperate rainforest hiking review
Shelter building with driftwood
Ocean map reading and weather forecasting
48 hour solo on Vargas Island
Numerous short day hikes
Walking amongst ancient trees

July 17, 2017 - Tofino (accommodation TBA)
Full day in Tofino (exploring, shopping, site setting)
Surfing lesson (optional)
One-to-one leadership review with each camper
Graduation dinner
Final campfire

July 18, 2017 - Vancouver
Up early
Travel to BC Ferries
Pick-up at Horseshoe Bay

 
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