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Outdoor Adventure Camp for Teens - British Columbia, Yukon. Canada

INTRODUCTION

Yukon and BC Teen Leadership, Language and Adventure Camp Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews.
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We are founded on three principles that drive our mission statements: Challenge, Strive, Learn.

 

Experience real adventure with a group of like-minded, intercultural young people. Challenge yourself to expand your comfort zone, learn or improve English or Spanish, and explore the stunning British Columbia and incredible Yukon River.  At the same time learn important life, social and outdoor skills. This course is ideal for the participants from all over the world.

 

This youth leadership, language and adventure course – is for teens willing to explore Canada and get the real Canadian style camp experience! We take the future teen leaders hiking, tent camping, swimming, teach them wilderness survival skills, team buildingexplore the beautiful areas of Vancouver, Galiano island, Yukon, spend time at our exclusive Whistler ski lodge and even pan for Gold in Yukon! Teens have even an option to go bungee jumping in Whistler. Because we’re all about giving our participants the most epic summer camp experience in Canada.

 

The teen outdoor leadership training that happens during this course is an opportunity for youth to learn to be more independent as they navigate what’s in front of them, especially while they form important life shaping perspectives – such as climate change education, prepare for post secondary schooling, build positive relationships and form an understanding of the world events. 

 

Our staff are wilderness first-aid certified, competent and experienced adults who provide 24/7 support to participants. Our 10:1 participant to instructor ratio help a deep connection to be made between our staff and teens, as well as ensure their safety at all times.

 

We keep the group size down to maximum 15 participants, as less means more for an enriched and meaningful experience for each participant. We are not defined by one permanent location as we are rooted in the belief that learning and adventure come from exploring the lands and water around us.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Tent accommodations & group camping gear:

  • Tents
  • Cooking gear
  • Swag bags

    For most of our camps we don´t stick to one location as we believe that adventure and learning come from exploring the mountains, forests and rivers around us. The selected locations are chosen to provide a platform for experiential learning, to learn through the natural world, geography, history, culture, people and environment around us.

 

Accommodation for the Language Camp (included)

  • 7 nights  at Fireside Home Place (Galiano Island)
  • 2 nights at University of Victoria
  • 4 nights at Fireside’s Whistler Lodge Campus

 

Meals & wilderness gourmet cooking lessons

A well-nourished body has a big impact on persons physical and/or mental performance during our adventures. We make sure everyone fuels up with delicious, healthy, and amazing food, and finishes the day by a campfire sipping on a cup of hot chocolate.

  • Preparing a healthy and holistic meals
  • 3 nutritious meals a day in addition to healthy snacks
  • Possible to accommodate special diets

THE ACTIVITIES

BC ADVENTURE CAMP

BC Adventure Camp is perfect for the youth leaders, looking for more adventure, new connections, travel and skills in social life, outdoor and leadership.

 

Course Highlights

  • Starting at our home place in Galiano Island to set goals and build the group 
  • Meeting with the important community members and indigenous
  • Exploring Victoria and learning post-secondary skills
  • Paddling and biking on Sechelt Inlet, Southern Gulf  and Galiano Islands.
  • Hiking, learning the important camping skills, bicycle maintenance, plant identificationocean canoeingorienteering and much more.

 

A typical day

Nothing is boring in this camp, we try to make it as versatile and unique, so there is nothing typical in the camp schedule. We however make sure, that every day is filled with useful information, exciting learning activities building friendships and great, healthy food.

 

Other information:

  • If a youth has medication, please ensure that it is stored waterproof and is given to our staff upon arrival, will keep track of the medication and make sure your youth is taking it when needed.
  • Food on course will be provided and we are able to accommodate special diets, please make dietary requests well in advance.
  • There will be an opportunity to do the laundry in Dawson city, soap will be provided
  • Bathing will mainly occur in the Yukon river, in Dawson City, youth will be able to take a hot shower at the campsite.
  • Please have youth come with $200.00 CAD spending money and/or a debit/credit card as there will be times to shop in Victoria and Sechelt.
  • We will share pictures and updates with parents on a WhatsApp group, when cell service is available!

YUKON ADVENTURE CAMP

Yukon Adventure Camp is perfect for the youth leaders, looking for more adventure, new connections, travel and knowledge about social life, outdoor and leadership, willing to learn about climate change, wildlife and important survival skills.

 

Course Highlights

  • Starting at our home place in Yukon to set goals and build the group 
  • Paddling 312 km of the Yukon River from Minto to Dawson City.
  • Meeting with Selkirk indigenous people and learning about their culture and traditional ways
  • Hiking, learning the important camping skills, bicycle maintenance, plant identificationocean canoeingorienteering and much more.
  • Exploring Whitehorse – Yukon´s capital with its Museums, Riverfront Railroad, and Historic Downtown
  • Following the Klondike gold rush route, sleeping under the stars and we might even get the chance to see Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun!

 

A typical day

Nothing is boring in this camp, we try to make it as versatile and unique, so there is nothing typical in the camp schedule. We however make sure, that every day is filled with useful information, exciting learning activities building friendships and great, healthy food.

 

Other information:

  • If a youth has medication, please ensure that it is stored waterproof and is given to our staff upon arrival, will keep track of the medication and make sure your youth is taking it when needed.
  • Food on course will be provided and we are able to accommodate special diets, please make dietary requests well in advance.
  • There will be an opportunity to do the laundry in Dawson city, soap will be provided
  • Bathing will mainly occur in the Yukon river, in Dawson City, youth will be able to take a hot shower at the campsite.
  • Please have youth come with $200.00 CAD spending money and/or a debit/credit card as there will be times to shop in Whitehorse and Dawson City.
  • We will share pictures and updates with parents on a WhatsApp group, when cell service is available!

BILINGUAL OUTDOOR CAMPS

Perfect for those who want to experience Canadian summer camp and combine it with language practice in English, French or Spanish. You can choose between English-French and English-Spanish Course. 

 

Course Highlights

  • Combination of wilderness and urban setting of BC.
  • Deepening skills in the second language through movies, workshops and games
  • This camp has also focus on Indigenous perspectives, climate change education and leadership competencies
  • The course begins in BC’s Southern Gulf Island region to get to know each other and create connections, develop speaking in both languages and learn first outdoor skills like paddle boarding, biking and canoeing.
  • On day eight the group will travel to the Sechelt Inlet Island, for an outdoor challenge like multi-day shoreline ocean canoeing, camping and alpine hiking!
  • Last days will be spent in Vancouver and Whistler

 

Other information:

  • If a youth has medication, please ensure that it is stored waterproof and is given to our staff upon arrival, will keep track of the medication and make sure your youth is taking it when needed.
  • Food on course will be provided and we are able to accommodate special diets, please make dietary requests well in advance.
  • There will be an opportunity to do the laundry in Dawson city, soap will be provided
  • Bathing will mainly occur in the Yukon river, in Dawson City, youth will be able to take a hot shower at the campsite.
  • Please have youth come with $300.00 CAD spending money and/or a debit/credit card as there will be times to shop in Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler.
  • We will share pictures and updates with parents on a WhatsApp group, when cell service is available!
  • Teens need to have basic level of communication in French/Spanish AND in English, and must be able to understand and express ideas clearly in their second language.

LEADERSHIP AND CLIMATE CHANGE CAMP

Youth will spend time in the wilderness connecting with like-minded individuals, exploring the beauty of British Columbia and the Yukon, learning about their leadership potential and climate change issues and ways they can do something about it.

 

Course Highlights

  • Starting at our home place in Galiano Island to meet the group, prepare for the outdoor experience by getting the first skills and learning about climate change . 
  • Meeting with the important community members and indigenous of the area
  • Focus on Indigenous perspectives and climate change education, solution finding for a change in the world by learning from elders and the land.
  • Paddling 312 km of the Yukon River from Minto to Dawson City.
  • Learning more about climate change in cooperation with University of Victoria
  • Tours of Victoria, Dawson City and Whitehorse, camping, river canoeing, wildness risk management, orienteering, hiking and plant identification.
  • Sleeping under the stars, breathing the fresh air and even seeing the Northern Lights.

 

Other information:

  • If a youth has medication, please ensure that it is stored waterproof and is given to our staff upon arrival, will keep track of the medication and make sure your youth is taking it when needed.
  • Food on course will be provided and we are able to accommodate special diets, please make dietary requests well in advance.
  • There will be an opportunity to do the laundry in Dawson City, soap will be provided
  • Bathing will mainly occur in the Yukon river, in Dawson City, youth will be able to take a hot shower at the campsite.
  • Please have youth come with $300.00 CAD spending money and/or a debit/credit card as there will be times to shop in Victoria,Whitehorse and Dawson City.
  • We will share pictures and updates with parents on a WhatsApp group, when cell service is available!

LANGUAGE COURSE FOR TEENS

This adventure is for international teens wanting to get a real Canadian experience and improve their language skills with Canadian youth, while experiencing some of British Columbia’s most amazing locations and developing leadership skills.

 

Course Highlights

  • International youth meeting Canadian teens for cultural exchange and improving language skills
  • 20 hours of direct and indirect instruction led by a certified teacher, focusing on oral and written English skills.
  • Meeting with the important community members and indigenous
  • Staying in residence at the University of Victoria to get a taste of the post-secondary experience
  • Exploring B.C.’s capital city, Victoria to understand the province’s unique history .
  • Paddling and biking on Sechelt Inlet, Southern Gulf  and Galiano Islands.
  • Hiking the mountain trails, learning the important camping skills, bicycle maintenance, plant identificationocean canoeingorienteering and much more.
  • Sleeping under the stars in some of BC’s best Provincial Parks

 

Other information:

  • If a youth has medication, please ensure that it is stored waterproof and is given to our staff upon arrival, will keep track of the medication and make sure your youth is taking it when needed.
  • Food on course will be provided and we are able to accommodate special diets, please make dietary requests well in advance.
  • There will be an opportunity to do the laundry at least twice, soap will be provided
  • Youth will be able to take a hot showers, but we will also provide opportunity to take a dip in the ocean, lakes, and creeks.
  • Please have youth come with $200.00 CAD spending money and/or a debit/credit card as there will be times to shop in Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler.
  • We will share pictures and updates with parents on a WhatsApp group!

ADVENTURE TEEN CAMP

Vancouver and WhistlerAdventure

After arriving in Vancouver the adventure starts at the University of British Columbia’s residences where the Youth will bike tour the city, team build, see the city sights and after that fly to the Yukon.

This offers the best opportunity for teens to explore the west coast Canada life. Upon returning from the Yukon, the group will spend their remaining days taking in the best of Whistler including a day of bungee jumping and more!

Yukon Adventure

Yukon adventure includes different exciting activities:

  • paddling the amazing Yukon River
  • hiking the foothills searching for gold rush cabins
  • camping on some of the best river islands
  • learning from Fort Selkirk First Nations
  • The teens will spend a few days exploring Whitehorse, then they will set off for their expedition down the Yukon River. Fingers crossed, we may even see the Northern Lights!

Course includes:

  • Survival skills training, bungee jumping, hot springs, bike touring, connecting with Indigenous communities, wilderness gourmet cooking lessons, parkour training, and so much more!
  • Guided Yukon River expedition visiting Fort Selkirk, exploring gold rush cabins, and viewing all kinds of wildlife including moose, bears, birds of prey, and mountain goats!
  • Tours of Vancouver, Whistler, University of British Columbia, Dawson City and Whitehorse
  • Youth Leadership certification 

 

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

Safety

Travel in a group is much safer, the group has experienced instructor supporting them 24/7. Our main priorities are planning, preparing, and most importantly, teaching participants how to be safe in the wilderness.

 

Fitness Capacity

If you are concerned about yours or your child’s physical readiness for our camp, please contact us. We modify our experiences based on participants’ abilities and capacities. 

 

Climate Change

We do our best to understand the present and future impacts of climate change. We have thoughtful discussions with teens of why we all must do our best to find ways to reduce food waste, non-recyclable materials and more. We take public transit or walk as much as possible, and respect nature by reducing our ecological footprints.

 

Indigenous People

We acknowledge that we are visitors of the traditional lands of Indigenous People. We ask permission to visit and explore their lands while also inviting them to participate in our camps, share their knowledge and to collaborate. 

 

Including: admissions to places of interest (local museums, hot springs and bungee jumping, etc.)

24-7 supervision

Swag bag

Accommodation

Camping gear

Certificates

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

Canada: The land of lumberjacks, maple syrup, Rocky Mountains, and hockey and so much more than that! Canada is one of the safest places on earth to explore, learn and have fun.

 

The location of our Camp is in Vancouver just 20 minutes away from Vancouver International Airport.

Getting Here

AIRPORT PICK UP/DROP OFF

If your youth requires airport transportation, we can provide, but there will be a fee to cover staff and transportation costs.

PRICES & PACKAGES

Ages

Students of all Fitness levels, 12 – 17 years old.

 

Dates & Prices

BC ADVENTURE CAMP

June 27 – July 17, 2020

July 09 – July 29, 2020

July 16 – August 05, 2020

July 29 – August 19, 2020

 

Winter Rate: $3,499.00 CDN plus 5% tax – before March 31, 2020
Regular Rate: $3,599.00 CDN plus 5% tax – after March 31, 2020
Deposit: $550.00 (required to secure registration)

Airport transportation: $100 CAD 

 

Includes: 

  • Pre-course check in, online registration
  • 24-7 supervision/ support/ instruction
  • transportation
  • accommodation including two nights at the University of Victoria
  • meals
  • admission to places of interest (including museums, tours, etc.),
  • swag bag, group camping gear
  • leadership certificates and more

YUKON ADVENTURE CAMP

August 05 – August 18, 2020

 

Regular Rate: $2,799.00 CDN plus 5% tax (includes return flight between Vancouver and Whitehorse)

Without Flight Rate: $2,199.00 CDN plus 5% tax

Deposit: $550.00 (required to secure registration)

Airport transportation: $100 CAD 

 

Includes:  

  • return flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse
  • pre-course check in, online registration
  • 24-7 supervision/support/instruction
  • land transportation
  • accommodations (tenting)
  • meals
  • admissions to places of interest including local museums
  • swag bag, group camping gear (canoes, tents, cooking gear)
  • leadership certificates and more.

BILINGUAL OUTDOOR CAMPS

June 27- July 17, 2020

July 16- Aug 5, 2020

 

Winter Rate: $3,649 + 5% tax before March 01, 2020

Regular Rate: $3,749 + 5% tax after March 01, 2020

Airport transportation: $100 CAD 

 

Includes: 

  • pre-course check-in and language assessment call
  • accommodation
  • food
  • group camping and course gear
  • ground and ferry transportation
  • climate change education and outdoor leadership course curriculum
  • informal language instruction and feedback (written and oral)
  • eco-swag (t-shirt, water bottle, and more),
  • course certificate
  • post-course follow-up.

LEADERSHIP AND CLIMATE CHANGE CAMP

July 29 – August 18, 2020

 

Winter Rate: $3649.00 CDN plus 5% tax (before March 31, 2020)

Regular Rate: $3749.00 CDN plus 5% tax (after March 31, 2020)

Deposit: $450.00 (required to secure registration) per registration

Airport transportation: $100 CAD 

 

Includes: 

  • climate change education and outdoor leadership course curriculum
  • 24/7 instruction & support
  • pre-course check-in
  • food
  • accommodation
  • ground transportation
  • activities
  • swag (t-shirt, water bottle and more), group camping and course gear
  • course certificate
  • return flight between Vancouver and Whitehorse
  • post course follow up

LANGUAGE COURSE FOR TEENS

July 06- July 19, 2020 (two weeks)

July 20 – August 03, 2020 (two weeks)

 

Rate: $3,559.00 CDN plus 5% tax.

Ask us about our group booking rate.

Group Size: Minimum 10 & Maximum 15 participants

Airport transportation: on request

 

Includes:

  • Airport shuttle (pick up and drop-off)
  • Land transportation (shuttle and ferrying)
  • 7 nights at Fireside Home Place (Galiano Island),
  • 2 nights at University of Victoria
  • 4 nights at Whistler Lodge Campus
  • Meals (all except 4 lunches where campers treat themselves for lunch)
  • 22 hours of ESL classroom instruction and tutoring with BC certified teacher
  • Admission into Royal BC Museum, Squamish Lil Wat Cultural Centre, Ice skating, Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak
  • recreation activities (paddle boarding, bike touring, hiking)
  • Climate change education and outdoor leadership curriculum.
  • One day tour of Vancouver
  • Two day tour of Victoria, residing at University of Victoria
  • Working and learning with Galiano island Conservancy
  • 24/7 camper supervision

ADVENTURE TEEN CAMP

August 03 – August 21, 2020

 

Regular Rate: $4,299.00+ CAD plus 5% tax

Deposit: $550.00 (required to secure registration)

Pick up and drop off to Vancouver airport (includes meal) $100.

Pick up and drop off to Vancouver airport a day before or after course start time (includes meal) $125

 

Includes::

  • return flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse
  • pre-course phone call between instructors, participants and their parents, online registration
  • 24-7 supervision/support/instruction
  • land transportation
  • tent accommodations
  • meals
  • admissions to places of interest (local museums, hot springs and bungee jumping, etc.)
  • camp swag bag, group camping gear (canoes, tents, cooking gear)
  • leadership certificates and more

Pick up and Drop off information

BC ADVENTURE CAMP

Pick Up: 3:00pm @ River Rock Casino

Drop Off: 10:00am @ Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal (youth flying to/ from Vancouver, please contact us)

 

YUKON ADVENTURE CAMP

Drop Off: 10:00am-12:00pm @ YVR Airport

Pick Up: 6:00-9:00pm @ YVR Airport

 

BILINGUAL OUTDOOR CAMPS

Pick Up: 3:00pm @ River Rock Casino

Drop Off: 10:00am @ River Rock Casino

 

LEADERSHIP AND CLIMATE CHANGE CAMP

Pick Up: 3:00pm @ River Rock Casino

Drop Off: Evening Arrival at YVR Airport

 

LANGUAGE COURSE FOR TEENS

Airport shuttle (pick up and drop-off) included

 

ADVENTURE TEEN CAMP

If your youth requires airport transportation, we can provide, but there will be a fee to cover staff and transportation costs.

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