Fireside’s BC Explorer Youth Leadership Training Camp
The early teen years can be characterized as complicated, magical, boring, rebellious, disappointing, defining and more. Despite the challenges that can be found in every teen’s life, at school, in peer relationships, in their community and at home, there are opportunities for positive shifts, connections, and experiences. Fireside Explorer camp is a youth leadership wilderness expedition for 13 to 16 year-olds which allows them to confront these challenges and experiment with independence and leadership.
Fireside Adventures strives to bring valuable and meaningful leadership and outdoor skills training to all our youth. Our consistent approach, facilitated by our skilled instructors, encourages thoughtful discussion and positive self-reflection.
Click to learn more about Fireside’s Approach, Leadership Competencies, Mission and “Life Be and Adventure” philosophy.
BC Explorer Details
Date: July 3rd to 23rd, 2018
Ages: 13 to 16 (Co-ed)
Winter Bird Rate: February 16th to March 31st 2018 $3,599.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
Spring/Summer Bird Rate: April 1st 2018 onwards $3,899.00 CDN plus 5% tax
Deposit: $350.00 (required to secure registration) per registration.
Includes: pre-camp assessment, instruction, food, accommodation, most camping gear, camping fees and transportation while on trip. Does not include flight and some optional activities.
Locations: Whistler, Vancouver, Squamish, North Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sechelt Inlet, Gambier Island, and Halkett Bay Provincial Park
Important information: We rent sleeping bags, camp chairs and thermarests for those needing extra comfort
Mental and Physical Wellness
This year we are also providing support and training concerning youth mental wellness, physical fitness, social and life skills and developing critical thinking as they are very relevant for today’s youth. We are excited to be providing a larger focus on teaching wilderness cuisine “cooking in the woods” as a core skill for youth to develop while on their expedition.
If you are concerned about your physical readiness to attend one of our programs, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on people's abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.
The Learning Experience
Introduction and training to ocean canoeing, white water rafting and canoe tripping
Introduction and training to outdoor youth leadership
Connections with Canadian and international youth, languages and cultures
Visiting known and newfound places are considered among BC’s best kept secrets and outstanding locations).
Alpine backpacking and camping skill
Skill development with outdoor recreational activities (i.e. rafting, canoeing, hiking)
Imagine if... you could unplug and relax …..Life. Be. Adventure.
Highlights of BC Explorer Youth Leadership Training Camp
Hike the incredible trails of Whistler, Vancouver’s North Shore and the Sunshine Coast
Paddle along the majestic coastlines of Howe Sound and Sechelt Inlet
Sleep under the stars in some of BC's best Provincial Parks and enjoy some peaceful rest in your tent
Experience the beauty of Whistler Village, the beaches of Vancouver, white water rafting in Squamish and the incredible sunsets of British Columbia
Gourmet wilderness cooking lessons
Increased self-knowledge, clarified values, strengthened decision-making skills and processes, and set short and long-term goals
Learn the basics of front and back-country camping, ocean canoeing and orienteering, alpine hiking, and more!
Supported by experienced and skilled instructors who will provide around the clock supervision for the entirety of the program
Learn about leadership styles and competencies of leaders
Participate in a half day community project
Nature-based camps provide the following positive benefits:
Fostering curiosity an openness about other cultures, languages and traditions
Increased confidence and self-efficacy
Improved emotional and physical health
Improved peer-relationship building
Increased sense of independence and leadership potential
Improved social and life skills
Improved cognitive health/skills
Increased positive decision-making
An ability to self-reflect and be self-propelled
Increased environmental awareness, including climate change
Ability to lower stress and moodiness
Meaningful opportunities for positive risk-taking
Increased sense of creativity
A well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Participants will learn how to pack for and prepare meals on extended backcountry trips, while cooking in a “wilderness” kitchen. While on trip we will nourish our bodies with healthy and holistic foods suited to all diets.
Regardless of your comfort and outdoor skill level, it is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have guides supporting you. Our team puts a lot of effort into planning, preparing and, most importantly, teaching you how to be safe in the wilderness.