The Team: As talented in the outdoors as they are adventurous, we hire the best outdoor leadership instructors to create and amazing summer experience for our campers.

Jeff Willis

Jeff Willis, Owner, Founder

Since 1991, Jeff (aka Willy), has been developing and leading various camps, expeditions and outdoor programs throughout Canada, Japan, Germany and the Arctic. His love of outdoor education coupled with formal training and years of experience in youth and family work led him to create Fireside Adventures. He is the quintessential camp director – an energetic leader, creating meaningful experiences for campers and having a load of fun along the way! 


kelsey pinch, Instructor

Kelsey is a Health, Outdoor & Physical Experiential (HOPE) educator originally from Ontario, and now calls Vancouver home. She has led multiple backcountry, front country and international service learning experiences for youth and has recently received training from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Kelsey is in her element when she is facilitating programs that connect young people to the land, empowers them to understand their courage, character, and strengths, and inspires them to be an active and engaged citizen.

josie moore, Instructor

Josie is a secondary school teacher who lives and plays in Squamish, BC.  She currently works at the Sea to Sky Alternative School, a small learning community focused on attachment and engagement. Josie has worked in outdoor education for 12 years as a program facilitator and guide, for organizations such as Outward Bound, The YMCA, and Fireside Adventures, and is currently working towards a Graduate Diploma in Nature-Based Experiential Learning through Simon Fraser University. Her personal and professional passions are closely aligned, and generally focus on community building and connection to the natural world, as well as re-engaging traumatized and at-risk youth with the outdoors, and using nature as a tool to address and heal the effects of trauma on the body and mind.  Josie loves to mountain bike, hike, ski and canoe, and act as an advocate for females of all ages in the outdoors.

We hire the best instructors to lead all our summer camps. The same qualified staff lead, teach and guide for the entirety of each program, ensuring consistency for campers. Our instructors must have the following:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Wilderness first aid and/or First Responder training
  • Lifeguarding (at least one instructor per program will have this)
  • Outdoor wilderness training
  • Criminal record check
  • Post secondary education
  • English-teaching ability (for ESL camps)
  • Each camp will have one to two interns who are Fireside Alumni

Ratio: 1 instructor/intern per 6 campers