Youth leadership Course

A teenager’s experience can be complicated, magical, boring, rebellious, disappointing, and incredibly defining all in one day. It can also be trying times for parents and family members. 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 life shifts, connections, and experiences.

We offer more than your typical teen camp, youth leadership course, or BC youth summer experience.

Leadership is an opportunity for youth to learn to be more self-directed as they navigate what’s in front of them, especially as they form relevant life shaping perspectives, such as climate change education, prepping for post secondary schooling, building positive relationships and understanding world events.

BC Explorer Details (21 days)

Date: June 27 - July 17, 2020
Date: July 09 - 29, 2020
Date: July 16 - August 05, 2020
Date: July 23 – August 12, 2020
Date: July 29 – August 19, 2020
Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)

Locations: Galiano Island, Galiano Island Conservancy, Vancouver, Victoria, Sechelt Inlet and University of Victoria

Early Bird Rate: $3,299.00 CDN plus 5% tax – before December 31, 2019
Winter Rate: $3,499.00 CDN plus 5% tax - before March 01, 2020
Regular Rate: $3,599.00 CDN plus 5% tax - after March 01, 2020
Deposit: $550.00 (required to secure registration).

Includes: Pre-course check in, online registration, 24-7 supervision/support/instruction, transportation, accommodation including two nights at University of Victoria, meals, admission in places of interest, Fireside swag bag, group camping gear, leadership certificates and more.

It's a Life-Changing Experience

“Fireside leaders are seen, heard and believed”

Our Big BC Adventure Offering

At BC Explorer, youth will paddle board the shorelines of Galiano Island and bike along its quiet roadways. They will hike the alpines of the Sunshine Coast while paddling the incredible Sechelt Inlet by canoe. The youth leaders will spend a few days in Victoria while staying at the University of Victoria, enjoy our camping facilities at Fireside Homeplace (Galiano Island) and sleep under the stars on their outdoor leadership ocean paddle expedition. We are all about eating delicious and fresh foods, breaking the paradigms of traditional learning and making it the best summer for teens.

We are not a just a teen summer camp; we deliver an awesome course in life lessons, daily adventure and honouring the incredible times and moments of being a teenager.

BC Explorer is part outdoor adventure, youth leadership training and summer camp in British Colombia. It is for those aspiring youth leaders wanting more skills training (life, social, outdoor and leadership), adventure, travel, friendship and much more.

Canoeing on a large lake

Attention Youth and Parents,

Outdoor leadership course

Do you know what it is like when a person may have limited direction, opportunities, motivation and/or plans for the summer, or even in life? It can create an unbearable life experience for them and those around them; it increases the chance of lost potential. The main problem is waiting too long to give oneself the opportunity to see and experience things from a different perspective.

Our Explorer expeditions create the opportunity to see and experience things from a different perspective through an experiential lens of learning. It is what teens have been asking for.

We get it! We know teens need something different. Something more direct, concerted and supportive. Unplugging from the trappings of being a 21st century teenager and reconnecting as a capable, confident and competent young person with a clearer direction.

Fireside’s BC Explorer course is an opportunity of a lifetime for youth to spend 21 days honing their leadership skills by overcoming challenges and learning how to lead themselves before leading others. Along the way, they will build friendships, eat amazing food, camp in some of BC's best locations, and ultimately share an experience they will never forget.

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving a new one

-Dolly Parton

Why did we choose these locations for BC Explorer?

Galiano Island
Just a 45-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, Galiano Island offers an excellent cycling location. Covered with organic family-owned farms, Galiano was the perfect place when we decided to expand our programs to include more of a gourmet focus. Farmers markets, white sand beaches, and sandstone caves are just some of the spectacular things Galiano has to offer.

Traditional Territory: Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group Tsawwassen (sc̓əwaθen) and W̱SÁNEĆ

Sechelt Inlet
Hiking in Sechelt offers both stunning ocean views and magical mountain vistas. This location allows youth to experience the change in biodiversity as they get closer to the alpine region. Heading back towards the coastline, youth leaders will be hiking amongst old-growth Douglas Firs; truly an incredible experience to be surrounded by trees of that size while hiking to the top of Mount Steele.

Traditional Territory: Shíshálh

It's a Life-Changing Experience

Highlights of BC Explorer Youth Leadership Camp

  • Connecting with Canadian and international youth, languages and cultures.
  • Meeting with local First Nations and communities.
  • Hiking the incredible trails North Shore Mountains and the Sunshine Coast.
  • Paddling along the majestic coastlines of Sechelt Inlet
  • Biking along the quiet trails and roads of Galiano Island while participating in a series of gourmet cooking lessons.
  • Increasing self-knowledge, clarifying values, strengthening decision-making skills and processes, and learning how to set short and long-term goals.
  • Learning the basics of front and back-country camping, ocean canoeing and orienteering, alpine hiking and cooking.
  • Supported by experienced and skilled instructors who will provide around-the-clock supervision for the entirety of the program.
  • Learning about leadership styles and competencies to become more self-propelled in community and school.

“The longer the experience, the bigger the impact.”

- Fireside Youth Alumni

Expand your comfort zone – sign up and make it the best summer ever in 2020.

It's a Life-Changing Experience


Regardless of a participant’s level of comfort and outdoor skills, it is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have an experienced instructor supporting them. Our team always prioritizes planning, preparing, and most importantly, teaching participants how to be safe in the wilderness.


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 and prepare healthy and holistic meals in our camp kitchens, suited for all diets.

Fitness Capacities

If you are concerned about yours or your child’s physical readiness to attend one of our Fireside camps/expeditions, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on participants' abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.

Climate Change

We do our best to understand the present and future impacts of climate change. We provide thoughtful discussions and rationale of why we all must do our best to minimize our carbon use including 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 local First Nations to participate in our camps, share their knowledge and provide a space to collaborate. Fireside Adventures recognizes the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Small Group Focused & Mobile

We purposely place restrictions on group size (minimum 8 and maximum 15) of participants as believe 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 adventure and learning come from exploring the lands and water around us.

Place and Inquiry Based

All of our selected locations for our camps and expeditions are purposely chosen to provide a platform for inquiry and experiential learning, to learn through the natural world and its significance in relation to culture, geography, history, people and environment.

Social and Emotional Learning

We create a safe place so participants can develop and enhance their resiliency, independence and self-efficacy. We weave learning opportunities throughout our programs for participants to improve the skills necessary to manage and understand their emotions and their relationships.


We are inclusive of all genders, races, cultures, languages, shapes, sizes, colours, abilities and capacities. Those who arrive on the first day of the camp/expedition are important characters of the shared experienced that is to begin. It is a privilege to be the characters in each others stories and experiences, not our right.

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