Youth leadership camps

The pre-teen and teen years can be characterized as complicated, magical, boring, rebellious, disappointing, and incredibly defining. 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 get it! We know pre-teens and youth need something different. Something more direct, concerted and supportive.

Explorer is for pre-teens and youth seeking something more than your typical summer camp experience. Explorer is for those wanting more skills training (life, social, outdoor and leadership), adventure, travel, friendship and much more. Unplugging from the trappings of being a 21st century teenager and reconnecting as a capable, confident and competent young person with a clearer direction.

Leadership and a outdoor camp experience shapes lives.

Fireside’s BC Explorer camp course is an opportunity of a lifetime for pre-teen and youth to spend up to 21 days honing their leadership skills by overcoming challenges as youth learn how to lead themselves before leading others. Along the way building friendships, eating amazing food, camping in some of BC's best locations, and ultimately sharing an experience they will never forget. 

BC Explorer Details

BC Explorer Regular Youth Leadership Course
Date: July 08 - 28, 2019 (21 days)
Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)
Rate: $3,449.00 CDN plus 5% tax
Deposit: $350.00 (required to secure registration).

BC Explorer Advanced (21 days plus 7-day Internship - youth)
Date: July 08 to August 04, 2018.
Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)
Rate: $3,849.00 CDN plus 5% tax
Deposit: $350.00 (required to secure registration).

Includes: Airport shuttle for international campers, pre-expedition check-in, 24-7 supervision/support/instruction, transportation during expedition, accommodation, meals, admissions, T-shirt, group gear, leadership activities and more.

Important information: We rent out sleeping bags, camp chairs and thermarests for those needing extra comfort.

It's a Life-Changing Experience

“Learn to lead yourself before leading others”


Attention Youth and Parents,

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 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.

Why did we choose these locations for BC Explorer?

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

Galiano Island
Just a 45 minute ferry ride from Vancouver, Galiano Island offers an excellent cycling location. Riddled 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 oceans 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 to the coastline, youth will be hiking amongst old-growth Douglas Firs; truly an incredible experience to surrounded by trees of that size while hiking to the top of Mount Steele.

Traditional Territory: Shíshálh

Howe Sound
Located in the Salish Sea, Howe Sound is on its way to becoming a protected marine environment. This makes it an incredible choice for paddling especially around Gambier Island. While paddling rugged coastlines and pristine waters, youth can become certified as level one paddlers by an RABC canoe instructor.

Traditional Territory: Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw

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 Howe Sound and Gambier Island.
  • Biking along the quiet trails and roads of Galiano Island while participating in a series of gourmet cooking lessons.
  • Sleeping under the stars in some of BC's best Provincial Parks.
  • 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.
  • Extended Explorer – working as a volunteer intern at our Forest Gourmet camp to practice and further your leadership skills and receive supervision during your C.I.T. (counsellor-in-training) week.

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

- Fireside Youth Alumni

Join our Explorer expeditions 21 -28 day outdoor youth leadership skill training and adventures in British Columbia. Explorer accepts 13 to 17 year-olds who are ready to be challenged, striving towards their limitless potential and ready to learn the necessary skills to becoming resilient and self-propelled leaders.



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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