Fireside’s BC Explorer Youth Leadership Training Camp - SOLD OUT!

 Youth leadership camps

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. 

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BC Explorer Details

Date: July 3rd to 23rd, 2018. SOLD OUT!
Ages: 13 to 16 (Co-ed)
Rate: $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
Tentative trip plan
What to bring
About our programs
Facts about BC


It's a Life Changing Experience


Imagine if... you could unplug and relax


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.

Fitness Capacities

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. 


It's a Life Changing Experience


BC Explorer Youth Leadership Training Camp Elements  

 Core explorer youth leadership elements

Fireside’s BC Explorer youth leadership camp focuses on the following:

  • 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

 BC youth leadership highlights
  • 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

It's a Life Changing Experience


Why Should You do This?

 Why should you join nature based camps

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
  • Positive identity/authenticity
  • 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
  • More

Camp Food

 Expedition food

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.

Camp Safety

 Expedition safety

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.

Facts About BC

We have ten mountain ranges that push west from The Rockies in a crowded parade until they fall into the Pacific. Thousand year old trees that deftly divide the light falling on an impossibly green forest floor. Glacier-fed streams that pour through steep valleys to join swollen rivers.

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Tentative Trip Plan

July 3, 2018- Vancouver, Camp Capilano Arrivals (please connect with us directly to make alternative arrival times) 9am to 2pm – Vancouver International Airport Depart for Camp Capilano or arrival at 3pm Welcome ceremony and dinner Equipment and bag check Get to know you activity

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About Our Programs

You know what it is like when a person has limited directions, 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 sucks because it increases the chances of lost potential for them

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