Fireside’s World Bound Youth Leadership Camp

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 World Bound Youth Leadership Camp

We are pleased to announce the launch of Fireside’s 21-day Indigenous Youth World Bound Leadership Expedition for co-ed youth 13 to 17 years of age coming from Indigenous communities across Canada. Indigenous Youth World Bound Leadership Expedition is an intensive camp for Indigenous youth seeking a more advanced outdoor youth leadership and cultural training experience in both BC and Yukon’s most incredible locations. It is a leadership camp preparing Indigenous youth leaders in becoming self-propelled, self-directed and self-aware of exercising and expressing their potential.

“When you know who you are;
when your mission is clear and you
burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will;
no cold can touch your heart;
no deluge can dampen your purpose.
You know that you are alive.”

- Chief Seattle

Youth campers will achieve a Fireside World Bound leadership certification, be supported by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous leadership instructors while furthering their community, nation, global and cultural awareness.

Fireside Adventures strives to bring valuable and meaningful leadership and outdoor skills training to all our youth leadership participants. Our consistent approach, facilitated by our skilled instructors, encourages thoughtful discussion and positive self-efficacy. 

Click to learn more about Fireside’s Approach, Leadership Competencies, Mission and Life. Be,. Adventure philosophy.

Program Details

Date: July 13 to August 02, 2018
Ages: 14 to 18 (Co-ed)


Deposit: SOLD OUT

Includes: pre-camp assessment, instruction, food, accommodation, most camping gear, camping fees and transportation while on trip including return flight between Vancouver and Whitehorse. Does not include international and national flights to Vancouver and some optional activities.

Locations: Vancouver, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Victoria, Whistler

About our programs
Facts about Yukon
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It's a Life Changing Experience

"I'm not gonna fall. I'm tired of falling. I'm tired of seeing our people fall. I don't believe in failure. It's what we put in our minds and our hearts to succeed. And success isn't about money. Success isn't about the biggest house in the world. Success is about loving your family, taking care of your child." --Adam Beach, actor

Core World Bound Leadership Elements:

  • Learning leadership styles and skills
  • Language and cultural immersion;
  • Alpine and trail hiking;
  • River canoeing (12 days on the Yukon River);
  • Connections with Indigenous and international cultures and food;
  • Exploration of the famous gold rush town, Dawson City;
  • Post-secondary planning and preparation, life and social competencies training.

Imagine if... you could unplug and relax …..Life. Be. Adventure.

The Extra World Bound Benefit

We are open to connecting with a youth’s school to pass along our course overview and answer the school’s questions directly. Some schools give credit for their students participating on a Fireside Adventures program and this could be an option for a participating youth. We will also support any youth enrolled with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in achieving their level.

Fitness Capacities

 Yukon canoe 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. 

Camp/Expedition Food

 Expedition food suited to all diets

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/Expedition 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.


It's a Life Changing Experience


Core Indigenous World Bound Leadership Elements

 Core explorer youth leadership elements

Fireside’s World Bound youth leadership camp focuses on the following:

  • Introduction training for river canoe trips, backcountry expeditions, and future international travelling
  • Introduction training in outdoor Indigenous youth leadership
  • Visiting known and newfound places considered to be among BC and Yukon's best kept secrets and outstanding locations
  • Connecting with Coast Salish peoples and Yukon bands
  • Skill development with outdoor recreational activities (i.e. orienteering, cross cultural competencies, canoeing, hiking)
  • Indigenous principles of learning and leading regarding cultural and traditional practices of Indigenous peoples of Canada

Indigenous World Bound Leadership Highlights:

 BC youth leadership highlights
  • Connecting with like minded youth from Northern Ontario, BC and Yukon
  • A multi-day expedition paddling down the world-famous Yukon River while visiting some of Klondike Gold Rush locations including Carmack, Whitehorse and Dawson City
  • Paddling through Selkirk, Little Salmon/Carmacks and Kwanlin Dun First Nations
  • Cultural training by Fireside’s Indigenous instructors
  • Hike the incredible trails of Whistler and Garibaldi Lake within Lil' Wat & Squamish Nations
  • Enjoy wilderness cooking, yoga in the woods, and endless sunsets
  • Visit University of British Columbia
  • Day trips to Victoria and Vancouver – get to be a tourist while at camp
  • Experience the beauty of Whistler Village, the famous landmarks of Vancouver including the beaches, Stanley Park and more.
  • Partake in our supportive group and individual workshops pertaining to post secondary prep, mental wellness, career visioning and healthy choices. All through our “coaching and listening” approach of instruction.
  • Be supported by experienced and skilled instructors who will provide 24-hour-a-day supervision for the entirety of the program
  • Participate in a half day community project
  • Receive a letter of reference for post secondary applications and/or employment

Why Should You Do This?

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
 Mental wellness and critical thinking

This year we are also providing support and training in 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.

Yukon Facts & What to Wear

The name “Yukon” originated from the Locheux native word "Yuk-un-ah," meaning "Great River," referring to the Yukon River that flows across the territory into Alaska.

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Tentative Trip Plan

July 12, 2018- Arrival into Vancouver, transfer to Whistler, Fireside Lodge Arrivals (please connect with us directly to make alternative arrival times) Equipment and bag check Welcome ceremony and ice-breaker games Overview of World Bound Adventures

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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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It's a Life Changing Experience