World Bound Canada: 2020 Climate Change Education and Outdoor Youth Leadership Course


World Bound Youth Leadership Camp


“Climate Change will define our idea of leadership rather than leadership defining our idea of climate change”

-Jeff Willis (founder of Fireside Adventures)

We know that Climate Change has fundamentally reshaped the lives of future generations; we know that our present lives must shift too. It has been said that leadership will define present and future generations. What’s missing is education and outdoor leadership

In this moment, our understanding of leadership is critical in facing Climate Change, our future depends on it. We believe Climate Change is fundamentally forcing the world to rethink the leadership paradigm. We decided to re-think Fireside and how we are doing things. Climate Education and Outdoor Leadership Courses are now ready youth to enroll for summer 2020.

Course Details

Date: July 02 - 22, 2020
Date: July 29 - August 18, 2020
Early Bird Rate: $3599.00 CDN plus 5% tax (before December 31, 2019)
Winter Rate: $3849.00 CDN plus 5% tax (before March 01, 2020)
Regular Rate: $3949.00 CDN plus 5% tax (after March 01, 2020)

Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)
Deposit: $650.00 (required to secure registration) per registration.

Includes: climate change education and outdoor leadership course curriculum, 24/7 instruction & support, pre-course check-in, food, accommodation, ground transportation, activities, Fireside eco-swag (t-shirt, water bottle and more), group camping and course gear, course certificate, return flight between Vancouver and Whitehorse, post course follow up.

BC Locations: Galiano Island, Victoria and Vancouver Yukon Locations: Whitehorse, Fort Selkirk, Yukon River and Dawson City

It's a Life Changing Experience

From a Fireside Parent

"I just wanted to let you know what an enriching experience this has been for Bruno. He grew so much over the 3 week course. He came back with more self-confidence and a better attitude overall. Most importantly, he enjoyed himself tremendously. He told us that it was the "best three weeks of his life!" A big thank you to the whole team.

“We are going to change the fate of humanity whether you like it or not”

– Greta Thunberg

At Fireside, we’ve created an environmental and experiential style leadership course, built upon four key leadership benchmarks.

  1. Give youth practical knowledge, direction and inspiration to address Climate Change through 21st century leadership and education approaches.

  2. Provide adaptable and relevant outdoor leadership and environmental skills training.

  3. Connect immersive learning objectives with life shaping experiences within a unique area impacted by Climate Change.

  4. Discuss the challenges of Climate Change through both the lens of science and Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives.

World Bound: Climate Change Education and Outdoor Leadership Courses are an excellent opportunity to travel, explore, discover and connect with three of our favourite places in the world: Canada’s British Columbia and Yukon Territory, and Ecuador’s Amazon. Providing a completely different and unique perspective on Climate Change.

Our World Bound - Canada takes youth to some of BC and Yukon’s most extraordinary locations to be challenged, to strive and to learn.

Youth Leaders Are Seen, Heard and Believed

BC youth leadership highlights

World Bound - Canada is a 21-day leadership course where youth:

  • Immerse themselves in climate change education and awareness projects

  • Paddle the Yukon River (408km)

  • Bike tour Galiano Island

  • Paddle board the shorelines of Salish Sea

  • Visit Victoria (BC’s capital city) and Whitehorse (Yukon’s capital city)

  • Develop their outdoor and environmental leadership skills

  • Participate in Wilderness STEM projects

  • Engage in relevant knowledge and evidence-based training that is action oriented and adaptable for an ever-changing world.

  • Have a ton of fun while enjoying part of their summer and being a teenager.

  • Receive a leadership certificate

Like you, we believe in order to understand Climate Change Education, people will learn best if they have a stronger relationship with nature, self and others. Fireside youth are supported by inspiring educators who instruct, lead, inspire and care for them. We truly believe youth need to develop a pertinent range of life and leadership skills to understand our interconnectedness with the shared natural world.

It's a Life Changing Experience

Climate Change leadership and education reflects the truth of countless scientific studies, new law implementations, a shifting political landscape, endless media sound bites and conversations happening all around the world. Many people feel overwhelmed and view Climate Change with a sense of hopelessness. Fireside provides an opportunity to adapt the demands of Climate Change and gain a more intrinsic understanding of our planet. 

World Bound - Canada teaches the skills of adaptation, advocacy, assertiveness and designing thinking, all with the incredible backdrop of Yukon River as we paddle from Carmacks to Dawson City. This stretch of river provides pure ecological nirvana with an abundance of wildlife, geological uniqueness, historical significance; the diversity of people along the river allow a first-hand look at how climate change is already impacting northerly regions such as the Yukon.

We are not your regular Canadian teen camp as we like to push the edge of teens learning in regards to Climate Change Education and Outdoor Leadership.

Highlights of World Bound - Canada:

  • Connections with Canadian and international youth, languages and cultures

  • Participating in climate change education and outdoor leadership.

  • BC wildlife – orcas, sea otters, seals and loads of little creatures.

  • Yukon wildlife - view eagles and moose, while listening to the wolves’ cry!

  • Connecting with like-minded youth who are interested in learning more about our ever-changing world.

  • An introduction to canoe paddling, bike touring, paddle boarding, backcountry camping and leadership expedition and other outdoor skills training.

  • Canoeing through Yukon’s incredible ecosystems and geological wonders.

  • Creating a climate change expressive art installation while paddling the Yukon River.

  • Visiting Yukon’s known and newfound places of significance, including historical old frontier cabins and more.

  • Opportunities to witness the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)!

  • Visit historic Fort Selkirk and learn from Fort Selkirk First Nations.

  • Amazing fresh air!

Core explorer youth leadership elements


“We as Canadians are stewards of about a third of the world's mountain glaciers and ice caps, so this is our responsibility”

– Glaciologist Gwenn Flowers


About Our Position on Climate Change Education and Outdoor Leadership

Canada is a very rich country in terms of flora and fauna diversity, with an abundance of water, massive landscapes. It is important to preserve Canada’s pristine environment, but also on a global level. Sadly, Canada has been feeling the consequences of climate change, particularly the Yukon Territory and British Columbia.

World Bound – Canada is an opportunity for youth to learn, adapt and grow as self-motivated leaders. Youth and their leadership skill set play a huge role because their voice and opinion matters, not just in the future but now.


“Every time we have discussions with our people at ground level, at home and in the communities, the elders are always telling us all the time, you have to pass this message on and teach the young people. Make sure that they’re aware of changes that are going to come”

– Norma Kassi (Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research)


Fireside Adventures strives to bring valuable and meaningful environmental awareness and outdoor skills training to each of our outdoor leadership youth participants. Our consistent approach, facilitated by our skilled instructors, encourages thoughtful discussion, positive self-reflection and solution-oriented approaches. 

We will be travelling through the traditional and ancestral lands of Penelakut First Nation, Kwanlin Dun, Little Salmon Carmack, Selkirk and Tr’ondëk Hwëch'in First Nations. For us at Fireside, these are some of the most beautiful and sacred places which we are incredibly grateful to travel as visitors.


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 the 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 providing 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 other's stories and experiences, not our right.

Yukon Facts

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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It's a Life Changing Experience