EXPLORE – CAMP - PADDLE – LEAD
We offer more than your typical teen camp, youth leadership course, or Canadian youth summer experience. For starters– we take aspiring teen leaders down the incredible Yukon River, teach Climate Change Education and outdoor leadership and explore the location of the famous Yukon Gold Rush!
Yukon Explorer combines the best of an outdoor teen adventure, youth leadership training and summer camp in the Yukon. It is for those aspiring youth leaders looking for skills training in life, social development, outdoor leadership, or simply seeking adventure, travel, friendship and much more.
We know teens need something different. Something more direct, concerted and supportive. Unplugging from the typical trappings of a 21st century teenage lifestyle and reconnecting as a capable, confident and competent young person with clearer focus and direction. Teenagers grow into positive young adults by being challenged, pushed to strive and reach their potential while learning from real life experiences. Challenge. Strive. Learn.
Big Offerings from the Yukon Explorer Teen Leadership Course:
With the Yukon Explorer Course, youth paddle the amazing Yukon River, hike the foothills searching for gold rush cabins, camp on some of the best river islands and learn from Fort Selkirk First Nations. The youth leaders will spend a few days exploring Whitehorse while staying at our Yukon Home Place, just outside the city; they will enjoy the Takhini Hot Springs and sleep under the stars for two weeks worth of adventure. Fingers crossed, the youth will see the Northern Lights. On every Fireside course, we make sure everyone fuels up with delicious, healthy, and amazing food and winds down at the end of the day by a campfire sipping on a cup of hot chocolate.
Yukon Explorer Details (14 days)
Date:July 09 - July 22, 2020
Date:August 05 - August 18, 2020
Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)
Early Bird Rate: $2,799.00 CDN plus 5% tax – before December 31, 2019
Winter Rate: $2,999.00 CDN plus 5% tax - before March 01, 2020
Regular Rate:$3,299.00 CDN plus 5% tax - after March 01, 2020
Deposit: $550.00 (required to secure registration).Includes: Includes a return flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse, Pre-course check in, online registration, 24-7 supervision/support/instruction, land transportation, accommodations (tenting), meals, admissions to places of interest including local museums, Fireside swag bag, group camping gear (canoes, tents, cooking gear), leadership certificates and more.
What to bring (PDF) | Download the trip plan (PDF) coming soon
It's a Life Changing Experience
Yukon Explorer Highlights:
Connecting with Canadian and international youth, languages and cultures.
Hiking the incredible trails along the Yukon River.
Paddling along the majestic Yukon River from Minto to Dawson City
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.
Support from experienced and skilled instructors who will provide around-the-clock supervision for the entirety of the course.
Learning about leadership styles and competencies to become more self-directed in the community and at school.
Participating in climate change education and outdoor leadership training from a direct perspective in the Yukon.
Wildlife - view eagles and moose, while listening to the wolves’ cry!
Connecting with like-minded youth who are interested in learning more about the ever-changing natural world.
Introduction to the Yukon River and outdoor skills training in canoe paddling, backcountry camping and leadership expeditions.
An expressive art installation exploring the issues of climate change.
Visiting Yukon’s known and newfound places of significance, including historical old frontier cabins, RCMP outposts and more.
Opportunities to witness the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)!
Visiting the historic Fort Selkirk and connecting with the Fort Selkirk First Nations.
A break from their parents!
It's a Life Changing Experience
In just one day, a teenager’s experience can be complicated, magical, boring, rebellious, disappointing, and incredibly defining. This can lead to 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 or at home, there are opportunities for positive life shifts, connections, and experiences.
The teen outdoor leadership training that happens during the Yukon Explorer course is an opportunity for youth to learn to be more self-directed as they navigate what’s in front of them, especially while they form relevant life shaping perspectives - such as climate change education, prepare for post secondary schooling, build positive relationships and form an understanding of world events. We are not just a summer camp for teens; we deliver an awesome course that provides life lessons, daily adventure while honouring the incredible times and moments of being a teenager. We place importance in exploring the lands and respect the virtues of learning while on the journey.
“Fireside leaders are seen, heard and believed”
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving a new one”
- Dolly Parton
It's a Life Changing Experience
Expand your comfort zone – sign up and make it the best summer ever in 2020.
SafetyRegardless 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.
FoodA 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 CapacitiesIf 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.
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 PeopleWe 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 & MobileWe 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 LearningWe 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.
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.
Tentative Trip Plan