Yukon Explorer: Youth Leadership Camp


Yukon Explorer youth leadership camp

Do you know what happens when you mix Yukon River paddling, the everlasting midnight sun, outdoor leadership training and awesome youth? We know: a larger-than-life experience!

Yukon Explorer is a 14 day outdoor youth leadership skill training and adventure in Yukon, Canada . Explorer accepts youth aged 13 to 17 who are ready to be challenged, striving towards their limitless potential and learning the necessary skills to become resilient and self-propelled leaders.

The Yukon Explorer is an excellent opportunity to travel, explore, connect and discover the Yukon and Fireside’s leadership training.

Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star agleam to guide us,
And the Wild is calling, calling...let us go”
— Robert W. Service, The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

Program Details

14-Day Expedition:
Date: August 11-24th, 2019
Rate: $2889.00 CDN plus 5% tax

Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)

Deposit: $350.00 (required to secure registration) per registration.

Includes: 24/7 instruction & support, pre-expedition check-in, food, tent accommodation, t-shirt, group camping gear, and canoes during the trip. Does not include flight and fishing license. Ask us about our special Air North rate!

Important information:
We also offer a Yukon Barrel Package - includes 60L barrel, sleeping bag, thermarest, water bottle, headlamp, personal tent and more, to use on the trip and to take home with you. We have a special discount offer with local outdoor clothing retailers in Whitehorse to purchase when you arrive.

(Printable Packing List - PDF)
** Note: please adjust clothing quantities according to length of trip.


It's a Life Changing Experience


Attention Youth and Parents:

Do you know what it is like when a person feels they 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. What about the person who just wants to escape, to be immersed in nature, form meaningful friendships and have time away from family and friends?

Our Explorer expeditions create the opportunity to see and experience things from a different perspective through an experiential lens of learning.

We have learned that if a person takes the positive opportunity in front of them to experience and grow a little more, it creates a ripple effect. That's what usually happens when someone participates in an outdoor youth leadership camp.

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

We will be travelling through the traditional and ancestral lands of 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.

Core explorer youth leadership elements
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BC youth leadership highlights
  • Connections with Canadian and international youth, languages and cultures
  • Wildlife - view eagles and moose, while listening to the wolves’ cry!
  • Connecting with like-minded youth.
  • Introduction and training for Yukon river canoe tripping, backcountry camping and leadership expeditions
  • Learning leadership styles, competencies and skills training
  • Connection to Canadian, Indigenous and international youth
  • Amazing fresh air!
  • Visiting Yukon’s known and newfound places of significance, including old frontier cabins, RCMP outposts and more.
  • Skill development with outdoor recreational activities (i.e. camping, canoeing, hiking and orienteering)
  • A fully supervised canoe trip down the Yukon River, travelling at 8-12km an hour and winding through hundreds of river islands
  • Canoe certification
  • Opportunities to witness the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)!
  • Visit historic Fort Selkirk and connect with Fort Selkirk First Nations.

It's a Life Changing Experience


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.

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

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It's a Life Changing Experience