NEW for SUMMER 2020 – Registration Now Open!
For youth aged 14-17
August 9-14, 2020

This program gives your teenager 2 certificates while deepening their personal skills and connection to British Columbia's wilderness. Together with UBC Camps, our 5-night Wilderness Skills camp is for youth aiming to master their time spent in nature. Based out of UBC’s beautiful Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, this applied-learning program offers your teen a 20hr certificate in Wilderness First Aid with CPR-C and AED, and a Waterfront Paddling certification.

This local camp alternative is underscored by a sharp focus on wilderness competence and survival. Survival skills include shelter making, navigating with maps and compasses, outdoor cooking, identifying local wildlife and plants, and canoeing.

Additionally, the Wilderness Skills camp will combine team building activities, wellness programs such as yoga and guided meditation, as well as fun and active games. The week will finish with an overnight forest trek, whereby participants will campout lakeside amongst the trees, and prepare their own meals, based on the prior learnings of the week. Healthy food and comfortable accommodations are provided by Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre. There will be an on-site nurse in the event of accident or illness.

2020 Summer Camp Highlights:

  • Essential Wilderness Preparedness

  • Emergency Shelter Building

  • Local Plant and Wildlife Identification

  • Wildlife Tracking

  • Navigation

  • 2-day hiking trip with camping

  • Outdoor Survival Cooking

  • Wilderness First Aid with CPR-C and AED Certificate (requires passing grade)

  • Basic Canoe Skills Certificate (requires passing grade)

This applied learning program is ideal for youth seeking a head start with their resumé building, to deepen their aptitude in nature, and advance their personal comfort level in the wild. This is an ideal option for parents wanting to prepare their children for greater independence, both personally and professionally.

Aside from an overnight rain or shine hiking trip, this camp is conveniently based out of Loon Lake and Retreat Centre, adjacent to Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge.