Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a big decision to send your child to camp or educational program, especially in a different country. Navigo knows how important it is for parents to have all the facts to make informed decisions. If you do not find the answer you are looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time at [email protected].

Do I have access to my child during their camp?

Navigo instructors have a check-in with our head office every day for safety purposes, in case we need to contact parents and so we can send out periodic updates during the program. On the 28-day program, students are encouraged to set up a pre-arranged time to call each week. The only exception is the last few days in which they are participating in a summer camp, and are asked to disconnect and enjoy the outdoor recreational activities. On our 21-day and 14-day Youth Leadership camps, international campers are encouraged to contact their parents within the first 24 hours to confirm they have arrived and pass along their first impressions. Campers will be provided the opportunity to Skype parents once a week. Parents will also be able to follow us on Facebook as staff typically post photos and give updates when they can.

During the 21 and 14-day camps, we ask that parents consider allowing their children to experience the entirety of the program independently. If there are any issues, parents are contacted immediately. If a camper insists on contacting their parents themselves, we will certainly facilitate the connection.

How many kids are in each Youth Leadership Camps?

Traditionally, for the 21 and 14-day Youth Leadership Camps, Navigo does not go over 15 campers. In some instances, this may increase to 20, but it is based on instructor availability and that safety is not compromised.

Where will my child sleep?

In Navigo’s Youth Leadership Camps, campers will mostly be sleeping under the stars in tents (which we provide) with one or two other campers. However, depending on the program, they will most likely experience mixed accommodation that includes ski lodges, university dormatories and traditonal summer camp facilities. 

What is the ratio to instructors to campers/students?

For the Navigo Youth Leadership Camps, the instructor to camper ratio is one (1) instructor/intern to six (6) campers. For the 28-Day Navigo program the ratio is one (1) to eight (8).

My child has specific dietary requirements, can you accommodate?

Yes. Parents are responsible for advising of any dietary restrictions and/or allergies, including the severity. We are “nut-aware” not a “nut-free” program. During our Youth Leadership Camps, we keep all nut products separated from the rest of the food.

What will my child eat while at the Youth Leadership Camps?

The food provided on trip is delicious and nutritious. Our menus include, but not limited to:

Breakfast – cereal, eggs, pancakes, toast. Lunch – sandwiches, vegetables, soup, beef sausages.
Dinner – pasta, vegetarian chili, soup, bbq fish, burritos.
We also provide plenty of healthy snacks of granola bars, dried and fresh fruit and nuts.

Can my child bring this/her own snacks on the Youth Leadership Camps?

No. Due to possible allergies, we ask that campers do not bring their own snacks on trip. We provide ample food while on trip. If a child chooses to purchase junk food on trip, it is our policy that they are willing to share it with the rest of the campers.

My child takes medication. Will he be assisted with this?

If your child takes medication and requires our assistance, we can accommodate. All medication is secured by the lead instructor and dispensed as required.

Should my child bring money?

Depending on the leadership camp, we suggest campers bring about $100-$200 CDN. There will be opportunity to purchase souvenirs and some money will be required for optional activities. Navigo staff will take all of the money from each camper and will dispense the money by request, no question.

How does my child get to and from the airport to your camp?

We provide airport transfers and will work with you to determine the timing of arrival and departure flights.

My child is scared of bears. Will he/she see any wildlife on trip?

Most of Navigo’s programs are set in the outdoors and there is likelihood that campers/students will have an opportunity for some wildlife viewing. However, during our camps, part of the instruction is how to be safe in the woods while hiking and camping.

Are you insured?

We carry $5,000,000 CDN liability insurance. However all international campers must have their own travel insurance.

Navigo 28-day camping adventure

28 day Language and Culture Adventure

While building aptitude in the English language through immersive and experiential instruction, Latin American students are offered a quintessential Canadian camping experience, coupled with fun and interesting urban adventuring.

Navigo 21-day youth leadership program

Navigo 21-day youth leadership program

Campers are taken on a journey across some of British Columbia’s most stunning locations while learning the essentials of outdoor leadership and environmental stewardship

Navigo 14-day youth leadership program

Navigo 14-day youth leadership program

Campers are taken on a journey across some of British Columbia’s most stunning locations while learning the essentials of outdoor leadership and environmental stewardship

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