Navigo 21-Day Youth Leadership Camp

Alpine hiking| canoeing |stand up paddle boarding | learning about local Indigenous culture | backpacking | life, social and outdoor leadership skills development

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.

Dates: June 28 to July 18, 2017
Ages: 13-17 (Co-ed)
Price: Early bird (before January 30, 2017) $3,349 CDN + 5% tax.
Regular $3,599 CDN + 5% tax.

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Includes instruction, food, accommodation, most camping gear, camping fees and transportation while on trip. Does not include flight and some optional activities.

Locations: Hope, Squamish, Whistler, Vancouver, and Manning, Garibaldi, Porpoise Bay, Alice Lake and Halkett Bay Provincial Parks

Core Recreational and Educational Elements: Alpine hiking, ocean canoeing, paddle boarding, connections with Indigenous culture, backpacking, focus on life and social competencies and outdoor leadership skills training.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Hike the incredible trails of Manning Park, Garibaldi Lake and the famous Wedgemount Peak
  • Paddle along the majestic coastlines of Howe Sound and Sechelt Inlet
  • Celebrate Canada Day in Hope
  • Sleep under the stars in some of BC’s best Provincial Parks and enjoy some peaceful rest in your tent
  • Experience the beauty of Whistler Village, the beaches of Vancouver, stand up paddle boarding within English Bay and the incredible sunsets of British Columbia
  • Learn the basics of front and back-country camping, ocean canoeing and orienteering, alpine hiking, and more!
  • Be supported by experienced and skilled instructors who will provide supervision for 24 hours a day for the entirety of the program
  • Participate in leadership and canoe certification
  • Learn about leadership styles and competencies of leaders
  • Partake in language and cultural exchange experiences with other youth
  • Participate in a half day community project

for a 28-day Adventure! (3-day pre and 4-day post)
The special extension option is given to those youth wanting a small group/individual experience and who want to visit and experience popular tourist sites in Metro Vancouver.

Price: $1,450 CDN + 5% tax

Pre-Program Package Dates and Tentative Schedule

June 25, 2017 – Arrival
Depart for Camp Squeah in Hope (approximate 2 hour transfer)

June 26 – June 27, 2017
One full day tour of Vancouver and a full day at Cultus Lake Water Park (checking out an awesome water park, mini golf and more).

June 28, 2017
Breakfast in Vancouver, shopping at Mountain Equipment Co-op before meeting the other youth at 12:00pm

Post-Program Package Dates and Tentative Schedule

July 18 – July 22, 2017 (Accommodation continued at University of British Columbia)

  • Full day trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island
  • Full day in Vancouver (Playland Amusement Park & movie night),
  • Half day sailing lesson
  • Full day visiting the popular Metro Vancouver sites like Grouse Mountain and evening bike ride around Stanley Park.
Additional Program Details
  • Campers are picked up by Navigo staff at Vancouver International Airport on the first day of camp and escorted to Vancouver International Airport on the last day.
  • This program takes campers to places in Canada that are not easily accessible by many – providing a truly meaningful look at Canada’s most pristine natural settings.
  • Campers are supported by highly skilled outdoor instructors
  • Latin American campers are joined by Canadian, Indigenous and other youth campers from around the world

Hope, British Columbia

Hope, BC

Camp Squeah

Camp Squeah

Manning Park


Halkett Bay Provincial Park

Halkett Bay Provincial Park

Gambier Island, Howe Sound

Gambier Island, Howe Sound

Sechelt Inlett

Sechelt Inlets Marine Provincial Park

Fireside Lodge

Fireside Lodge

Wedgemount Peak

Wedgemount Peak

Alice Lake Provincial Park

Alice Lake Provincial Park

Garibaldi Lake

Garibaldi Lake

University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)

June 28, 2017 – Vancouver and Hope, Camp Squeah 

  • Arrivals (please connect with us directly to make alternative arrival times)
    • 9am to 2pm – Vancouver International Airport
    • 2pm – River Rock Casino (in front of building and connected with Canada Line Sky Train Station)
  • Depart for Camp Squeah location
  • Equipment and bag check
  • Welcome ceremony and dinner at campsite
  • Leadership Discussion Question: What is leadership? Who are your leaders? What are the characteristics of a leader? Why is leadership important to self and others? Review of leadership bracelet process (evening)
  • Evening night hike with instructors

June 29, 2017 – Camp Squeah

  • Morning wake up – stretch and morning hike (breakfast in the forest)
  • Overview of 21-day leadership expedition (morning)
  • Overview of program goals and objectives, review safety and emergency procedures and full value agreement (afternoon)
  • Squeah’s high rope challenge (afternoon team building)
  • Animal Aware: What to do when you see an animal such as bears, cougars and raccoons (evening discussion)
  • Review meal preparations & cooking 101 activity (learning to cook with camp stove and over a fire)
  • Hiking in the Alpines (discussion)
  • Early to bed

June 30, 2017 – Camp Squeah and Manning Provincial Park

  • Early morning wake (breakfast in the road)
  • Hike in Manning Park (day hike in the alpines). Perfect time to take photos and view some spectacular views of Mountain ranges. Lunch and dinner are on the trail
  • Return to Camp Squeah for an evening dip in the pool, shower and relax

July 1, 2017 – Camp Squeah and Hope (Canada’s 150th Birthday Party)

  • Up early for breakfast
  • Individual and group goal setting (after breakfast)
  • Full day in Hope, BC to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday Party
  • Journal writing and “letters to self” activities (evening)
  • Assignment of staff instructors to youth participants

July 2, 2017 – Camp Squeah

  • Morning swim test at pool
  • Archery lesson
  • Trip preparation (how to keep yourself warm, cool, dry and your gear waterproof)
  • Trip prep basics (packing bags, rolling sleeping bags, how to travel lightly, group gear, food prep)
  • Afternoon basic canoe lesson
  • Review canoe equipment
  • Pack up food

July 3, 2017 – Gambier Island, Howe Sound, Halkett Bay Marine Provincial Park

  • Early wake-up and pack up
  • Depart for Horseshoe Bay to travel to Halkett Bay
  • Set up camp
  • Practice canoeing and review safety
  • Review navigation charts and ropes
  • Orienteering lesson
  • Water purification
  • Evening paddle
  • Evening discussion: 5 pillars and 5 Values of Fireside leadership

July 4 – 7, 2017 – Gambier Island, Howe Sound

  • 4-day circumnavigation of Gambier Island
  • Hiking within the Gambier Island (Mount Artaban)
  • Learning about Howe Sound, marine conservation and Squamish Nation

July 7, 2017 Sechelt Inlet

  • Up early
  • Showers & clean gear
  • Pack up food
  • Depart from New Brighten and paddle to Langdale
  • Day visit in Sechelt (including, food pick up and laundry)
  • Depart by canoe from Porpoise Bay for Sechelt Inlet in the late afternoon

July 8-11, 2017 – Sechelt Inlet

  • 3 day ocean canoe expedition exploring Sechlet Inlet
  • Set up camps at different locations within the inlet, visiting various beaches and putting leadership skills to work
  • Working towards BC Canoe Certification Levels

July 11, 2017 – Squamish and Whistler, Fireside Lodge

  • Early departure for Whistler
  • Pick up food in Squamish & visit Sea to Sky Gondola (lunch at the top)
  • Move into Fireside Lodge (shower, laundry)
  • Rest and relax

July 12-14, 2017 – Whistler, BC

  • Hike to Garibaldi Lake (day trip)
  • Visit Whistler for a day
  • Community stewardship challenge (leading a half day program for children in Whistler)
  • Movie night (film based on leadership)

July 14-16, 2017 – Wedgemount Peak

  • Final group challenge: hike to top of Wedgemount Peak for two nights/three days
  • Solo experience (24 hours)

July 16, 2017 – Alice Lake Provincial Park, Squamish, BC

  • Rest, debrief, set up camp, clean gear

July 17, 2017 – Vancouver, University of British Columbia (UBC) campus

  • Up early
  • Move into University of British Columbia (UBC) dorm
  • Stand up Paddle Board session at Jericho Beach
  • Tour of Vancouver popular sites & opportunity for International participants to buy gifts before returning home
  • Evening BBQ (graduation dinner at Stanley Park)
  • Expedition evaluation (course, individual and instructor)
  • Final group photos (sunset)
  • Pack up for departure
  • Evening surprise event

July 18, 2017 – River Rock Casino and Vancouver International Airport

  • Airport departure (9am to 2:30pm)
  • River Rock Casino pick up (11:00am – 12:00pm)
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