Western Educational Adventures Family Camping Program, Victoria, B.C.
Western Educational Adventures

Family Backcountry Camping Skills

family backcountry camping program
Family backcountry camping skills
Vancouver Island backcountry skills


Do something fun, educational, outside and close to home with your family this spring! Join us in the Sooke Hills, on the western edge of Greater Victoria, B.C. for our Family Backcountry Camping Skills weekend. Learn the basic skills necessary to explore the wilderness as a family like camp site selection, hiking safety, tent set-up, tarp set-up, knot tying, meal planning, how to light a stove, proper equipment choices, etc. You will also learn about other courses and certifications that are available such as wilderness first aid courses. The Family Backcountry Camping Skills course is taught by outdoor instructors/back country guides that have significant experience with adults, children and families. Food and most equipment is included in the cost of this program.

Family Backcountry Skills Program

Camp Barnard, Sooke BC

6+ Mixed 3 days
$175 + GST $195 + GST

May 29 - 31, 2020 Registration Closed
June 19 - 21, 2020 (Father's Day Weekend) Registration Closed



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When, Where & What

The program runs at Camp Barnard 3202 Young Lake Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0J6 from 16:00 on Friday to 16:00 on Sunday.

What to bring

Click here for a detailed packing list.

The Experience

An almost all-inclusive, family, fun event where you get to learn from experts about backcountry basics. Enjoy having all the meals and organizing done for you! Just bring your gear and show up wiht your family! The program has a mix of instruction, learning through experience and travel components. Learn how to use backcountry cooking equipment, set-up tarps, tie knots, basic navigation skills, how to lead your kids on a long hiking trail, read hazards, etc.

Some of the skills you and your family may learn

• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Cooking • Knots • How to light stoves • Site selection • Tarp/Tent set-up • Route Planning • Navigation • GPS Navigtaion • Compass Use • Triangulation • Pacing • Map reading • Distance units • Fire building

Safety and Food


Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

"Landon took our family on a sea kayak paddle starting out of Victoria. This was our first time sea kayaking but we felt confident in Landon keeping our trip safe and enjoyable. In little time we were safely paddling and navigating the water. It was a great day!"

-Alex Damjanovic

Food and Food Allergies

We believe that a good experience starts with good nutrition. Proper diet and eating habits are lacking in today’s society - a result of readily available fast foods, processed foods and a lack of nutritional education. We strive to provide quality, simple, wholesome meals with limited processed ingredients – in addition to the occasional smores and limited other tasty treats. This is part of why we include our participants in all meal planning, purchasing and cooking.

We are also very experienced in dealing with dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Great care is taken to avoid serious participant food allergens whenever possible. Where this is not possible, we take great care to avoid cross contamination of ingredients.

"Landon guided an overnight trip for our family on the Juan de Fuca trail. Healthy eating is important to us. Landon helped our kids build an outdoor oven and they were soon baking an amazing dinner. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that you can look after yourself in the outdoors."

-Carole Damnjanovic


If you want to sign up, the process is simple. Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Create an account on our registration software

Fill in your email and create a password

Step 2: Create your profile

Input your information. This is a one time step, your info will be saved for future registrations.

Step 3: Sign-Up for the program

Input each particiapnt, select the program(s) you wish to register for.

Step 4: Submit your registration and payment

Step 5: Have a great time as a family and learn!

**All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**