Western Educational Adventures Youth Hiking Camp
Western Educational Adventures

Summer Hike Program

WEA's Youth Hike Program is highlighted by a multiday hike through a coastal temperate rainforest on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Southwestern Vancouver Island, a mere hour west of Victoria, B.C.  Hiking program participants will experience the magnificent Jaun De Fuca Trail (the southern extension of the West Coast Trail) and it’s many suspension bridges, West Coast beaches and numerous tidal pools teaming with West Coast marine life.   With 2 different Vancouver Island wilderness hiking programs offered, participants learn how to conduct a coastal hiking expedition, become a strong leader, work as a part of a team and much more!  This is a once in a lifetime experience on a rugged, wild, West Coast coastline!

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Westcoast youth hiking trip
Westcoast youth hiking camp

Hike the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail!

Jordan River, BC

AGE GENDER PROGRAM LENGTH TRIP LENGTH
Ages 9-11 & 12-14, 15-17 Mixed 5 or 8 days 4 or 5 days
PROGRAM PRICE BEFORE APR 01, 2019 REGULAR PRICE
5 Day $830 + GST $1050 + GST
8 Day $1230 + GST $1500 + GST
5 DAY PROGRAM DATES AGE AVAILABILITY
July 7 - 11, 2019 9-11 & 12-14 Registration Closed
July 14 - 18, 2019 9-11 & 12-14 Registration Closed
8 DAY PROGRAM DATES AGE AVAILABILITY
July 21 - 28, 2019 12-14 & 15-17 Registration Closed
Aug 18 - 25, 2019 12-14 & 15-17 Registration Closed
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Drop-Off Location

While transportation is primarily offered from the Victoria area, if you live elswhere on the island or will be sending your child/youth via airplane or ferry, please Contact Us for options.

LOCATION DEPARTURE ARRIVAL NOTES
Reynolds Park (Saanich) 07:50 18:35 Lasalle St off of Reynolds Rd in Saanich
West Hills (Langford) 08:40 18:00 Public Lot next to Westhills Stadium on Langford Pkwy

What to bring

Click here for a detailed packing list. Please contact us if you wish to borrow, rent or purchase equipment.



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The Experience

Our coastal hiking expedition on the Juan de Fuca Trail is all about fun. The group hikes through a temperate west coast rainforest overlooking crashing waves and crossing numerous long secluded beaches and tidal pools teaming with marine life. It’s a very different, wild environment. The experience doesn’t stop there! Participants learn about nature, including the various forms of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna, and gain backcountry camping skills, leadership skills and more – skills they won't even know that they have mastered!!

The Trail

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail-Official BC Parks Website: Click Here

Leadership and Personal Growth

Modern youth do not get very many opportunities to learn life skills such as how to lead others, manage conflict and think for themselves. Western Education Adventure’s hiking program focuses specifically on these skills.

During the hiking trip, participants are split into pairs. Daily, a pair is selected to be responsible for leading the entire group, acting as the hike leaders. In the evening, the pair debriefs their experience, talking about what they learned and how it can be applied in the future. In short, participants learn what it means to be an adult!

Outdoor Skills

Participants learn most of the skills required to run a successful backcountry hiking trip. Everything from making a meal plan to planning a route to cleaning up after it's all done. Participants come away from this experience with a serious backcountry skill set.

Some of the skills you will learn

• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Panning • Navigation • Hiking • Tides and currents • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance

Safety and Food

Safety

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

Registration

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 there for the rest of the summer!

Step 3: Sign-Up for the program

Input your child (or children's information), select the program(s) you wish to register for.

Step 4: Submit your registration and payment

Step 5: Let your child (or children) have fun 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**

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