Youth Adventure Skills Program

Now in its 6th year, Mt Seymour’s Youth Adventure Skills Program is a boots-on, hands-on, outdoor awareness and skills development camp experience for 12-15 year olds, where they'll discover wilderness survival techniques, backcountry camping skills, leadership abilities and the essentials of our Coastal Mountain ecology. 

This program is fun and experiential, connecting youth to the mountain environment through informed outdoor recreation. The program teaches valuable lessons useful in preparing your teenager for their next steps.

These skills will be put into action the last night of the program, with an overnight camping experience on Mt Seymour!

Our Instructors are highly experienced guides, focused on safety and dedicated to your teenager getting the most possible out of this wilderness experience.

Programs will run July 15th-19th and August 12th-16th

Skills covered include:

  • Navigation
  • Wilderness Safety
  • Leadership and Teambuilding initiatives
  • Leave No Trace
  • Fire utilization (Provincial Park Fire Restrictions permitting)
  • Wildlife ID
  • Backcountry Camping Skills
  • Hiking the Mountain’s best trails
  • Shelter building techniques
  • Assembling camp and spending the night in tents on Thursday
  • Wild Edibles
  • Survival and First Aid Scenarios
Everyday equipment
  • Day pack 20 - 30 liters.
  • 2 x 1 liter reusable water bottles.
  • Weather appropriate clothing. Breathable t-shirt as we'll be active the whole day.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Sun hat, sun cream & sunglasses.
  • Lunch and snacks (unless ordered Mt Seymour Lunch) - Dinner will be provided Thursday night, and breakfast/lunch on Friday.
  • Pen & Pencil.
  • Headlamp.
  • Personal items & medications.
  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted. 
  • Full change of clothes including socks and shoes: In case we end up in bad weather or muddy terrain! Please bring these in a separate bag to leave at camp throughout the week.
  • Plenty of nut-free snacks and a hearty lunch: Due to common nut allergies we are running a nut-free/aware (all nuts, not just peanuts) camp/program, please participate in our efforts to keep everyone safe!
  • Medications: Should your child require them 
  • Compass 
  • Whistle
Please do not allow your youth to bring pocket knifes or the utility knives (we know it's part of the ten essentials, but our instructors have you covered) 
Overnight equipment 
  • Sleeping Bag - A sleeping bag of temperature rating +3 Celsius or colder is ideal.
  • Camping Mat (foam or self-inflating)
  • Pillow
  • Extra warm layers (fleece)
  • Spare clothes & extra underwear
  • Toiletries (only roll-on deodorants) - there are no showers
  • NO KNIVES. When needed we will provide knives.
  • Shoes for camp: Can be the extra shoes from the week's change of clothes
  • Camp Bowl, Plate and Utensils (lightweight, no glass)
Other Suggested Items
  • Insect repellent
  • Light weight, long sleeved shirt and pants: To protect from sunburn and mosquito bites
  • Inexpensive camera
  • **Campers may store items on the mountain for the duration of the camp**


PLEASE! No electronic devices or external distractions such as iPods, cellphones, portable games, trading cards, toys, etc. We are encouraging technology-free and commercial-free nature immersion.
The program operates rain or shine. Appropriate dress for the weather is essential to creating a positive experience for your youth. Our hope is to minimize waste, so please consider this in what you are bringing to camp, including in your child's lunch.
If you would like to add our lunch option, the Thursday before your child's camp is the last day to make the addition.