Programs

Connecting youth with nature, adventure & Canadian Heritage

Welcome to Manitoba's most expansive and dynamic outdoor adventure experience! We facilitate dynamic and engaging camping programs that will surely inspire your students to explore the natural world, work together, and come away with a fresh confidence in themselves. Our all-inclusive programs for local organizations involving youth like schools, churches, community clubs, and outreach organizations benefit from an easy and hassle-free experience. We take care of everything from program planning, permits, equipment, delicious meals, and professional program facilitators.

We partner with Wilderland Adventure Company, a local outfitter, to facilitate the "Get Outside" curriculum as provided by the Outdoor Council of Canada. This program aims to support the development and foundational outdoor skills for a fun and safe camping experience. 

Curricular Outcomes:

 

1. Trip Planning; Students work with instructors to choose an appropriate destination and create a realistic plan.

2. Self-Care While Outdoors; Students can explain how to dress according to the conditions and demonstrate during the trip.

3. Technical Skills; Students can set up a tent, cook a meal outdoors, start a fire and use it safely, explain how to sleep warm.

4. Risk Management; Students can assess and defend against common outdoor hazards and create a simple emergency plan.

5. Environmental Responsibility; Students are aware of accepted environmental practices and discuss their ethical responsibility.

This program is designed to be accessible to most Canadians (those able and willing to fully participate and engage with the program). The first day in each of our trips involves preparing the group for safe camping and wilderness travel practices. The second and subsequent days involve day trips into natural areas while hiking & paddling. We enhance each experience further with guided interpretive tours, nature scavenger hunts, and other fun and engaging activities.

 

Students will learn various concepts as mentioned in our curricular outcomes and practice them in the field. The program progresses with day hiking, interpretive tours, wildlife safaris, and paddling lessons. We create each program package with the maximum options available and you may chose to omit what is necessary to truly create a participant based program that meets the expectations of your stakeholders.

Program options & details below.

Riding Mountain National Park

- Camping-

Welcome to Riding Mountain National Park an untouched wilderness oasis located in western Manitoba. The park is a modest 3.5 drive from Winnipeg, yet it's a home to a diversity of living things that make it a must visit destination. Iconic windswept grasslands and deep silent forests hold elusive wildlife including packs of wolves, bugling elk, and solitary moose. Hidden lakes and expansive wetlands hold flora and other treasures such as rare orchids and beautiful lillies.

We provide our base CAMPING program at various front country campgrounds that give us proximate access to hiking trails, pristine lake to paddle, and where Parks Canada staff can connect with us to share about the history and natural wonders of this incredible place.

This is a dynamic camping experience for any students new to camping that is safe and immersive with alot to explore and experience. We created this camping program for students to try a diversity of activities as a foundation for higher learning and skill development.

Program Ages: 12 - 18 (grades 7-12)

Group Size: 10 - 20 students (2 - 6 Chaperones)

Program Duration Options: 2 Days/1 Night or 3 Days/2 Nights

Whiteshell Provincial Park

- Camping-

Welcome to the Whiteshell Provincial Park, located in eastern Manitoba, only a 1.5 drive from Winnipeg. Rushing rivers, clear deep lakes, warm sandy beaches and the fresh scent of jack pine is the best way to describe this outdoor adventure paradise. Rich in history, we camp along the shores of the Winnipeg River, a traditional fur trade route and use nearby natural wonders and attractions to create a wonderful outdoor experience.

We provide our base CAMPING program at various front country campgrounds that give us proximate access to hiking trails, pristine lake to paddle, and where Manitoba Parks staff can connect with us to share about the history and natural wonders of this incredible place.

This is a dynamic camping experience for any students new to camping that is safe and immersive with alot to explore and experience. We created this camping program for students to try a diversity of activities as a foundation for higher learning and skill development.

Program Ages: 12 - 18 (grades 7-12)

Group Size: 10 - 20 students (2 - 6 Chaperones)

Program Duration Options: 2 Days/1 Night or 3 Days/2 Nights

Riding Mountain National Park

- Hiking-

The exciting and challenging HIKING program takes us back into Riding Mountain National Park to expand on our CAMPING program. Students will travel off the beaten path and into the interior of this natural paradise. We spend the first day and night getting familiar with camping practices, our gear, and then head out for an overnight or multi-day back country experience.

Overnight hiking provides an opportunity to increase the challenge level for students on a personal and group level. Teamwork and encouragement are foundational components as the group navigates and travels into unknown territory and must rely on each other and the expertise of their guides for a successful trip.

Within the backcountry awaits an untouched natural environment where there are very few people, quiet and pristine campsites and a place of true solitude and retreat from the busy-ness of everyday life. We put away the watches and technology to practise and rely on camp craft skills and embrace the benefits of natural immersion.

This hiking experience naturally adds an element of adventure that rapidly moves students through learning necessary skills and practicing them.

Program Ages: 14 - 18 (grades 9-12)

Group Size: 7 - 15 students (2 - 6 Chaperones)

Program Duration Options: 3 Days/2 Nights or 4 Days/3 Nights

Whiteshell Provincial Park

- Canoe Tripping-

The exciting and challenging CANOE TRIPPING program takes us back into the Whiteshell Provincial Park to expand on our CAMPING program. The interactive and challenging canoe tripping experience takes students deep into the boreal wilderness just like the indigenous people and early European explorers did. We spend the first day and night at a front country campground getting familiar with camping practices, our gear, canoe lessons, and then heading out the next morning for a multi-day back country canoe trip.

Overnight canoeing provides an unrivalled team building opportunity as the group must rely on each other for a successful trip. With partners in a canoe, students learn to work together and travel as a larger group from one campsite to another. his includes portaging and finding a suitable campsite to call home for the night.

We put away the watches and technology to practise and rely on camp craft skills and embrace the benefits of natural immersion.

This canoeing experience naturally adds an element of adventure that rapidly moves students through learning necessary skills and practicing them.

Program Ages: 14 - 18 (grades 9-12)

Group Size: 7 - 15 students (2 - 6 Chaperones)

Program Duration Options: 3 Days/2 Nights or 4 Days/3 Nights or 5 Days/4 Nights

Be part of the collective effort to get YOUTH OUTDOORS!

If you value connecting this generation of local youth with positive and transformational outdoor experiences, please consider partnering with us. We need like-minded individuals, businesses, and organizations that are committed to breaking down barriers restricting these impactful experiences.

Support the Youth Outdoors Project and join other community stakeholders in making this vision a reality.

A Community Project of
Equip Canada
Registered Charity #: 889540738RR0001
Contact Us:
Phone: 204-612-5300
Email: info.youthoutdoors@gmail.com