WYLD Expeditions Camps

A Guide to WYLD

Wilderness Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) expeditions are 8-12 day long summer camps for teens, ages 12-17. Campers travel into the wilderness playground that is Strathcona Provincial Park. Along the way they will canoe, hike, camp beneath the stars, learn skills to navigate the backcountry, and create lasting connections. 

Experiential learning is at the forefront of WYLD camps. These expeditions touch on the value of “the journey,” the importance of shared experience, and the freedom of living from what you (and your group) can carry. Through these authentic experiences groups learn to trust, to embrace adventure, and to find joy in both times of struggle and triumph. 

Our goal is that WYLD participants will return home with the awareness that they are both capable and resilient. A drive to acquire new skills, gain an appreciation for the natural world, and go after what they believe in. 

WYLD Discovery Camp

Explore Buttle Lake by canoe and hike to one of Strathcona Park’s hidden jewels, Landslide Lake.

Our Discovery camp is a great way for youth to learn the foundations of backcountry travel, while sampling both canoe camping and backpacking. Campers will begin their adventure with an exciting challenge on our High Ropes course . The first night is spent at the Lodge’s base camp, learning about trip preparation and getting to know the fellow participants. The following day, the group will depart on their first expedition and spend 3 days exploring the fjord-like Buttle Lake. Upon return to the Lodge, campers will learn about climbing skills at one of our rock bluffs. The group will spend the evening at the Lodge’s base camp in preparation for the following days adventure on the Elk River Trail.  A highlight for many campers is hiking through this beautiful old growth forest towards Landslide Lake and seeing the towering walls of Mount Colonel Foster. 

Experiential learning is at the core of all WYLD camps. Join us for a fun 8 days and walk away with life long skills and the feeling of accomplishment. 

Ages: 12–13

Camp 1: July 3 – 10, 2021 –SOLD OUT 

Camp 2: July 31 – August 7, 2021 –SOLD OUT

Price: $1149

Equipment List 

Registration: Email info@strathconaparklodge.com to be placed on the waitlist. 

WYLD Backcountry Beginnings

Experience the delights of a multi-day canoe trip, and take on rewarding hikes up into Vancouver Island’s subalpine. 

Our Backcountry Beginnings camp is the ideal introduction to longer expeditions. Campers will canoe on glacier-carved lakes and hike the subalpine while challenging themselves and learning to be self-sufficient in the backcountry. Campers will begin their adventure with an exciting challenge at our rock climbing bluff. A highlight of this camp is a hike through the pristine Tlools Valley where campers will attempt to reach the spectacular Mia Falls. Throughout the trip, campers will learn leadership skills and have the opportunity to lead the group. 

Experiential learning is at the core of all WYLD camps. Join us for a fun 8 days and walk away with life long skills and the feeling of accomplishment. 

Ages: 14–16

Camp 1: June 25 – July 2, 2021 –SOLD OUT

Camp 2: July 16-23, 2021 –SOLD OUT

Camp 3: July 24 – 31, 2021 –SOLD OUT

Camp 4: August 8 – 15, 2021 –SOLD OUT

Price: $1195

Equipment List 

Registration: Email info@strathconaparklodge.com to enroll or to be placed on the waitlist. 

WYLD Backcountry Classic

This expedition into the wild Strathcona alpine is our most challenging camp. And it’s worth it.

Backcountry Classic is a 12-day, multi-sport expedition. While physically demanding, this trip allows participants to explore some of the most remote areas on Vancouver Island, with the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Strathcona Park as a backdrop. Campers will spend the first part of their expedition paddling from the Lodge to Phillips Creek on Buttle Lake, where they will solidify their backcountry camping skills before heading into the mountain for 6 days. The trail up to Marble Meadows climbs steadily and passes through old growth forests. Once up in Marble Meadows, campers will spend the next 5 days exploring, Wheaton hut, Limestone cap, Morrison Spire and, the highlight, the summit of Mount McBride. Throughout the trip, campers will take on a leadership roles and responsibilities. 

Experiential learning is at the core of all WYLD camps. Join us for a fun 12 days and walk away with life long skills and the feeling of accomplishment. 

Ages: 15–17

Camp 1: August 1-12, 2021 SOLD OUT

Camp 2: August 20 – 31, 2021 –SOLD OUT 

Price: $1740

Equipment List 

Registration: Email info@strathconaparklodge.com to enroll or to be placed on the waitlist. 

Custom WYLD Summer Camps

We are happy to work with you to design custom youth programs for groups of 6-10 based around your dates, objectives and activity choices.

Custom camps are a great option for youth groups, international student programs or groups of friends or family ready for an adventure.

Ages: 12–17

Dates: July – August –SOLD OUT

Price: Activity Dependent

Inquire: Email info@strathconaparklodge.com about custom camp dates & options.

My highlights from WYLD were meeting new people, laughing, and being up in the alpine. The instructors are awesome and I learned so much from them. This trip really made me love being away from the city!

– WYLD Camper, Backcountry Classic, August 2019

Ripple Effect of Summer Camp

For teens, summer is a time of new adventure, freedom, and possibility. It is during these years that we develop a sense of identity, and our experiences during the summer months are fundamental to this exploration. 

Camp allows teens to break away from their daily lives and everything that comes along with that. It offers the opportunity to see the world around them with a fresh set of eyes, to pause, live in the moment, have fun, and create lifelong friends. 

A place to be yourself leads to a blossoming sense of confidence. New opportunities unlock newfound accomplishment. And taking on challenges and overcoming fears opens an eagerness to take on the world. These are our mountain top moments – they cultivate the feeling of being closer to oneself, while connecting with something bigger. 

Camp doesn’t just answer the question “who am I?” but gives us the autonomy to decide who we want to be.

Guiding Principles

WYLD camps have different itineraries and destinations, but all teach life-long skills.  

SELF-RESPECT
By setting and achieving goals, students are able to build a healthy confidence that will foster a greater respect for themselves and the people around them.

SELF-RELIANCE
Instilling the added responsibility involved in wilderness travel helps people to work for themselves. This can help create a sense of independence and personal accomplishment.

COMPASSION
In working with others and sharing in their hardships and triumphs, one learns compassion and empathy. 

APPRECIATION AND AWARENESS FOR THE WORLD AROUND US
Our classroom takes people away from the convenience of their everyday lives and requires them to live in balance with their surroundings.

Registration Policies & Enrolment

Upon registration, a deposit of $50 per person is required to secure your WYLD spot, due within 7 days of enrollment. Final payment is due upon arrival. 

Enrollment

Limited spaces available in all 2021 WYLD summer camps. Email info@strathconparklodge.com to enroll.

*We are accepting applicants for our waitlist. 

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your spot in a WYLD camp before paying the final payment the $50 non-refundable non-transferable deposit will be retained by Strathcona Park Lodge. 

If you are unable to attend, we ask that you contact us as soon as you know so that we can provide the spot to another participant on our waitlist.

Health & Safety

Strathcona Park Lodge is an accredited member of the BC Camps Association (BCCA). The accreditation process ensures that our policies, procedures, facilities, employee screening practices, and training meet or exceed industry standards.

Our COVID-19 Safety Plan has been developed in accordance with WorkSafe BC and related industry guidance for camps, restaurants, hotels, and the tourism industry. SPL was directly involved in the development of the BCCA overnight children and youth camp guidelines and the BC Outdoor Sector wilderness expedition guidelines. In consultation with our local public health officer, we will continue to review and update our safety plan as necessary.

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The instructors were encouraging, told us great stories, taught us important core values, and let us explore both ourselves and our surroundings. They showed us what we have you offer!

– WYLD Camper, Backcountry Beginnings, August 2019