Saturday, August 19, 2017


Aurora Leadership

Summer Program Information

Aurora Leadership offers teens between the ages of 13 - 15 a unique outdoor recreation experience built on the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Aurora Leadership program emphasizes outdoor activities, participation, fair play, team spirit and leadership skills that build an appreciation for our environment and more. Teens that are veteran campers or are new to the great outdoors will enjoy the life lessons and camaraderie that ten days of outdoor adventures can bring!

This advanced camp program allows youth who have participatedin younger summer camp sessions, such as Camp Kanannaq, the opportunity to take their summer camp experience to the next level. They are led by carefully selected staff, that will help them gain confidence, make friends and learn the technical skills necessary to safely enjoy our great outdoors.

Over the course of ten days, teen campers will unite to learn survival skills such as fire building, shelter construction, map reading and more in preparation for a three night camping excursion to Bowron Lakes, Mount Robson or Carp Lake. Overnight excursions will include camp set-up, meal preparation, hiking, campfires, and personal reflection before returning home.

Guided by positive role models and the best in outdoor recreation curriculum, teens will gain a foundation in leadership that will give them a love for our beautiful landscape and positively steer them into young adulthood.

Teens watch this video about a recent Aurora Leadership campers story here!

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Download the 2017 Registration Form

Download the 2017 Campership Application Form


2017 Sessions:

July 3 - July 14: Out-trip to Carp Lake
July 18 - July 28: Out-trip to Mount Robson
July 31 - August 11: Out-trip to Bowron Lakes
August 20 - 24: Vanderhoof / Fort St. James out-trip to Mount Robson

Ten Day Schedule of the Aurora Leadership Program

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Introduction and welcome

Set goals, create leadership journal

Games, skits

Outdoor technical skill sessions Day trip to Ancient Forest/Fort George Canyon Canoeing, archery lessons Day Trip to Teapot Mountain/Eskers/Viking Ridge
Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10

Camping Preparation

Depart for:

Session 1:
Carp Lake

Session 2:
Bowron Lakes

Session 3:
Mount Robson

Carp Lake / Bowron Lakes / Mount Robson Carp Lake / Bowron Lakes / Mount Robson Strike camp, return home


Five Day Schedule of the Aurora Leadership Vanderhoof / Fort St. James Program

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Introductions and welcome

Set goals and create leadership journals

Games and skits

Depart for Mount Robson Mount Robson Mount Robson Strike camp and return home


What To Bring For Overnight Trip

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Multi-day pack or dry-bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Bowl, cup & utensils
  • Water bottle
  • Toothbrush (Group to take toothpaste)
  • Bandana/cloth for washing
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Lip balm
  • Sun block
  • Journal
  • Whistle
  • 3 pair hiking socks
  • 3 pair underwear
  • 1 pair long underwear tops (1 of synthetic if possible)
  • 1 pair log underwear bottom (1 of synthetic if possible)
  • 1 pair pants (synthetic)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 heavy sweater
  • 1 pair suitable hiking boots
  • 1 pair light camp shoes
  • 1 light wind jacket
  • Rain jacket & rain pants
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Hat with good brim
  • Synthetic or wool mitts toque
  • Extra Plastic Bags

Remember – Cotton is Rotten!

Article PictureThank you!

The YMCA of Northern BC would like to thank the Ryan Shiels Fund for their continuous support. These funds support the Aurora Leadership Program. This past camp season, 32 youth aged 13-15 were able to partake in this outdoor adventure program to experience Carp Lake, the Bowron Lake circuit and (as in the picture of Ryan above) Mount Robson

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