Wilderness Week

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Ages 9 to 13+

Wilderness week takes place entirely out-of-doors (5 minutes outside of Coldwater Ontario), with the rain and the bugs.  Campers will be immersed in a full-on wilderness experience (day camp hours) learning & developing wilderness living skills, survival, navigation, camp craft, & leave no trace.   We will be preparing camp meals in the woods (lunches and snacks are included), and learning about edible plants and their various uses.  Along with all of the skills development there will be plenty of time for team building, slacklining, bouldering, and the other fun & games we always enjoy at Wild Life Camp.

Explorer (One Overnight Option)

  • Explorer Wilderness campers requires no previous wilderness experience.  This week develops the fundamentals of wilderness living skills and further acclimatizes even experienced campers to living outdoors.  This session offers an optional bonus (Thursday) overnight camping experience, to try out their skills.  Meals are provided.

Venturer (Extended Overnight)

  • Venturer campers are those who have successfully completed, at minimum, one ‘overnight’ during a Wilderness Week.  Venturer and Explorer campers attend the same week together as we build on previous skills and introduce plenty of new ones.  Venturers have the option of participating in two overnights (Wednesday & Thursday nights).  Our more advanced Venturer campers will put there experience into practice as valuable mentors for Explorer campers.  Meals are provided.

Trekker (Weekend Overnight) based on interest

  • Trekker campers require previous completion of, at minimum, four ‘overnights’ throughout Wilderness Week sessions, along with a passing ‘competencies checklist’ to attend.  As comfortable wilderness overnight campers, this trek takes the group on an hiking expedition, including an overnight, in rugged woodland.  Meals are provided, some special equipment is required.

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Our goal is always the positive personal development of each participant.  Campers will experience activities at a level that challenges them while respecting their individual comfort and skill level.  We want all campers to feel they are a special part of the Wild Life Camp community.


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