48-Day Foresters Canoe Guides-in-training (Ages 16-17)

Participants take part in an array of training sessions and workshops designed to develop their leadership skills and their abilities when working with children and leading canoe trips.

Participants also have an incredible experience bonding with each other on a 12-day canoe trip, led by our experienced and well-trained staff members. All our canoe trips are centred on teamwork and community living while helping participants develop their leadership and outdoor survival skills.

What’s more, participants will gain practical experience by implementing the skills and knowledge they learn in training sessions and workshops. Each participant will assist a canoe guide, as they lead a canoe trip and ensure the safety and well-being of campers.

They also accompany cabin and tent groups on overnights and assist the Hike & Trip team with packing food for trips and managing trip equipment.

Certifications include:

  • 40-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid course (WAFA)
  • White Water Rescue (WWR) Levels I and II (2-day course)
  • A DAFA certificate from the Conseil Québécois du Loisir (CQL)

Please note: Discounts will not be given for participants who already have their First Aid certification.

* NOTE: For safety purposes, Camp YMCA Kanawana reserves the right to change the length and location of each trip. These will be determined depending on weather, water, and road conditions, as well as the overall trip schedule each session. 

The Forester program runs from June 24 to August 16, i.e. 4 sessions of 12 days - 11 nights. Between each session, participants have the option of leaving the camp for a few days or adding an inter-camp package allowing them to stay on site between sessions.

Promotion: For stays of 6 weeks or more, you can take advantage of an inter-camp package at no cost, or the value of the inter-camp package at a discount on camp fees. Additional inter-camps can be added as needed at a cost of $385 per participant, per inter-camp.

Session 1: June 24 to July 5, 2024
Inter-camp 1: July 5 to 8, 2024 (optional extra)

Session 2: July 8 to July 19, 2024 
Inter-camp 2: July 19 to 22, 2024 (optional extra)

Session 3: July 22 to August 2, 2024
Inter-camp 3 : August 2 to August 5, 2024 (optional extra)

Session 4: August 5 to 16, 2024

June 24 - August 16, 2024

48 days - 44 nights

Price: $ 4107 (plus a $135 tuck fee) + taxes

Eligible for tax credits expenses.

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