Western Educational Adventures Youth Hiking Camp
Western Educational Adventures

Journey Hiking Expedition Summer Camps

WEA's Youth Hiking Summer Camp is highlighted by a multi-day hike through a coastal temperate rainforest on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail (JDF Trail) on Southwestern Vancouver Island, a mere hour west of Victoria, B.C. The trail starts in the surfing village of Jordan River and end in the salmon fishing hotspot of Port Renfrew BC. Hiking program youth experience the magnificent Jaun De Fuca Trail (the southern extension of the West Coast Trail) and it’s many suspension bridges, West Coast beaches and numerous tidal pools teaming with West Coast marine life. With 2 different Vancouver Island wilderness hiking summer camps offered, kids learn how to conduct a coastal hiking expedition, become a strong leader, work as a part of a team and much more! This is a once in a lifetime experience on a rugged, wild, West Coast coastline!

This program is intended for kids with lots of energy who are physically fit and able to push themselves (within reason). For more info on physical fitness for this camp, CLICK HERE.
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Hike the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail!

Jordan River & Port Renfrew, BC

About Pricing
  • Prices include transportation & tax
  • Returning families must email WEA for a discount code
  • Limited spaces available at discounted prices

  • AGE GENDER PROGRAM LENGTH TRIP LENGTH
    Ages 9-13 Mixed 6 days 5 days
    TIME PRICE
    Before Mar 15 $875 + GST
    Discounted $950 + GST
    Full Price $1,050 + GST
    PROGRAM DATES AVAILABILITY
    July 17 - 22, 2022 2 Spaces Left
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    Availability updated Aug 6 2022. Live availability can be found on our registration software.

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    Hiking Summer Camp Drop-Off Location

    START/END LOCATION TIME
    Start Camp Jubilee, 9548 West Coast Rd, Sooke, BC 15:15
    End Camp Jubilee, 9548 West Coast Rd, Sooke, BC 15:15

    Info Packages

    Below is an informational package for our Juan de Fuca hiking program. It is designed to give you a better idea about our overnight hike camp program, including pick-up times, activities, etc. Please note that schedules, days, activities & trip locations may vary depending on the weather, logistics, group input and group dynamics.

    JDF INFO PACKET


    Program Schedule

    The first day and a bit of the program is all about preparing for the trip. How do we pack bags? What gear do we need? Who is carrying what?

  • Day 1 - Arrival, teambuilding and trip prep
  • Day 2 - Finish trip prep and depart for trail
  • Day 3 & 4 - Travel the trail and see the amazing views and camp in awe-inspiring places.
  • Day 5 - Finish trail, unpack, debrief & clean-up.

  • What to bring on the Juan de Fuca trail

    JDF Packing List

    As we operate our programs outside and often in wilderness environments, it is essential that all families pack all items on our packing list. Failing to do so may compromise your childs safety and experience. Base items can be rented or loaned depending on your financial situation. Other items can be purchsed from WEA, for more information click the rental gear & add-on button below.

    RENTAL GEAR & ADD-ONS


    The WEA Overnight Advantage

    We believe that youth programming should be safe, fun and staffed by the best people in the industry.

    WEA Team Members:

  • Have years of experience working with kids
  • Are focused on safety
  • Recognize the value of outdoor play and skills
  • Are committed to making a difference in kids’ lives
  • Are highly qualified, certified & earn living wages
  • WEAdventures Provides:

  • Industry-leading outdoor programs
  • Convenient pick-up & drop-off locations
  • Flexible, exceptional customer service
  • Safety-focused, educational programming
  • High-quality equipment and food (where applicable)
  • Maximum staff to participant ratios of 2:10
  • Financial assistance

  • "My 14 year old son had a great time at summer camp. It was a multi-age camp which is a bit unusual, but provides a unique experience for kids to learn and be a leader outside of their usual school age cohort. I like that the camp is fairly low-key and provides time for reflection and personal growth. I imagine this may be a less competitive atmosphere than some of the larger camps. The programming was good and varied. A great bonus from the camp was my son willingly offered to take out the garbage and recycling when he arrived home. He has continued to offer to do chores and contribute more to the household routines! Thanks Landon!"

    - Karla Benson

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    In a Rush or Have Questions Before You Register for a Hiking Summer Camp?

    Call us now at 250-888-1622 and talk to a real person!! or, if you can't talk now, Email Us and we will get back to you within 2-5 business days.


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    The Westcoast Hiking Experience

    Our coastal hiking expedition on the Juan de Fuca Trail is all about fun. The group hikes through a temperate west coast rainforest overlooking crashing waves and crossing numerous long secluded beaches and tidal pools teaming with marine life. It’s a very different, wild environment. The experience doesn’t stop there! Participants learn about nature, including the various forms of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna, and gain backcountry camping skills, leadership skills and more – skills they won't even know that they have mastered!!

    The Trail

    Juan de Fuca Marine Trail-Official BC Parks Website: Click Here

    Leadership and Personal Growth

    Modern youth do not get very many opportunities to learn life skills such as how to lead others, manage conflict and think for themselves. Western Education Adventure’s Victoria BC hiking summer camp focuses specifically on these skills.

    During the Juan de Fuca hiking trip, participants are split into pairs. Daily, a pair is selected to be responsible for leading the entire group, acting as the hike leaders. In the evening, the pair debriefs their experience, talking about what they learned and how it can be applied in the future. In short, participants learn what it means to be an adult!

    Hiking Outdoor Skills

    Youth learn most of the skills required to run a successful backcountry hiking trip. Everything from making a meal plan to planning a route to cleaning up after it's all done. Kids come away from this experience with a serious backcountry skill set.

    Some of the skills paritcipants learn

    Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Panning • Navigation • Hiking • Tides and currents • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance

    Safety and Food

    Safety

    Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

    "Landon took our family on a sea kayak paddle starting out of Victoria. This was our first time sea kayaking but we felt confident in Landon keeping our trip safe and enjoyable. In little time we were safely paddling and navigating the water. It was a great day!"

    -Alex Damjanovic

    Food and Food Allergies

    We believe that a good experience starts with good nutrition. Proper diet and eating habits are lacking in today’s society - a result of readily available fast foods, processed foods and a lack of nutritional education. We strive to provide quality, simple, wholesome meals with limited processed ingredients – in addition to the occasional smores and limited other tasty treats. This is part of why we include our participants in all meal planning, purchasing and cooking.

    We are also very experienced in dealing with dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Great care is taken to avoid serious participant food allergens whenever possible. Where this is not possible, we take great care to avoid cross contamination of ingredients.

    "Landon guided an overnight trip for our family on the Juan de Fuca trail. Healthy eating is important to us. Landon helped our kids build an outdoor oven and they were soon baking an amazing dinner. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that you can look after yourself in the outdoors."

    -Carole Damnjanovic

    Journey Hiking Expedition Summer Camp Registration

    If you want to sign up, the process is simple. Here’s what you do:


    Step 1: Create an account on our registration software

    Fill in your email and create a password

    Step 2: Create your profile

    Input your information. This is a one time step, your info will be there for the rest of the summer!

    Step 3: Sign-Up for the program

    Input your child (or children's information), select the program(s) you wish to register for.

    Step 4: Submit your registration and payment

    Step 5: Let your child (or children) have fun and learn!

    **All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**

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