Apply for an EnviroWild summer camp

  • What's EnviroWild summer camp?
  • Choose a camp
  • How to apply to a conservation summer camp
  • How do we select campers?
  • Who leads the camps?
  • What equipment do you need?

  1. What's EnviroWild summer camp?

    Senior Conservation Action Team members collecting samples in a creek.

    After many years of success as CAT (Conservation Action Team) camp, we've updated our camp name to EnviroWild to match our school and outreach program. Same great program, new name!

    The EnviroWild camp is an environmental summer program for Yukon students going into Grades 7 to 10 in the fall. Campers experience a week of outdoor adventure, experiential education and fun including:

    • camping and expedition skills;
    • canoeing, swimming and water safety;
    • learning about nature through activities and games;
    • conservation work;
    • making new friends;
    • and more!

    Last summer, we ran 2 Junior expeditions and had 20 youth participate. On the June expedition we explored the Mayo and Keno areas on foot, learned about local wildlife, swam in many lakes and played a lot of games. In July we explored the Snafu lakes by canoe where we learned to cook over the fire, picked berries and learned about plant identification.

    In August we ran 1 Senior expedition for 10 youth on the Dena Cho trail who hiked 51 kilometres, picked Cloudberries, learned how to cook on camp stoves and learned about the natural history of the area.

    Who can apply?

    You can apply to this summer camp in 2023 if you're:

    • a Yukon student currently in Grades 6 to 9 (going into Grade 7 to 10 in fall 2023);
    • self-motivated to participate; and
    • willing and capable of doing strenuous outdoor activity.

    Camps and COVID-19

    We learned a lot over the past few years about running programs during COVID-19 and we were able to run outdoor programs that felt safe and meaningful. 

    We're constantly updating our COVID-19 protocols to meet the Yukon’s COVID-19 situation and will continue to follow direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health as the situation evolves.

    Please reach out for more details.


  2. Choose a camp

    Summer 2023 camps

    We're looking forward to offering camps for summer 2023.

    Junior camp

    If you're going into Grade 7 or 8 in fall 2023, then one of our Junior camps is for you!

    • Check back in the new year for dates.

    Senior camp

    If you're going into Grade 9 or 10 in fall 2023, then you can apply to our Senior camp.

    • Check back in the new year for dates.

  3. How to apply to a conservation summer camp

    You can apply following the steps below. The application deadline will be in March 2023.

    1. Download and print the full application package. You can also pick up applications at any Department of Environment office.
    2. Complete the application. This includes the personal information, parent or guardian form, a short statement of interest written by the student and a nominator form completed by an adult non-family member.
    3. Submit all forms by the application deadline.
      In person: at the Department of Environment office at 10 Burns Road in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    Email: envirowild@yukon.ca
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Habitat Programs (V-5R)
    c/o Youth Programs Coordinator
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    We'll notify you if you're selected for the camp by April.

    Camp fees

    Camp fees are due after you're accepted. Do not send payment with your application. We may make alternate arrangements for families unable to pay the full fee.


  4. How do we select campers?

    We often have more students apply than available camp spaces. Our staff screen all applications.

    They base their selection on:

    • the applicant’s statement of interest;
    • the content of the nomination form, completed by an adult non-family member;
    • an optional personal interview; and
    • the applicant clearly showing they genuinely wish to attend and were not just sent by their parents or guardian.

    We also try to make the composition of our camps reflect Yukon demographics as much as possible.


  5. Who leads the camps?

    1 experienced leader and 2 summer student assistant instructors lead each camp.

    These leaders have considerable outdoor and leadership experience. They're fully certified in First Aid and emergency rescue techniques.

    Guest resource people are often part of camps to give instruction in their field of expertise.


  6. What equipment do you need?

    We'll send you an equipment list if you're selected for a camp.

    You should plan to bring:

    • warm, durable clothes;
    • a few personal items, and
    • some sturdy footwear.

    We can supply sleeping bags, sleeping mats and raingear if needed. Just let us know!

    We supply all tents and group gear.


Contact 

For questions about applying to the EnviroWild summer camp email envirowild@yukon.ca or phone 867-667-3041 or toll free in the Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 3041.