Apply for a conservation summer camp (CAT)

  • What is CAT camp?
  • Choose a camp
  • How to apply to a conservation summer camp
  • How are campers selected?
  • Who leads the camps?
  • What equipment do you need?

  1. What is CAT camp?

    The Conservation Action Team is an environmental summer camp for Yukon students in grades 6 to 9. Campers experience over a week of away-from-home outdoor adventure, experiential education and fun including:

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

    This summer, we ran 1 Junior camp in the Whitehorse area. We paddled, swam, hiked, learned plant names and watched wildlife.

    We also ran 1 Senior camp in the Tombstones. For 10 days we hiked peaks, picked berries, swam in rivers and learned about the ecology of the mountains.

    Who can apply?

    You can apply to this summer camp in 2022 if you are:

    • a Yukon student currently in grades 6 to 9;
    • self-motivated to participate; and
    • willing and capable of doing strenuous outdoor activity.

    CAT camps and COVID-19

    We learned a lot this year about running programs during Covid and we were able to run outdoor programs that felt safe and meaningful. 

    We are 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 2022 camps

    We are looking forward to offering camps for summer 2022.

    Junior camp

    If you are going into Grade 7 or 8 in Fall 2022, then one of our Junior camps is for you!

    • Junior camp plans and dates will be posted in the new year.

    Senior camp

    If you are going into Grade 9 or 10 in Fall 2022,  then you can apply to our Senior camp.

    • Senior camp plans and dates will be posted in the new year.

  3. How to apply to a conservation summer camp

    You can apply following the procedure below. The application deadline will be in mid-May.

    1. Download and print the full application package. Applications are also available at any Department of Environment office.
    2. Complete the application. This includes the personal information, parent/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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

    We will notify you if you're selected for the camp in early June.

    Camp fees

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


  4. How are campers selected?

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

    They base their selection on:

    • 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?

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

    These leaders have considerable outdoor and leadership experience. They are 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 will send you an equipment list if you are selected for a camp.

    You should bring:

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

    We supply tents.

    We also supply rain coats, rain paints, backpacks and other equipment if you don't have your own.


Contact 

For questions about applying to the Conservation Action Team summer camp email catcamp@yukon.ca or phone: 867-667-3041 or toll free in the Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 3041.