Apply for a conservation summer camp (CAT)

  • CAT camps cancelled due to COVID-19
  • 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. CAT camps cancelled due to COVID-19

    We regret to announce that all Conservation Action Team (CAT) camps are cancelled for summer 2020.

    In this time of uncertainty, we feel it is best to avoid the risks that COVID-19 presents to the wellbeing of our youth, families and communities.  The health of all Yukoners is paramount above all else during this pandemic.

    CAT camps are about travelling, living and playing together. They are about exploring our environment. They are about getting youth to interact with experts and community members that are passionate about the land. We feel trips cannot be undertaken to proper quality and safety standards while adhering to current directives from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

    Please keep the youth in your lives interacting with nature this summer.  Please do so responsibly.

    Feel free to email CatCamp@gov.yukon.ca for outdoor ideas and activities for youth. Also, look to alternatives such as virtual Knee High Nature program coming to you from the Wildlife Viewing Program.

    CAT Camp will return in 2021 and we will celebrate the program’s 15th anniversary!

    What is CAT?

    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!

    Who can apply?

    You can apply to this summer camp in 2021 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.

     

  2. Choose a camp

    Summer 2020 camps

    CAT camps are cancelled for summer 2020. They will return in summer 2021.

  3. How to apply to a conservation summer camp

    CAT camps are cancelled in 2020 and will return in 2021. In 2021, you can apply following the procedure below. The application deadline will be announced in 2021.

    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@gov.yk.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@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-5168 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5168.