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Voyageur I 

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Voyageur I - Ages 13-15
2019 Price: $600 + GST
Non-Refundable Deposit Amount: $100.00
 
Registration Opens on December 17th, 2018, at 9:30am
 
 
Canoeing is in the very fabric of Canadian history. Canoes carried First Nations people throughout Canada and brought the first European explorers into the interior of the country. Since then, paddling into the wilderness has held great appeal for modern adventurers. Sasamat Outdoor Centre's Voyageur programs offer that experience to teen campers.
 
On trip, campers will share the experience of a campfire beside the lake at the end of a long day of adventure.  It is an opportunity to feel the solitude and peace of open clear skies, the woods and clean waters.
 
The Voyageur program is designed to equip campers with the necessary skill set to set off on their own canoe adventures after completion of the program. Emphasizing safety, risk management and Leave No Trace (LNT) principes, Voyageurs will provide a basic skill set of how to canoe trip safely and responsibly.  
 
As some of our oldest campers, Voyageur campers have an invaluable place as role models for the younger campers in our Sasamat community and beyond, and our experienced staff help encourage this trait in all of them. 

Voyageur I is a six day residential program that runs from Sunday to Friday. This program introduces participants to paddling on open waterways and camping under the stars on beautiful Indian Arm. Voyageur I participants will begin their five day adventure at Belcarra Park, travelling north on the fjord to Twin Island, Bishop Creek and Granite Falls. Indian Arm is one of BC's most beautiful inland fjords and will take campers through spectacular mountain, waterfalls and wildlife scenary along the journey. 

Voyageur II is a twelve day residential program that runs from Monday to the following Friday. This program offers participants some of the best programming that Sasamat Outdoor Centre has to offer, both on-site and off. Campers will travel around Stave Lake, starting at the southern end and moving north towards spectacular Glacier Bay. Sandy beaches, wildlife, and the towering peaks of Mount Robie Reid and Mount Breier make this Stave Lake adventure an experience of a lifetime.
 

Summer 2019 Camp Dates 

 Voyageur I Trip #1: July 7-12, 2019
 Voyageur I Trip #2: July 21-26, 2019
 
 
Program Components
 
Voyageur I activities include: 
  • Introduction to canoe tripping
  • One day at Sasamat at beginning of program that teaches: 
    • group & personal gear packing
    • equipment 
    • compass & map skills
    • wildlife safety
    • Leave No Trace (LNT) principle & procedures
    • risk management and water safety
    • practice time in canoes
  • Five days paddling on Indian Arm that will include:
    • paddling in tandem canoes
    • camping in tents
    • safe water collection
    • proper bathroom strategies
    • cooking on a camp stove
    • nature immersion & disconnection from technology and daily life
    • spectacular scenary
    • staff lead programs focusing on team building & self-reflection
  • An afternoon at Sasamat at end of program that includes:
    • trip debrief with Program Director
    • time for relaxation and a swim
    • celebration of completed trip
 
Voyageur II activities include: 
  • Two days at Sasamat at beginning of program that review gear packing, equipment, compass & map skills, wildlife safety. Additional program topics also include:  
    • food preparation
    • review of LNT procedures
    • risk management on the water
    • advanced skill workshops (knot tying, edible wildlife, natural water filtration systems)
    • practice time in canoes 
  • Ten days paddling on Stave Lake that will include:
    • paddling in tandem canoes with peer leaders
    • camping in tents
    • safe water collection
    • proper bathroom strategies
    • cooking on a camp stove
    • nature immersion & disconnection from technology and daily life
    • base camping with day trips to nearby beaches and waterfalls
    • staff lead programs focusing on team building & self-reflection
    • opportunity to lead the group, navigate, practice group management skills with support of staff
  • An afternoon at Sasamat at end of program that includes:
    • trip debrief with Program Director
    • time for relaxation and a swim
    • celebration of completed trip
Transportation

Transportation is provided from Vancouver, Burquitlam, or Port Moody..

Please carefully note all drop off and pick up times for a bus stop, or for driving to Sasamat, on the Summer Bus Information page. 

 
 Things to Know! 
  • Allergies and Diet Restrictions: Due to the large number of children with nut allergies, please do not send your child with any nut products. We are a nut free environment. Please indicate your childs allergies at time of registration in teh camper information section, or call into the office. 
  • T-Shirts: All campers recieve a t-shirt at no additional cost. Please indicate size when registering. If you register past April 30, size cannot be guaranteed. 
  • Voyageur I Program Age: must be 13 by August 31 of the program year to enroll. 
  • Voyageur II Program Age: must be 14 by August 31 of the program year to enroll. 
  • Paddling Skill Level: a certain level of canoeing skills are not required for the Voyageur programs, however experience and a level of comfort in a canoe is helpful. 
  • Packing: packing for an out trip is particularly important, please ensure you read the packing list thoroughly. 
 
Payment, Refund and Transfers
 

When you register you may pay the full amount up front, or you may pay 50% upfront. If you choose to pay 50% upfront, the remainder of the fees will be automatically charged to your credit card on May 1, 2019. You may also come back any time before then to make additional payments. 

 

Cancellations more than 30 days before the start of the camp session - Refunds are provided, minus the $100.00 non-refundable deposit. 

Cancellations within 30 days of a camp session -  Refunds are not provided unless your spot can be filled with a camper of the same age and gender. If your spot can be filled, a refund will be provided, minus the $100.00 non-refundable deposit. 

Substitution of Campers - Due to long waiting lists and age and gender issues, camper substitutions are not allowed. If you cancel a camper's registration, another camper cannot be put in their place.

 
 
Camperships
Camperships are available for families in need. Please use this link Campership Applications to access information and the application form.