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Quest - International Youth Leadership Expedition
Date: July 14 - August 3, 2013
Age: 14 to 17 years old (co-ed)
Price: $3,349 CDN + 5% GST (includes instruction, food, accommodation, some camping gear, camping fees, and transportation during the trip. Does not include flight and some optional activities.)
Locations: Whistler, Gambier Island, Sechelt, Powell River, Vancouver
Canadian and international youth are welcomed to participate in a unique 21-day integrated leadership program while being immersed in an outdoor adventure expedition. Located in beautiful British Columbia, participants explore some of BC's most beautiful and significant locations, including: Whistler, Gambier Island, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver.
Quest International Youth Leadership Expedition Highlights:
- Participate in an intensive outdoor leadership program. Please refer to our trip plan for program details.
- Hike to two glacier lakes (Rainbow and Joffre Lakes).
- Visit 2010 Olympic sites.
- Hike along the majestic coastlines on the Sunshine Coast.
- Spend the first four days at Whistler’s Fireside Lodge and sleeping the rest of the trip under the stars in some of BC's best Provincial Parks.
- Experience the beauty of Howe Sound by water taxi on the way to Gambier Island.
- Learn the basics of front country and back country camping, day hiking and orienteering.
- Be supported by experienced and skilled instructors who will be supportive and provide supervision for 24 hours a day for the entirety of the program.
- Participate in archeery, sorkeling, ocean kayaking and canoe skills training.
- Learn about leadership styles and compentencies of leaders.
- Partake in language and cultural exchange experiences with other international and Canadian youth.
- Participate in environmental stewardship projects such as building an organic seed barn.
What is the International Youth Leadership Expedition all about?
Our international and Canadian youth leadership program is about giving our youth the skills, knowledge and confidence to be self-propelled youth leaders of their generation.
The International Youth Leadership Expedition is a blend of an ultimate road trip for youth wanting to visit and explore some most popular places to tour, explore and camp in British Columbia, while participating in an enriched leadership experience.
Our instructors support and teach participants how to lead themselves and develop a stronger sense of who they are, while learning the value of teamwork. Youth strive to understand their world and are eager to discover their leadership potential. Our 21-day program is a great educational stepping stone for youth to determine their vision and understand their potential.
Quest International Leadership’s Competency Elements
Individual Leadership – Youth work towards developing what they consider their individual leadership foundation pillars.
Community Leadership – The group will work together to build a strong leadership team and foundation before providing a half day environmental/community based stewardship project for a local non-profit.
Global Knowledge – The group will learn about relevant global and local issues centred on environmental and sustainable practices, international politics, cultural diversity and leadership principles.
Practical Skills – Youth will become more competent with camping skills, navigation, decision-making, and life skills.
Vision and Values – Participants will spend time reflecting upon the experience and write a vision letter of what they hope to accomplish. All youth will learn about the five Fireside leadership values: Trust, Respect, Responsibility, Commitment, and Perseverance.
International Leadership Program Curriculum
The fundamental elements of the International Leadership Expedition are integral to providing successful and quality learning experiences for all our youth. The program focuses on the following three fundamental learning areas:
Individual & Group Fundamentals
- Acknowledgement of mentors, family and friends
- Solo experience
- Write a Vision letter
- Community/Environmental stewardship projects
- Full value leadership contract
- Review the historical significance of the communities the group will visit during their road trip
- Co-operative team building activities
- Definition & reference points of leadership - what is leadership and how is it referred to by others
- Leadership theories and philosophy
- Character & styles of leadership
- Ethics & values - the principles of leadership
- Creativity & design
- Problem solving & challenge building
- Learning and teaching techniques
- Team building sessions
- Communication & creativity
- Practical application – Environmental stewardship exercise
- Campsite management & selection
- Minimum impact camping instruction
- Outdoor cooking and food
- Wilderness risk management essentials
- Basic map, compass and navigation training
- Hiking & backpacking sessions
- Basic wilderness first aid & emergency exiting
- Basic survival training (what to do when you are in trouble)
- Plant and wildlife identification
- Shelter & fire building
Quest International - Tentative Trip Plan - BC
Please note that this trip plan may change.
Day 1: Vancouver/Whistler, Fireside Lodge
- Arrivals between 11am to 6pm (Vancouver International Airport)
- Check-in and program orientation
- Welcome Ceremony and dinner at Fireside Lodge
- Tour of Fireside Lodge
- Email and phone call home
- "Meet and Greet" with staff and youth group
- Mountain Top activity
- Youth hangout and group building activity
Day 2: Whistler, Fireside Lodge
- Review meal preparations & cooking 101
- Leadership Discussion Question: What is leadership? Who are your leaders? What are the characteristics of a leader? Why is leadership important?
- Animal Aware: What to do when you see an animal (bears, cougars and raccoons)
- Overview of program goals and objectives, review safety and emergency procedures and full value agreement
- Journal (video and/or written)
- Tour Whistler Village and 2010 Olympic sites
- Swim test (lake swim)
- Team building activities
- Barbeque dinner at Fireside Lodge
Day 3: Whistler, Fireside Lodge
- Early morning hike
- Learning and preparing for a hike
- Hike to Rainbow Lake
- Individual and group goal setting
- Assignment of staff instructors to youth participants
- Team building activities
- Discussion: Understanding the 5 pillars of Fireside leadership
Day 4: Whistler, Fireside Lodge
- Morning yoga/stretch
- Problem solving & challenge building activity (scavenger hunt)
- Challenge By Choice Policy
- Hike Joffre Lakes
- Swim at Whistler Recreation Centre
- Movie Night and resting sore legs
Day 5: Camp Fircom, Gambier Island
- Early wake-up and pack up
- Head to Squamish and hike Chief
- Grocery shopping challenge
- Depart for Gambier Island
- Introduction to Camp Fircom (tour, community meeting, expectations and move into tepees)
- Campfire activity and SMORES
Day 6 - 14: Camp Fircom, Gambier Island
- Participate in archery, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, farming, kayaking and canoe certifications, orienteering and more
- Swim test and lessons if needed
- Overnight canoe and hiking expeditions
- Eco-Stewardship Project – full day working on an organic farm
- Community Project – building a seed barn
- Overnight canoe trip and hike
- Solo experience
- Outdoor International Leadership Skills Training Session:
- Shelter Building
- How to build shelters with debris on the ground
- How to make your shelter waterproof
- Rural and Wilderness Orienteering Course
- How to read a map
- How to use a compass
- How to read the land
- What to do when you are lost
- Animals and Bugs
- What animals and bugs to be mindful of
- Shelter Building
Day 15: Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, Sunshine Coast Region
- Pack up and depart for Langdale, Sunshine Coast
- Set up camp at Porpoise Bay
- Learning about cobb building and alternative low impact shelter building
- Visit Gibsons and Robert’s Creek
- Leadership Teams lead cooking and evening program
Day 16: Saltery Bay Provincial, Sunshine Coast Region
- Visit Powell River
- Prepare overnight hike
- Vision letters submitted
Day 17 - 19: Saltery Bay Provincial, Sunshine Coast Region
- Depart for Saltery Bay Loop hike
- Group led hike
- Possibly depart for Vancouver dependent of hiking and timing
Day 20: Vancouver (Accommodation: TBA)
- Early departure for Vancouver
- Site seeing, shopping and graduation dinner
- Special evening activity
Day 21: Vancouver
- Early departure
- Fly home