YMCA Camp Pine Crest- Wilderness Instructor Training Program
The Wilderness Trip Instructor Course teaches wilderness and leadership skills while on expedition on the Coppermine River, and in the classroom over six weeks of intensive learning. Students will apply their learnings and skills to real life scenarios and challenges in a supportive learning environment with high expectations. They will have the opportunity to work with others in a group setting and in a leadership role while being faced with real risks and challenges in a remote wilderness setting. After this course, participants will be well equipped with experience, knowledge and skills to pursue work or play as a leader or guide on wilderness expeditions.
This year’s expedition will be on the legendary Coppermine River. The route will begin on Redrock Lake in the Northwest Territories. From there it will flow over 400km north to the settlement of Kugluktuk on the Arctic Ocean in Nunavut. This incredible river offers both drop- and-pool style rapids at the beginning which offer great opportunities for scouting, analysis and practice followed by kilometers of continuous rapids towards the northern end of the river. The Coppermine is renowned for its challenge, scenery and remoteness. Paddling this river is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Who is this course intended for? Individuals between the ages of 17 and 19 who are passionate about their growth in the realm of wilderness camping and group development. Students should be prepared to immerse themselves in a learning environment where they will be challenged daily with regards to skills, leadership and teamwork. The course is designed to give students the skills, knowledge and experience they need to lead their own trips in the future, whether personally or professionally.
Part of the course will involve earning certifications through third party organizations. These certifications are industry standards and are prerequisites for employment at most organizations running white water canoe expeditions: Moving Water Paddling offered by Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association White Water Rescue offered by Boreal River Rescue Wilderness Advanced First Aid offered by Wilderness Medical Associates
The course will run from June 22, 2019 to August 2nd inclusive. Course fees are $8800 + Tax (Fees include: Wilderness Advanced First Aid, White Water Rescue, and ORCKA Moving Water certifications ($1500 value), Six weeks of instruction from highly experienced, qualified staff, Use of all camping equipment, All travel (including passenger flights to and from Yellowknife and chartered float planes), Accommodations and meals)
To apply for this program participants will need to submit a written application. Applications should include two components.
1. A list of up to five personal goals and how students think this program will help them achieve those goals
2. A statement on why experiences in nature are important to them.
Applications should clearly indicate the name and contact information for the applicant. They should not exceed one typed page. Applications should be sent to [email protected]