Go Wild! Youth for Conservation - Kids Summer Camps in BC


Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a 5 day leadership day camp for youths aged 10-17 that provides the opportunity to learn and experience the outdoors in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Inspiring our conservation leaders of tomorrow, the BCWF Go Wild Youth for Conservation camps have been running since 2013 and give kids a hands-on learning opportunity to learn outdoor skills and a foundation of leadership they will use throughout their lives.

  • Taught by experts in their field in a safe, supportive atmosphere
  • The opportunity to develop strong leadership skills
  • How to survive a night in the woods including fire and shelter construction
  • Learn archery, firearm safety and hunting ethics from experts
  • Canoeing and boat safety
  • Learn how to angle and how to identify fish species
  • The opportunity to work on conservation projects unique to each individual camp experience
  • Learn the importance of ecosystem biodiversity
  • Perfect for kids who want to learn more about nature, wildlife and how they can make a difference

All conservation projects are “real life” initiatives that aim to benefit the host community. Be it wildlife habitat restoration, invasive species removal, building bird and bat habitats, tree planting, trail clean up and maintenance.

Our BCWF Go Wild camps spark interest in the youth to participate in or even lead similar projects after Go Wild. Each camp curriculum is region-specific and tailored to the local area meaning no two Go Wild camps are the same.



The BCWF Youth Program returned to the Dawson Creek Sportsman Club (DCSC) after running a Wild Kidz back in 2014.  Go Wild Dawson Creek ran from July 10-14 and was offered to 25 participants. Go Wild in Dawson Creek was a pilot project as it was opened to campers aged 10-17 instead of 12-17. The purpose of lowering the minimum age was twofold; (1) to test whether a younger demographic would be interested in a leadership camp focused on conservation, and (2) to counter the low number of youth registering for camps in the Dawson Creek area. Lowering the minimum age was a success on both accounts. Younger campers had a memorable experience and Go Wild was sold out! “Next year should be 9-17. I am 10 and really did well and had fun” said one camper.

Go Wild Dawson Creek was a very successful camp in terms of programming. First, it was the only camp to have a fire-building session, dodging the provincial fire ban by one day! Second, instead of participating in only one conservation project, Dawson Creek campers took part in two. Campers built bat houses and planted trees for the DCSC to increase their bat population and reduce their noise pollution to benefit the club and the bats. Moreover, campers were given extra conservation lessons by DCSC member, Heinrich, who talked about water conservation; and local animal biologist, Inge-Jean, who spoke on bats and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer. As a surprise treat, Inge-jean also brought in a deceased cougar for campers to examine. Campers also had a field trip to Swan Lake where they listened to a water quality presentation by the City of Dawson Creek and learned to fish. One camper caught two pike!




Go Wild returned for the third year in a row to the Mission District Rod and Gun Club (MDRGC). The camp ran from August 5-13. As typical for Go Wild through the MDRGC, the first 3 days of the camp was a Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) and Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) course, where campers had the option of receiving their certifications at a discounted rate. A special thank you to Mike Bergen who offered to run the course at cost. Eight youth participated and passed with flying colours.

The leadership camp officially started on August 8 with a total of 12 youth, including one participant from France. Despite being the smallest camp held this summer, Go Wild Mission was a very effective and efficient camp. Its small number allowed the group to develop into a team very quickly. They participated in many region-based activities including a visit to the Xá:ytem Longhouse in Mission, where they learned about traditional shelters, names, and stories of the local area. The team also had a variety of unique conservation guest speakers including 2 conservation officers, a Department of Fisheries and Oceans officer, and the Region 2 President of the BCWF – Chuck Zuckerman – who talk about hunting ethics and brought in bear and moose jerky. Go Wild once again visited the Abbotsford Freshwater Fish Hatchery where youth learned about native and invasive fish species and the importance of stocking BC lakes and rivers. Campers also fished – some for the first time – in their stocked pond. Go Wild Mission’s conservation project was also held in the Abbotsford Hatchery where they cleared and removed invasive species from a new trail that was being built by both the hatchery and BCWF’s Region 2 members. Mission campers were one of the luckiest all summer for they had the largest and most diverse Range Day. Campers sampled shooting recurve and compound bows, various caliber pistols, black power rifles and revolvers, cowboy action, various caliber rifles, and 12/20/410 gauge shotguns!




The Go Wild program is entirely funded on grants and donations. The BCWF would like to thank the Government of British Columbia’s Gaming Grant, Capri Insurance, BC Hydro Community Investment, and Human Resources Development for their respective, generous financial contributions and dedication to investing in the future of BC youth.




Aside from financial contribution, Go Wild’s largest need is community support. The BCWF appreciates the immense value of volunteerism and in-kind support. This year, the Go Wild program has accrued over $20,000 worth of in-kind the following community groups and partners either through product/service donations or hours spent volunteering at the camps. The BCWF would like to thank the Dawson Creek Sportsman Club, the Mission District Rod and Gun Club, 890 CJDC Dawson Creek, Sun FM Dawson Creek, Italian Sporting Goods, Custom Reloading, Boston Pizza Mission, and Save-on Foods Mission. Thank you all for your service.






Applications to host Go Wild 2019 are now open! Please email completed applications to Chris Lim, Youth Program Coordinator, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Go Wild is completely grant and donation funded. The number of camps and youth in these programs is completely dependent on the amount funds given to the programs each year. If you or your organization or business would like to contribute in any way to Go Wild please contact:

Chris Lim

Youth Program Coordinator

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604.882.9988 x228


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