The Exploration Project (ages 18-20)
We are all unique individuals. Each one of us has a story to tell and each story is important. The Exploration Project (EXP) provides a chance for youth to come together in a group setting to explore themselves and gain tangible life skills. The goal of the EXP is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where youth can share their experiences and learn useful lifelong capabilities. Activities focus on self-reflection, self-empowerment and acquiring knowledge of activities that will help participants live healthy and happy lives.
We offer inclusive programming that is age and developmentally-appropriate and accommodate our activities for all ability levels, always free of charge.
Who this camp is for
- Youth from British Columbia or the Yukon ages 18 to 20 who have had cancer, siblings of those who have, or bereaved siblings.
- All participants must have their immunizations up to date.
Our program dates for the summer of 2021 will be available in the fall and registration will open in January.
The EXP program takes place at the Loon Lake Research and Education Centre in the heart of UBC’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, BC. Loon Lake’s peaceful setting allows participants to enjoy all that nature has to offer, including a beautiful private waterfront and forested wilderness. EXP participants will also spend two days and one night in Golden Ears Provincial Park.
Participants sleep in 4-person tents for the duration of the program. While at Loon Lake, EXPs sleep on the field and have access to showers and dining hall services. During this time, EXPs will learn campsite set-up skills, leave no trace ethics and what goes into planning and packing for an outdoor trip.
While staying in Golden Ears Provincial Park, participants sleep at a drive-in campsite. Here, EXPs will run the show, ensuring that the site is set up properly, that meals are prepared and cooked, and that the group is properly prepared for any excursions we may do.
Most of our participants arrive and depart from camp by car. When you arrive at camp you will have the opportunity to meet your cabin leader, medical team and other members of the staff team. For participants who are driving themselves to the EXP program, we will have parking available on site for the duration of the program.
We also offer air travel and reimbursement of travel expenses in certain circumstances. Please contact the camp office to find out more.