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2017 Go Wild Camps

 

This year, we reached a total of 37 youth in the communities of Dawson Creek and Mission. Camps were offered for a low cost of $50 for a 5-day camp which included lunches to lower any barriers that might prevent youth from being able to attend Go Wild.

Each camp includes some base programs; however, each camp was designed with place-based programming. Place-based programming incorporates local attractions and venues in developing a program. By using this design concept, each Go Wild camp was unique and allowed campers to discover local “eco” attractions that some never knew existed in their community. Examples of place-based programming in 2017 include visits from local experts (e.g. biologists, conservation officers, and other conservationists), local hikes, fishing at local lakes, and visits to First Nation heritage sites.

 

2017 Go Wild Report (PDF)

 


Dawson Creek


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!

  

 

 

 


Mission


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!

  

 
 
 
 
 

FUNDERS:

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.

 

 

IN-KIND SUPPORT:

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.