Go Wild! Youth for Conservation




Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a 5-6 day leadership day camp with a focus on conservation. Aimed at youths aged 13-17, Go Wild incorporates some of base outdoor education programming (e.g. shelter- and fire-building) but primarily provides workshops on leadership and conservation.

At Go Wild, youth learn about different leadership styles and focus on leading others rather than just themselves. Youth develop these skills through presentations by the BCWF team as well as through games and activities that hone in on teamwork and communication. Moreover, Go Wild provides unique conservation workshops that educate youth on practical applications of conservation that can have small but significant day-to-day impacts. All these conservation workshops culminate in a conservation project. The conservation projects range anywhere from invasive species removal to block clean ups. These projects ultimately aim to benefit the host community and spark interest in the youth to participate in or even lead similar projects after Go Wild.

Go Wild’s programming is region-specific and utilizes local ecological attractions as well as presentations from local experts, especially those with an expertise in an area of conservation (e.g. conservation officers and biologists). A Range Day is also part of Go Wild and is typically more diverse than Range Days in Wild Kidz, because participants are older and can physically handle a wider range of firearms.





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 2018 are now open. Please download and fill out the form below and email to Chris Lim, Youth Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Registration for 2018 Go Wild Camps is currently NOT open. Registration will open between mid-January to early- February. If you would like to be notified when registration opens please email Chris Lim at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to be added to early registration list.




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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