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International Outdoor Experiential Education Training + Camp Counselor Placements in British Columbia, Canada

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Fireside’s Outdoor Education course gives participants the basic skills they need to co-lead canoe trips in the outdoors and become highly competitive candidates to be placed at diverse summer camps throughout British Columbia. This course is a great program to perform, either if you have minimal or no training in outdoor activities and camping, or even if you are looking to expand your knowledge and skills toolboox. 

  • Learn & practice leading canoe trips.

  • Obtain a valid certificate to work at a summer camp.

  • Experience an ocean paddling self-challenge.

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” 

— John Lubbock

 What our Basic Program Includes -

  • Training & Certification

  • 24/7 Support

  • Full Room & Board

  • All equipment and Camping Gear

  • Pre-course interview

  • Welcome package

  • Summer Placement Assessment

  • Placement Interviews with Summer Camp Directors in B.C.

  • Airport Pick-up

  • Logistical support

Certification obtained upon successful completion is composed by:

  • FWCC - Flat Water Canoe Certification.

  • OCE - Ocean Canoe Expedition through Sechelt Inlet.


The Diploma for completing the Residential Camping Course (RCC Diploma) includes:

Bonus: Indigenous Perspectives and Understanding Reconciliation - Workshop

  • Outdoor Survival Techniques and Outdoor Leadership including gear selection, orienteering, logistics, map reading, trip plans, fitness preparation, transportation and photography. Effective communications skills, Problem Solving.

  • WRM - Wilderness Risk Management including weather reading, emergency procedures, animal awareness, water treatment and basic first aid procedures.

  • Wilderness Cooking Lessons including food selection, cooking equipment, meal planning and keeping things clean.


Upon a succesful completion of the International Outdoor Experiential Education Training, the graduate will obtain direct access to one-on-one interviews with several (1-5) camp directors throughout British Columbia, in order to obtain a Weekly Paid Stipend during the placement. 

How will this summer program impact you positively ?

  • You will become stronger in body, mind and spirit.
    - Yes your arms and legs will be tired, but you will tune-up your fitness.

  • You will challenge yourself continuously and you will go back home with a sense of full accomplishment.

  • You will disconnect from the screen-world and will connect with mother nature, spot amazing wildlife, breathe clean air, spot breathtaking landscapes and laugh with real people, making ever-lasting true international friendship relations.

  • You will grow as a person, as a conscious human being, expand your criteria as a global citizen and your impact for future generations.

  • You will build up character, endurance, sense of belonging, gain and expand your soft and hard skills.

  • You will be attending a professional program developed and run by experienced and knowledgeable outdoor educators.

  BONUS: You will enjoy an Experiential Learning process that will easily translate into a Positive Life Changing Experience.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

- Mark Twain


Join the adventure of a lifetime!

4 Weeks

1 Training week + 3 Placement weeks

Investment - US $475

  • 1-week training 

  • 1 certification

  • Full Room & Board

  • All equipment & material

  • Airport Pick-up

  • 1 Placement Interview with a B.C. Camp Director

  • Weekly Stipend - CA $150

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7 Weeks

2 Training weeks+ 5 Placement weeks

Investment - US $635

  • 2-week training 

  • 2 certifications

  • Full Room & Board

  • All equipment & material

  • Airport Pick-up

  • 2 Placement Interview with a B.C. Camp Director

  • Weekly Stipend - CA $200

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12 Weeks

3 Training weeks+ 9 Placement weeks

Investment - US $745

  • 3-week training 

  • 3 certifications

  • Full Room & Board

  • All equipment & material

  • Airport Pick-up

  • 3 Placement Interview with a B.C. Camp Director

  • Weekly Stipend - CA $250

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Choose the Length of your Next Adventure

Program´s Highlights

  • Ocean to Shoreline Guidebook and Climate Change Education and Outdoor Leadership Teacher’s Guidebook. 

  • Paddle to Porpoise Bay 

  • International Party

  • Canoe skills module 

  • Indigenous perspectives module

  • Risk management workshops

  • Wilderness gourmet cooking lessons

  • Stargazing and weather reading

  • Sechelt Inlet canoe expedition 

  • Outdoor skills -navigation, cloud reading, forest fires, finding water sources·

  • Flat water canoe certification

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