What’s in the young adult program?
Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound is a professional development program that prepares those aged 18+ to be champions of the Howe Sound region.
PART ONE: CAMP
From August 13 to 18, 2017, participants will be immersed in the unforgettable fun of outdoor summer camp. You’ll spend your mornings learning about the region’s amazing ecosystems, from Western-based science and traditional Squamish First Nation knowledge perspectives. In the evenings, you’ll learn the hard skills needed to be a successful conservation leader and community organizer.
Participants will leave camp empowered, connected and equipped to champion a healthy Howe Sound.
PART TWO: VOLUNTEER
Participants apply their skills and knowledge after camp through a part-time volunteer placement with the David Suzuki Foundation for the betterment of Howe Sound.
Volunteer to make a difference in Howe Sound by writing articles and opinion columns, hosting events in the region and raising awareness of the developments occurring in Howe Sound.
Participants will leave as ambassadors armed with a toolkit for leading change in their community’s environmental and social movements — along with tried and tested experience in the field.
2017 schedule will be posted when available.
Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound young adult program F.A.Q.
Why only $435? Why isn't it more expensive?
Our young adult camp costs less than the children's camp because this program requests that participants use what they’ve learned in an applied setting in the Howe Sound community. Participants “pay” for the program financially and through their volunteer placements.
We’re hoping we can provide bursaries to those with financial needs. The application process will ask if you’d like to fill out an additional questionnaire for a bursary. Details for this bursary will come no later than May 2017.
What are the workshops and activities?
The sessions cover Squamish Nation culture and knowledge, community organizing, conservation leadership and Howe Sound ecosystems. We bring in facilitators daily to cover topics that past participants have enjoyed and our advisory committee has recommended. We aim for all facilitators to be from the David Suzuki Foundation or working within the Howe Sound region.
Our camp schedule will be released in early summer 2017. Registrants will be notified when it is posted.
What will participants get from the camp?
- Be part of a cutting-edge leadership program.
- Receive hands-on training in community organizing, leadership, goal-setting, issues-framing and project management.
- Strengthen understanding of our interconnection and interdependency with nature through daily outdoor exploration and recreation.
- Be inspired by provocative speakers, mentors and guests.
- Camp Suzuki — An unforgettable adventure.
More information for participants
Who is the ideal Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound participant?
- Lives, works and/or studies in B.C.'s Howe Sound or Greater Vancouver region, including Vancouver, White Rock, Richmond, Squamish, West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and anywhere in between.
- Demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability and community engagement.
- Is between 18 and 30 years of age (consideration will be given to older or younger participants, depending on intent and experience).
- Has an interest in: Protecting, enhancing and restoring Howe Sound. Building and mobilizing an engaged constituency for Howe Sound protection. Contributing to public awareness about Howe Sound.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and work as part of a team.
- Creative and enthusiastic.
- Commits to both stages of the program (e.g., can arrange care for dependents, flexible work schedule).
- Completing or has completed high school, post-secondary, trade program or first few years of career.
When will applicants be notified if they have been accepted (or not)?
Applicants who are accepted will be notified by email within two weeks of applying. If you apply for a bursary, that information will come no later than May 2017.
Accepted applicants must either decline by email or confirm by payment and completed waivers within one week of receiving the acceptance email. The cost to participate will be confirmed upon acceptance and payment can be made online.
Participation will be confirmed once payment and documents have been received. Participants will be emailed instructions by July 1, 2017, regarding next steps, including what to pack, where and when to catch the water taxi, cellphone-use policy, etc.
Participants are expected to monitor their email for additional instructions and notices leading up to the start of camp on August 13, 2017.
Applicants not accepted into the program will be notified by email and asked to respond by email if they wish to be placed on the waiting list.
What is your cancellation policy?
90% back 30+ days before camp.
50% back 14+ days before camp.
No refunds 0-13 days before camp (90% back if there is a medical reason/death in the family).