Below are answers to many of our frequently asked questions about The YES Camps. Please feel free to contact our office at 604-960-1377 or if you have further questions.
Frequently asked questions
Why go to The YES Camp?
The YES is a truly unique summer camp. We focus on developing a transformational community, strong friendships, and our staff and volunteers are passionate and dedicated role models for the youth who attend.
In addition to the many activities you may expect from other summer camps, such as a campfire, field games, canoeing and swimming, we also offer entertaining and engaging workshops focused on themes such as communication, self-awareness, and leadership. The Youth Excellence Society is focused on bringing out the best in everyone, and creating a safe and inclusive environment that empowers youth from all over BC.
How much is The YES Camp?
The cost of the program is $800 for one week. This fee is already subsidized by funding from BC’s Credit Unions. The true cost of the program is approximately $980.00. To access the Early Bird cost of $750.00, register and pay four weeks prior to your chosen camp. For more information on payments, please see our Camp Policies.
Are there subsidies or sponsorships available?
My child is currently 13 years old. Can they come to camp?
We accept 13 year old participants if they have finished Grade 8. If they are just finishing Grade 7, they will need to wait another year.
Are you an accredited member of British Columbia Camping Association?
The YES is a volunteer based organization and as such is not eligible for BCCA accreditation. However, we do closely monitor BCCA standards and adhere to their policies wherever possible.
What is the refund policy?
How do I get a receipt for my payment?
Where is the camp located?
How should we best prepare for camp?
Take time to review all information concerning the week of camp, including the transport information, what to bring list, typical day at camp and the camper code of conduct. Feel free to browse our website and our Facebook page or check out this camp-inspired video by a past participant. If you would benefit from a conversation with a volunteer staff member or current participant, let us know and we’d be happy to set something up.
How many youth will be attending camp?
Week-long camps usually are between 50-70 youth with 15 staff members.
How do you deal with homesickness?
Is this camp for particular types of youths?
What’s the difference between the Roots and Pathways camps?
My child is 16, which program should they attend?
Is there a difference between Roots A-D or Pathways A-B?
The only difference between various Roots and Pathways programs are the dates. Programming is similar between the weeks.
What is a Leadership Camp?
The YES Camp developed out of the co-operative movement, and the style of leadership that we promote and develop is co-operative leadership. We encourage youth to be self-aware, inclusive, conscientious, responsible and develop a healthy self-worth and resilience. The YES encourages youth to be leaders in their own lives by having strong integrity, and being positive members of their families, schools, and communities. As a participant at The YES youth will learn about different styles of leadership, their personal values, using a strengths based approach, communication skills, teambuilding skills and critical thinking skills. We focus on empowering youth to feel confident in knowing who they are and making positive choices for themselves.
What does a typical day of camp look like?
What is the camper to staff ratio?
To ensure the safety and success of all participants, our standard camper to staff ratio is 5:1. At many camps it’s 4:1.
Meals and Accommodations
What is the food like? Can you accommodate special diets and allergies?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
I heard there is a sleepover. What are the sleeping arrangements?
Are cell phones allowed to be used while at camp?
Can I contact my child when they are at camp? Can they email or call home?
How are staff selected and trained?
At each camp our staff team is a mix of paid staff and volunteers. All staff go through our 4-day training program in order to be facilitators at The YES. Our training includes workshops in facilitation, active listening, crisis counselling, teambuilding and conflict resolution skills. 85% of our staff are returning alumni many of whom generously donate their time and energy to the program for multiple years. Our staff selection process is competitive and we require criminal record checks for all volunteers and staff.
Is there medical staff on site at camp?
Health and Safety
What are the rules concerning medication?
All prescribed and over the counter medication must be handed in to a designated First Aid Attendant. First Aid Attendant work with participants to guarantee that their medication routine is consistent with the prescribed guidelines. All prescribed medication must come to camp in the original container, or bubble packed. Participants are not required to hand in birth control, inhalers, vitamins, or non-medicated ointments.
What happens if something goes wrong in the middle of the night?
Staff members are present in each building to ensure safety and appropriate behaviour. In the middle of the night, staff are always close by to attend to the needs of any individual needing assistance or an emergency situation.
What is Camper Code of Conduct?
Can I bring my own food?
What should I bring to camp?
Please click here to review what you need to bring to camp.