For Campers Entering Grades 11-12+
The Widjiwagan progression of challenge culminates with the advanced trips programs, which gives experienced, qualified campers the added challenge of traveling in more remote areas for a longer duration. Qualified campers refine their skills in wilderness travel, group dynamics and leadership.
The Invitation Process
Advanced Camper Invitations will be sent out by mail over the months of October and early November. Voyageur and Mountaineer Invitations will be sent first, followed by Advanced Explorer Canoe and Backpack invitations and finally, Explorer Invitations. We communicate with every camper who is eligible to be considered for an invitation based on age so please reach out if you do not hear from us. Every year, a few campers do not receive their invitations due to changes of address or other extenuating circumstances.
In addition to grade level, we review advanced campers on their technical wilderness skill competency, interpersonal leadership, good judgement and enthusiasm for wilderness travel. We raise our expectations in each of these categories as campers progress through our programing.
If you have questions about the Advanced Camper Invitation process, especially if you have a camper who is currently in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and you have not received an update from us by November 18, please contact the Widji Office.
Non-traditional Advanced Campers
We feel that following the Widji progression is the best way to prepare for each trip. However, we recognize that this progression may not work for everyone. We review campers who wish to be considered for an advanced trip invitation without completing the preceding advanced trip on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Widji Office, Summer Program Director for more information.
We create trail groups with the goal of balancing leadership styles and blending strengths. We encourage campers to make new friends and to challenge themselves to work with diverse personalities and backgrounds. We do not honor Trailmate Requests by advanced campers due to these group considerations.
Explorer Canoe, Entering Grade 11
Sessions are around 26 days, with about 21 days on trail. Groups often explore the Crownlands of Ontario, the Quetico Provincial Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Advanced Explorer Canoe, Entering Grade 12
Sessions are around 35 days, with about 26 days on trail. Groups travel farther north and generally spend a significant amount of time in either Wabakimi Provincial Park in Ontario or Caribou Provincial Park in Manitoba.
Voyageur, Completing Grade 12
Sessions are 48 days, with 35 to 39 days on trail. This trip travels to the Arctic rivers of Canada and Alaska. Recent groups have paddled Coppermine, Dubawnt, Kazan and Thelon Rivers in Canada.
Prospective Arctic campers are invited to learn more about these trips and have their questions answered by joining one of our Voyageur and Mountaineer Information nights.
Watch the introduction video to learn more.