Widji session offerings have been carefully crafted to offer progressive challenge and growth opportunities for teens ages 11-18. Campers build upon their wilderness skills and take on greater leadership roles as they return to Widji year after year.

Canoeing or Backpacking Trips for Introductory and Intermediate Campers

Entering grade 6 | Pathfinder Canoe Trips
Entering grades 7-8 | Intro to Canoeing - BWCAW
Entering grades 7-8 | Intro to Backpacking - Isle Royale or Porcupine Mountains
Entering grades 7-11 | BOLD & GOLD (Boys or Girls Outdoor Leadership Development)
Entering grades 8-10 | BWCAW Canoe Trips
Entering grades 8-10 | Bighorn Mountain Backpack Trips
Entering graders 9-12 | Quetico Canoe Trips
Entering grades 9-12 | Rocky Mountain Backpack Trips

Canoeing or Backpacking Trips for Advanced Campers

available by invitation only
Entering grades 11+ | Explorer Canoe or Backpack Trip
Entering grade 12+| Advanced Explorer Canoe or Backpack Trip
High School Graduate or Equivalent | Voyageur Canoe Trip or Mountaineer Backpack Trip

Widji’s Advanced Camper Program is an invitation only opportunity for Widji campers who have completed 10th grade and have shown competence, maturity and leadership on their past Widji trips. Our Advanced Camper program culminates in Voyageur and Mountaineer expeditions. These groups spend 35-45 days paddling in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, or Alaska or backpacking in Alaska or the Yukon.

Our advanced trips travel to rugged and remote areas and can be mentally and emotionally challenging at times. We want to ensure the success of each camper and trail group. For this reason, we may not advance a camper who we do not feel is ready for the next level.

All of Widjiwagan’s trips, from the five day Pathfinder Canoe to the Mountaineer and Voyageur expeditions, provide a meaningful wilderness experience that develops respect for self, community, and the environment.