Youth from across B.C. coming to Squamish area to experience wilderness

Youth from across B.C. coming to Squamish area to experience wilderness and become young natural leaders

Get Outside BC 2012 participants

July 12, 2013

VANCOUVER – Today’s youth are spending an unprecedented amount of time indoors, but an outdoor leadership program for youth is confronting this issue. From July 13th to 17th, thirty youth from across the province will be in the Squamish area getting a taste of the outdoors through the third annual Get Outside BC Outdoor Leadership Summit. Participants will spend their time at the North Vancouver Outdoor School and Alice Lake Provincial Park learning leadership and outdoor skills while camping, hiking, and bonding as a group of natural leaders. 

While the Summit is full of fun and games, Nicola Hill, Executive Director at Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC Chapter, says it is addressing what has come to be known as nature deficit disorder.  “Canadian children and youth today spend close to eight hours a day in front of a screen,” says Hill. “This leads to a whole range of issues for our youth including obesity and mental issues, and a lack of appreciation for the outdoors.”  Get Outside BC hopes to reverse these trends and create a generation of healthy young people who will want to protect nature as they grow older.  By encouraging these thirty youth to become natural leaders, they can work to foster a love for the outdoors in other youth in their home communities.

The youth participants will leave the Summit with a task: to host an outdoor event or project in their communities to inspire other youth to get outside. Participants will reunite throughout the year to share experiences from their projects and plan other ways to get youth outside in their communities.

This year, there is a new way to support Get Outside BC through BC Parks' Text to Donate program. Simply text "outside" to 45678 to make a $10 donation to Get Outside BC. 100 per cent of every donation goes directly to Get Outside BC.

Get Outside BC is organized collaboratively by BC Parks, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC), Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC) and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and has successfully connected hundreds of youth to the outdoors over the past three years.


Elyse Curley
Terrestrial and Youth Programs Manager, CPAWS-BC
cell: 604-910-9343

CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness and actively promotes the establishment of marine protected areas in Canada. Since 1963 we’ve led in creating over two-thirds of Canada’s protected areas. Our vision is that Canada will protect at least half of our public land and water. As a national charity CPAWS works collaboratively with governments, local communities, industry and indigenous peoples to protect our country’s amazing natural places.