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Updated: Feb 4

Northern Youth Leadership is excited to announce this year’s summer youth leadership camps. Three camps will take place in 2020. We welcome camp participants from every region of the NWT. After much consideration, NYL has decided to go forward with camp promotions this year. We take the health of our communities very seriously and will monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow recommendations from the Chief Public Health Officer. If necessary we will cancel camps. However, if the situation improves, we want to make sure that youth still have access to quality programming this summer. Gana River Boys Leadership Camp (June 24 – July 3, 2020): This is the 7th year of the Gana River Leadership camp in partnership with Gana River Outfitters. This year, youth ages 11-13 from every community are invited to register for this camp in the Mackenzie Mountains of the Sahtu Region. Activities will include hiking, learning outdoor and traditional skills, arts and crafts, story telling, fishing, canoeing and more! North Arm Advanced Leadership Canoe Trip- Mixed Gender (July 21 – August 3, 2020): Youth ages 14-16 from every community in the NWT will canoe from Yellowknife to Behchokǫ along the North Arm of Great Slave Lake and learn about what goes into leading a canoe trip. With the support of Northern Youth leadership staff, youth will take responsibility for themselves and their peers as they work on navigation, paddling and group management. Girls Leadership Canoe Trip (August 19 – August 26, 2019): Youth aged 12 – 14 will spend a week in the Ingraham Trail area just outside Yellowknife learning paddling and survival skills. Without the pressure of having to reach a destination, youth will be able to focus on skill development and will spend equal time on paddling and survival skills They will learn about leading a canoe trip, navigation, and shelter building. In addition, there will be swimming, fishing, and hiking.

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There is no camp registration fee. Applications are closed; this camp is in the past. If you would like more information, please contact Emily by phone (867-447-4557) or by email ( We understand that some may experience difficulties applying due to limited computer or internet access during this time. NYL is able to assist families and youth with their applications over the phone. Please call Emily for assistance. Registration is open until Friday May 1, 2020. All applicants will be contacted to confirm their participation After May 21, 2020. There are limited spaces available in each camp, and unfortunately we cannot accommodate everyone. Late registrations will be accepted only if there is space available. We look forward to another fun and safe camp season!

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