YMAP’s Annual Adventurous Journey

On April 27, 2012 nearly 120 YMAP students, staff and volunteers will be heading out for a weekend adventure to Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

Each year this trek happens and each year new friends are made, new experiences occur and new memories are created that will last a lifetime.

Most YMAP students have been in Canada for less than three years and have not seen the mountains up close before, so a trip to camp is quite a unique experience for them. Sadly, many of our students associate the word “camp” with the refugee camps where they once lived, and often negative feelings come to mind when they hear this word.

Camping is a very North American concept so when we take the YMAP students on this adventurous journey, not only are they learning what we mean when we refer to camping, but they get to experience a quintessential Canadian activity.

At camp students experience a variety of activities such as the challenge course, low ropes, the dangle maze, campfire and hiking.

The rope swing at the challenge course - 2011 trip


helping each other through the challenge course

There is no doubt that this is the best part of their YMAP experience and that the students, staff and volunteers make life-long connections. Thank you to the Strong Kids Campaign, which make this annual trip possible.