Youth Leadership

Wilderness Survival is more than knowing how to build a fire and a shelter. Leadership is more than a position.

Knowing how to combine these skills is an essential component in the development of youth. Understanding survival psychology, being prepared with the right clothes and gear, preventing human-wildlife conflicts, responding effectively to first aid emergencies, and being both mentally and physically prepared to spend a night in the bush looking after one’s basic needs are integrated with hands on training and building skills.

May receive credits towards Communication and Team Building Certificate

Reclaim Corporate Training offers

  • Trip Planning and Preparation   Rope Rescue
  • Wilderness Survival Skills
  •  Leadership Dynamics in a Team
  • Wildlife Conflict Prevention and Response
  • Wilderness First Aid scenarios
  • Constructing structures
  • Being involved in Bat and Bee Research
  • Learning about Invasive Species
  • Improvising Floatation Devices
  • Growing and Harvesting Food

…for a total of 192 hours of high quality training!

Wilderness Survival and Planning and Preparation

Hard Skills: Survival

Three basic components of survival are often overlooked by wilderness enthusiasts and outdoor workers: Psychology, Enemies of Survival and the Survival Pack. This workshop provides the basic elements for wilderness survival based on the Survival Sequence taught by Canada’s military SAR-Techs.

Pre-trip planning tips and brainstorming include what to pack, assessment of weather and terrain conditions, hazards, investigating communication options, trip expectations, group and individuals’ strengths and level of experience, risk acceptance levels, leaving a written trip plan with a responsible party, and flexibility in changing the plan.

We discuss survival psychology at length, and then progress through practical skills including:

  • Decision-making including the prioritisation of first aid, fire, shelter, travel, signalling, food, and water
  • Assessing the area and choosing appropriate placement of fire and shelter and building sites
  • Building appropriate shelter for the season and available materials
  • Rationing, collecting and purifying water
  • Spending several nights in the wilderness using these skills
  • Working cohesively as a team member
  • Reference research materials for appropriate placement of bat houses and bee hives
  • Take part in the planting, pruning or harvesting of gardens

Experience in a controlled environment will heighten the confidence of participants. Spending overnight in the wilderness is the safest method to introduce participants to the Enemies of Survival and to give them an understanding of the psychological demands required to make the decision to survive.

Soft Skills: Group Dynamics and Crisis Leadership

For circumstances in which people are working in groups, it is essential to also have an awareness of group management in crisis. Interpersonal dynamics often change drastically when things go wrong and stress levels are suddenly elevated. Practical scenarios and discussions will explore the following dynamics:

  • Risk acceptance levels  
  • Leading from behind/ahead
  • Leadership styles
  • Strengths and Weaknesses in a crisis
  • Conflict resolution and dealing with challenging individuals
  • Go/no-go decision making (when to turn around)
  • Motivating people in crisis
  • Leadership and Communication Skills
  • Emergency communications

Wildlife Encounters Avoidance and Response

Whether it’s a matter of personal safety in relation to large predators, threats posed by defensive mountain goats, or porcupines chewing on one’s truck tires or equipment, human-wildlife conflicts are always a possibility in the Alpine, sub-alpine and boreal forests. Preventing these conflicts starts with education.

We will examine black and grizzly bears, cougars, wolves, ungulates and (yes) porcupines with an eye towards:

  • Identification
  • Conflict avoidance
  • Food storage and scent management
  • Displays and behaviours
  • Response to animal conflicts
  • Negative impacts on animals by humans

Wilderness First Aid and other Crisis Scenarios

At an outdoor wilderness location:

  • The group will be presented with scenarios to work through in the bush using whatever items they have with them or find in their environment. The group may be subdivided to mimic typical work situations.
  • Scenarios may include being lost, dealing with an injured colleague, or equipment failure
  • Problem-solving activities that emphasise team building, leadership, and survival skills may include splinting, injury management, improvised stretcher building and navigating the stretcher through a wilderness obstacle course (over logs, between narrow trees, down short steep slopes, etc.).
  • The scenarios will be followed by a debrief, in which participants explore what they learned, what worked well, what they might do differently next time, and what other tools might have been helpful that would be reasonable to bring with them to the field in the future.
  • An excellent learning environment with two facilitators and one professional builder for the duration of the training. Our coaches have experiences in Search and Rescue, Wilderness Survival, Emergency Management, River and Ice Safety, Firearms Safety, and more.  Check out Your Coaches !
  • First Aid supplies to be used during scenarios
  • Wilderness Survival Manual

What Reclaim is Providing?

How Much Does This Training Cost?

Cost per participant is $2450.00 The training package is a culmination of

  1. Wilderness First Aid- certified by the Wilderness Medical Society (Value $425)
  2. Wilderness Survival- developed and delivered by Reclaim Corporate Training (Value $575)
  3. Leadership and Communication course (1 day each) (Value $700)
  4. Structure Building with Jeremy Walker (Value $700)
  5. Wilderness Cuisine (Value $200)
  6. Wholesome and nutritional food-no preservatives (Value Priceless)

How Flexible is the Training?

We are very willing to adapt your course to your specific needs.

Adaptations that have been made in the past

  • Accommodate special needs youth
  • Include a cultural component- client requested time for drumming and prayer
  • Elders have come and shared their wisdom with youth
  • Experts in specific fields have been guest speakers-brought in a career trapper

Let us know what adaptations you require and we will work with you to make it happen!

What will Participants get out of the Training?

Course participants will leave with a solid experience in working collaboratively in a team environment. They will have their communication and leadership skills heightened in the dynamic wilderness setting. They will make conscious decisions about safety, risks and hazards related to human factors, the environment, and actively make choices to avoid injuries.

Course participants will leave with new leadership experiences and skills in working with teams in a wilderness environment where the circumstances continually change and in a team striving towards a common goal.  They will make conscious decisions with consideration to self, team and project. 

Certificates received

  1. Wilderness First Aid- 2 year ticket
  2. Wilderness Survival- lifetime *
  3. Leadership * Lifetime
  4. Communication * Lifetime

* May be credited towards Communication and Team Building Certificate

We look forward to working with you and your team!


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