For Campers Currently in Grades 10–12
The Widjiwagan progression of challenge culminates with the advanced trips programs, which give experienced, qualified campers the added challenge of traveling in more remote areas for a longer duration. Qualified campers refine their skills in wilderness travel, group dynamics and leadership.
These trips are invite-only. Campers are invited if they demonstrate an enthusiasm for wilderness travel, initiative and the ability to work well with others. Advanced Trip Invitations will be sent by the end of November. The Advance Camper Lottery takes place in January, not in December with regular trips.
Because our priority is to put together the strongest groups possible by factoring in the strengths of each individual camper, we do not honor friend requests at this level.
If you have been a Widji camper, are currently in grades 10–12 and would like more information, please contact us.
Most Advanced Camper Invitations have been sent out at this point. Every year, a few folks have trouble receiving their invitations due to changes of address or other clerical issues. If you have a camper who is currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade and you have questions about the Advanced Camper Invitation process, please contact Amy Hadow, Summer Program Director.
Explorer Canoe, Grade 10
Sessions range from 29 to 31 days, with about 21 days on trail. Groups often explore the Crownlands of Ontario, the Quetico Provincial Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Advanced Explorer Canoe, Grade 11
Sessions are 36 days, with 27 days on trail. Groups travel farther north and generally spend a significant amount of time in either Wabakimi Provincial Park in Ontario or Caribou Provincial Park in Manitoba.
Voyageur, Grade 12
Sessions range from 45 to 52 days, with 34 to 40 days on trail. This trip travels to the Arctic rivers of Canada and Alaska. Recent groups have paddled the Anderson, Kazan and Thelon Rivers in Canada and the Noatak River in Alaska.