Frequently Asked Questions 


What do I need to do in order for my youth to participate in programs?

Fill out a program registration package and bring it to the first program your youth attends.


Can my youth come to winter camps or outings without attending program nights?

Yes youth can attend either program nights, winter camps, weekend outings or all three.


How old do youth need to be to attend camp?

Usually camps are for 12+. Give us a call to discuss if your youth is younger.


Do I need to pre-register my youth for winter camp?

Yes, the sooner the better as space for winter camps is limited.


How long are winter camps?

Winter camps take place on a weekend. We meet at our office for 5:00pm on a Friday and pickup will be from our office on Sunday at 3:00pm


Do you camp outside for winter camps?

For winter camps we stay in a rustic style cabin, and how much outdoor activities we do is dependent on the weather.


What do youth need to bring for winter camps?

When your youth registers for a winter camp we will give you a winter gear list. We are able to supply extra sleeping bags and winter gear if needed.


What if my youth has allergies?

As long as we know beforehand we are able to adapt our snack or meal to meet any moderate dietary needs. If your youth has severe allergies to food or anything else please have a conversation with us to determine if our environment is right for your youth.


Can anyone come to Ghost River programs?

Our Urban Rediscovery and New Moon programs are open to youth ages 8-17 however we are always looking for volunteers and potential youth mentors to help out with our programs.


How do I get involved as a volunteer or youth mentor?

First step is to give us a call, we then like to arrange a meeting to get to know you. During the meet and greet you will receive a volunteer package to fill out, we require you to do a child and family services check and we will submit a criminal record check for you.


The program is right at dinner time, do you provide food for the youth?

Yes we do provide a snack for the youth which is often substantial enough to be dinner.


What do you do at program?

At each program we share in a Smudge and a talking circle. Every night our elders offer teachings or tell a story to the youth. We play games, do crafts such as various forms of leather work, we make moccasins, rattles, and we also have guest artists to teach skills like carving soapstone. We also sing songs taught to us by our elders and facilitators. Once a month we have a group outing which includes activities such as rock climbing, swimming, bowling, etc..


How much does program cost?

Programs are all free!!


Is your program inclusive of all traditions?

Yes, while our elders bring teachings from their own cultures, ie. Blackfoot, Metis, we aim to discover all traditions and foster strong relationships with each other.

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