Summer camp

The Aspiring Counsellor Program (PAM) is geared towards young men and women aged 15 to 17 who wish to live an educational and useful, yet fun, group experience. Candidates of this programme have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in all areas related to childhood outdoor education. This 27-day experience puts an emphasis on both practical and theoretical elements at several levels, at the base itself and during an exhilarating group expedition, while also giving them the chance to put their pedagogical skills to the test with a group of campers, along with all the feedback and learning potential that can only come from such an immersive and extensive program.

Candidates who successfully complete and meet the expectations of the program can expect to receive a certification by the Association of Camps in Québec (ACQ) as well as the Counsellor Aptitudes and Functions Diploma (DAFA – Diplôme d’Aptitudes aux Fonctions d’Animateurs), which recognizes that he or she is equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a camp counsellor as well as to work in the recreation industry in a qualified capacity.

Note: The framework offered by Air-Eau-Bois is very safe, and the counsellor-staff ratio is in accordance with the norms set out by the Association des Camps du Québec, namely; 1 counsellor per 6 campers.


Description and fees

In addition to the theory-based educational material the candidates will be exposed to, below is a brief list of the activities the PAM groups will partake in:

  • A 10-day canoe-camping expedition (the amount of nights under a tent may vary according to meteorological conditions and other risk factors);
  • Hiking excursions;
  • Orienteering and forest survival skills training;
  • Natural rock face climbing (very safe, 1:1 trained counsellor : camper ratio);
  • Beach activities (lifeguard-supervised swimming area and mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) for those deemed to require it by a staff member and/or if mentioned by a parent during sign-up);
  • Teambuilding exercises;
  • Fireside stories and legends (age-adapted);
  • Tons more surprise activities!!

The experience includes: A 2:12 counsellor/candidate ratio; room and board; a souvenir t-shirt.


$1,225 + tax*

* A discount may apply in the event of multiple registrations in the same family.



Dates and packages                                  




June 23th to July 19th 2019




Toll free : 1 800 363-4041 Tel. : 819 457-4040 Fax : 819 457-4954 Email :

32, Ch. de la Base de Plein Air
Denholm (Québec) J8N 9P6

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