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Wilderness Rendezvous 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

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Event date: 
Jul 4, 2020 to Jul 12, 2020
Standard Date:
1st week of July
Cypress Hills
Early Bird $285 plus GST /member (includes food and park fees)
Total $299.25
WR 2020 cancelled due to COVID 19
Contact Info:
Contact Info: 
Garry - 306-536-3204

Over the past 3 weeks the WR executive, program directors and other individuals with directorship positions, have had 5 conference calls.  Over the course of these calls, and numerous emails, we have discussed and determined a plan of action regarding the planning, and running of Wilderness Rendezvous 2020 during the Covid-19 health crisis.  It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the directorship team made a motion on the evening of April 15th, and with a unanimous vote, have decided that Wilderness Rendezvous 2020 will be cancelled.  We based this decision on the following:

-Current SHA and Provincial guidelines regarding social distancing, group gatherings and our ability to maintain a safe and sanitary camp.  It was an unanimous decision that programs, particularly the younger years, and subcamps would be unable to meet current social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines to maintain safe standards.

-A realization that financial strain and employment demands may prevent directors and leaders from attending camp leaving us potentially without a safe leader to youth ratio.  It would also impact our camp’s ability to provide a safe and quality program.

-Health care staff have different, and unique expectations, placed on them by SHA and would be unable to attend a full 10 day camp, and provide first aid if required. 

-The concern with having the virus spread through the camp population, and/or youth or adults taking the virus home to their families, friends and/or communities.

-The need to protect the vulnerable population which includes some staff members and members of our leadership team.


Please understand that although we wish everyone could have been a part of this conversation, the need to do said discussions over conference calls required us to limit the number of participants.  We value everyone’s thoughts and feelings, but had to allow for an open, honest debate which could not have occurred with the plethora of leaders that provide various services throughout the camp.  We respect and appreciate our entire WR family, and the hard work and sacrifice they provide for the camp every year.  We will miss the laughter, the fun, the youth and of course, each other in the days and weeks ahead, and particularly during the week which camp should have run.


Over the next few weeks you will receive further emails as we plan to connect with youth, ask you to pass on information to youth, both in your groups and program years, and determine if any form of adult work camp can be achieved this summer to ensure our trail system and campsites are able to be used when we return in 2021.  We look forward to joining you all in the hills, in hopefully a happier time, in the summer of 2021.  Know that we will work tirelessly to provide a camp, and an outstanding program, to youth in the years ahead.  We will come back better and stronger in 2021. 


Take care, be safe and please let me know if you have any questions and or concerns regarding this matter.




Gillian de Graauw and the WR Executive 









Looking for a new summer adventure?  Wilderness Rendezvous is certainly the place to find one!  Located in the beautifully stunning and scenic West Block of Cypress Hills, WR is a progressive nine-day camp designed to challenge 3rd year cubs, scouts and venturers.  WR provides a 7-year program, beginning with 3rd year cubs in the Pioneering program. Upon  conclusion of the complete program, will provide basic and advanced survival, back country camping, orienteering, map work and compass skills.  The program fosters independence through gradual release style instruction where Scouts are provided the skills necessary to survive while hiking, first with direct instruction and leadership, and slowly culminating with the 4th year program in which youth hike, following compass and map instructions without leadership, and with all supplies necessary to survive for five days without adult intervention.  Following the hiking program, youth may partake in the Rovers and STING programs aimed to foster leadership, maturity and search and rescue skills.  WR focuses on building self-confidence, awareness and aims to promote leadership and strong self reliability through a fun and exciting challenge in one of Saskatchewan’s greatest natural environments, away from technology and the hustle and bustle of 21st century life.  For further information, or to sign up for the adventure of a lifetime, contact us at or call                                                    Garry Brown (306) 536-3204





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