The Adventure Canada Young Explorers Program arose from the desire to encourage budding explorers to experience the Arctic and conduct research aligning with their interests and aspirations, from science, filmmaking, storytelling, art, and most everything in between. Successful participants are required to submit a proposal outlining their intended project and benefits, how they plan to interact and collaborate with both expedition passengers and Arctic community members, as well as their plans to share the knowledge gained with the public at large once the trip is complete. A board comprised of Adventure Canada executives and scientists meet twice annually to evaluate the proposals.

Candidates for this program are sourced through The Explorers Club, drawing from their membership and Explorers Club associates who are connected with this historic and storied institution. The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean and first to the surface of the moon. “We are proud to partner with The Explorers Club, and through this effort hope to engage a broader membership and their families to be stewards of the North, and of the Arctic,” says Adventure Canada CEO Cedar Swan. “Contributing to the world’s knowledge of the Arctic is a priority for Adventure Canada. We view it as the best way to preserve the region and support the local people who call the Arctic home.”