Camp Life

the mess side of the Kitchen tent
shower stall

Next Gen works out or remote bush camps. Camps consist of: four large Weatherhaven tents, making up the Kitchen, Office and Dry Shack; the fridge trailer; and, the shower trailer. Our showers are reliable, hot and you can adjust the temperature – a serious perk. The Dry shack is where you will find an “air tight” wood stove to dry your wet items of clothing from a rain day and one of the best places to store your gear and personal items not fit for your tent (essentially anything scented).

Food

The food is fantastic and prepared by two, often impressive, cooks – please see the Food section of photos to get an idea of the meals. Our cooks are able to prepare for many dietary restrictions, it is important that you let us know before the season so that they can adequately prepare.

There is hot buffet breakfast served in the morning, typically between 6 – 6:50. At this time there is also a lunch table set out where you can prepare your own lunch for the block. Items on this table include treats, lunch meats, veggies, fruits, cheeses, nuts, breads, veggie spreads, etc. Tupperware containers are required to package your food, you may eat more than you expect, so bring a couple extra.

Dinner is prepared by the cooks and there will be appetizers ready upon arrival to camp. The main course is typically not served until all trucks have returned home from the block.

A note on water – it is your job to bring water containers with you. There is plenty of potable water on camp, but ensure you bring 4 – 6 L worth of bottles with you to the first shift.

Accommodations

This is up to you. For the better part of 4 months, you will be living in what ever accommodation you bring with you: be it tent, trailer or otherwise. We will be moving camps with trucks, so there is no need to bring a tiny tent, unless that is what you truly desire. It is recommended to buy something you can stand up in, or at least comfortably get dressed in. Also think of how you will keep your gear dry, is there enough room in your tent? Try to make the most wonderful sleeping surface possible, a thick foamy or a couple of thermarests can go a long way. Make your home nice for you. Ah, and don’t forget tarps.

On the Block

The surroundings can be beautiful, but they can also be acutely bleak. While we often camp in standing forests, most of our 10-12 hour days are spent in cut blocks, a forest decimated for industry. There was once life here; now, just you, your crew, stumps, slash and the somewhat ironically titled “wildlife tree retention patch”, also known as “residual” patches.

a drawing of a residual patch

On the block, you will be assigned a ‘piece’, which is a section of land which you are responsible for. Namely you will be responsible for planting quality trees. Also, you are responsible for covering all of the land within your piece. This is achieved through effective ‘land management’, which will be covered after Quality.