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Trail BLazers Summer Camp

Nestled amidst the lush, verdant expanse of Vancouver Island’s forests, our summer camp offers an enriching outdoor experience for children aged 8 to 12. Designed to foster a deep appreciation for nature, our program is a blend of adventure, education, and personal growth, set against the backdrop of some of Canada’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Our campers embark on daily trail hikes that not only immerse them in the beauty of the natural world but also teach them vital outdoor skills. Under the guidance of our experienced staff, they learn to navigate using cardinal directions, ensuring they feel confident and oriented in the wilderness. These hikes are not just walks in the woods; they are lessons in stamina and perseverance. Each step is an opportunity to push boundaries and discover what lies beyond the next ridge.

Safety is our paramount concern. We equip every camper with the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe in the outdoors, from basic first aid to recognizing and avoiding hazards native to Vancouver Island’s forests. Our staff are trained professionals, dedicated to providing a secure, supportive environment where children can explore, learn, and grow.

Through these experiences, our campers develop a profound connection to the natural world, a robust set of outdoor skills, and an enduring sense of accomplishment. They return home not just with memories of the sights and sounds of the forest but with a newfound resilience and a deeper understanding of themselves and their capabilities.

Price: $300

Ages: 8-12

Times: 10 AM – 2 PM

Date: July 8-11, 2024 & August 12-15, 2024

Location : Lantzville/Nanoose

July 8-11, 2024 LantzvilleRegister
August 12-15, 2024NanooseRegister

Forest Lore and Herbalism Summer Camp

Our campers are introduced to the principles of ethical foraging, learning to identify and harvest wild plants without harming the ecosystem. Guided by expert foragers and naturalists they discover how to spot edible plants and understand their role within their habitats. This hands-on approach not only nurtures a sense of stewardship towards nature but also instills a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of life.

Alongside practical skills, our camp dives into the rich tapestry of folklore surrounding local flora. Through storytelling and creative activities, children explore the myths and legends that have sprouted around plants for centuries, enriching their experience with a cultural and historical perspective. This blend of knowledge and imagination ignites a curiosity that extends beyond the camp, inspiring a lifelong fascination with the natural world.

The journey into herbalism introduces campers to the basics of using plants for simple, natural remedies. They learn to identify healing herbs and their uses, crafting their own herbal preparations under the guidance of experienced herbalists. This not only empowers them with practical skills but also fosters an understanding of the healing power of plants.

Set against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes, our summer camp offers a nurturing space for young minds to grow and flourish. Through the activities of foraging, plant identification, delving into folklore, and practicing herbalism, campers develop a profound respect for nature. They return home enriched with knowledge, new skills, and a deep-seated appreciation for the natural world and its ancient wisdom.

Price: $320

Ages: 8-12

Times: 10 AM – 3 PM

Date: July 15-18, 2024

Location : Errington

July 15-18, 2024 ErringtonRegister


Our Forest Voyagers offers a magical introduction to the wonders of the natural world for children aged 5 to 8.
Designed to spark curiosity and a sense of adventure, this camp is a vibrant blend of exploration, play, and learning, all set within the great outdoors.

Campers embark on daily explorations that bring them face-to-face with the beauty and mysteries of the environment. Guided by our passionate and experienced staff, these young adventurers will follow nature’s clues, from the tiniest insect to the tallest tree, learning about the world in the most engaging way—by being a part of it.

Adventure is at the heart of every day, with activities tailored to inspire a love for the outdoors and a spirit of discovery. Whether navigating a simple nature trail, engaging in a thrilling treasure hunt, campers will experience the thrill of exploration and adventure in a safe and supportive setting. Our program is rich with games that not only entertain but also educate and connect children to the natural elements around them. These activities are thoughtfully designed to foster teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity, all while having a blast in the fresh air.

Friendship and fun are the pillars of the Forest Voyagers experience. In this nurturing environment, children build bonds with their peers, sharing in the joy and wonder of outdoor discovery. Laughter fills the air as new friendships blossom, creating memories that last a lifetime. Join us for an unforgettable summer, where the natural world becomes a playground of endless possibilities.

Price: $300

Ages: 5-8

Times: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Date: August 19-22, 2024

Location : Errington

August 19-22, 2024 ErringtonRegister


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