School and Organized Groups
Our Centre offers customized programs to fit your group needs. We specialize in team building and leadership programs.
Whether you have an elementary class that needs some adventure, a university leadership class that needs a challenge, or a senior’s group that would like to mix outdoor education with a special interest such as photography or painting – we can create a program for you!
Activities and camping are included in our base fee, we can arrange indoor accommodation as well as catered meals.
Before you arrive, we:
- Assist with trip planning (including transportation and helpful checklists for students)
- Help you choose which activities suit your needs
- Come up with a schedule
- Discuss meal options (DIY or fully catered)
When you get here, we:
- Orient you to the site, including our rules and emergency procedures
- Help you set up in your tents or cabins
- Deliver activities for your group
During group activities, our staff will supervise your students, but your group leaders are responsible for supervision during meal time, free time, and bedtime.
*NEW* Spring Break Camp: Offered to Hornby Island Youth from March 23-27 2020, this camp runs from 9am-4pm and is $45/day or $200 for 5 days. Youth ages 7-14 are welcome!
Youth will learn more about themselves and the beautiful natural environment around them. They will participate in: high ropes, rock climbing, rappelling, leap of faith, giant’s ladder, kayaking, island hikes, beach clean up, education and team building games, campfire songs, skits, and games. More details about our adventure activities can be found here. On the last day (Friday, March 27th), families are invited to join in the fun from 2:40-4:30 for our closing campfire where youth will sing songs and act out short skits about what they learned during the week.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to register. Youth from Denman and Vancouver Islands are welcome, pending registration numbers. *Please note that this is a day camp and no overnight accommodation is provided
Spring Break Camp Volunteers
We are also looking for youth volunteers (ages 15-18) to assist with the camp. Volunteers must participate in a 1-day training session on Friday, March 20th from 9am-4pm, and be helping with the camp from 8:45am-4:45pm.
Volunteers will learn how to properly fit a climbing harness and helmet, basic behavioural management for a group of youth, how to facilitate games during free time, and some basic youth work safety information.
Volunteers will receive a short recommendation letter from the Centre describing their efforts and performance during the week.
To request to be a volunteer, email email@example.com with a short letter explaining why you think you would be a great volunteer for our spring break camp. Bonus if you can list previous youth work experience!
Kids Camp: Each summer we host a week-long summer camp for kids finishing grades 4-6. Registration occurs through Courtenay Recreation Centre – please find this camp in their Summer Recreation Guide
Deaf Camp: We partner with Family Network for Deaf Children to host a Family Deaf Camp and a week-long kids camp – please find more information and registration at the FNDC website
Camp Hornby: This camp is for individuals who are blind or partially sighted and is hosted in partnership with Blind Beginnings. Please contact and register here.
Centre Activities Offered:
Campfire Programs appropriate for all ages
Educational animal role play activities and games
Forest and Ocean: Interpretive environmental activities
High Adventure Challenge: High Ropes (7 elements), Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Giant’s Ladder, Leap of Faith
Island Hikes: Various distances and difficulty complete with interpretive activities
Ocean Adventure: Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Marine Adventure and Interpretive Boat Tour
Orienteering: using maps and landmarks to make your way around the course
Sustainable Forest Practices and Economic Value
Team Building and initiative tasks: on the ground and using the Low Ropes Challenge Course
See the Activities Page for more details