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A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO OUR CAMPERS

Camp Potlatch is SO excited to be welcoming you all back this summer! While COVID-19 isn’t behind us yet, we’re very happy to report that, pending final direction from the Provincial Health Officer on Youth Camps, we’re planning to open our (cabin) doors again this year.

As you’d expect, health and safety is a top priority. We call that out because we want you to know that we’ll be ready to open for another ‘best summer ever’ experience – supported by our usual rigorous safety protocols and including Following the Public Health Orders and the related BC Camping Association COVID-19 Safety Requirements. That means that we will have fewer campers to allow us more space and flexibility, in case we need to respond to any illness in real time. We’ll be continuing to encourage masks per Health Orders, and will be offering frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and frequent cleaning. Both staff and campers will be expected to stay home when sick.

We know that for some families, there is anxiety or worry about whether it’s time to send kids to camp.  And so, we want you to know that we’ll be continuing to post updates on our Camp Potlatch page as Provincial Health Orders and our plans as we get closer to opening day.  If you register now, but aren’t comfortable by the time your sessions arrives, you will receive a refund.

We’re excited and confident that summer 2022 at Camp Potlatch is going to be GREAT.

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ABOUT CAMP POTLATCH

Located on 133 acres along the picturesque shores of the beautiful Howe Sound, Camp Potlatch creates the perfect backdrop for your family’s vacation.

Whether you’re looking to relax on our sandy beach, hike through trails of unspoiled ancient old growth forest, or try your hand at one of our fleet of paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks, Potlatch offers a little something for everybody. One of our traditional cedar pan-abode cabins will become your home-away-from-home and where your family reconnects and makes memories that last a lifetime.

Photos

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Incredible Programs

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Summer Camp

Registration opens March 1st at 10:30am!

Welcoming over 1,000 campers each summer, Camp Potlatch has become a home-away-from-home for many. Whether you’re keen to reach new heights on a natural rock wall, hit a bullseye at the archery range, or search for marine life along 1.5km of pristine coastal shoreline, Potlatch has something for every type of adventurer! Our overnight summer programs combine traditional camp activities with a focus on creating a sense of community, increasing self-confidence, and building resiliency in each and every one of our campers.

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Main Camp

Ignite your Potlatch spirit in our incredible Main Camp program!

For children between the ages 7-14, Potlatch’s week-long Main Camp gives campers the opportunity to explore a variety of traditional camp activities while living in a positive and supportive cabin community. All activities are fun, age appropriate, and closely supervised by our enthusiastic and highly trained staff team. In addition to a wide variety of camp activities, each camper in the Main Camp program participates in a 24 hour off-site excursion. Travelling to one of our many wilderness camp sites either by land or sea, campers sleep under the stars in this once in a lifetime out-trip experience.

So many activities to try!

  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Fishing
  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • The list goes on and on!

Our program design encourages returning campers to continually progress their skill level in each of the activities we offer. While your first summer might be the first time you paddle a canoe, by your third or fourth, you’ll be learning advanced paddling techniques and rescues! Whatever your interest, the sky’s the limit at Potlatch!

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Leadership Programs

Camp Potlatch’s wilderness leadership camps transports participants ‘across the creek’ and away from the familiar comforts of Main Camp, to create an environment that inspires individual and group growth. All leadership programs focus on the development of hard and soft skills, group problem-solving, and acquiring the necessary training required to be an effective camp leader. Our Leadership Camps inspire campers to be the best people they can be and to recognize the value they have to the world. Keep the tradition alive this summer!

Leadership Camp 1 (Ages 15)

Leadership Camp 1 (LC1) is a 2-week program for teens who are looking to further develop the camping skills they learned through their time in main camp, though campers new to Potlatch have started their journey with this leadership camp.

LC1 campers live ‘across the creek’ and have a stronger focus on extended out trips, preparing their own meals and learn the importance of teamwork while living in the natural environment.

Due to the focus on extended wilderness camping skills, it is important that all campers arrive at Camp Potlatch with the proper gear to ensure a successful two weeks in the woods.

Leadership Camp 2 (Ages 16)

Leadership Camp 2 (LC2) is the final step in Camp Potlatch’s leadership program. This is an intensive counsellor-in-training program for teenagers who are motivated to become awesome camp staff. LC2 is a co-ed program that continues outdoor leadership skills development, with additional focus on camper care, program planning and building a tool box with tips and tricks to become an extraordinary camp leader.

This program is for mature teens who have previous outdoor camping experience, and who have the capacity and drive to take on the challenges of personal and group achievement. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop effective communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Summer 2022 Session Dates

Main Camp Sessions

Session
Gender
Dates
Rates

Session 1 – Ages 7-14

Coed

July 5 - 10

$680

Session 2 – Ages 7-14

Coed

July 10 - 15

$680

Session 3 – Ages 7-14

Coed

July 19 - 24

$680

Session 4 – Ages 7-14

Coed

July 24 - 29

$680

Session 5 – Ages 7-14

Coed

August 2 - 7

$680

Session 6 – Ages 7-14

Coed

August 7 - 12

$680

Session 7 – Ages 7-14

Coed

August 16 - 21

$680

Session 8 – Ages 7-14

Coed

August 21 - 26

$680

Leadership Camp 1

Session
Gender
Dates
Rates

LC 1-1

Girls

July 5 - 15

$825

LC 1-2

Boys

July 19 - 29

$825

LC 1-3

Girls

August 2 - 12

$825

LC 1-4A

Boys

August 16 - 26

$825

LC 1-4B

Girls

August 16 - 26

$825

Leadership Camp 2

Session
Gender
Dates
Rates

LC 2-1

Coed

July 5 - 24

$975

LC 2-2

Coed

July 24 - Aug 12

$975

Registration

Registration opens March 1st at 10:30am!

Ways to Register

There are three ways to register for summer camp programs: online, in person, or over the phone.

For site rentals, contact the Outdoor Centre Coordinator at [email protected]

Please note: Online registration requires a credit card payment, with a minimum deposit of $170 per session.

If you require financial assistance, please contact our office at 604.324.2267.

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Registration Forms

Registration Form

Registration Form

Camper Forms

Registration Form

Leadership Package

Registration Form
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Parent Resources

Camp Potlatch Brochure

BGC Brochure

Parent Handbook

BGC Brochure

Camp Potlatch FAQs

BGC Brochure
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Camp Fees

The true cost for one week at Camp Potlatch is $1,150 per camper.  For decades, we’ve offered a lower “regular rate” because of our fundraising efforts. Those “regular rates” are listed with the session dates. As always, we ask you to pay what you can (including the full, true cost if you’re able).  If you need more help with camp fees, please call us.

We believe that every kid who wants to go to camp should get to go.

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Summer 2022 Session Dates

Main Camp Sessions

Session
Gender
Dates
Rates

Session 1 – Ages 7-14

Coed

July 5 - 10

$680

Session 2 – Ages 7-14

Coed

July 10 - 15

$680

Session 3 – Ages 7-14

Coed

July 19 - 24

$680

Session 4 – Ages 7-14

Coed

July 24 - 29

$680

Session 5 – Ages 7-14

Coed

August 2 - 7

$680

Session 6 – Ages 7-14

Coed

August 7 - 12

$680

Session 7 – Ages 7-14

Coed

August 16 - 21

$680

Session 8 – Ages 7-14

Coed

August 21 - 26

$680

Leadership Camp 1

Session
Gender
Dates
Rates

LC 1-1

Girls

July 5 - 15

$825

LC 1-2

Boys

July 19 - 29

$825

LC 1-3

Girls

August 2 - 12

$825

LC 1-4A

Boys

August 16 - 26

$825

LC 1-4B

Girls

August 16 - 26

$825

Leadership Camp 2

Session
Gender
Dates
Rates

LC 2-1

Coed

July 5 - 24

$975

LC 2-2

Coed

July 24 - Aug 12

$975

Outdoor Centre Rentals

Camp Potlatch Outdoor Centre is the perfect location to host your group! From outdoor-experiential education programs, to corporate teambuilding retreats and family reunions, our experienced staff team are here to design and tailor your camp experience to meet the aims of your trip.

The site, nestled amongst old growth forest, with spectacular views of Anvil Island from our sandy beach, immediately takes you far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Less than an hour from Horseshoe Bay feels like a whole other world!

Our custom packages include everything. We don’t charge extra for any activities or instruction. Ever. The excitement really starts at Horseshoe Bay where you’ll meet the water taxi, organized by Camp and included in your package, making the drive to camp one of the shortest in the lower mainland!

All of our traditional Camp-based programming can be incorporated into your schedule, and includes:

  • Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing (on our real rock wall!)
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Team Building Challenges
  • Overnight camping trips
  • And so much more…

For more information on our Outdoor Centre programs, please download the Outdoor Centre Handbook!

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Outdoor Centre Handbook

Don’t miss out on your chance to experience Camp Potlatch’s Outdoor Centre by booking now to reserve your spot in 2020!

For more information, please contact Outdoor Centre Coordinator at [email protected] or call our Vancouver office 604.324.CAMP(2267).

Contact Us

Camp Potlatch is owned and operated by the BGC South Coast BC.

City Office (Year Round)

7595 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC V5P 3Z6
Phone: 604-324-CAMP(2267)
Fax: 604-325-0596

On-Site (May-October)

PO Box 130
Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0

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Marc Couture, Camp Director

[email protected]

Marc has been the Director of Camp Potlatch since 2009, having previously overseen operations at accredited summer camps in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Camping is a part of who Marc is and he has over 20 years of experience to back it up. Marc’s life has drastically changed during his time as Camp Director – he started out a lone wolf in a new camp but quickly got married, purchased a home and started a family. You might catch a glimpse of Marc with both his little guys, Russell and Charles, around Potlatch this summer!

Tara Worthy, Outdoor Centre Coordinator

[email protected]

New to Camp Potlatch in 2020, Tara knows firsthand the impact and value of time spent outdoors. She completed a degree in Physical and Health Education at Queen’s University, and more recently became a certified yoga teacher. She has spent the past 10 years working at a variety of overnight and day camps all over Ontario, in senior leadership roles. At Potlatch, Tara’s role is to oversee the spring, summer, and fall rental seasons. Tara also provides key leadership and support to Potlatch’s summer camp programs alongside Katie and Marc. At Potlatch, you’ll likely find her joining a campfire, swimming in the ocean, or hanging out at arts & crafts. Outside of camp, catch her at a yoga studio, or if you’re fast enough, running along some quality BC trails.

Mniha Johal, Registrar

[email protected]

Mniha oversees the online, telephone and in-person registration of over 1000 campers each year. She is available to answer registration specific questions, discuss subsidized camp fees and help ensure every child has the opportunity to experience camp! Mniha has been with the BGC since 2019, she started out as the Assistant Registrar and moved into the Registrar position full time this fall. She has been supporting clubs and providing leadership as BGC switches over to a Centralized registration model. She likes kids, dogs and is very excited for the return of campers to Potlatch!

Working at Camp

BGC’S Camp Potlatch is now hiring for our 2022 season! After two long years away, we’re excited to return to site and look forward to welcoming staff and campers back for upcoming spring and summer programs. Please check our Staff Application Guide for information about available positions, and directions for applying. If you have any questions, please connect with Tara Worthy.

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Staff Application Guide

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Check out the following jobs available at Camp Potlatch!