Located on 133 acres along the picturesque shores of the beautiful Howe Sound, Camp Potlatch has been offering unforgettable experiences to campers since 1944!

Less than an hour away from Vancouver, Potlatch’s boat-access only location will make you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Experience peaceful tranquility in our modern facility that’s nestled amongst towering ancient cedars and old growth forest. Classic cedar pan-abode cabins provide the perfect place to recharge after long days spent exploring miles of unspoiled hiking trails, sampling traditional camp activities, and relaxing on our sandy beach. Camp Potlatch has garnished an incredible reputation for delivering high quality programs that target personal growth and achievement for each and every participant.

For over 70 years, our summer camp program has welcomed over 1,000 youth between the ages of 7-16 for an amazing overnight camp experience. The countdown to summer is officially on! 2019 Summer Camp Registration opens March 4, 2019 at 10:30am. Session Dates are available here.

Camp Potlatch’s Outdoor Centre is the perfect location for school groups, corporate retreats, weddings, and more! Our talented staff team will work with you to customize a program tailored to fit your group’s size and needs. After wrapping up a successful 2018 season, we’re currently accepting reservations for 2019. With spring and fall spaces already rapidly filling up, don’t miss out on your chance to experience your own unique Potlatch adventure. Book your group’s Outdoor Centre getaway today!

We are so excited for summer! Registration for all 2019 Summer Programs opens March 4, 2019 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.


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!


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 Out-trip 1 (Ages 13-15)

Leadership Out-trip 1 (LOT1) is a 1-week hiking program that takes campers to Garibaldi Provincial Park for 3-days, 2-nights of trekking through pristine alpine meadows and striking mountain scenery. Highlights include Garibaldi Lake, Panorama Ridge and incredible views of Black Tusk –you might even get to see snow in the summer!

Leadership Out-trip 2 (Ages 14-15)

Leadership Out-trip 2 (LOT2) is a 2-week canoe tripping program that transports co-ed campers up the Sunshine Coast to the Powell Forest Canoe Route, an incredible chain of inland lakes near Powell River. Comprised of 8 lakes and portages, LOT2 campers can expect a Canadian tradition rarely experienced in British Columbia!

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.

*Please note: All Leadership participants are required to complete a Leadership Package before their registration is confirmed.


After a whirlwind 2018 season, our team is busy planning for another awesome summer. Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 season to be released in the New Year.

Parent Resources

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Parent Handbook

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Camp Potlatch FAQs

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Family Camp Handbook

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After a busy 2018, the Outdoor Centre is closed for the season. Now accepting bookings for Spring and Fall 2019!

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!

Outdoor Centre Handbook

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Camp Potlatch is Now Hiring!

  • Are you someone who wants to make a positive impact on kids and help them discover their best?
  • Do you have an appreciation for nature and want to work in a beautiful waterfront location near Vancouver, BC?
  • Are you someone who enjoys camping, outdoor pursuits and has the know-how to teach these skills to others?
  • Do you enjoy being part of a diverse staff team in a supportive and caring community?

Consider joining the Camp Potlatch team for the 2019 camping season!

We are currently looking to fill a variety of positions for our 2019 Spring, Summer, and Fall staff teams. Specific positions, as well as general information about Camp Potlatch, are outlined in the Staff Application Guide. Please have a read through and see if working with us could be a good fit for you. (Click here for guide.)

If you worked at Camp Potlatch in 2018, please review the Staff Application Guide 2019 and fill out the following Returning Staff Application form. (Download application here.)


At Camp Potlatch, we look for individuals who have a variety of skills and talents to offer and better our camp community. Above all else, it’s our staff team’s desire to bring out the best in the kids we work with and belief that every kid is capable of the extraordinary that sets our campers up for success.

Staff members are mature and responsible. They role model the values of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC, and put the needs of their campers above all else. The care of Potlatch campers is the first and foremost priority of every staff member.

We also look for individuals who are fun and creative. Our staff members are willing to get down and play just as hard as out campers! During camp wide activities and mass swims, our staff members are engaged with our kids, leading cheer-offs, dressed in full costume and body paint, and encouraging all campers to participate.

Successful candidates are patient and compassionate. We work with a diverse population of campers, many of whom need gentle encouragement and positive reinforcements to change negative behaviours.

Working in an overnight camp setting is demanding. Each child’s emotional, physical, and social care is our 24/7 responsibility. Despite challenges, working at camp can also be incredibly rewarding. Camp staff leave camp more responsible, independent, and with increased confidence.


  • Standard First Aid with CPR “C”
  • Bronze Cross Swimming Certification (all paid staff)
  • Bronze Medallion Swimming Certification (all volunteers)
  • Clean Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Sector)
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Previous camping experience

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or call our Vancouver office at (604)324-2267.

Camp Potlatch is owned and operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. Four full-time staff oversee all aspects of Camp Potlatch operations, as outlined below.

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

Marc Couture, Camp Director

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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!

Katie Ellison, Summer Camp Coordinator

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Now in her fourth year with Camp Potlatch, Katie is a camping professional with over a decade of experience in a variety of Ontario-based summer camps. Her role is to oversee the day to day operations of Camp Potlatch during our incredible summer camp program, providing support to both campers and staff. Katie brings a strong background in Girl Guides camping from Ontario, where she led programs that developed self-esteem, supported personal development and empowered young girls to grow into strong women. In her free time, Katie can be found catching up on all the sports highlights and Toronto Raptors games she can!

Amy Stewart, Camp Registrar

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Amy 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! A former Kimount Boys and Girls Clubs activity leader, Amy has a solid understanding of the diverse backgrounds our campers may come from and ensures each family feels welcomed into the Potlatch community. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with friends and family, and planning her next big adventure!

Don’t miss out on your chance to experience Camp Potlatch’s Outdoor Centre by booking now to reserve your spot in 2019! For more information, please contact Outdoor Centre Coordinator at [email protected] or call our Vancouver office 604.324.CAMP(2267).