Blue Lake counsellors will help ensure kids have the time of their lives

Blue Lake counsellors will help ensure kids have the time of their lives

Blue Lake Summer Camp keeps kids active and learning

Now open for registration, summer camps begin July 7 and continue through mid-August.

This summer Blue Lake Centre Summer Camps will provide youth with an opportunity to unplug from technology, explore the outdoors, meet new friends, gain new skills and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Now open for registration, summer camps begin July 7 and continue through mid-August. Whether kids are new to camping or seasoned veterans, avid outdoor enthusiasts or first time adventurers, Blue Lake has something special in store.

Forest and environmental education are the main focus at Blue Lake and programs are offered in a way that makes exploring the world exciting and hands-on. Flexible attendance schedules allow children ages 7 – 13 to stay for as little as three nights up to the entire summer. Three-night options provide a good introduction for younger or first-time campers. Kids can expect a schedule of fun activities in the outdoors; educational programs, group activities, swimming, canoeing, campfires, cabin unity time and theme days.

Outdoor Youth Leadership programs for youth aged 14-17 focus on developing leadership, communication, risk management, problem solving, trip preparation and wilderness skills. These 12-night programs are designed to teach youth to take initiative, lead, cooperate and repeatedly triumph during challenging situations. Participants will go on a journey of self-discovery while learning specific outdoor and leadership skills. This can be a life-changing program.

New in 2013, Blue Lake will offer summer day camps in Cranbrook for ages 7-13. This forest and environment focused program will teach environmental stewardship, survival, navigation and water conservation while exploring local ecosystems. Games, hiking and activities will allow campers to meet new friends and gain an appreciation for nature and sustainable living.

Parents can register their children for camp online at www.bluelakecentre.com or by calling 250-426-3676. Early registration is recommended as space is limited and filling up quickly.

As a nonprofit committed to responsible stewardship of forest lands, Blue Lake has been a leader in providing summer camps for more than 20 years. Blue Lake Forest Education Society is a non-profit organization existing for charitable purposes based in the Kootenay/Columbia region. The society’s primary focus is to deliver a variety of experiential education programs to the region’s youth by operating an outdoor school. These programs inspire a balanced ecological awareness and foster social responsibility to one another. Blue Lake Centre is located 26 kilometres west of Canal Flats. This scenic, off-grid facility is self powered using a hydro electric system and solar panels. Amenities include lake access, trail systems, volleyball court, sleeping cabins, log cabins, dining hall, wash house, and the luxury Blue Lake Lodge and Training Centre.