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Camp Qwanoes
Crofton, BC

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Local: 250-246-3014
Toll Free: 1-888-99-QWANOES or 1-888-997-9266

1148 Smith Rd, Crofton, BC
Box 250
Crofton, BC V0R 1R0

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CAMPER AGES: 8 to 18

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Christian.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp Qwanoes is a youth-focused high adventure Christian residential camp that exists to love kids to life like no other. Summer camps for ages 8 to 18. Register today.

Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Sailing, Volleyball, Team Sports, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Aqua-Park, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Kneeboarding, Ski Tubing, Paddle Surfing (SUP), Ocean Kayak Frenzies, Sailing, Fishing, Climbing Tower, High Adventure Ropes Course, Ziplines, Trapeze Jump, Vertical Playground, Mountain Biking, Mountain Boarding, Skatepark, Archery, Trampoline, Ricochet, Team Sports, Guitar Instruction, Outdoor Laser Tag, Drama, RC Speedway, Hiking

CAMP LOCATION: Camp Qwanoes is situated on 55 acres of stunningly beautiful ocean-front property at the edge of Maple Mountain on the east coast of Vancouver Island about one hour north of Victoria, British Columbia. Please visit our website for camp photos, videos, and directions to camp: Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP FACILITIES: Camp Qwanoes' facilities include the Sky Ridge Lodge, Pacific Woods Lodge, Club Coco, the Q-Town Activity Centre, seven cabin villages, the Tuck Shop, Beach Betty's, Ice Cream Island, Shave Ice Palace, Qwanoes Beach, the Above & Beyond Challenge Course, a concrete skatepark, RC Speedway track, mountain bike trails and terrain park, sport court, volleyball court, a guest house, and much more. Here is more information about the accommodation:

Campers will stay in cabent-style cabins nestled amongst tall trees in our seven villages, with each village made up of similar age groups. Modern washrooms, including hot water and showers, are centrally located in buildings and cabin village areas.

Sky Ridge Lodge:
The Sky Ridge Lodge is conveniently located and offers a breathtaking view of the ocean from the upstairs decks. Each of the comfortable rooms offers space for up to 6 people, with two centrally located common washrooms with showers. Since the dining room is in the same building, you won't have to travel far for meals!

Pacific Woods Lodge:
Come and experience our Pacific Woods Lodge! From the gorgeous wood beams in the entryway to the view of the forest or ocean from the window seat in your room, you'll feel relaxed and inspired while staying here. Each fir-trimmed room sleeps up to 8 people and has it's own bathroom including private shower and even double sinks! Only a short walk from the Sky Ridge Lodge where you'll enjoy your delicious meals, the Pacific Woods Lodge is tucked out of the way, but not too far away. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this west-coast escape!

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Wild action and pure fun, sun-soaked days, friends, great food, and all in a spectacular ocean-front setting. What makes a week at Qwanoes so special? We love kids! And we're built from the ground up for kids to experience an unforgettable life-changing week. From over 75 activities to crazy games and great music to quality staff, we are committed to providing the best experience to our guests. Campers who arrive at camp just looking for fun will discover far more - like new-found friends, newly acquired skills, real love, a caring environment, and lasting memories. Step out of the everyday and soar into another world!

Our camper/counselor ratio averages 5 to 1 and most cabins have both a senior and junior counselor. The camper/staff ratio is a low 2 to 1. Staff are carefully screened using resumés, applications, references, interviews, and criminal record checks. Staff have appropriate certification and training for the areas to which they are assigned.

Camp Qwanoes, in addition to offering summer camps for ages 8 to 18, operates year-round. Other programs and opportunities include retreats for youth and adults, family programs, events, leadership training and development, and guest group rentals.

Qwanoes is a fully accredited member of the B.C. Camping Association, Christian Camping International Canada, and the Fellowship of Christian Camps in B.C.

Qwanoes was founded in 1966 and is celebrating 50 amazing years in 2016.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Life-changing leadership training programs for high school students, starting at age 15, and young adults. Learn all about living and sharing life like no other in Christ and how to help others discover that life. And what better setting to get this training than camp - summer's most exciting place! Our Camp Website Link:

Step-Out Program - Ages 15-16
Seven sessions of our 2-week, entry-level leadership training program for ages 15-16 are offered throughout the summer. For more info please see: Our Camp Website Link:

Counselor-In-Training Program - Ages 16-18
Two sessions of our 4-week, CIT program are offered each summer. For more info please see: Our Camp Website Link:

Leader-In-Training Program - For CIT Program Grads
Two LIT options are offered each summer - one for at least 8 weeks and one for at least 4 weeks. For more info please see: Our Camp Website Link:

Kaléo Program - For High School Grads Ages 18-23
The Kaléo program is an 8-month foundational leadership college program of Camp Qwanoes and Briercrest College & Seminary. For more info please see: Our Camp Website Link:

Internship Program - For Young Adults
We are seeking 4 to 6 interns per year from early September until the end of the following summer. College course options are available. Please see: Our Camp Website Link:

Qwanoes Training Series - For Ages 16+
Training offered on weekends from March to June each year include: Challenge Course Instructor Training Workshops, "Arise" Youth Worship Conference, Counselor Training Seminar, Staff Leadership Orientation, Waterski/Wakeboard Instructor Training Workshop. Please see: Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Qwanoes camp fees continue to be 10-20% lower than comparable camps in the Pacific Northwest and 20-30% lower than comparable camps in Canada. Please contact Betty Bayley (betty[AT] for information about "camperships" if financial aid is needed.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Spring Family Retreat (May long weekend) & Summer Family Retreat (mid-June). Take a family vacation with a purpose. Qwanoes Style. The perfect blend of recreation and friendship, relaxation and discovery. Prepare yourself for the smiles. Togetherness. And countless memories. Young, old, single parent... all families are welcome! Highlights include quality programs for children and youth, an exciting variety of sports and activities, special family times and firesides, great food (and no clean up!), and complimentary evening babysitting.

Family Work Weekend (early June). This special weekend includes serving on Saturday as part of a work day to help prepare camp for an exciting summer season, special family firesides, a family fun event, a special Prayer Walk, and a Q-Town on Sunday morning.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Other year-round programs/events of Qwanoes include:
- Cowichan Valley Youth Night (Jan)
- Missions Fest Vancouver (Jan)
- Missions Trips (Feb)
- Qwanoes Visits (Jan to June)
- LiftOff (Feb)
- Experience Our Kaléo Program (Feb, Mar, Nov)
- Work Day (Apr)
- Retreats (Apr, May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec)
- Open House (June)
- Qwanoes Road Tour (Sept, Oct)
- Island Youth Workers Conference (Oct)
- Guest Group Rentals

OTHER CAMP INFO: Camp Qwanoes operates as a registered non-profit society with members being Vancouver Island and Greater Vancouver Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches that have joined the society. Qwanoes is a certified member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.

For more info about our summer programs, please visit our website: Our Camp Website Link:

For more info about our retreats, please see: Our Camp Website Link:

Camp Qwanoes has many summer positions including leadership positions to choose from in a variety of camp areas: Counseling, Activities (Waterfront, Challenge Course, Land), Program Support, Operations (Kitchen/Maintenance), Admin, and more!

Please visit our website for details about positions available: Our Camp Website Link:

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