An exciting and intergenerational week of Kids and Polaris camps in partnership with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation and the David Suzuki Foundation.
I7imesh eskaku7 ta Skwxwù7mesh na7 ya Cha7elkwnech
(Walking with Skwxwù7mesh at the Village of Cha7elkwnech)
This week is offered in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, Ayes Men Men, and the Squamish Nation. The following programs are a part of this camp:
Juniors (ages 8-10): Aug 12-16
Intermediates (ages 10-12): Aug 12-16
Polaris (ages 13-14): Aug 12-18
Camp Suzuki Adult Leadership Program (ages 19+): Aug 12-16
Camp ChÁ7elkwnech: Juniors & Intermediates
DATES: August 12-16th, 2019
This will be an incredible week at camp! Come and make new friends and get to know Gambier Island/Chá7elkwnech guided by Squamish/Skwxwù7mesh culture. Indigenous and non-indigenous campers, counsellors, and facilitators will walk together through this week of joyful play and exploration. Each camper will get to choose a focus activity on the first day of camp that they will work on throughout the week. They will be guided in this project by Squamish leaders, both elders and youth ambassadors. Maybe you will make your own drum, or create your own cream to get rid of mosquito bites!
Cabin groups will be together in the evenings, and during the day campers will be in age specific, co-ed activity groups. Every camper will paddle in a kayak or big canoe, practice archery, tie dye their camp shirt, and enjoy open swim time. We will all come together for campfires and camp wide games in the evening!
Campers will also have the opportunity to dive deep into sharing and learning Skwxwù7mesh language, drumming and dance. By the end of the week everyone will have new friends, awesome memories, and a deepening connection with Skwxwù7mesh culture.
Ayes Men Men and the Squamish Nation, Camp Fircom, and the David Suzuki Foundation have collaborated to create this incredible week of camp. Chá7elkwnech is the original name of Gambier Island in the Squamish language. The name reminds us that we are brought together by the power of the land and a desire to create new futures together.
Come learn the Orca song with us, celebrate the incredible history, culture, ecology, and community that is the Howe Sound/ Atl’kitsem!
Camp ChÁ7elkwnech: Polaris
Co-ed 7 Day Youth Program
DATES: Mon Aug 12 – Sun Aug 18, 2019 - SOLD OUT!
COST: $677.50 + GST
Polaris is an exciting transition into a camp specifically designed for teens. In this co-ed seven day program youth are given a more active role in shaping their week, and learn to lead themselves within a group.
This will be an incredible and unique week at camp! Join us and get to know Gambier Island / Chá7elkwench guided by Squamish / Skwxwù7mesh culture. Indigenous and non-indigenous campers, counsellors, and facilitators will walk together through this week of joyful play and exploration. Each Polaris camper will get to choose a focus activity on the first day of camp that they will work on for 2-3 days during the week. They will be guided in this project by Squamish leaders, both elders and youth ambassadors and will be introduced to cultural teachings, songs, and history while learning new skills.
After four days of camp based learning alongside the kids and adults as part of Chá7elkwnech: Walking with Skwxwù7mesh, the Polaris team will embark on a 3 day out-trip that combines canoeing and hiking and will expand teens love of camp to include a knowledge of Gambier Island / Chá7elkwench and Howe Sound / Atl’kitsem. Destinations will include Halkett Bay, Doug Bay, or Gambier lake. This out-trip includes a day of canoeing and a day of hiking!
Polaris will be together as a group of 12 teens in the evenings, and during the day will move between their own activities (a day hike up Mount Artaban), completing a focus activity led by Squamish facilitators with the younger campers, and working on leadership and environmental inquiry with the Suzuki Leadership Program. Participants enjoy everything from kayaking, archery, tie dye, outdoor living, leadership challenge initiatives, canoeing, and a 3-day out-trip!
Polaris campers will also have the opportunity to dive deep into sharing and learning Skwxwù7mesh language, drumming and dance. By the end of the week everyone will have new friends, awesome memories, and a deepening connection with Skwxwù7mesh culture.
Ayes Men Men and the Squamish Nation, the David Suzuki Foundation, and Camp Fircom have collaborated to create this incredible week of camp. Chá7elkwnech is the original name of Gambier Island in the Squamish language. The name reminds us that we are brought together by the power of the land and a desire to create new futures together.
Camp Suzuki at Chá7elkwnech: Adult Leadership Program
DATES: Aug 12-16, 2019
COST: $625.00 + GST
This adult camp program will run in tandem with the Camp Chá7elkwnech kids and youth camps for a multi-generational incredible week of programming.
*All adult participants will be required to submit a current criminal record/background check from their local police or RCMP detachment.*
Check out the Camp Suzuki Adult Program at the Learn More link below.
Food at Camp
New for 2019: Tuck Shop Pre-Order! Order through the registration portal before June 12th and pick-up your purchase at camp.
PICK UP & DROP OFF
All campers must be signed in & out by their legal guardian, unless we have received written permission in advance.
Horseshoe Bay Check In:
Monday at 9:30am
Horseshoe Bay Check Out:
Juniors, Intermediates & Adults: Friday 11:00am-1:30pm*
Polaris Campers: Sunday at 3:30pm
*It takes several runs of water taxis to move all campers on and off the island. We ask for patience as campers will be returning from camp on different boats. Counsellors will stay with campers in Horseshoe Bay until the camper’s parents/guardians arrive.
Lakeview United Church, East Vancouver: Monday at 7:30am
St. David’s United Church, West Vancouver: Monday at 8:30am
Lakeview United Church, East Vancouver: Friday at 12:30pm
St. David’s United Church, West Vancouver: Friday at 1:30pm
**Bus transport is only available for Juniors and Intermediates campers must be selected and paid for during registration. Departure and return times are approximate.
Junior & Intermediate campers will stay in either our Cabins or our Sibley tents. Cabins sleep 12 campers and Sibley Tents sleep 8, plus their leaders.
Polaris campers will stay in Sibley Tents and camping tents when they are on their out-trip.
Please ensure that your camper packs warmly as these accommodation can get quite cool on summer evenings! See the packing list (above) for more information.
Learn more about Camp Fircom’s accommodations here.