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The mission of Camp Koolaree:
to provide a camp experience in a safe, sustainable and natural setting
and to foster a deeper individual connection
to Community, Creation and the Creator among campers and staff. 


How do you say that?
Is it Koo-LAY-ree, Koo-LAH-ree,
Koo-la-REE or KOOL-a-ree?

The name KOOLAREE is an acronym that came from
KOOtenay LAke REligious Education
so there is some debate over the correct pronunciation.  
Founders in old home movie footage can be heard calling it “Koo-LAH-ree”, but when set to music in favourite campfire songs, the name is sung more like  “KOO- la-REE”. Over the years, the spoken pronunciation has changed to match the songs, with the emphasis on KOOL.
Let’s face it, camp is cool! 


We are proud to introduce Camp Koolaree’s newest camp,
Outpost Teen Camp
This week-long addition to our regular camp line-up celebrates the supporters and members of
the youth LGBTQ2S+ community in an inclusive, supportive, genderless camp.


Outpost Teen Camp (for those going into grades 8-12*) July 9-14
Co-Ed Novice Camp (for those going into grades 2-4*) July 16-19
Intergenerational Family Camp (all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult) July 23-28
Junior Boys Camp (for boys going into grades 5-7*) July 30-August 4
Co-Ed Teen Camp (for those going into grades 8-12*) August 6-11
Junior Girls Camp (for girls going into grades 5-7*) August 13-18

See full information about our summer camps and fees > > >

This link will take you to ACTIVE, a secure registration website

Here’s the fun at Junior Boys Camp

Here’s what’s happened at camp!

Camp Koolaree Campership Fund

Donate to the
 to support campers who otherwise could not afford to go to camp 
by subsidizing their camp fee.
Your tax deductible donation can be made online through the PayPal link or
by cheque payable to “Camp Koolaree”
and delivered to Camp Koolaree, 
1300 Pine Ave, Trail BC V1R 4E6, 
or your local United Church.

Tax receipts will be provided for all donations over $25.00.

Buy a “Camping Certificate
(gift a week of camping to a friend or relative)
Prepay the camping registration fee
for someone you would like to have
a wonderful summer camp experience.
Contact us to arrange the purchase of a certificate.


80th Anniversary Album

Photo Album

click to view…

This album of memories was a project of Katimavik volunteers at the request of the Board of Camp Koolaree to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Camp Koolaree, 2011

A short word by the editor…

My name is Charly Baxter. I am 19 years old and come from Ontario, Canada through the National Youth Volunteer Program, Katimavik. Each member of our group works for a non-profit organization in Nelson, British Columbia. While working for Camp Koolaree I have been given the great opportunity to create this book, and get to know how wonderful and full of memories this camp truly is. On a couple occasions I visited the camp and could feel how special it is.

A big thank you to Ken Dimock for lending us his memory books. Without them this book would be a lot smaller. From what I know, Ken Dimock is famous to Camp Koolaree. Fortunately I got the chance to meet him at the 2011 Work Party.


Assisting Charly was a Katimavik youth from Kamloops, Owen Goss, who spent days
at Nelson United Church scanning all the photos and articles collected from Ken Dimock’s camp album.

Please enjoy your memories

Why choose Koolaree?

– Lake front rustic Kootenay summer camp
– true wilderness environment
– We are accredited by the BC Camping Association
– Our cooks are trained at Selkirk College in the cooking program

What do the kids do?
– Swimming
– Canoeing
– Crafts
– Hikes
– Hanging out… with new friends