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!
Start Planning your Summer
Here are our camp dates for 2017
Open House July 8
Novice Co-ed (ages 7-9) July 17-20
Junior Boys (ages 10-13) July 24-29
Teen Co-ed (ages 14-17) July 31-Aug.5
Junior Girls (ages 10-13) Aug 7-12
Intergenerational (all ages) Aug 14-19
When you click this button you are directed to the secure Active Registration website
If you are unable to, or uncomfortable using this online registration
Please download this 2017 Registration Form to complete
and return to our Camp Office at Trail United Church,
your cheque can be included (Cash cannot be accepted)
For more information about Funding, please contact us:
drone videos by David Ermacora
Our annual T-Shirt design contest
Must be a one colour design reflecting a camp experience at Koolaree.
All submissions should be received by May 31, 2017. Send a jpeg to email@example.com
The selected designer will receive a free week of camping this summer!
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.
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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
Google Maps has a virtual tour of our campsite…
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