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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. 

 

Giving Tuesday

Help Build the Koolaree Campership Fund!

Sam* is in foster care and so is often moving around from home to home in our area. The one place that remains constant in Sam’s life, the one place that is always home year after year, is Camp Koolaree. Not surprisingly though, Sam needs financial assistance to return every summer. Your gift to the Koolaree campership fund will make sure that Sam and other children in situations like Sam’s will never be turned away from camphttps://campkoolaree.ca/wp-admin/edit-comments.php because they can’t afford the tuition.

Sylvia* is a single mother of two girls. She works multiple jobs trying to make ends meet, but there is really no extra money for experiences like summer camp for her children. Thanks to past campership donations, both girls have had a few summers at camp. Sylvia has watched her teenaged daughter grow in confidence, not only coming to Koolaree as a camper but returning as a volunteer leader, paying forward what she can to younger campers. Sylvia wants to see her younger daughter develop those same leadership skills. Won’t you help out families like Sylvia’s by donating to the Koolaree campership fund?

(*names changed to protect privacy)

https://campkoolaree.ca/help-by-donations/

koolaree canoes 2021

Koolaree Canoes — Summer 2021

The Work Goes On…

A new refrigerator

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August 11, 2021: Ken and Jacob and Lynn (the 4-legged helper) have just loaded another propane refrigerator into "The Scow" at Nichawa for a trip across to Koolaree. This is a second hand 18 cuft fridge and it is quite heavy - a back breaking 295 lb.

Thanks to All…

who made this Summer a HUGE SUCCESS!!!

Despite the smokey skies our camps were active and vibrant giving all who came a super great time… Memories to last a lifetime…

Come on back next year!

With a little help from our friends…

We wanted to make sure that we send a big thank you to everyone who has sent donations through to us since our old bathroom was destroyed! It hasn’t gone unnoticed!
 
Missed our Facebook fundraiser?
 
You can always donate through our website! We still have a ways to go

Kootenay January windstorm had trees crashing down on Camp Koolaree

To donate funds to help rebuild Camp Koolaree, residents can go to canadahelps.org or PayPal

      • TRAIL TIMES REPORT

A favourite West Kootenay summer camp suffered major damage from the wind storm in January.

A significant stand of three massive cedar trees fell through the roof of Camp Koolaree’s washroom during the January 13th storm that wreaked havoc throughout the region.

“We will recover from this,” said Camp Koolaree Society chair Peter Herd. “Our camp has run every summer for 90 years. Even with the ongoing pandemic, we adapted to run small day-camps in 2020. Koolaree is a resilient place, and we are dedicated to finding a way through this.”

The trees destroyed part of the building that housed the camp’s showers and boy’s washroom, and although the damage is severe, it could have been worse.

Turns out, last summer the camp had already begun construction on a new washhouse, which remains unfinished and awaits funding to complete the interior walls, floor, and plumbing.

“We are extremely fortunate these trees came down now instead of a year ago,” said Herd. “The camp hopes to complete the new wash house before June, but that all depends on if we can fundraise enough money by then.”

Herd hopes insurance from the old building may cover some or all of the costs in finishing the new wash house. However, given the urgent timeline, the camp is appealing to the public for help.

To donate funds to help rebuild Camp Koolaree, residents can go to canadahelps.org or PayPal. Supporters can also mail a cheque to the Camp office at 1300 Pine Ave. Trail, B.C. V1R 4E6.

All surplus funds raised will go to the camp’s ongoing building projects to replace aging facilities.

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.

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Why choose Koolaree?

– Lakefront rustic Kootenay summer camp
– true wilderness environment
– We are accredited by the BC Camping Association

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

Annual Report–2020

 

 

On December 18, 2020, a Virtual Zoom Annual General Meeting of the Society was held.

Read the report…

 

Board members were appointed by acclamation:
    Juliana Marko, Natalie Plett, Nicole Cameron, Peter Herd, John Marko, Bill Furey, Linda Gregory, Ray Lundquist and John Marko

Misty Soukochoff, Toni Lynn McKellar, and Robin Murray have resigned, and we thank them for their service to Koolaree.