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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. 


Recreation Coordinator

We are looking for a Recreation Coordinator:

July – August (dates TBA) Full time: $18.25/hour
This person must have a high school diploma, and be a certified Lifeguard. Tasks and responsibilities include supervision of all waterfront activities, first aid and planning and coordinating all recreation activities including wide games, sports, crafts, theatre sports etc alongside each camp director. This person must be very comfortable instructing and supervising children 7-17 years old.
In the case that we run day camps, this person will be the primary adult and will be supported by one or two volunteers.
The recreation coordinator will live on-site Monday-Friday during the contract period if our overnight camps go ahead. In the case that we are not allowed to run overnight camps, you will have the option to stay at the camp or at your own home (providing you have adequate transportation).

Apply here > > >

Looking for a Labourer/Groundskeeper


April - August/September 2021

FULL TIME position @ $17.25/hour

In 2021 we are working on completing construction on our new wash house.  This position will be more labour intensive than previous years and will consist of 12-hour days. Normally our Groundskeeper position starts in June, but this year we need someone starting in April to help with construction.

•	Live on-site
•	Must be flexible

Certificates/Educational Requirements:
•	Boat License (Training can be provided, but certificate needed for Boat Safety Course--Available to take online) 
•	Drivers License

Skills and Duties:
•	Able to operate a chainsaw
•	Able to perform laborers job tasks
o	Operate small construction tools 
o	Physically fit, to be able to dig in water lines, and underground plumbing as directed by a plumber
•	Able to take direction and complete laborer tasks with limited supervision.
•	General maintenance of the property
•	Brush Clearing
•	Tending to nightly campfires
•	Keeping Washhouse clean and stocked
•	Sweeping and Mopping Kitchen and dining hall each night
•	Changing propane tanks
•	Transport groups to and from McDonald's Landing
•	Transport garbage out of camp

•	Must have a vehicle or access to one for garbage runs

Please email your resumé to Juliana Marko

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 or PayPal


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 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.


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.