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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
KOOtenayLAke 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! 

😊 Summer Day Camps Are ON !

We are so happy to be able to offer our campers Day Camps throughout the summer in Castlegar on Mondays and Tuesdays and in Nelson on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays! 

Day Camps run from 10am-4pm and Family Campfire Nights are 6-7:30 OR 8-9:30. 
In Castlegar we will be located at the United Church, and in Nelson we will be at Camp Koolaree’s Parking Lot just past Lower Six Mile Rd.  We only have room for 10 campers per day or 10 families for campfire night, so please register ASAP.  You do not have to register for the full week, so feel free to pick and choose your day(s) and location(s).  All camps are offered by donation.  
“Canteen” (snack) will be provided, but campers will need to bring a packed lunch and water bottle. 
If your child has any cold or flu symptoms they will need to stay home.  We will send an email to registrants with specific health and safety procedures. 
Please let us know if your child will not be able to attend any days you have registered so that we can open that spot up to another camper.
Camp Koolaree Day Camp Schedule: (Click on your age group to register)
Please contact the Registrar with any questions or concerns.

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

Help from Castlegar Rotary

Once again the Castlegar Rotarians have come through with a generous donation for Camp Koolaree. At their regular meeting on January 21 this year, club president, Stan Hadikin, officially presented a beautiful set of battery-powered tools to Ray Lundquist and … more >>>