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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. 


2023 AGM

Hello Koolaree Friends!

It’s time to mark the Koolaree Annual General Meeting on your calendars.

Saturday, November 25th at 1:00 pm
with an optional potluck lunch just before at noon, downstairs at Castlegar United Church. Our annual report will be read, and our 2024 Board of Directors will be elected at this meeting.


Just found out a few days ago that CPR will do the berm starting on Nov 27th.

To prepare for the installation of the berm for the new wash house:
    • move the water line out of the way,
    • and the second will be to deal with some of the felled trees.

There will be work for anyone of any skill level.

Saturday, Nov 18th…  A crew is needed to remove the waterline—this should not be difficult, and there will be work for all hands, no matter what your skill level is.  So please come out to help!!  9:00 AM at McDonald’s Landing. 
Sunday, Nov 26th…  clean up from the trees downed and move some of the smaller trees that will be used in the kitchen renos. We need to peel the timbers that will be used in the kitchen renos.  McDonald’s Landing 9:00 AM.  Again—lots of work for all fitness levels. 
We also have the work party on Friday, November 17th to work on the Peace Canoe at Don’s at 9:00 AM.
We realize that this is short notice.  We have been waiting on CPR, and they finally agreed!  The plan is to remove the water line, knock down the trees, and clean up so we are ready to go.  We need to peel the timbers that will be used in the kitchen renos.
Please get in touch with your friends, family and supporters of Camp Koolaree.  Just bring warm clothes and lunch and water to drink.  You will also get a ride in our new Pop Smillie II.
Please let us know that you will help:

Pop Smillie II

It has finally happened!
Thank you to everyone who made our new boat campaign such a resounding success! We have recently taken delivery of the first ever BRAND NEW boat to Camp Koolaree! We couldn’t be more thankful and more excited.
What is special about this boat other than it being new?
It’s a landing craft – the entire front comes down onto a beach to create a ramp. This will allow for greater accessibility for those with mobility needs, as well as safer transport of all of the goods and supplies we need to keep camp running on a daily basis.
We have lovingly named the boat the “Pop Smillie II,” honouring the very first boat that transported campers across the lake to Koolaree. We hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone, and we will see you on the lake next summer!


 Ferraro Foods
Gift Cards Fundraiser

Camp Koolaree is selling Ferraro Foods gift cards to raise money to help support more children to attend Camp and to raise funds for a new boat. 

Helping Camp Koolaree has never been easier! Buying your groceries with a gift card bought through Camp Koolaree brings money to the Camp at no extra cost to yourself.
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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 aGift 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