Residential (or sleep away, or overnight) Camp at Latona is our traditional week long, overnight camping experience.
With our own limit of only 60 campers we pride ourselves in the unique experience campers leave with after a session at Latona. We welcome new and returning families every summer for their summer session.
We provide a home away from home for campers from across the country who want have the excitement of camp, with a personalised experience. Our small size, and high, 1:4 staff to camper ratio enables the development of unique, relationships, truly characteristic of the Latona experience. Campers are grouped by age and by gender into their small groups of 8-10.
With their counsellors, your children will experience living as part of a community, encouraging the formation and development of transferrable life skills. While of course enjoying a full range of outdoor, land and water based activities.
Our Activity Specialists and Counsellors are certified, qualified and trained to deliver excellence in programming, at our activities, and for emotional and mental wellbeing of our campers.
Each week, all of our campers take scheduled, supervised trips by land and sea into the beautiful Howe Sound. These trips are truly “as Real as it Gets!” where real outdoor wilderness skills are developed and put into practice. Campers are led in leave no trace camping principles, where often the best memories are made. Out trips are a challenging and incredibly rewarding part of the camp experience for all ages. Each group learns the value of leadership, cooperation and teamwork while being outdoors and in touch with nature.
Adventure Camp Session 1: July 12-17, 2020
Adventure Camp Session 2: July 19-24, 2020
Adventure Camp Session 3: August 16-21, 2020
Adventure Camp Session 4: August 23-28, 2020
STEM Camp is a unique experience that combines the excitement of traditional residential summer camp with the fun and adventure of learning with UBC Geering Up!
Campers will take part in a variety of traditional camp activities, such as zipline, archery, and watersports, as well as participate in a program designed to teach them about science through engaging, interactive, and hands-on activities.
We provide a home away from home for campers from across the country and beyond who want have the excitement of camp, with a personalised experience. Our small size, and high, 1:4 staff to camper ratio enables the development of unique, relationships, truly characteristic of the Latona experience. Campers are grouped by age and by gender into their small groups of 8-10.
This is a chance to experience then beauty of Howe Sound coupled with an educational experience unlike anything else!
One-Week STEM Camp: July 12-17, 2020
Two-Week STEM/Adventure Camp: July 12-24, 2020
Join us for 2 weeks of adventure at Latona! Campers will take part in shared challenges of this wilderness expedition, participants learn ‘hands on’ about effective communication, conflict resolution, judgement, decision making, and teamwork while also beginning to explore personal leadership styles and skills. Participants are involved in all aspects of their expedition including menu planning, food/gear pack in/out, campsite selection/set-up and cooking. Over the course of the trip participants gain competency in route navigation with a map and compass, backcountry safety procedures and “Leave No Trace” environmental impact principles.
When not on trip Campers will explore all the great adventure activities that Latona has to offer including climbing, canoeing, high ropes, water sports and archery.
As the first tier of Camp Latona’s exceptional leadership development courses, this 13 day program is designed for young people currently in Grade 9 & 10 who are interested in wilderness exploration, leadership development and hard skills competency.
The Future Leaders in Training program takes campers through a number of shared challenges including a multi day canoe trip, where participants learn ‘hands on’ about effective communication, conflict resolution, judgement, decision making, and teamwork. Through shared challenges of this wilderness expedition, participants learn ‘hands on’ about effective communication, conflict resolution, judgement, decision making, and teamwork while also beginning to explore personal leadership styles and skills. Participants are involved in all aspects of their expedition including menu planning, food/gear pack in/out, campsite selection/set-up and cooking. Over the course of the trip participants gain competency in route navigation with a map and compass, backcountry safety procedures and “Leave No Trace” environmental impact principles.
Campers will explore all the great adventure activities that Camp Latona has to offer including high ropes; water skiing; wake boarding; climbing, canoeing, ropes and archery. Similarly, participants will take part in a variety of interactive leadership workshops with the intent to hone personal skills and confidence. In addition campers will complete their Bronze Medallion, lifesaving certification as part of the training program.
This two-week program is specifically designed for individuals going into grade 11 (special exceptions could be made for extraordinary grade 10 students), with not only the passion to continue exploring the wilderness and growing personally, but also the desire and intent to learn about leadership, mentoring, and teaching others. LIT Program builds on the Future Leaders in Training building personal growth through outdoor training and hard skill development, but begins to move the focus towards how one can apply skills and knowledge to guide and help others.
As part of their two week program, participants take on a number of new and exciting experiences including a hiking expedition through the Howe Sounds. Participants are involved in all aspects of their expedition including menu planning, food/gear pack in/out, campsite selection/set-up and cooking. In addition to trip prep skills, participants gain competency in route navigation with a map and compass, backcountry safety procedures and “Leave No Trace” environmental impact principles.
In addition to developing self-reliance in the wilderness, participants undertake and partake in activity workshops that explore further concepts of responsibility, leadership, and mentoring roles in a community. The experience inherently ingrains a sense of social responsibility, compassion, respect for oneself and others, and a conscience for the world we live in.
Back at Camp, LIT campers integrate into the Camp Latona programs as active participants and assistant leaders. Through this experience, LIT participants gain additional leadership and teaching skills in all activities such as water sports, archery, arts and crafts, orienteering, and climbing. They also have an opportunity to apply their leadership skills through the planning and presentation of their own camp events and activities for our younger campers. LIT Campers will also complete their Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid Certifications.
Our CIT Leadership Program (Counsellor in Training) a minimum 3 week committment with the invitation to return in August. The program is designed for participants who are grade 11 & 12 and ready to take on new responsibilities at Camp. Through this transformative program, our CIT participants have the chance to hone their leadership skills, practice a variety of teaching/facilitation techniques and navigate their position as a role model for youth. These skills are further enhanced through direct interaction with campers in program areas, on trips and during the daily experience of cabin and Camp life each day.
The CIT program emphasizes responsibility and care for the camp community by learning how to create the same camp magic that brought them to Camp Latona. The CIT program prepares participants to be part of a workforce team, managing job responsibilities with self-care, and welcoming the experience of full-time work. This training uses an apprenticeship style program which represents the transition from being a camper towards becoming a counsellor. Participants, therefore, must have a strong desire to work with youth.
CIT’s play a key role in the camp community – CIT’s are matched with experienced cabin counsellors, activity instructors, and site and facility staff. Participants learn to lead a cabin group of 7-15 year old campers through their summer camp experience, trained to facilitate programs and belay high ropes, and learn the ins-and-outs of daily maintenance required of camp staff. Participants have the opportunity to acquire staff-like responsibilities and continue to develop as mentors and guides to the campers.
The CIT participates in all the activities with their cabin groups including high ropes, water sports, rock climbing, archery, orienteering, and backcountry camping trips. Amongst the CIT placements, they will participate in leadership workshops, focusing on program delivery, with framework based on self awareness.
“Our students liked seeing the immediate effects of poor communication, leadership and team-building first hand on the low ropes course. Through trial and error our students were able to work together, communicate and problem solved the activity, this was something we had troubles with in the classroom. We could have stayed on low ropes all day!” ~ School group
- Thank you for giving my son Ben the opportunity to forget about his life challenges allowing him to be a kid. We are blessed beyond words and forever greatful. ~ Colleen, Ben's mum
- “guard our golden memories…” – P. P.
- Great memories of this camp! – D. McK
- We just want to say what a wonderful and fantastic week my girls had at Camp Latona. They have not stopped talking about it since I picked them up at the boat. They keep singing the songs that they learnt. I can tell that they were totally happy the whole time and have not said one negative thing about it..they even said the food was "excellent". They met alot of new friends from different places. They loved all the camp leaders and staff. We have decided to start a money jar for next year "Camp Latona Fees"..so they will be back for sure. Thank you again to all the wonderful staff for making their first camp experience a great one and one that they will remember forever!
- My daughter just came in from camp, she had a wonderful time, cannot stop talking about everything, she loved the Staff, the food, the CITs, the canoeing, the overnight sleep out, the food again, I feel rotten she's come back to my awful home cooking. Please ensure to keep us on the mailing list for next year. Although if she had her way she would be going back again this summer.
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