Outdoor School Programs
Camp Latona provides residential outdoor experiential education for students through the use of hands-on, exploratory,investigative and interdisciplinary teaching methods that are rooted in the Outdoor Council of Canada and BC Curriculum.
Using a thematic approach to curriculum delivery, the three-day trip will include a variety of activities aligned to your school curriculum. A full integration of the trip into the scope and sequence of the specific learning objectives can be undertaken upon further discussion with your teachers about the current courses of study.
Camp Latona Outdoor Education Centre provides a diverse array of programming for all age groups and needs. Our highly trained educators deliver intelligent, inspiring, engaging programs tailored to your own curriculum and school requirements.
We are dedicated to the inspiration of youth, and delivery of leadership opportunities to encourage participants to make wise and informed decisions. We truly believe that each group is different and we are committed to delivering each program catering to their specific needs.
Our Earth Rangers program is built on the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLO) and Integrated Resource Package (IRP) set out by the Ministry of Education. We have already done the work for your team figuring out what PLO’s & IRP’s can be done at camp and for each activity. All the information you need for your camp experience is located in our Leaders Resource Guide. Our program engages students through hands on experience outdoors, while creating a fun, memorable, adventurous learning environment that you can reflect on in the classroom afterwards.
Come join Camp Latona on one of our ADVENTURE EXPEDITIONS! Whether your group is first timers or seasoned professionals, we can work with you to create a memorable trip.
Discover the beauty and amazing wilderness present in the Howe Sound. From sheltered island bays, towering Coastal Mountains, to lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and active seal haul-outs/bays, Camp Latona offers the ultimate outdoor experience!
Our water expeditions will allow you to discover by sea kayak or canoe some of the numerous islands and waterways present in the Howe Sound including the often forgotten Gambier, Anvil, Keats, and Pasley Islands.
A vast amount of hiking trails and scenery awaits you with our Hiking Expeditions; you can hike the popular Latona Triangle or hike one of our local peaks, the options really are endless.
From the deck of your kayak or the summit of an island peak, spectacular views of the Sound are guaranteed.
Camp Latona’s Adventure Expeditions encourages participants to be active, participate and challenge themselves by trying new activities and advancing their skills. Expeditions offer participants the opportunity to set goals, achieve results, earn responsibility and become a leader in a fun and challenging environment.
All Camp Latona’s programs follow the Challenge by Choice philosophy, which allows participants to define success and areas of development individually by allowing them to choose the level at which to challenge themselves. While, all participants are encouraged to challenge themselves, in each activity, they will not be forced or peer-pressured by participants into any activity or action that they do not feel comfortable with.
Camp Latona is the ideal location for your groups Adventure Expedition. Our Outdoor educators are extensively trained in risk management, first aid, emergency procedures and can lead your group on a hike, kayak, or canoe out trip around the Howe Sound, and local mountains.
Contact us for more information about your next Adventure Expedition.
Camp Latona and the Vancouver Aquarium have teamed up to offer an experience like no other to offer your children a fun, educational and safe camping experience never to be forgotten. Our camp session is filled with animal observations, hands-on marine science, crafts and traditional experiential education with adventure components. In the natural wilderness setting of the Howe Sound, your children are fully engaged in an environment that encourages active learning. Children will learn about local animals, life cycles, food webs, nature’s adaptations, ecosystems and sustainability while forming bonds with others, learning leadership and transferable life skills.
Join us in our outdoor classroom on Gambier Island for a trip of outdoor marine exploration and adventure. This program at Camp will have a primary focus on the intertidal, freshwater and Howe Sound marine environment.
With their outdoor leader and VanAqua Interpreters, your children will experience living as part of a community, encouraging the formation and development of transferable life skills. While of course enjoying a full range of outdoor, land and water based activities they will learn and build confidence in themselves. Our staff are certified, qualified and trained to deliver excellence in programming of our activities, and for the emotional and mental well-being of our campers.
With foundations in both the Camp Latona and Vancouver Aquarium AquaCamps programs this week promises to deliver outdoor experiences of the highest quality. Camp Latona and Vancouver Aquarium remain dedicated to excellence in conservation and education.
Additional program options include:
A visit to the Vancouver Aquarium in the weeks before joining us at Latona
Electronic, individual or class wide learning modules delivered in preparation for your trip.
Aquarium experts delivering programming at camp.
Catholic School Programs
Camp Latona provides a residential outdoor environmental education experiences for youth through the use of hands-on, exploratory, investigative, and interdisciplinary teaching methods which are rooted in Catholic social teaching and stewardship. The experience is designed to be either 3 or 4 days with all lessons science based and taught by our trained outdoor leaders. Our goal is to provide an extension of a classroom in an outdoor setting, allowing students to discover a sense of self, and appreciation of others.
Something incredible happens every day at Camp Latona and we are committed to helping more individuals share these opportunities with us. Our educational and adventure programs are in constant development by a creative team of outdoor education professionals. With flexible and tailored programs delivered through a variety of platforms and in line with the BC curriculum, our team is available to help you make memories.
By encouraging this personal development, we at Camp Latona seek to do our part to address the issues that the Catholic youth of today face in a world where the risk of losing inner peace is a reality if children are not given opportunities to develop spiritually in a nurturing environment. Life is good (if not better) outside, and at Camp Latona,
children and youth will experience first-hand the marvels of creation in an enriching and supportive setting. Our activity elements complement the philosophy that individuals can be set up to succeed and we at Camp Latona would be honoured to take part in preparing students towards discovering their lifelong vocations and challenging them to strive towards setting high moral and ethical standards.
In conjunction with Catholic education professionals and NET ministry leaders, we have recently developed a dedicated stream of beneficial Catholic Outdoor Education courses to deliver to the Catholic youth in the Archdiocese.
School Group Testimonials
“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
- “… a hell of an experience as a kid” – M Boudreau
- My daughter, (age 13), just returned from Session # 2 at Camp Latona. I picked her up at the dock and the drive back to town was filled with animated chatter about the wonderful week she just had at Latona. She raved about everything - the out trip, the campfires, the activities, the food . . . you name it, she loved it. She also loved all of the staff! When we returned home, she immediately wanted to check the schedule to see if there is another week that might work for this summer and is already talking about the counsellor-in-training program for next summer.
- If the kids are caught with their elbows on the table in the mess hall..are they called out with a song and have to run around the mess hall....that was what they used to do when I was 10...now I'm almost 45 living in Ontario...thanks for my memories Camp Latona!! ~ Cindy B
- 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!
- Thanks so much for getting Camp Latona back up and running. I hope that you find the necessary support to keep it going for many years to come.