Our cabins will soon be available to rent this summer!

Located on 133 acres along the picturesque shores of the beautiful Howe Sound, Camp Potlatch creates the perfect backdrop for your family’s vacation.

Whether you’re looking to relax on our sandy beach, hike through trails of unspoiled ancient old growth forest, or try your hand at one of our fleet of paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks, Potlatch offers a little something for everybody. One of our traditional cedar pan-abode cabins will become your home-away-from-home and where your family reconnects and makes memories that last a lifetime.

Families of all ages and sizes are welcome to join the fun at Potlatch! Click here for more information.

Your safety is our highest importance. All Camp Potlatch activities will occur at a safe distance from other families and households. We’ve revamped our cleaning protocols to ensure we help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our summer camp programs for 2020 are cancelled due to the on-going efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. We wish you all the best this summer and can’t wait see everyone back at Potlatch in 2021!

Welcoming over 1,000 campers each summer, Camp Potlatch has become a home-away-from-home for many. Whether you’re keen to reach new heights on a natural rock wall, hit a bullseye at the archery range, or search for marine life along 1.5km of pristine coastal shoreline, Potlatch has something for every type of adventurer! Our overnight summer programs combine traditional camp activities with a focus on creating a sense of community, increasing self-confidence, and building resiliency in each and every one of our campers.

MAIN CAMP

Ignite your Potlatch spirit in our incredible Main Camp program!

For children between the ages 7-14, Potlatch’s week-long Main Camp gives campers the opportunity to explore a variety of traditional camp activities while living in a positive and supportive cabin community. All activities are fun, age appropriate, and closely supervised by our enthusiastic and highly trained staff team. In addition to a wide variety of camp activities, each camper in the Main Camp program participates in a 24 hour off-site excursion. Travelling to one of our many wilderness camp sites either by land or sea, campers sleep under the stars in this once in a lifetime out-trip experience.

So many activities to try!

  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Fishing
  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • The list goes on and on!
Our program design encourages returning campers to continually progress their skill level in each of the activities we offer. While your first summer might be the first time you paddle a canoe, by your third or fourth, you’ll be learning advanced paddling techniques and rescues! Whatever your interest, the sky’s the limit at Potlatch!

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Camp Potlatch’s wilderness leadership camps transports participants ‘across the creek’ and away from the familiar comforts of Main Camp, to create an environment that inspires individual and group growth. All leadership programs focus on the development of hard and soft skills, group problem-solving, and acquiring the necessary training required to be an effective camp leader. Our Leadership Camps inspire campers to be the best people they can be and to recognize the value they have to the world. Keep the tradition alive this summer!

Leadership Out-trip 1 (Ages 13-15)

Leadership Out-trip 1 (LOT1) is a 1-week hiking program that takes campers to Garibaldi Provincial Park for 3-days, 2-nights of trekking through pristine alpine meadows and striking mountain scenery. Highlights include Garibaldi Lake, Panorama Ridge and incredible views of Black Tusk –you might even get to see snow in the summer!

Leadership Out-trip 2 (Ages 14-15)

Leadership Out-trip 2 (LOT2) is a 2-week canoe tripping program that transports co-ed campers up the Sunshine Coast to the Powell Forest Canoe Route, an incredible chain of inland lakes near Powell River. Comprised of 8 lakes and portages, LOT2 campers can expect a Canadian tradition rarely experienced in British Columbia!

Leadership Camp 1 (Ages 15)

Leadership Camp 1 (LC1) is a 2-week program for teens who are looking to further develop the camping skills they learned through their time in main camp, though campers new to Potlatch have started their journey with this leadership camp.

LC1 campers live ‘across the creek’ and have a stronger focus on extended out trips, preparing their own meals and learn the importance of teamwork while living in the natural environment.

Due to the focus on extended wilderness camping skills, it is important that all campers arrive at Camp Potlatch with the proper gear to ensure a successful two weeks in the woods.

Leadership Camp 2 (Ages 16)

Leadership Camp 2 (LC2) is the final step in Camp Potlatch’s leadership program. This is an intensive counsellor-in-training program for teenagers who are motivated to become awesome camp staff. LC2 is a co-ed program that continues outdoor leadership skills development, with additional focus on camper care, program planning and building a tool box with tips and tricks to become an extraordinary camp leader.

This program is for mature teens who have previous outdoor camping experience, and who have the capacity and drive to take on the challenges of personal and group achievement. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop effective communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

*Please note: All Leadership participants are required to complete a Leadership Package before their registration is confirmed.

Camp Potlatch Outdoor Centre is the perfect location to host your group! From outdoor-experiential education programs, to corporate teambuilding retreats and family reunions, our experienced staff team are here to design and tailor your camp experience to meet the aims of your trip.

The site, nestled amongst old growth forest, with spectacular views of Anvil Island from our sandy beach, immediately takes you far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Less than an hour from Horseshoe Bay feels like a whole other world!

Our custom packages include everything. We don’t charge extra for any activities or instruction. Ever. The excitement really starts at Horseshoe Bay where you’ll meet the water taxi, organized by Camp and included in your package, making the drive to camp one of the shortest in the lower mainland!

All of our traditional Camp-based programming can be incorporated into your schedule, and includes:

  • Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing (on our real rock wall!)
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Team Building Challenges
  • Overnight camping trips
  • And so much more…

For more information on our Outdoor Centre programs, please download the Outdoor Centre Handbook!

Outdoor Centre Handbook

Don’t miss out on your chance to experience Camp Potlatch’s Outdoor Centre by booking now to reserve your spot in 2020!

For more information, please contact Outdoor Centre Coordinator at [email protected] or call our Vancouver office 604.324.CAMP(2267).

Camp Potlatch is owned and operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC.

City Office (Year Round)

7595 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC V5P 3Z6
Phone: 604-324-CAMP(2267)
Fax: 604-325-0596

On-site (May-October)

PO Box 130
Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0

Marc Couture, Camp Director

[email protected]

Marc has been the Director of Camp Potlatch since 2009, having previously overseen operations at accredited summer camps in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Camping is a part of who Marc is and he has over 20 years of experience to back it up. Marc’s life has drastically changed during his time as Camp Director – he started out a lone wolf in a new camp but quickly got married, purchased a home and started a family. You might catch a glimpse of Marc with both his little guys, Russell and Charles, around Potlatch this summer!

Katie Ellison, Summer Camp Coordinator

[email protected]

Now in her fifth year with Camp Potlatch, Katie is a camping professional with over a decade of experience in a variety of Ontario-based summer camps. Her role is to oversee the day to day operations of Camp Potlatch during our incredible summer camp program, providing support to both campers and staff. Katie brings a strong background in Girl Guides camping from Ontario, where she led programs that developed self-esteem, supported personal development and empowered young girls to grow into strong women. In her free time, Katie can be found catching up on all the sports highlights and Toronto Raptors games she can!

Tara Worthy, Outdoor Centre Coordinator

[email protected]

New to Camp Potlatch in 2020, Tara knows firsthand the impact and value of time spent outdoors. She completed a degree in Physical and Health Education at Queen’s University, and more recently became a certified yoga teacher. She has spent the past 10 years working at a variety of overnight and day camps all over Ontario, in senior leadership roles. At Potlatch, Tara’s role is to oversee the spring, summer, and fall rental seasons. Tara also provides key leadership and support to Potlatch’s summer camp programs alongside Katie and Marc. At Potlatch, you’ll likely find her joining a campfire, swimming in the ocean, or hanging out at arts & crafts. Outside of camp, catch her at a yoga studio, or if you’re fast enough, running along some quality BC trails.

Amy Stewart, Camp Registrar

[email protected]

Amy oversees the online, telephone and in-person registration of over 1000 campers each year. She is available to answer registration specific questions, discuss subsidized camp fees and help ensure every child has the opportunity to experience camp! A former Kimount Boys and Girls Clubs activity leader, Amy has a solid understanding of the diverse backgrounds our campers may come from and ensures each family feels welcomed into the Potlatch community. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with friends and family, and planning her next big adventure!

Our cabins will soon be available to rent this summer!

Located on 133 acres along the picturesque shores of the beautiful Howe Sound, Camp Potlatch creates the perfect backdrop for your family’s vacation.

Whether you’re looking to relax on our sandy beach, hike through trails of unspoiled ancient old growth forest, or try your hand at one of our fleet of paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks, Potlatch offers a little something for everybody. One of our traditional cedar pan-abode cabins will become your home-away-from-home and where your family reconnects and makes memories that last a lifetime.

Families of all ages and sizes are welcome to join the fun at Potlatch! Click here for more information.

Your safety is our highest importance. All Camp Potlatch activities will occur at a safe distance from other families and households. We’ve revamped our cleaning protocols to ensure we help stop the spread of COVID-19.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our summer camp programs for 2020 are cancelled due to the on-going efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. We wish you all the best this summer and can’t wait see everyone back at Potlatch in 2021!

Welcoming over 1,000 campers each summer, Camp Potlatch has become a home-away-from-home for many. Whether you’re keen to reach new heights on a natural rock wall, hit a bullseye at the archery range, or search for marine life along 1.5km of pristine coastal shoreline, Potlatch has something for every type of adventurer! Our overnight summer programs combine traditional camp activities with a focus on creating a sense of community, increasing self-confidence, and building resiliency in each and every one of our campers.

MAIN CAMP

Ignite your Potlatch spirit in our incredible Main Camp program!

For children between the ages 7-14, Potlatch’s week-long Main Camp gives campers the opportunity to explore a variety of traditional camp activities while living in a positive and supportive cabin community. All activities are fun, age appropriate, and closely supervised by our enthusiastic and highly trained staff team. In addition to a wide variety of camp activities, each camper in the Main Camp program participates in a 24 hour off-site excursion. Travelling to one of our many wilderness camp sites either by land or sea, campers sleep under the stars in this once in a lifetime out-trip experience.

So many activities to try!

  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Fishing
  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • The list goes on and on!
Our program design encourages returning campers to continually progress their skill level in each of the activities we offer. While your first summer might be the first time you paddle a canoe, by your third or fourth, you’ll be learning advanced paddling techniques and rescues! Whatever your interest, the sky’s the limit at Potlatch!

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Camp Potlatch’s wilderness leadership camps transports participants ‘across the creek’ and away from the familiar comforts of Main Camp, to create an environment that inspires individual and group growth. All leadership programs focus on the development of hard and soft skills, group problem-solving, and acquiring the necessary training required to be an effective camp leader. Our Leadership Camps inspire campers to be the best people they can be and to recognize the value they have to the world. Keep the tradition alive this summer!

Leadership Out-trip 1 (Ages 13-15)

Leadership Out-trip 1 (LOT1) is a 1-week hiking program that takes campers to Garibaldi Provincial Park for 3-days, 2-nights of trekking through pristine alpine meadows and striking mountain scenery. Highlights include Garibaldi Lake, Panorama Ridge and incredible views of Black Tusk –you might even get to see snow in the summer!

Leadership Out-trip 2 (Ages 14-15)

Leadership Out-trip 2 (LOT2) is a 2-week canoe tripping program that transports co-ed campers up the Sunshine Coast to the Powell Forest Canoe Route, an incredible chain of inland lakes near Powell River. Comprised of 8 lakes and portages, LOT2 campers can expect a Canadian tradition rarely experienced in British Columbia!

Leadership Camp 1 (Ages 15)

Leadership Camp 1 (LC1) is a 2-week program for teens who are looking to further develop the camping skills they learned through their time in main camp, though campers new to Potlatch have started their journey with this leadership camp.

LC1 campers live ‘across the creek’ and have a stronger focus on extended out trips, preparing their own meals and learn the importance of teamwork while living in the natural environment.

Due to the focus on extended wilderness camping skills, it is important that all campers arrive at Camp Potlatch with the proper gear to ensure a successful two weeks in the woods.

Leadership Camp 2 (Ages 16)

Leadership Camp 2 (LC2) is the final step in Camp Potlatch’s leadership program. This is an intensive counsellor-in-training program for teenagers who are motivated to become awesome camp staff. LC2 is a co-ed program that continues outdoor leadership skills development, with additional focus on camper care, program planning and building a tool box with tips and tricks to become an extraordinary camp leader.

This program is for mature teens who have previous outdoor camping experience, and who have the capacity and drive to take on the challenges of personal and group achievement. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop effective communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

*Please note: All Leadership participants are required to complete a Leadership Package before their registration is confirmed.

Camp Potlatch Outdoor Centre is the perfect location to host your group! From outdoor-experiential education programs, to corporate teambuilding retreats and family reunions, our experienced staff team are here to design and tailor your camp experience to meet the aims of your trip.

The site, nestled amongst old growth forest, with spectacular views of Anvil Island from our sandy beach, immediately takes you far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Less than an hour from Horseshoe Bay feels like a whole other world!

Our custom packages include everything. We don’t charge extra for any activities or instruction. Ever. The excitement really starts at Horseshoe Bay where you’ll meet the water taxi, organized by Camp and included in your package, making the drive to camp one of the shortest in the lower mainland!

All of our traditional Camp-based programming can be incorporated into your schedule, and includes:

  • Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing (on our real rock wall!)
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Team Building Challenges
  • Overnight camping trips
  • And so much more…

For more information on our Outdoor Centre programs, please download the Outdoor Centre Handbook!

Outdoor Centre Handbook

BGC Brochure

Don’t miss out on your chance to experience Camp Potlatch’s Outdoor Centre by booking now to reserve your spot in 2020!

For more information, please contact Outdoor Centre Coordinator at [email protected] or call our Vancouver office 604.324.CAMP(2267).

Camp Potlatch is owned and operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC.

City Office (Year Round)

7595 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC V5P 3Z6
Phone: 604-324-CAMP(2267)
Fax: 604-325-0596

On-site (May-October)

PO Box 130
Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0

Marc Couture, Camp Director

[email protected]

Marc has been the Director of Camp Potlatch since 2009, having previously overseen operations at accredited summer camps in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Camping is a part of who Marc is and he has over 20 years of experience to back it up. Marc’s life has drastically changed during his time as Camp Director – he started out a lone wolf in a new camp but quickly got married, purchased a home and started a family. You might catch a glimpse of Marc with both his little guys, Russell and Charles, around Potlatch this summer!

Katie Ellison, Summer Camp Coordinator

[email protected]

Now in her fourth year with Camp Potlatch, Katie is a camping professional with over a decade of experience in a variety of Ontario-based summer camps. Her role is to oversee the day to day operations of Camp Potlatch during our incredible summer camp program, providing support to both campers and staff. Katie brings a strong background in Girl Guides camping from Ontario, where she led programs that developed self-esteem, supported personal development and empowered young girls to grow into strong women. In her free time, Katie can be found catching up on all the sports highlights and Toronto Raptors games she can!

Tara Worthy, Outdoor Centre Coordinator

[email protected]

New to Camp Potlatch in 2020, Tara knows firsthand the impact and value of time spent outdoors. She completed a degree in Physical and Health Education at Queen’s University, and more recently became a certified yoga teacher. She has spent the past 10 years working at a variety of overnight and day camps all over Ontario, in senior leadership roles. At Potlatch, Tara’s role is to oversee the spring, summer, and fall rental seasons. Tara also provides key leadership and support to Potlatch’s summer camp programs alongside Katie and Marc. At Potlatch, you’ll likely find her joining a campfire, swimming in the ocean, or hanging out at arts & crafts. Outside of camp, catch her at a yoga studio, or if you’re fast enough, running along some quality BC trails.

Amy Stewart, Camp Registrar

[email protected]

Amy oversees the online, telephone and in-person registration of over 1000 campers each year. She is available to answer registration specific questions, discuss subsidized camp fees and help ensure every child has the opportunity to experience camp! A former Kimount Boys and Girls Clubs activity leader, Amy has a solid understanding of the diverse backgrounds our campers may come from and ensures each family feels welcomed into the Potlatch community. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with friends and family, and planning her next big adventure!