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Camp Qwanoes

Box 250 (1148 Smith Road)
Crofton, British Columbia, V0R 1R0
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Camp Qwanoes  

Box 250 (1148 Smith Road), Crofton, British Columbia, V0R 1R0

  • Type:
    Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $693 to $783/week
  • Ages:
    8 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    420
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    Camp Qwanoes answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Jump into the adventure and let friendship fill each day! What makes a week so special? An amazing staff dedicated to helping kids discover what real life is all about (not to mention the 75+ activities, All Star Games, Q-Town, Qwanoes Beach, Leadership Training, and the indescribable Qwanoes spirit!). Choose from overnight camps, weekend retreats, and our leadership programs.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • Religious affiliation: Christian

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "The heart of Qwanoes is a heart for kids. We seek to welcome kids to the highlight of their year. The difference is noticeable the moment you arrive… a special atmosphere of fun and caring sparked by an enthusiastic staff team. We are committed to standards of the highest quality and are constantly striving to improve our service. We seek to provide you the greatest value. Our goal is that your child will have an unforgettable week that will change their life forever!"

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Qwanoes’ core leadership team has over 175 combined years of leadership experience you can trust. And our summer staff sets Qwanoes apart! These predominantly young adults and college students from across BC, Canada, and a dozen other countries are chosen after a rigorous application and screening process (including a Criminal Record Check). Pre-summer staff training is provided. Fully certified lifeguards supervise Qwanoes Beach activities. Our camper/counselor ratio averages 6 to 1 and many cabins have both a senior and junior counselor (all overseen by our experienced head counseling team). The camper/staff ratio overall is a low 2 to 1. Our staff’s enthusiastic spirit is contagious and they can’t wait to share a week with you!"

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Registration for all our 2024 programs will open on January 4, 2024 at 9am! Please register online at qwanoes.ca/register. An information package will be emailed upon receipt of registration and is available on our registration portal. People from all backgrounds are welcome and campers from Vancouver Island, Greater Vancouver, across southwestern B.C. and beyond come to camps at Qwanoes each year. For more info, please see qwanoes.ca/summer. "



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Camp Qwanoes currently has 14 programs available.

    Filter activities available:


    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 11 - 14
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $673 to $738
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Mountain Biking|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 13 - 15
    Wilderness Out-tripping, Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
    $783
    Ropes Course|Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Arts & Crafts|Marine Biology|Hiking|Diving|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 14
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $715 to $780
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Mountain Biking|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 16
    Wilderness Out-tripping, Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
    $783
    Ropes Course|Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Arts & Crafts|Marine Biology|Hiking|Diving|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 11
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $645
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 14
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $725 to $790
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Mountain Biking|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 13 - 15
    Wilderness Out-tripping, Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
    $783
    Ropes Course|Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Arts & Crafts|Marine Biology|Hiking|Diving|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 11
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $634
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 11 - 13
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $667 to $732
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Mountain Biking|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 16
    Wilderness Out-tripping, Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
    $783
    Ropes Course|Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Arts & Crafts|Marine Biology|Hiking|Diving|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 11
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $634
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 14
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $673 to $738
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Mountain Biking|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 15 - 18
    Wilderness Out-tripping, Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
    $783
    Ropes Course|Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Arts & Crafts|Marine Biology|Hiking|Diving|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 18
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $659 to $724
    Ropes Course|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Videography|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Marine Biology|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Mountain Biking|Skateboarding|Football|Hiking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Zip Line



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Camp Qwanoes

    our take

    The setting is spectacular, and the range of activities extensive, added to each year. All the traditional camp activities are represented, augmented with many that most camps don’t have, though which campers are very happy to see. The skate park provides an example of how the camp approaches all of its offerings: nothing is done by half. All sparkles, and run by dedicated and enthusiastic staff. The values piece allows for a unique point of connection, and it informs the feeling of inclusion that campers have while on site. Vibrant, exciting, caring. There’s a good reason that campers have been drawn to this place for more than three decades.
     

    Three Things: Camp Qwanoes
    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Camp Qwanoes


    Insider's Perspective(s) of Camp Qwanoes

    Stephanie, Parent

    • 00:39 - What's unique about camp Qwanoes that made you want to enroll your child there?
    • 01:49 - What would you highlight about Camp Qwanoes?
    • 03:20 - How and when did you know that Camp Qwanoes was the right fit for your child?
    • 05:24 - Was there any change or noticeable personal growth you saw in your child after spending time at camp?
    • 07:18 - How can parents overcome hesitancy to send their children away for a week or longer?
    • 09:25 - What would you tell other parents baout the overall value of sending kids to Camp Qwanoes?
    • 10:05 - Final thoughts?


    Review(s) of Camp Qwanoes

    Read all 12 reviews

    Past Staff Member (Alum)Better Than I Imagined

    “I had such an incredible experience this summer… Qwanoes has been better than I imagined. The mission of the camp is wonderful… I remember thinking during the summer: ‘This can't be the only time in my life I am going to experience this.’” ... Read More

    Krista Lee (Parent)The Best Camp!

    “The best camp! My son literally had so much fun and loved everything about it, he cannot wait to go back! It was an amazing time”

    Camper Parent (Parent)Exceeded All Our Expectations

    “I just wanted to say how much gratitude my family has for the Team at Camp Qwanoes! My daughter had an amazing time at the camp this weekend. I was so excited for her as your camp looked AMAZING and it exceeded all our expectations. Her favourite part of the camp was worship. I think that says a lot for your messaging and leadership and relevance. Keeping a 15 year old engaged is no easy task! I especially love the Camp Qwanoes ethos 'Love kids to life.' Incredible. We cannot wait to send our daughter to another camp in 2023. Thank you to your entire team. You are doing an amazing job. ... Read More

    Family Retreat Guest (Parent)Highly Recommend To Everyone

    “Just came back yesterday from weekend family retreat. Highly recommend to everyone... staff are friendly and lots of activities to do. My kids had so much fun. We will definitely be coming back!”

    Past Camper (Camper)I Really Love Qwanoes

    “I really love Qwanoes! The camp has made me the person I am today. I really love all the experiences I had there! Thank you so much Camp Qwanoes!”

    Past Camper (Camper)Feel Really Accepted Here

    “This is my first time at Qwanoes and I feel really accepted here by all my leaders and my friends. I’ve made so many new ones.”

    Past Camper (Camper)Fun and Really Supportive Place

    “When I explain Qwanoes in one word, I just think ‘fun.’ It’s just a really supportive place and everyone’s so nice. You can talk about your problems and stuff and no one judges you.”

    Past Camper (Camper)Always Someone There To Help You

    “Qwanoes is really good place where you can trust people and open your heart to them. And that you can know that if you’re scared or shy, there is always someone there to help you and you have a friend.”

    Past Camper (Camper)Qwanoes Changes Our Lives

    "There is a big reason a lot of campers and counsellors cry when we leave. Its because qwanoes changes our lives, helps discovers us and a lot of people leave there with a new meaning and love for God and life which is the most amazing thing about camp. I love it there and I will always be there no matter what.❤thanks camp qwanoes ... Read More

    Past Camper (Camper)I Made Friends Right Away!

    "I remember having so much fun going to this camp! It was my first time going to a sleep away camp by myself. At first I was worried that I might be alone the whole time I was away but once I got to camp grounds I made friends right away! I'm so excited to go back for a second time. ... Read More

    Past Leadership Program Participant (Camper)A Great Experience in Step-Out

    "Those two weeks (Step-Out) at Qwanoes were a great experience. I encourage all of you kids to take part in this program when you are old enough”

    Past Camper (Camper)My Best Childhood Memories

    "Some of my best childhood memories were made here. 4 years I went to this camp and I still recommend it to friends for their kids.”

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Box 250 (1148 Smith Road), Crofton, British Columbia, V0R 1R0, Canada



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    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Summer campers stay in cabent-style cabins surrounded by tall trees in our seven villages, with each village made up of similar age groups. Modern washrooms, including hot water and showers, are centrally located in buildings and cabin village areas.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Camp Qwanoes technology free? Campers are not permitted to have phones at camp... it helps create a safe, stress-reduced, and distraction-free atmosphere.



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Archery Range
    • Basketball Court
    • Climbing Wall
    • Rope Course
    • Soccer Field

    Landscape

    • Beach
    • Forested Area
    • Nature Trails
    • Open Field

    More details about property: Camp Qwanoes is situated on 55 acres of naturally stunning ocean-front property at the edge of Maple Mountain on the east coast of Vancouver Island about one hour north of Victoria, British Columbia. Facilities include the Sky Ridge Lodge, Pacific Woods Lodge, Club Coco, the Q-Town Activity Centre, seven cabin villages, the Tuck Shop, camp store, Ice Cream Island, Shave Ice Palace, Dockside Cantina, Qwanoes Beach, the Above & Beyond Challenge Course, a concrete skatepark, RC Speedway track, mountain bike trails and terrain park, sport court, volleyball court, a guest house, and much more.



    Rentals & Services

    Available for private rentals: Yes


    Associations

    Christian Camping International Associations
    The British Columbia Camping Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Scott Bayley, Executive Director
    B.B.A.

    Dear Parent,

    The heart of Qwanoes is a heart for kids. And we would love to welcome your child to the highlight of their year!

    You'll notice the difference the moment you arrive - a special atmosphere of fun and caring sparked by an enthusiastic staff team. Our tradition of excellence continues as this summer we hope to welcome over 4,000 campers of widely varied backgrounds.

    Qwanoes is a youth-oriented, high-adventure, non-profit Christian camp situated on 55 acres of magnificent scenic waterfront property on Vancouver Island. We are committed to standards of the highest quality and are constantly striving to improve our service. The health and safety of your child is of highest priority!

    Returning campers will discover new activities, new programs... and all-new adventures. No summer is ever the same at Qwanoes! We are committed to providing you the greatest value.

    Qwanoes children's and youth camps have grown for the past 30 summers, and yet we still offer one of the lowest camper-to-staff ratios.

    As a Christian camp, we incorporate biblical principles into all programs. Qwanoes is an ideal setting for life-changing, fun-filled adventure and a wise investment in your child's life. Campers who arrive at camp just looking for fun will discover far more - like new-found friends, newly acquired skills, real love, and a caring environment.

    Our goal is that your child will have not just the greatest week of their life, but an unforgettable week that will change their life forever!

    Scott Bayley, Executive Director



    Stories

    • I Would Not Be Who I Am Today

      “This program changed my life... I would not be who I am today without the impact of CIT and each summer I have spent at Qwanoes!"

      www.qwanoes.ca/leadership/cit/

    • 10/10 Would Recommend Coming

      "Words cannot describe how amazing this place is... The staff have this amazing love for kids and many come from all over the world, to participate in the mission of making kids feel loved and valued. This year I'm planning on doing the CIT program, and cannot wait to hopefully give the same experience to my campers as my counselors have given to me...10/10 would recommend coming."

      www.qwanoes.ca/leadership/stepout.php 

    • Making Kids Feel Special

      “What an exciting welcome to such as great camp! You guys do an amazing job of making kids feel special.” 

      www.qwanoes.ca

    • Beyond Excited

      “I'm actually so excited I can't even handle it right now. This camp is my life.” 

      www.qwanoes.ca

    • Making a Difference

      "I loved the passion... and energy... and focus on Christ. The focus is on making a difference in lives and I loved that."

      www.qwanoes.ca/staff

    • A Place To Gain A Vision For Life

      "I came here because of the skiing and wakeboarding and stuff but I discovered so much more. I found hope! I discovered a vision for my life. It has been amazing."

      www.qwanoes.ca



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