Western Educational Adventures Summer Overnight Youth Camps
Western Educational Adventures

6 & 13 Day Summer Overnight Camp

WEA's 6 day and 13 day long Greater Victoria BC overnight camps run Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon. During each outdoor camp program, overnight camp participants help choose activities like canoeing, kayaking, hiking, geocaching, fire building, camp cooking, campfires, running games, swimming, crafting and more. In addition, each youth camp group will go on either a one night or a 4 night backcountry hiking trip in the hills and/or along the marine trails within the Greater Victoria area! Every participant will get a chance to help cook several meals for the rest of the group! All of our camps are educationally focused, which means your children will not only have a great experience but they will learn something too!

Making Friends for Life
cooking in the kitchen
hike group with lake

Summer Overnight Program

Camp Barnard, Sooke BC

**The 15-17 age category involves leadership components and is not available through general registration. Please CONTACT US if you are interested in this option.**

6-8 (6 day only), 9-11, 12-14 & 15-17 Mixed 6 & 13 days 2 & 5 days
6-Day $630 + GST $695 + GST
13-Day $1485 + GST $1655 + GST
Transportation from Victoria and Langford $40 + GST

June 16 - 21, 2019 Space Available
June 23 - 28, 2019 Space Available
July 28 - Aug 2, 2019 Space Available
Aug 4 - 9, 2019 Space Available
Aug 11 - 16, 2019 Space Available
June 16 - 28, 2019 Space Available
Aug 4 - 16, 2019 Space Available

When, Where & What

The program runs at Camp Barnard 3202 Young Lake Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0J6 from 15:15 on Sunday to 15:15 on Friday. Supervision can be available from 08:30 - 17:00 just in case you have to work! - if requested and pre arranged at least one week before camp commencement.

Transportation Add-On

Children must be dropped-off or picked-up before the departure time. If you would like to book this service and/or these times do not work for you, please Contact Us. We also can prvoide transportation services from ferry terminals, airports and other Island Communities.

Reynolds Park (Saanich) 14:00 16:30 Lasalle St off of Reynolds Rd in Saanich
Bayside Middle School (Central Saanich) 1400 16:30 Bayside Middle School Parking Lot
Marigold Elementary (Saanich) 14:15 16:15 Grange Rd off of Burnside Rd.
West Hills (Langford) 14:35 15:55 Public Lot next to Westhills Stadium on Langford Pkwy

What to bring

6-day program Click here for a detailed packing list. Please contact us if you wish to borrow, rent or purchase equipment.

13-day program Click here for a detailed packing list. Please contact us if you wish to borrow, rent or purchase equipment.

The Experience

Above all, our overnight program is more fun than you can imagine! Youth get to experience so many different types of activities in an amazing outdoor environment! The Camp Barnard site, located in the Sooke Hills west of Victoria, B.C. has a massive lake, streams, fields, forests, fire pits, cooking shelters, an archery range and many other ammenities! Participants learn about nature, camping skills, leadership and more. The best part - they don’t even realize it!

The Camp-Out

At Western Educational Adventures, we are all about kids getting outside and experiencing the backcountry. Therefore, all of our overnight programs include a backcountry camping trip. There is just no better way to facilitate life skills such as leadership, conflict resolution, meal planning, cooking and more! We understand that this may seem like a very intense experience, but we have found, without exception, that these backcountry overnights provide our campers with life-long, positive experiences! If you are still unsure or think this may be too advanced for your child, please Contact Us.

6-day program During the program the group will camp out under a tarp for one night. This could be at camp or on a mountain top! Our campers learn about backcountry meal preparation and cooking, how to locate and set-up tarp shelters and other backcountry camping skills.

13-day programs During this program, the group will go on a 5-day hiking trip, likely on the Juan de Fuca Trail. Our campers will have multiple days to learn about and practice backcountry meal preparation and cooking, how to locate and set-up tarp shelters and other backcountry expedition skills.

Leadership and Personal Growth

Modern youth do not get very many opportunities to learn life skills including how to lead others, manage conflict and think for themselves. Western Education Adventure’s summer day program focuses specifically on these skills.

While every participant gets a taste of leadership, 14-16 year olds get a leadership experience that is out of this world! Although they get to do all the same fun activities as the younger kids, the main focus of the program is to give them valuable leadership eperience. Throughout the program they are paired with younger age groups to practice being a leader! In short, participants learn what it means to be an adult!

Some of the skills your children may learn

• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Planning • Navigation • Canoe and Water Safety • Canoe Rescues • Swimming • Kayaking • Archery • Camping Practices • Food packing • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety • Backcountry Equipment Maintenance

Safety and Food


Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

"Landon took our family on a sea kayak paddle starting out of Victoria. This was our first time sea kayaking but we felt confident in Landon keeping our trip safe and enjoyable. In little time we were safely paddling and navigating the water. It was a great day!"

-Alex Damjanovic

Food and Food Allergies

We believe that a good experience starts with good nutrition. Proper diet and eating habits are lacking in today’s society - a result of readily available fast foods, processed foods and a lack of nutritional education. We strive to provide quality, simple, wholesome meals with limited processed ingredients – in addition to the occasional smores and limited other tasty treats. This is part of why we include our participants in all meal planning, purchasing and cooking.

We are also very experienced in dealing with dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Great care is taken to avoid serious participant food allergens whenever possible. Where this is not possible, we take great care to avoid cross contamination of ingredients.

"Landon guided an overnight trip for our family on the Juan de Fuca trail. Healthy eating is important to us. Landon helped our kids build an outdoor oven and they were soon baking an amazing dinner. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that you can look after yourself in the outdoors."

-Carole Damnjanovic


If you want to sign up, the process is simple. Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Create an account on our registration software

Fill in your email and create a password

Step 2: Create your profile

Input your information. This is a one time step, your info will be there for the rest of the summer!

Step 3: Sign-Up for the program

Input your child (or children's information), select the program(s) you wish to register for.

Step 4: Submit your registration and payment

Step 5: Let your child (or children) have fun and learn!

**All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**

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