For more than 100 years, Scouts have visited Camp Barnard to learn about the outdoors, build their confidence and leadership skills, and create lasting friendships.
This weekend the camp is welcoming members of the public to its first open house on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Scout leader Tara Munro encourages people to come out and see the beautiful camp.
“Not many people know about it,” she said, adding that the 251-acre camp has plenty of activities to keep kids busy.
Youth aged five to 17 can visit the camp, located along Young Lake, for activities such as camping, canoeing, and archery.
“It’s a beautiful place,” she said. “Kids can use it on weekends and for camping.”
Camp Barnard recently welcomed four new leaders to their group of about 15.
The idea for the open house came from a group of enthusiastic Scout leaders motivated to help the camp grow, Munro said.
The free, family-friendly event includes a barbecue, swimming, canoeing, archery, a bouncy castle, and tours of the camp.
“If anyone is interested in scouting, come check out the camp,” Munro said.
Her favourite part about being involved with Scouts is learning about the local environment, the local resources, survival skills, and working in teams.
The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Barnard, 3202 Young Lake Road.
To learn more about Scouts, or Camp Barnard, see www.victoriascouts.ca.