Camp Qwanoes has a long history of developing relationships andseeing lives changed through outdoor adventure. A variety of outdoor experiences will stretch and challenge you to go outside your comfort zone where often spiritual and personal growth will happen. Whether in the mountains, on a ski slope, or on the water you will create memories and learn life lessons that will last a lifetime!
The goal of the adventure trips are for students to grow in understaning of who they are personally, spiritually, and grow in their leadership abilities. Often students will learn things through the adventures that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, giving them the opportunity to apply what was learned in any number of life situations in the future. We incorporate biblical teaching into every trip, whether directing during the activity itself or on the trip as part of adventure programming.
You'll participate in a number of one to four night trips throughout the year, which may include a sailing voyage, backpacking up a mountain, a week-long ski & snowboard trip, a high-ropes course, staying overnight in a snow cave, kayaking, cold water surfing, hiking and caving to name a few!
Here are just two of our many adventure trips that are highlighted below:
S.A.L.T.S. Sail Trip
The year starts out with an incredible five-day trip onboard the Pacific Grace, a 130-foot gaff-rigged schooner. The ship was built by S.A.L.T.S. (Sail and Life Training Society) at their shipyard in Victoria, BC, and is equipped with the latest navigational and safety features. S.A.L.T.S. is a non-profit Christian organization that is dedicated to teaching traditions that are too valuable to be forgotten. Visit www.salts.ca to find out more about S.A.L.T.S.
Mount Washington Snow Trip
Halfway through the year students take a trip to Mount Washington for a time of reflection, connection, and a chance to look ahead. Mount Washington is about two hours north of Qwanoes on Vancouver Island. The mountain boasts one of the highest average snowfalls of any ski hill in North America and has a vertical rise of 505 meters. Beginners and experts alike are kept busy with the alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing. At the end of the day, students kick back and relax in their chalet right on the hill. Lift tickets, rentals, and food for this trip are included in the tuition fees.
"I loved the adventures! Everything was kept at an ability everyone could do. The adventures are stretching at different levels depending on who you are, but they should not intimidate anyone from doing this program." Brent Bandy, Graduate