Outpost is for campers who have finished Grades 6, 7 or 8. Adventure in the outdoors is the core of the Outpost program. While at camp, our Outpost campers hone their outdoor living and pursuit skills by learning about low-impact camping and travel under their own steam. As a group, campers learn to be effective paddlers or hikers by practicing advanced skills as taught by our certified instructors. In the Quest program, each out-trip offers different challenges in a unique environment. Outpost Quest campers plan and pack for their trip. They also take an active role in camp duties such as setting up camp, cooking and clean-up.

Campers finished grades 6-8

• 9 campers, 2 counselors
• 5, 9 or 12 days
• Base Camp program with all nights at camp or Quest programs with out-trips.
• Out trip choices: sea kayaking, coastal hiking, canoeing
• Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, orienteering, hiking and a high ropes course
• Environmental education, creative programming, and campfires

Registration Dates

 Priority Registration Opens Monday January 6 at 9:00am

Priority Registration will be given to campers who registered and attended in 2019.  Our system will recognize if you are a camper returning from 2019.  If an error has occurred, please contact Registration Services.

Open Registration Starts Monday February 3 at 9:00am

This is when all other campers including family members will be eligible to register.  This delay in registration dates is to allow returning campers an equal opportunity to return to camp in 2020.

Financial Assistance applications are now being accepted until Friday December 20. Learn more…

Overnight Camper – Cabin Selection

Please ensure you select the gender cabin that you wish your camper to stay in during their overnight program at camp.  The cabin type can be found in the title and description of the camp on the Online Service Portal.  We cannot guarantee space should an error in selection occur.


2020 Camp Programs

Outpost Base Camp – 5 Days

Base camp is a great introduction to camping and the outdoors for Outpost age campers. This five-day program focuses on building skills and confidence for camping and outdoor pursuits. Outpost Base Camp participants practice skills such as canoeing, hiking, kayaking and archery, play team building games, and enjoy campfires. Base Camp participants sleep in cabins at camp and do day trips away from the core of camp.

 

Dates Fees Cabin Type
July 6-10 $639 Male CabinView Online
July 6-10 $639 Female CabinView Online
August 24-28 $639 Male CabinView Online
August 24-28 $639 Female CabinView Online
August 24-28 $639 All Gender CabinView Online

Outpost Quest – 5 Days

Five day programs have a one-night hiking out-trip on Camp Thunderbird property. These are similar to Pioneer Quest trips, but with a slightly longer hiking distance seeing further reaches of our property in the Sooke Hills.


Dates Fees Cabin Type
July 13-17 $639 Male CabinView Online
July 13-17 $639 Female CabinView Online
July 20-24 $639 Male CabinView Online
July 20-24 $639 Female CabinView Online
August 3-7 $639 Male CabinView Online
August 3-7 $639 Female CabinView Online
August 10-14 $639 Male CabinView Online
August 10-14 $639 Female CabinView Online
August 17-21 $639 Male CabinView Online
August 17-21 $639 Female CabinView Online

Outpost Hike (9 or 12 Days, with 3 day out-trip)

Nine or twelve day Outpost Hike programs travel along the north end of the Juan de Fuca trail from Botanical Beach to Sombrio Beach.  They camp at Payzant Creek and Little Kuitshe Creek campsites. This end of the trail is a less challenging portion and well suited to the age group of the campers. The distance traveled is reasonable and the overall elevation gain is minimal in comparison to other portions of the trail and other marine trails. These factors make this trip the ideal location for campers to discover the joy of walking through the natural world. The pace is set to be achievable for all participants, and normally the group travels approximately 7 kilometers per day.


Dates Fees Cabin Type
July 2-10 (9 days) $1,250 Male CabinView Online
July 2-10 (9 days) $1,250 Female CabinView Online
July 30 – August 7 (9 days) $1,250 Male CabinView Online
July 30 – August 7 (9 days) $1,250 Female CabinView Online
July 30 – August 7 (9 days) $1,250 All Gender CabinView Online
August 10-21 (12 days) $1,561 Male CabinView Online
August 10-21 (12 days) $1,561 Male CabinView Online


Outpost Kayak Southern Gulf Islands (9 days with 3 day out-trip)

Outpost Kayak campers explore the natural beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands. Depending on the group they will camp on two of Portland, Rum, Sidney and Darcy islands. This trip is a good stepping stone from our base camp or quest hiking programs to our kayak and canoe programs. Most campers travel in a double kayak, but each group takes a combination of single and double kayaks. Paddlers can expect approximately 2-4 hours of paddling per day. While there is no portaging, campers help with loading and unloading boats at campsites each day.

 

Dates Fees Cabin Type
July 2-10 (9 days) $1,446 Male CabinView Online
July 2-10 (9 days) $1,446 Female CabinView Online
July 30 – August 7 (9 days) $1,446 Male CabinView Online
July 30 – August 7 (9 days) $1,446 Female CabinView Online


Outpost Kayak Northern Gulf Islands (12 days, with 4 day out-trip)

Outpost Kayak campers explore the natural beauty of the Northern Gulf Islands. Sharing the water with wildlife including seabirds and marine mammals, kayak campers travel to and camp on three or four of the campsites on Tent, Wallace, Galliano, Valdez and De Courcy Islands. Most campers travel in a double kayak, but each group takes a combination of single and double kayaks. Paddlers can expect approximately 2-5 hours of paddling per day. While there is no portaging, campers help with loading and unloading boats at campsites each day.

 

Dates Fees Cabin Type
July 13-24 (12 days) $1,795 Male CabinView Online
July 13-24 (12 days) $1,795 Female CabinView Online
August 10-21 (12 days) $1,795 Male CabinView Online
August 10-21 (12 days) $1,795 Female CabinView Online


Outpost Canoe Sayward Lakes (12 days, with 4 day out-trip)

Outpost Canoe campers spend 4 days paddling on the largest freshwater canoe circuit on Vancouver Island: the Sayward Forest Canoe Route. The group travels on the route between Brewster Lake and Mohun Lake, camping at one of the many wilderness campsites along the way. Paddlers can expect approximately 2-5 hours of paddling per day, with rest stops to enjoy the scenery. There are some portages along the way, with the longest being 2.3kms. Challenging but rewarding!

Dates Fees Cabin Type
July 13-24 (12 days) $1,683 Male CabinView Online
July 13-24 (12 days) $1,683 Female CabinView Online

UPDATED – FAMILY INFORMATION PACKAGE

Information in this booklet is updated every year, and all of the information is vital for your camper(s) to have a successful experience. Please read carefully even if you have been to camp before! Life at camp is different from the routines and patterns of home. Taking the time to talk with your camper(s) about their upcoming experience is an important step in preparing. Setting a positive tone and clarifying expectations can really help your child make the adjustment. In doing this, your child will take the most out of their Camp Thunderbird opportunity.

Download the 5 Day Base Camp Info Package Download the 5 Day Quest Camp Info Package Download the 9 & 12 Day Quest Camp Info Package

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