Youth programs

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Light the Fire

Imagine sleeping under the stars, swimming in a sparkling lake, meeting new friends, and discovering talents you didn’t know you possessed. Imagine creating art and community in a supportive and inspiring environment – all while having a ridiculous amount of fun! If you’re 14 to 18 years old, want to make new friends, explore the arts and make a difference in the world, Power of Hope summer camps are for you!

Each one of us is filled with untapped creativity, and art is an incredible tool to access it! At camp you’ll have the opportunity to try to new things and express yourself in a supportive community with visual arts, dance, theatre, writing, media and much more.

Each day, choose from exciting arts and nature-based workshops led by our staff of inspiring artists, musicians, naturalists and change makers.  

Light the Fire takes place in Klahoose territory on beautiful Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island, British Columbia. Linnaea is a 315-acre organic farm and land conservancy of fields, orchards, gardens, bluffs and forests, next to a sparkling lake. Everyday there is time to swim, hike and explore outdoors. In these gorgeous natural settings you’ll fill your days with fun, friendship, and discovery.

Approximately 40 youth & 25 staff from all over Canada and the US attend each of our camps. This small youth-to-staff ratio allows us to provide a safe environment where mentorship relationships can thrive. At every camp, Power of Hope strives to bring together a truly diverse group of youth and staff and aims for diversity of all kinds: ethnic, cultural, religious, class, personality, life experience, and more.

To get an idea of what camp is like, take a look through our photo albums on Flickr, or listen to some of the music we’ve made at camp on our soundcloud. If you’re curious to hear what past participants have said about their camp experiences, take a look at our testimonials.

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Held on the lands of the Cowichan Tribes, this camp will focus on connection to self and re-connection to others after a long time of disconnection and fragmentation. We will be using music, movement, and dance to step back into our bodies and invite ourselves to connect more deeply with the world around us.

Over the course of four days we will get to explore the ways that connection can nourish us, how we can listen ore deeply to ourselves and to our bodies, and allowing ourselves space to let loose and enjoy the moment. We will have workshops available across a wide variety of topics, because of course we know that everyone moves and connects in different ways.

We are so excited to offer this camp for the first time in 2021 and can’t wait to see you there!

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Earth Arts

Held on the land of the T’Sou-ke Nation, this camp brings together local Indigenous youth with a variety of youth from across Canada and the US. With a focus on connection to the land, stewardship, connection to self and community through the arts, we will be spending three days together engaging in workshops that draw on the skills and passions alive within the youth and staff present.

In 2018 we ran our first resurgence of this weekend-long camp after a 10 year hiatus. We are thrilled to be returning to the site of Camp Thunderbird, and to be able to spend more time throughout the year engaging in the unique community connection fostered at all of our camps.

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Our partner Spark Point Music runs year round youth programming on beautiful Cortes Island. They offer a 10 week program: Rock and Hip Hop sessions for ages 7 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 18. These sessions have youth coming together in groups, or “bands,” to write, record and perform original music. All of the songs originate from and are written by the youth, with support and guidance from adult musicians.

They also offer 1 on 1 sessions for youth who are interested in specialized mentorship and access to studio space.  We can work on producing an album of individual or collaborative work, explore various instruments and/or get further in depth with recording and digital production knowledge and skills.

Learn more about Spark Point Music here!