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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 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.
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.