Camp Woodlands has the facilities for a true outdoor adventure! A large semi-enclosed kitchen/eating area with enough seating for large groups of 50 or more. The wood stove and window shutters help make the kitchen a cheery refuge when the weather isn't co-operating. Additionally, it serves as a great classroom for instruction, meetings and training. (Bring your own gen-set if needed as there is no electricity)
There is a hand pump on the well just behind the kitchen (temporarily removed, 2018) but, although it uses a good water source, Camp Woodlands cannot guarantee it as safe potable water. Water should be either boiled or treated before using, or containers of water brought in to camp. Note: we are in the process of upgrading the water supply.
There are two sets of latrines: 2 near the kitchen and 2 near the gazeebo shelter beside the play field. The field is large enough for team sports (it is periodically upgraded with additional soil and seed) and can also serve as an overflow tenting location. The gazebo provides a sheltered location with wood stove and counters.
There is a large tenting ring with central contained fire pit. Tent pads of bordered pea gravel surround the fire ring for fun nights around the fire. The camp is on the shores of Lake Cowichan - a stunning lake with clear fresh water that stays warm for swimming until the end of September. There is a large dock and enclosed swimming area as well as a sheltered place for launching canoes and kayaks for the many destinations the lake offers.
Around the camp are trails for hiking and biking and some hidden haves to explore. Sumemrs can be very warm, in excess of 30 degrees celcius, and winters can be rainy or snowy.
Handy checklist of items to bring
- Water – 2.5 to 5-gallon containers. You need 2 – 4 quarts of water per day per person. And that’s only to drink. Don’t forget water will be needed for cooking and clean up.
- Stove and fuel (and waterproof matches)
- Tarp, ropes, clothesline, etc.
- Seating – camp stools, camp chairs.
- The kitchen shelter has long tables with benches and there are picnic tables throughout the camp.
- Frying pan and Dutch oven – cast iron is best but heavy. You can transport stuff in the Dutch oven.
- Coffee pot – can be used to heat water for tea, soup, pasta, coffee, hot chocolate or for doing dishes
- Plastic bowl or tub – for washing up and storage
- Rags, old towels, scrubbies and biodegradable soap
- Eating utensils – knives, forks and spoons
- Cooking utensils – sharp knife, can-opener, large spoon, spatula
- Cutting board – plastic
- Cooler – good for up to 2 days if most of the food is frozen
- Plastic tubs with tight fitting lids (or bear proof container)
- Zip lock bags for food storage.
- Aluminum foil (wrap foods up and cook)
This is a wilderness camp! Bears, cougars, elk and deer may be in the vicinity and attracted by food. DO NOT keep food, or eat, in tents. All food must be secured in bear-proof containers (or in vehicles) or hung from trees. For more information on how to keep food-safe go here: Make Your Food Bear-Safe!