Camp Koolaree is holding its first open house to give the community the opportunity to see what they are all about.
The United Church runs the 137 acre camp on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake across from Six Mile. It has been in operation since 1931.
“This summer we’ve seen more new campers than we have in a long time,” said camp manager Juliana Marko.
“We have a no turn away policy which means that everyone is welcome, even those who can’t financially afford it.”
Donations to their camper-ship fund allows all campers to participate.
“Koolaree is here for the community to experience the world away from technology,” said Marko. “We are about creating community and relationships while getting ‘back to the earth’”, adding with boat access only, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all.
They are working towards a kitchen and dining hall restoration project next spring, and want the community to get involved.
The open house is on Saturday, August 1 from 1 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for 13+, $10 for 3-12, and free for 2 years and under. Boat rides to the camp will be available from McDonald’s Landing at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Once at the camp, visitors can enjoy beach time, a hike, crafts, games, songs, tours, and dinner.