Recreational activities

CHALLENGE COURSE
The challenge course consists of team building and personal challenge features in a forested setting.

  • The operation and safety aspects of these games are must be explained by the Coordinator and are part of the on-site orientation session. Risk must be assumed in the activities that take place.
  • Students must be supervised during the use of the challenge course by an adult who has completed the on-site orientation or has otherwise been instructed by the coordinator in the proper use of the course.
  • The challenge course is not a playground. Extreme care must be exercised while using and supervising this area as the potential for injury is very high. Risk must be assumed.

*The Challenge Course is currently under redevelopment. Please note that some features may be removed and replaced over time.

THE BOULDERING WALL (CLIMBING WALL):
1600 square feet of traversable climbing space and can accommodate up to 12 people to a maximum of 24 active participants in the mandatory climber-spotter arrangement.

The wall is outdoors and therefore subject to prevailing weather conditions. At a maximum height of 11’6” tall and with safety boundaries clearly marked. It is suitable for all users.

Orientation for the bouldering wall will be done with the site Coordinator and the climbing group. The Coordinator will then either appoint a “Floor Monitor” to oversee use of the wall or remain on-site.

The enclosure for the wall is to remain locked at all times unless either the “Floor Monitor” or Site Coordinator are present.

* Please read the policy agreement located below and in the Teacher’s Manual.

CANOEING
There are currently 4 canoes stored at the Center for use on Cameron Lake.

  • All participating students are capable of swimming at least 50 meters wearing full clothing and a personal floatation device.
  • Parents have been informed that students will be participating in canoeing exercises, and have signed the consent that includes that students are able to perform the maneuvers listed above. (See sample permission slip)
  • There are not more than 6 Students per Canoeing Instructor.


    INSTRUCTORS
    Private lessons can be offered and is encouraged for teachers who would like to lead students.To qualify as an instructor a person must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Be and Adult
  • Hold a flat-water Instructors Certificate from the Recreational Canoeing Association of BC or the equivalent. (The Coordinator may be able to provide this training. Contact the Coordinator about scheduling a lesson before your visit.)
  • Be briefed by the Site Coordinator on concerns specific to canoeing on Cameron Lake.

*The duration of this activity can take 1-2 hours dependant on group age, ability and schedule. This instruction is designed to give students basic knowledge and experience and is not for the purposes of certification. For private certification lessons, contact the Coordinator.

The Canoeing season is from May to Mid-October each year.

VOYAGER CANOE
The Voyager canoe can accommodate 11-13 people. It takes group cooperation to create rhythm for forward motion. Not suggested for students Kindergarten – Grade 3.

  • A lesson will be given before entering the canoe.
  • All students must help prepare the activity by collecting equipment and launching the canoe.
  • Specific directions will be given to students about how to enter the canoe.
  • Students will learn how important teamwork will be.
  • 12 passengers can ride along with the Coordinator.
  • Paddlers learn to keep in rhythm.
  • Discussion about first uses of voyager canoes and history of the voyagers in our region.

*This activity requires the Coordinator to lead.

TRAILS
Hiking and Cross-Country Ski trails have been developed to access the various study areas, lakes and wetlands surrounding Cameron Lake.

  • The trails were all designed with a single file hiking group in mind.
  • Trails are marked with fluorescent orange metal tags nailed into trees visible along the trail.
  • Signs are posted at the beginning and end of each trail as well as at each intersection with other trails.
  • Study areas are located at various places along the trails. These are small cleared areas in which a group can gather to view and carry out various procedures.
  • The trails are suitable for cross country skiing and are normally track-set during the winter. During the summer months, some of these trails are also suitable for hiking. The northern Muskeg Meadows ski trails are too wet for summer use.
  • When making use of the longer and more challenging trails each student should carry a pack containing rain gear, spare dry clothing, water and a snack. Teachers, group leads and booking contacts must always notify the site Coordinator of plans for extended hikes, departure and expected return times and always carry a portable first aid kit, bear spray, a radio and/or inReach device.

*Presently the Rocky Mountain View Trail and the Lost Ridge Trail fall into this category, which are scheduled for maintenance and not currently suggested for use.

*No motorized or other mechanical forms of transportation are allowed on these trails.

*Maps of the trail system are included here on our website https://www.prn.bc.ca/cameronlake/trail-maps/.

SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
Trails and equipment are available to student groups at no cost. Tracks are set once each week. A first aid certified adult must accompany student groups and must first receive an orientation on

  • Equipment use
  • Maps and trails
  • Sign in/out procedure
  • Emergency response

MOUNTAIN BIKING
18 Mountain bikes are available for use on designated trails.

  • All users must wear a helmet.
  • All bikes must be inspected before use.
  • An adult must accompany each group.
  • Orientation is proved by the Coordinator at the beginning of the session.
  • Meeting points (stop and wait points) and a destination point must be decided upon ahead of time on discussed on a map. (if a student biker gets too far ahead, they must wait at decided locations for others to catch up. An adult must ride at the back of all students.
  • Bikes are to be inspected again at the end of each session.
  • Bikes are inspected again upon return for any damage and charged a tune up fee if necessary.

*Damaged bikes may be subject to a maintenance fee

ARCHERY
Archery Equipment is available for use. There are 3 targets, 4 bows and arrows to suit large groups .

  • An adult must lead each group through the activity after being given an orientation by the Coordinator.
  • Students must be told rules to follow and receive demonstration of proper technique and etiquette.
  • Students will take turns in lessons.
  • Students will participate in games to practice their skills.

TRUST AND COOPERATION GAMES
The field can be utilized for team-building games. There are descriptions and instruction for games located on the Resources and Activities page of the website.

There is equipment for some these games located on site.

* Game lists and instructions are located here on our website.
https://www.prn.bc.ca/cameronlake/games/

BEACH
The Center has a fair-sized beach and dock to accommodate groups for shoreline exploration and swimming.

  • Swimming depth is decided by age groups and will be marked by barriers ahead of participating.
  • Swimming outside of the rope is prohibited .
  • Students must be supervised. There should be one adult for every 10 students in the water or on the beach at all times.
  • Students must use the buddy system.
  • The life preserver must be kept on the beach at all times.