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Educo Adventure School

4592 Gustafsen Lake Road
100 Mile House, British Columbia, V0K 2E0
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Educo Adventure School  

4592 Gustafsen Lake Road, 100 Mile House, British Columbia, V0K 2E0

  • Type:
    Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $900 to $1,200/week
  • Ages:
    9 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About Educo Adventure School

    JUMP! Canada operates the Educo Adventure School that has inspired youth for over 50 years through transformative wilderness experiences. Our youth are encouraged to invite challenge, express themselves, support each other, accept opportunities, and participate in the adventures of life. An unforgettable experience that campers return to year after year.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    Dear Parents,

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Educo Adventure School is continuously updating guidelines and field protocols to ensure the wellbeing of our participants and staff. We will be adhering to all organizational, provincial and federal guidelines to ensure that all campers and staff are kept as safe as possible.

    Currently, we are anticipating a return to more normal operations for 2022 albeit with common Covid protocols in place such as hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing where and when appropriate. Our full 2022 Covid 19 Policy is a live document that is constantly being updated as new information and mandates become available. In the meantime, please reach out if you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

    We look forward to welcoming you to Educo this summer!

    Simon Bright JUMP! Canada & Educo Adventure School Director

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Educo Adventure School


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Educo Adventure School currently has 6 programs available.

    Filter activities available:


    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 9 - 11
    Adventure (multi), Wilderness Out-tripping
    $740 to $819
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Storytelling|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Animals|Health Science|Safari|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition|Football|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Swimming|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 12
    Adventure (multi)
    $1,699 to $1,839
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Storytelling|Arts & Crafts|Painting|Papier-mache|Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Animals|Safari|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition|Baseball/Softball|Flag Football|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Canoeing|Swimming|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 14
    Adventure (multi), Wilderness Out-tripping
    $1,103 to $1,229
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Storytelling|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Social Justice|Nature/Environment|Animals|Health Science|Safari|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition|Football|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Swimming|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 17
    Leadership Training, Adventure (multi)
    $512 to $1,024
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Social Justice|Super Camp|Nature/Environment|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition|Hiking|Canoeing|Swimming|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 15 - 17
    Wilderness Out-tripping, Adventure (multi)
    $2,021 to $2,252
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Storytelling|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Social Justice|Nature/Environment|Animals|Health Science|Safari|Zoology|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Nutrition|Football|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Swimming|Zip Line
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 17
    Nature/Environment, Adventure (multi)
    $512 to $1,024
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Social Justice|Super Camp|Nature/Environment|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition|Hiking|Canoeing|Swimming|Zip Line



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 1

    Discounts

    Discount if paid early 12.5%

    Scholarships & awards:
    Total annual scholarship fund: $12,000 CAD

    • Educo Scholarship Fund

      Amount: 50% Deadline: Rolling
      Type: Need based
      Age: 9 to 18
      Details: Financial Assistance JUMP! Canada Society is able to provide competitive and subsidized pricing for Summer programs at the Educo Adventure School because of the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. In addition, upon application we are also able to offer a limited number of scholarships annually based primarily on an assessment of financial need,to enable children to attend the Educo Adventure School and enjoy these transformational learning experiences that may not otherwise be possible. These scholarships are made possible by the support of our Community and specifically an endowment provided to the Society by one of our long term supporters.
      Application Details: Application Process for Scholarship Support The application process for Scholarship support is relatively simple and is being offered on a rolling basis through May 15, 2022. Two items are required to be considered for Scholarship support. A personal statement from the parent(s) or guardians stating why you are interested in JUMP! Summer camp programs at the Educo Adventure School for your child, specifically why you require financial assistance, and, what your child hopes to gain from attending one of our upcoming Summer programs. (no more than 200-300 words). A brief letter, Powerpoint presentation, essay or video from your child stating what they hope to gain from a Summer experience at the Educo Adventure School. Once submitted these materials will be reviewed by our team and you will be notified of the outcome of your request for Scholarship support within a short period of time. Any questions about the Scholarship application process should be directed to Simon Bright at [email protected] jumpfoundation.org or by phone at 250 395-3388
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    User reviews of Educo Adventure School


    Get outside your comfort zone!
    Volunteer (& past Board Member) (Parent)

    “Educo is a place that helps you snap out of your usual comfort zones – so that you can stretch and expand in all different kinds of directions in really fun and challenging and exhilarating ways – so that you can experience and know soooo much more of who you really are.” ... Read More

    Blasts away cynicism!
    Jordan Tucker (age 15) (Camper)

    “Educo blasted away my cynicism, and forced me to confront myself, head-on, no masks allowed… Educo demanded of me a love, a passion and a respect for everything I could touch and feel in others and in myself.”

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    4592 Gustafsen Lake Road, 100 Mile House, British Columbia, Canada



    Busing

    • Big Blue (Bus fee: TBD)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      YVR Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Domestic and International Terminals, Richmond, BC, Canada Not provided Not provided
      Vancouver Cruise Terminal Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada Not provided Not provided


    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Tents

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Composting Toilets
    • Outhouses
    • Showers (outdoor)

    More details about accommodations: Accommodation is in rustic cabins. We have 4 student cabins each able to hold 10 campers plus an adult. We provide sleeping pads for the bunks and require students to bring their own sleeping bags. Should students not have their own sleeping bag, we do have a limited number available for rent ($25 per week). There is no power in the cabins and the outhouses are a short walk away so bring a flashlight!

    Is Educo Adventure School technology free? Yes While not a strict "no technology policy" at camp, there is no wifi available or cell phone service at the Educo site! So we encourage the phones get put away except for taking photos.



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Climbing Wall
    • Rope Course

    Landscape

    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River
    • Open Field

    More details about property: JUMP’s Foundation Canada's Educo Adventure School has its beautiful base right on Little Holden Lake. This lake is located in the Cariboo Regional District of British Columbia (14 km down the Gustafsen Lake Forest Service Road from 100 Mile House). Our location is fully off the grid, meaning there is no running water and the extremely limited electricity is provided by solar panels.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    The months of May/June and September/October see school groups taking advantage of the beautiful setting to put aside technology and connect through dawn to dusk activity! Whether it be a workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion or tackling the high ropes together, your students will learn and grow together through shared challenges and thought provoking conversations. Normally our school programs last from 2-5 days!


    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Please get in touch if you have a specific request for dates. To have the camp to yourself (no campers on site) would be possible in May, June, September and October depending on school bookings.


    Associations

    The British Columbia Camping Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Simon Bright, JUMP! Canada Director

    Welcome, welcome, welcome. 

    We’ve dearly missed the vibrancy and enthusiasm of our campers so it is with great excitement that we again welcome youth back to the Educo Adventure School in the summer of 2022! 

    The past few years have been challenging times for many adventure camps battling through Covid restrictions and forest fires in the Cariboo area. Fortunately, while we’ve been shut down for two consecutive summers, we’ve been able to maintain and improve the site thanks to the generosity of donors, grants and volunteers. We are eternally grateful for all of those that have given the gift of time and/or money over the years to help keep the dream of an outdoor adventure school in the Cariboo alive over all these years. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

    Summer of 2022 will represent a turning point in the 52 year history of the Educo Adventure School. For the first time, JUMP! Foundation will share their vast global expertise in the area of transformational learning for youth to add new dimensions to the traditional outdoor adventure programming.  While the more traditional adventure programs will still be offered at Educo, we’re thrilled to offer JUMP! Leadership Programs for the first time that will have themes related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Climate Action and more. These programs will blend the best that Educo and JUMP! have to offer to create amazing and lasting impressions on participants. 

    For those of you interested in one day working at camps as outdoor guides or camp guides, check out our new Community Programs that are specially designed to get our youth upskilled, certified and experienced in the outdoor recreation field! Lat but not least, we’re offering our first Parent & Child Weeks in recognition of the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships with our children through outdoor activity. 

    Again, welcome back. The programming while at the beautiful Educo Adventure School site will inspire, empower and engage each and every individual this summer! 

    I can’t wait to meet you all,

    Simon Bright
    JUMP! Canada Director



    Stories

    • What's our week going to be like?

      In response to a student asking what their week at Educo might be like... 

      Just when you think you might be driving down the wrong gravel road into the middle of nowhere, you see a big sign between two trees and pull into the parking lot of Educo Adventure School. You made it! 

      Taking your bulky backpack and other gear from the trunk, you get to make your first decision of the next few days: you pick your bunk. What looks like rough digs compared to your cozy bed at home will soon appear to be a wonderful simplicity. With so many new faces around you, it’s hard to imagine that in ten days, you’ll feel as if you’ve known these people all your life.

      The first afternoon you get to know the site – the lakes, the fields, and the outhouses. As you settle in, you might take a dip in the lake, throw a frisbee, meet a few people and some zany staff. Sounds like a regular camp so far, right? Well, hang on tight. The rest of the course is a ride you won’t soon forget.

      The next couple of days are a blur of climbing walls, canoes, and team challenges. By day three, you are already saying to yourself: “I did all that?!” But it isn’t over yet!

      The next morning you pack your bags and head off to the mountains for the next two, three or seven days with your group. Hiking through meadows, valleys, and steep hills, you make it to new heights. As a team, you summit a peak with your group: the 360 degree views are a feast for your eyes and the wind is fresh and wild! You get the chance to see new parts of this world and maybe even some new sides of yourself. Again, you are saying to yourself, “I did all that?”

      You arrive back at the Educo site, your instructor honking happily as your van pulls into the driveway. Welcomed back excitedly by other staff and students, this place that once seemed foreign starts to feel like home now. And after a week in the mountains, those outhouses are looking luxurious!

      You take some time to clean your gear and yourself, maybe with a dip in the lake. When you emerge, you put on your best digs (or cleanest clothes at least) and there is a delicious graduation dinner prepared for you to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished over the week!

      As the last evening plays out, you take some time to gather your thoughts on all the new things you just experienced. It becomes clear that you did something truly amazing beyond words and pictures. You did it. You had an experience that was more than just fun; it was inspiring, adventurous, and empowering, and more than likely you learned something about yourself along the way.

      The final morning, Educo is a bustling place as parents pull up in the driveway. You rush out to the parking lot to give your family a hug, glowing with rejuvenation from your week. Your parents are ushered into the Rec Hall where your Open House begins. It’s time to share some stories from your week and what you’ve learned about yourself and your peers with your family. With butterflies in your belly, you stand up proudly to share all that you accomplished and the magic of Educo.

      It’s time to go. You hug your new best friends and wave goodbye, with promises to keep in touch, as you head off down the gravel road to town.



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