3202 Young Lake Road, Sooke, BC, V9Z 0J6
Camp Barnard is a 251 acre Scout Camp suitable for day-use and short or long-term camps. It offers sites and facilities for both residential and wilderness camping. On this website you will find registration forms, maps, rates, facilities descriptions, campsite availability- everything you need to arrange a great outdoor adventure. NO PETS ALLOWED AT CAMP
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- Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org OR Fax 250 642-1312
- Caretaker: Willy Burrows- email@example.com Ph 250 642-5924, cell 250 415-1619
- Committee Chair: Grace Seabrook- firstname.lastname@example.org Ph/Fx 250 592 5747/9195
Getting there: (1 hour drive from downtown Victoria)
- From Victoria take Hwy 1 and follow signs to Sooke
- In Sooke turn right at the 3rd stop light on to Otter Point Road
- Stay on Otter Pt. Rd. for about 5 Km, turn right on to Young Lake Road
- Young Lk. Rd. leads right into Camp Barnard
What you'll see ...
Our 14-acre lake features a swimming area, boat house with canoe rentals, lakeside camping and an around-the-lake trail.
Young Lake is big enough for a good paddle, small enough for a really great Beaver Scouts hiking adventure. Life just doesn't get much better.
Each of the four circles ( Rama, Mang, Kaa and Sona*) has six cabins (8 bunks each). Cabins are insulated, have covered porches and have excellent venting. At least one cabin in each circle is wheelchair accessible.
Each includes a fire circle, kitchen/dining facilities and are convenient to restrooms. The two kitchens, Mor* (shared by Rama and Mang), and Keego* (shared by Kaa and Sona) each accommodate two cooking crews (sorry cooks not included in this offer).
*All names are from the Jungle Book.
McPherson and Totem Lodges:
These two buildings, joined by a covered walkway, are usually booked together. Their location at the highest point in the camp offers a quiet setting and excellent star gazing. Both buildings and their washrooms are accessible by wheelchair.
McPherson (on the left) contains the kitchen and dining areas, with the dining room doubling as meeting/activity area. Totem has a divided sleeping loft and a large activity room on the first floor. Bathrooms are available in both buildings; playing field; and fire circle.
Tenting and Tarping Areas:
Camp Barnard has a wide range of sites suitable for tenting and tarping. Some locations have washrooms and showers; others are limited to pit toilets. All have access to (inspected) coldwater standpipes.
'Front Country Tenting' applies to Thompson Field and Creekside campsites. Use of these sites includes access to Thompson Bathroom with showers, etc. Bathrooms are NOT to be used for washing dishes.
'Back Country Tenting' refers to all camping areas at the north and west end of camp - Columbia, Skeena, Fraser, McKenzie, Yukon. These campsites have outhouses and nearby access to drinking water. Fraser, McKenzie and Yukon each have a picnic shelter. Campers are expected to observe all rules of NO TRACE camping in this area- pack it in; pack it out please.
Extensive hiking trails; a good jump off point for neighbouring hiking opportunities.
Central Areas of Camp Barnard
About using Camp Barnard
CAMP SAFETY GUIDE
- Complete and use the Camp Barnard Event Emergency/Action Plan
- All Users are required to report to the Camp Caretaker for check-in & check-out.
- Camp emergencies must be reported to the Camp Caretaker.
- Camp Barnard is in a 911-service area. A payphone is situated near the camp entrance.
- Fire exits must not be blocked.
- The discretion of the Camp Caretaker shall prevail in all matters of conduct and safety.
- DO NOT drive vehicles "Off Road" in Camp. Park in parking lot only.
- All vehicles should be left locked & items of value stored out of sight.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted by any user groups at Camp Barnard. (please refer to the Duty of Care Document ).
- The use of firearms, including air rifles and handguns is not permitted at any time on camp property.
- Absolutely NO PETS are permitted in any area at Camp.
- Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas.
- Persons under the age of 19 will not be permitted to smoke anywhere in camp.
- Please ensure you are familiar with the National Duty of Care Document regarding smoking in the presence of youth.
CAMP MAINTENANCE GUIDE
- Trees, shrubs, creeks or the lake should never be used as a toilet.
- To preserve undergrowth, walk on trails and park in parking lots.
- All campers are asked to observe quiet time after 11 pm.
- Fires must be in designated fire pit areas only. Do not leave fires burning unattended; ensure they are fully extinguished after use.
- Firewood will be provided subject to availability. Do Not cut or burn deadfall or trees.
- All equipment and furniture is to be returned to its correct location.
- Camp courtesy is to request entry to others site.
PROGRAM SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
- Canoes, PFDs are available to rent. Book with Camp Registrar or Camp Caretaker.
- A Frisbee Golf Course is located in the backcountry. Frisbees are available from the caretaker.
- There are 3 geo-caching sights at Camp Barnard.
- An archery range with butts and netting is located along the road to the Backcountry. ALL USERS must reserve range with Registrar or at the camp office - no compound bows please.
Your questions or comments can be addressed to the camp committee, which may be contacted by calling Scout House - Victoria at (250) 727-3329 or by email at email@example.com.
PLACES TO GO WHILE STAYING AT CAMP BARNARD
- Jack Brooks Fish Hatchery- located off Boneyard Road, an easy walk from camp. Opens late September as Sooke salmon Enhancement Society members collect brood stock; remains in use till May when last of fry are released. Contact Mel Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sooke Regional Museum- 2070 Phillips Road, at the lighthouse as you enter Sooke from Victoria. Info at www.sookeregionmuseum.com
- Juan de Fuca Marine Trail- spectacular coastal hiking, several trailheads along the West Coast Rd. www.juandefucamarinetrail.com.
- Sooke Potholes- A new CRD park on the Sooke River. www.sookepotholes.com
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