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2017 Wild Kidz

This year, we reached a total 56 children in the communities of Winfield and Rock Creek. Camps were offered free of charge, camper need only register to be admitted. Lunches were provided each day as another method to reduce barriers for participation.  Each camp shares some base programs; however, each camp was designed with place based programming. Place-based programming incorporates local attractions and venues in developing a program. By using this design concept, each Wild Kidz camp was unique and allowed campers to discover local “eco” attractions that some never knew existed in the community. Examples of place-based programming in 2017 include fishing at local stocked ponds and lakes, visits to local nature centres, survival workshops from local volunteers, and a gun safety and conservation workshop from the local RCMP detachment.

2017 Wild Kidz Report (PDF)


Winfield


 

Wild Kidz visited Winfield from July 17-21, 2017 and was hosted by the Oceola Fish and Game Club. This was the second time the BCWF Kids and Youth Program visited the Greater Kelowna Area; last visiting in 2014 for a Go Wild in Winfield and a Wild Kidz in Peachland. Winfield 2017 was the largest Wild Kidz to date, hosting 32 campers instead of the usual 25! This larger number of campers was an experiment in further expanding the program as well as catering to the high demand in the area. The camp sold out in 3 days!
 

Aside from the base Wild Kidz programming, a variety of uniqueregion-specific programs were also offered. The Oceola Club’s Youth Committee volunteers led campers in making pop can stoves and paracord bracelets, providing campers with creative and out-of-the box solutions to outdoor survival. The Oceola Club also provided a guided walk of the George Mitchell Wildlife Preserve, which Oceola maintains. There, volunteer Robert explained what the club does to maintain the Preserve and how they rehabilitate the wildlife that lives there. Beverley Rice, a Pro Staff member at the local fish and tackle shop Best Lure, provided guidance to campers on a fishing adventure, along with BCWF and Oceola staff. Wild Kidz also took the campers on a field trip to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre where they witnessed a raptor show and went through 4 educational rotation blocks led by the Allan Brooks staff. Lastly, campers took part in a Range Day led by experience Oceola Club volunteers. Campers learned to shoot a variety of .22 mm rifles as well as compound bows.

 

  

 

 


Rock Creek


 

Hosted by the Kettle Wildlife Association (KWA), Wild Kidz visited Rock Creek for the first time from July 24 to 28. Visiting Rock Creek meant a great deal to both kids and parents, since the closest summer camp experience is a minimum hour and half drive and would have been very costly. Wild Kidz gave 24 kids of Rock Creek and the surrounding areas (Midway, Greenwood, and Grand Forks) a free summer camp experience that they would never receive unless they lived in an urban centre.

Rock Creek’s warm and dry climate provided many opportunities for Wild Kidz. To keep campers cooled off, Wild Kidz Rock Creek programming included water balloon fights and tubing down the Kettle River! Campers were also able to fish on Wilgress Lake and hike in the backcountry around the KWA clubhouse, all under the supervision and guidance of KWA volunteers and the BCWF team.
 
The last two days – Range Day and the club barbeque – were the most eventful and memorable. Range Day started with RCMP Officer, Constable Simon, coming and talking to campers about gun safety and basic hunting ethics. The safety talk was then followed by an expanded Range Day where campers learned to shoot not only .22 mm rifles and bows, but 12-gauge shot guns as well. Range Day finished off with a shoot-off between the top 5 boy and girl shooters; the winners were given awards, including trophies donated by the KWA. The Rock Creek’s club barbeque was one of the most eventful and interactive Wild Kidz has ever hosted. The barbeque featured one of the summer’s favourite activities, bubble ball wrestle, as well as a 25-foot-long slip n’ slide which was open to campers and their visiting siblings.
 
 
    
 
 

FUNDERS:

The Wild Kidz program is entirely funded on grants and donations. The BCWF would like to thank the Government of British Columbia’s Gaming Grant, Human Resources Development, and the British Columbia Conservation Foundation for their respective, generous financial contributions and dedication to investing in the future of BC youth.

 

 

IN-KIND SUPPORT:

Aside from financial contribution, Wild Kidz’ largest need is community support. The BCWF appreciates the immense value of volunteerism and in-kind support. This year, the Wild Kidz program has accrued over $14,000 worth of in-kind the following community groups and partners either through product/service donations or hours spent volunteering at the camps.  The BCWF would like to thank the Oceola Fish and Game Club, Kettle Wildlife Association, Weber & Markin Gunsmiths, Wholesale Sports in West Kelowna, the Vernon Canadian Tire, the Lake Country IGA, Dairy Queen, Subway, and Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza. Thank you all for your service.