Date Event Location
February 25, 2020

Winter Trivia Fundraiser

Closed
CANCELLED

Spring Volunteer Work Weekend

Evans Lake
POSTPONED

Annual General Meeting

Evans Lake
CANCELLED

Open House

Evans Lake
November 6-8, 2020

Fall Volunteer Work Weekend

Evans Lake
Dec 27-30, 2020

Winter Camp

Evans Lake
January 13, 2021

Summer Camp Registration Opens

Online

COVID-19 & SUMMER CAMP UPDATE

EVANS LAKE SUMMER CAMP 2020 UPDATE 

This year would have been Evans Lake’s 60th year of summer camp—a milestone we are quite proud of and were really excited to celebrate. Unfortunately, COVID-19 had other plans. It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Evans Lake’s Overnight Summer Camp is cancelled for the 2020 season.  Please rest assured that this decision was not made lightly — it was made after extensive research was done, on all possible options for operating overnight camp safely.

For the past few months, our team has worked diligently exploring every which way to make summer camp happen due to the pandemic. Along with the BC Camps Association, we created a robust re-opening plan for overnight camps, following guidelines provided by WorkSafe BC, the Ministry of Health and various industry sectors related to camps. We shared our proposal with Dr. Bonnie Henry, via the team at the BC Centre for Disease Control.  

Last week, the decision was reached that “ the risk to public health this summer of overnight camps is too great to endorse…” and that “…day camps be considered as a safer alternative under the current circumstances.”  Unfortunately, this wasn’t the answer we were hoping for, but we respect our Public Health Officer’s decision, as our campers’ and staff’s wellbeing is our top priority.  

These have been very challenging times at Evans Lake and our team has met each and every challenge with creativity, a positive attitude, and a determination to try to make camp happen for your kids. Thank you for your patience and support as we worked to find answers. Thank you to our summer staff team who patiently stood by while we came to this decision. They too love their summers at Evans Lake and will feel the loss of not being immersed in this joyful experience. A huge thank you to our onsite team who has worked hard to prepare camp for the upcoming season, completing so much on a very restricted budget. And of course, a thank you to Conor and Mollie, our Program Team leaders who seamlessly shifted gears with each new announcement over the past 10 weeks, rolling with the constant changes and creating new paths forward. 

Having a summer at Evans Lake without overnight camp is so hard to imagine and truly heartbreaking for us all. We will miss seeing all our returning campers, and the joy in meeting all the new ones. Please let your kids know that we tried very hard and we will miss them very much. But to reiterate what Dr. Bonnie Henry often says, Remember, this is not forever. We’re going to get through this.

Detailed instructions to cancel are noted below.

Sending you all warm wishes for a safe and healthy summer.

Sincerely,

Lauren Marghetti, Executive Director
Evans Lake Forest Education Society

P.S. Based on the recommendation by Dr. Henry and her team, we are now exploring a Day Camp program for summer 2020. This would be a modified version of our awesome overnight camp experience.  More details will be communicated in the coming week.

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COVID-19 UPDATE & WILDFIRE EVACUATION

COVID19- CAMP CLOSED FOR APRIL

At this time, Evans Lake is currently CLOSED due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal and provincial health orders in place.  We are closed until the end of April, at which point we will reassess (and likely extend into May).

We ask that people do not visit our site or the surrounding trails into camp, out of abundance of caution, and for the safety of our onsite team. Thank you for understanding and obliging.

FOREST FIRE EVACUATION

This past week (April 15-19, 2020) Evans Lake was evacuated due to a forest fire burning close to camp. Fortunately, the fire has since been sufficiently suppressed, and our team has been able to return home. We are happy to report that rain is in the forecast for the coming week, which will help tremendously. The BC Wildfire crew working the fire, have asked for people to stay out of the area, which includes Squamish & Paradise Valley, Evans Lake, Levette Lake, Hutt Lake, Butterfly Lake, etc. #StayHome #activefire

We at Evans Lake are doing our very best during these difficult times. We understand the struggle many of you are facing and wish you and your loved one’s health and strength throughout these challenges. Hopefully, in the near future we can welcome groups back to our site, as we feel camp will be needed more than ever.

Sincerely,

Lauren Marghetti

Executive Director

info@evanslake.com
604-294-2267

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COVID-19 UPDATE- SUMMER CAMP

Dear Evans Lake Summer Camp Families,

First, we want to acknowledge the range of challenges that we’re all living through right now, and send all of the great Evans Lake thoughts your way.  From the warmth of our campfire, to the rush of making a new friend, to the awe of standing at the base of a 500-year old tree—we’re sharing everything we’ve got! 


We are writing to you about our 2020 summer camp. COVID-19 has brought uncertainty to all of us. Like many of you, we’ve been cheering for our healthcare workers at 7PM, and becoming very familiar with our Public Health Officers (Dr. Bonnie Henry in BC). Their rules are guiding our adaptations to this fluid situation. As camp is two+ months away, we remain optimistic that we’ll operate our summer camp program as planned. As unprecedented as the situation is, we have time to see how this unfolds before a decision needs to be made on running our 2020 Summer Camp program—a choice that will be informed by our government and health authorities.  

In normal times, the experience at Evans Lake inspires, recharges, and settles campers and staff alike.  We strongly believe that, if safe to do so, that will be needed by all of us more than ever.    

 

Preparing for Summer Camp

We currently have a core team of staff who are preparing for the 2020 season so that, if the public health orders allow for it, we will be ready to welcome your kids to Evans Lake. We know that the safety of your children is your number one priority—and it is ours too.  As part of our 2020 preparation, all families will receive a dedicated package that details our cleaning and sanitization procedures, and any key modifications we’ll be making to our programs.  That package will be finalized as we approach summer (late May/early June).  

 

Cancellation Options

At this time, we intend to operate this summer, but we are realistic that safety rules and guidelines are changing day-by-day. Leading up to May 27th, we will assess all relevant public health orders and advice and confirm (on this date) whether we will be running any 2020 Summer Camp programs.  If you choose to cancel before May 27th, our cancellation fee of $50 will apply as the current public health orders do not extend into the summer.  If you are comfortable waiting with us until May 27th and Summer Camp ends up cancelled, we will offer two options:

  • We can hold the deposit paid for the 2020 camp session and apply it a 2021 camp session.  If you choose this option, you will be given advanced registration for our 2021 season; or
  • We can issue a full refund of fees paid, including waiving the normal $50 admin fee.

 

Final Payment Date Moved

We are moving our final payment date from May 1st to June 1st so that no family is charged while waiting for confirmation on our 2020 season.  If Summer Camp is cancelled, all automatic payment scheduled for June 1st will be cancelled.

 

Subsidy Program

Our subsidy program is set up to help those families who need financial support in order to send their kids to camp. We acknowledge that many families will experience financial hardship over the coming months,  please consider applying for a subsidy from our campership fund if needed.  We cannot guarantee that there will be funds available for everyone in need of financial assistance, but we will do our best to support as many families as possible. 

We hope to welcome you to camp this summer so that, together, we can share a positive and memorable experience. 

Wishing you strength & good health for you and your families,
 

Lauren Marghetti, Executive Director 

And the Evans Lake Team

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COVID-19 Update

As Evans Lake is primarily used by schools, learning and living in a group setting, we want to reach out to you amidst the most recent updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We understand there is a lot of feelings and concerns about this outbreak and there are a lot of unknowns at this time. The bottom line is we want to make sure everyone is – and feels – safe, so we will be having discussions with our team and our board over the next two weeks to determine our plans for the month of April. As it stands now, all April groups are continuing as planned, with modifications for increased sanitization and hand washing. We will be actively monitoring WHO, municipal, provincial and federal health authorities for updates, to assess and make decisions moving forward. As of today, the BC Centre for Disease Control continues to advise that, while there are confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in British Columbia, the risk remains low. 

We urge everyone to take the necessary precautions and to do their best to reduce the risk of spreading this illness. These are a few easy ways to ensure lower risk of contracting and sharing any virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds after using the washroom, sneezing, coughing, and touching public surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crease of your elbow.

Additional Resources: 

We at Evans Lake wish you and your loved one’s health and strength throughout this process, and will be in touch as more information comes up.

Sincerely,

Lauren Marghetti

Executive Director

On behalf of the  
Evans Lake Team & Board of Directors

info@evanslake.com

604-294-2267

(Please leave us a message as we may be working remotely)

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2020 AGM- UPDATE

UPDATED ON MARCH 23, 2020

In compliance with civil authority directives regarding gatherings, we are postponing the AGM on March 28. 

In order to stay inside of rules of the Not-For-Profit Act, we will convene a short meeting on March 28, with only a couple of directors at camp and others via tele-conference. We ask other members not to participate, as the sole purpose of the meeting is to pass a motion to reschedule the AGM. 

 

UPDATED AGM AGENDA

  1. Establish quorum (bylaws dictate three members minimum)
  2. Motion by Board of Directors to defer the meeting, with a time and place to be announced in the future.
  3. Adjourn

BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS

We have had a strong response to our call for board of director nominations and we will present a solid slate for your consideration at the future AGM, date TBA.

PAST NOTICE- – February 28, 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, the 28th day of March, 2020,  at the Evans Lake Forest Education Centre in Squamish, BC. 

Voting Members
Only members defined in the by-laws as “voting Members” and are eligible to vote at the AGM. Members must be in good standing and present at the meeting to vote. Voting by proxy is not permitted.

Nominations to the Board of Directors
This is a call for Nominations to the Board of Directors.  

If you are interested in joing our board, please review the voluteer position posting can be found on our website. Please send your resume and cover letter to  bod@evanslake.com by March 08, 2020 11:59 PM.

Officers of the Board are President, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, plus one board member.  The Officers shall serve for a term of one year.  If no person elected, the person previously appointed continues to hold office.

Any individual who desires to be a candidate for a vacancy on the Board must:a.   Be an active member in good standing.
b.   Be 18 years of older.
c.   Not have the status of being bankrupt and
d.   Submit a cover letter and resume that declares the intention to run for a board position. Providing a brief summary outlining their experience and why they want to become a member of the Board. Nominees who are running for positions, will have the opportunity to speak to their qualifications and interest  (2 minutes) at the Annual General Meeting.
e.    Note that if a nominee is unable to be in attendance at the Annual General Meeting, they then must ensure that they have a proxy for the Director position that they are running for. This proxy letter must be received by the Board, bod@evanslake.com, 48 hours prior to the Annual General meeting.
Nominations from the Floor
A call for nominations from the floor may be made at the discretion of the President.

Committees
If you aren’t ready to run for the board, consider getting involved in one of the Evans Lake committees: Fundraising, Alumni Relations & Special Events and the Friends of Evans Lake. This is a perfect way to get involved in the Evans Lake community and contribute to your favorite camp.
Annual General Meeting Agenda

  1. Adoption of rules of order
  2. Consideration of the financial statements
  3. Report of the Directors
  4. Election of Directors
  5. Appointment of the auditor, if required
  6. Other business that, under these By-laws, ought to be transacted at an annual general meeting, or business which is brought under consideration by the report of the Directors issued with the notice convening the meeting.
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2018 Fall Volunteer Work Weekend

Our Fall Volunteer Work Crew Weekend is Upon Us….

We will be hosting our Annual Fall Volunteer Work Crew Weekend, November 03 – 04, 2018. We ask for your help with winterizing camp for the upcoming cold months, closing up the waterfront area, road repairs, grounds maintenance, cleaning out the buildings and much more. 

Come up anytime after dinner on Friday night (the 2nd) to catch up with old friends, past campers, board members and alumni. We will provide you with delicious meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch. Please RSVP by filling out the Registration Form, so we have numbers to work with for meal planning purposes. Please fill out a separate form for each person attending.

All are welcome to attend.
Those crew members under the age of 16, must come with a parent or guardian.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!!

2020 Spring Volunteer Work Weekend- CANCELLED

Our Spring Volunteer Work Weekend, planned for March 28- 29, 2020 has been cancelled. We will update this page, should an event be scheduled in the near future.

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2020 Open House- CANCELLED

Join Us At Evans Lake On Sunday, June 21, 2020 for our Annual Open House, 11am-3pm

OUR 2020 OPEN HOUSE IS CANCELLED. BELOW IS INFORMATION OUTLINING A TYPICAL OPEN HOUSE EVENT, FOR FUTURE YEARS.

Bring your friends and family to Evans Lake for a day full of fun activities, delicious food and lasting memories. This is a great opportunity for you and your parents to meet our friendly staff, tour the camp, and enjoy a lovely afternoon at Evans Lake.

Get out on our pristine lake and enjoy some canoeing, paddle-boarding and swimming. Also don’t forget to check out our rock-climbing wall, archery range and much more! Our food services team will prepare a fresh lunch of your camp favorites at a nominal cost. There will an assortment of items on display for our silent auction.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Evans Lake Address:

1625 Levette Lake Road Brackendale, BC
For more information or questions, please email info@evanslake.com or call us 604-294-2267

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We ask that you please leave your pets at home.

2020 Summer Camp Registration- Opens January 7 at 9 am

PLAN AHEAD

We  want to see your children at our camp this coming summer, so we encourage you to register early for the following reasons:
  1. You can ensure your child gets a spot. The past two summers we have sold out!
  2. The first 75 registration can take advantage of our early bird discount of $50 off.
  3. Give yourself piece of mind and take this off your ‘to-do’ list.
  4. A wider selection of dates to choose from

‘GO TO REGISTRATION’

CAMP DATES

Youth Camp (Ages 8- 12)
July 05 – 10July 19 – 24July 26 – 31, August 17 – 22
Junior Teen Camp (Ages 10- 14)
June 28 – July 04July 11 – 17August 10 – 16
Teen Camp (Ages 13- 16)
August 02 – 08
OAK Outdoor Adventure Kamp (Ages 13- 16)
Anderson Lake Paddle Trip, July 11 – 17
Elfin Lake Hike & Sea Safari Trip, August 02 – 08
Garibaldi Hike & White Water Rafting Trip, August 10 – 16
Leadership Camps (Ages 14- 16)
A) Leadership Interpersonal Skills, July 05 – 10July 26 – 31
B) Leadership Team-Building Skills, July 19 – 24August 17– 22

‘GO TO REGISTRATION’

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2019 Spring Volunteer Work Weekend

We will be hosting our Spring Volunteer Work Weekend, March 30- 31, 2019. Come up to Evans Lake anytime after dinner on Friday night (the 29th), or early Saturday morning. We ask for your help opening camp up for the upcoming rental and summer season. We will provide delicious meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch. Please RSVP by filling in our registration form. We ask each person attending to register for accommodation and meal planning purposes. All are welcome to attend.

Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

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