Outdoor Ed. FAQ’s

Do we need a lifeguard to go swimming?

Please refer to your school district guidelines. During programs that are run by our Society, we require one lifeguard (over the age of 19) for every 40 swimmers.

Do we need any certification to go canoeing?

Please refer to your school district guidelines.  During programs run by our Society, we require an adult instructor who must be adequately trained. Life jackets also must be worn at all times when using water crafts.

Does someone have to sleep in the cabins with the students?

Please refer to your school district guidelines.  Our groups manage this in different ways.  Some use high school students as counselors, some use parents/ teachers and some leave the students on their own in the cabins.  Please note: Our staff do not sleep in the cabins.

 Can we bring our own food in addition to what is provided?

Yes.  We have a fridge and a microwave, for your convenience in the dining hall.  Please remember to store all food in mouse proof containers in the dining hall. And please, do not bring any food which contain peanut or nut products, as we are a PEANUT FREE SITE.

What happens if something goes wrong in the middle of the night?

The group leader will be given a radio during your stay to be able to get a hold of a camp staff at any time during the day or night. Please use this communication tool to alert our staff of any problems.

 What happens in an Emergency?

ELFEC staff have been trained to handle on site emergencies, with detailed procedures to follow. We suggest that a combined effort, with the ELFEC leading is the best method.  Our staff will help make sure your group is safe.

Are we going to be the only group at the camp?

Yes, unless otherwise discussed, you have an exclusive rental.

 Who is responsible for first aid while on site?

Each group is required to have a first aid attendant with the group, as well as any first aid supplies, and a vehicle in case transportation to a medical clinic is required. Our staff can assist a group.

How far is it to medical facilities?

The Squamish General Hospital is located just 20 kilometers from camp, in Squamish.  If there is a  serious medical emergency the ambulance service is able to come directly into camp.

Are there any wild animal problems?

No.  But because we live in the forest there is always an opportunity that an animal may be seen.  Camp staff are trained in dealing with wildlife and we take many preventative measures to ensure your safety.

Who supervises the students?

Supervision of the students, while at Evans Lake, is the responsibility of your school staff and adult volunteers at all time. Evans Lake will assist group leaders.

Is there cell phone reception or Internet service at Evans Lake?

Cell phone reception is quite limited at camp. There are hot-spots around the site. There is currently no public WiFi connection.

 Hot Showers/ Heated Cabins

All of our buildings are winterized with insultation, windows and baseboard heating. All showers and running taps have hot water. As we are on a well system, and have a limited capacity of hot water tanks, we ask all of our guests to limit showers to under 5 minutes.

What to Pack

Winter Camps (October to April)

Sleeping bag and pillow

Pajamas

Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, brush or comb

Bath towel, washcloth

Adequate pairs of light socks

2 pairs heavy woolen socks

2 pairs light shoes (runners)

1 pair of waterproof boots

Sufficient underwear

2 – 3 pairs long pants

3 light-weight shirts or T-shirts

2 long-sleeved shirts

2 warm sweaters

1 winter jacket

1 rain jacket

2 pairs mitts or gloves (A MUST)

1 warm hat (A MUST)

Swimsuit and towel optional

Combination or key lock

Summer Camps

Summer Camps (April – October)

Sleeping bag and pillow

Pajamas

Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, brush or comb

Bath towel, washcloth

Adequate pairs of light socks

1 pairs light shoes (runners)

1 pair sturdy comfortable runners or hiking boots

Sufficient underwear

2 – 3 pairs of shorts

2 – 3 pairs long pants

3 light-weight shirts or T-shirts

Long-sleeved shirt

Swimsuit and towel

Jacket or windbreaker

Rain jacket

Hat (A MUST)

Sunscreen – not suntan lotion

Water bottle

Combination or key lock

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