Subsidy Program 

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the benefits of camp. Our Campership Program as an ongoing initiative to support families who need assistance with registration fees.Thanks to the generosity of our Blue Paddle Campaign donors, hundreds of children have been given the gift of summer camp though the Campership Program!

To apply for a Campership:

  1. Read our information package and application form.
  2. Complete the steps to apply (page 2).
  3. Register online to temporarily hold a spot for your child. Choose the "Campership" payment method at check out.
  4. Submit your application form to the Cranbrook administration office. We will contact you when your application has been reviewed.  

The Blue Paddle Campaign

We believe every child should have the opportunity to dip their paddle in the lake and push forward, experience seeing stars in the night sky like they have never before, and make real true friends that will last a lifetime. In an effort to provide these amazing experiences to as many kids as possible, Blue Lake initiated the Blue Paddle Campaign. Through the Blue Paddle Campaign we raise funds for our Campership Program to assist those families that are struggling to provide quality activities for their children.  

The camp experience is transformative! This is what camp does for kids:

Camp promotes community. It creates this great space that shows kids how to live together and care for one another. There are traditions, there are boundaries; there are rules. Camp is a place where kids can “practice” growing up, stretching their social, emotional and physical muscles outside the safety of their immediate family. This is what childhood is supposed to do and arguably used to do much more organically.

Camp teaches critical thinking. We are going to need really strong problem solvers in the next century. We need the science, math, and biology, of course — but without the ability to relate, connect, empathize, or inspire innovation, how will our kids be able to make a difference?

The camp experience reconnects kids to nature. While children have fewer and fewer opportunities to be outdoors, camp is one big outdoor science lab. Kids need to catch frogs in the pond, get lost among the trees, and feel the wind and rain on their faces to understand the importance of these things. What happens to a generation that may grow up never seeing the awe-inspiring aurora borealis let alone the stars in the dark of the night?

Camp creates future leaders. The camp experience offers kids a microcosm of what leadership feels like in the real world through direct contact with camp directors, counselors, and multi-generational staff. Also, kids get loads of opportunities to practice being leaders themselves — trip leader, team leader, cabin leader, and the list goes on and on.

Camp has a lasting impact. One of the greatest gifts a family can give a child is a sense of success and achievement. Camp teaches kids how to be active participants, ask questions, ask for help, and try new things. They leave understanding that it’s okay to feel a little uncomfortable sometimes, because that’s typically what happens when you learn by trial and error. Camp embraces an “I can” attitude.

Help Send A Kid To Camp!

Your support makes a big difference in the life of a camper! Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Make a donation to the Blue Paddle Campaign.
  • Participate in our fundraising events.
  • Become a volunteer. Volunteer for a fundraising event or join our Blue Paddle Campaign committee. Contact our office at 250-426-3676 or info@columbiaoutdoorschool.com for more information.