Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association will again be holding its annual Growing Wild Summer Camp at the Coombs Fairgrounds for youth between the ages of eight to 13 years old. — File Photo

Growing Wild Camp returns to Coombs

Week full of hands-on learning experiences

School is out for the summer, and organizers from the Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association are winding up for a week of summer fun at the Coombs Fairgrounds.

ACRA is holding its annual Growing Wild Summer Camp, a five-day camp that welcomes youth between the ages of eight to 13 years old, July 15-19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The camp provides a focus on learning to work with animals and teaching youth how to enjoy the outdoors safely. In the past, campers have received visits from various community groups, including members of 4-H, Island Mountain Ramblers, Silver Spur Riding Club, Go Fish BC, Arrowsmith Search and Rescue, Oceanside RCMP and Parksville & District Rock & Gem Club.

Children have had opportunities to cast a fishing line on the field, set up a tent, groom a horse, hold ducklings and carve soapstone. Organizers expect another week of hands-on learning experiences, interesting community speakers, creative crafting sessions, making new friends and lots of fun.

There are still spaces available in the camp for youth who would like to be a part of the camp. Register online at or contact Kim Longmuir at or 250-248-8515. The cost of the camp is $130 for all five days.

NEWS Staff, submitted

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