Camp Imadene

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9175 South Shore Road, Mesachie Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2N0

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About

Camp Imadene is fully accredited and has been providing successful Christian camping opportunities for children, teens, and adults on Vancouver Island for 85+ years.

Each year, 1500 campers come to enjoy our beautiful property and amazing program. We also provide a year-round retreat centre that sees 2500 people enjoy our facilities each year.

Our well-trained and caring staff are the backbone of our organization, and we can't wait for you to meet them. Come join us for a life-changing experience!

History

Established in 1926, on the shores of Maple Bay on Vancouver Island, Imadene has grown over the years. What started as just a couple weeks with about 20 people, has now become a year-round program involving thousands of campers and around a thousand paid and volunteer staff each year. We now have over 200 acres on Mesachie Lake, 20 minutes west of Duncan, BC.

There's even been books written about us, so if you want more information, then we have lots of stories to share.

Services Offered

Our activities are endless!

On the water we have: tubing, wake-boarding, an inflatable water park, knee-boarding, wake-surfing, paddle-boarding, swimming of course, kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing, a giant rope swing, fishing, and more.

On land, you can enjoy: our 1000ft BMX track, rock-climbing, rappelling, caving, a low-ropes challenge course, bouldering, atom ball, sand volleyball, geo-caching, crafts, archery, guitar lessons, pickleball, all the team sports, and more.

Imadene is an accredited member of the BC Camping Association, the Association of Challenge Course Technologies, and Christian Camping International-Canada, so all of our activities are run with the highest of care and standards.

Check out our website to learn more about the activities we offer: Click here!

Interesting Facts

  • Every year, we have about 1000 volunteers who help to run our camps, all of whom serve for at least a weekend (over 700 serve for a full week or more!)
  • On average, 40% of our campers do not attend church. So we are very accustomed to caring for campers who have no faith background, and we are very careful to not force any faith decisions on children or youth.
  • 96% of our campers rate their experience as 'very good' or 'excellent,' with the remaining 4% as 'good.'
  • In 2013, 37% of our campers were brand new.

Connection to Community

Imadene was created out of a care for the local community. We currently see over 95% of our campers come from Vancouver Island, and you can rarely walk through a grocery store on the Island with an Imadene shirt on without bumping into someone else who loves Imadene.

Part of the reason for our great community connection is our desire to sponsor campers to come to camp each year who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Our goal is to sponsor 300 of our 1500 campers each year, at varying levels:

  • 100 at 1/3 sponsorship
  • 100 at 2/3 sponsorship
  • 100 at FULL sponsorship!

If you have a child in your life you would love to see attend, but may not have the finances to make it happen, then please contact us today!

Location

Our beautiful 200-acre property surrounds private Mesachie Lake, providing a safe and serene atmosphere, just over an hour from Victoria.

Our main site is mostly flat, with the grass running straight into the beach, and then into the flat waters of the lake. Across the lake, there is a mountain that towers above, which we use for hiking, climbing, and even rappelling for our more extreme camps (Wild Side).

There may not be a better camp facility in the world! Come and find out for yourself.

What Kids Say About Us

  • "The Camp Staff were excellent! They were so supportive, understanding, energetic and fun."
  • "I would describe my week at Imaden as 'paradise'."
  • "Camp showed me how much a person's life can change in one week."
  • "The staff were awesome! I love them like family!"

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Reviews of Camp Imadene



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November 8, 2016

Camp Imadene is da bomb! I've spent two full summers there on summer staff, and a full 8 months with their Auxano discipleship program, where I met my fiancée. Imadene has given me the best memories from being out on the waterfront, hanging out with friends, and most importantly seeing how it positively impacts thousands of kids every summer. Thanks for everything you do Camp Imadene!

By: Graeme Clark on November 8, 2016

Camp Imadene is da bomb! I've spent two full summers there on summer staff, and a full 8 months with their Auxano discipleship program, where I met my fiancée. Imadene has given me the best memories from being out on the waterfront, hanging out with friends, and most importantly seeing how it positively impacts thousands of kids every summer. Thanks for everything you do Camp Imadene!

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November 5, 2016

Camp Imadene is the place to be! I spend 4 weeks in a row here last summer because I intentionally planned to stay for as long as I could after coming for the first time just last year! The people there are amazing, and it's amazing to be able to talk to anyone there and feel totally comfortable about it. It is such an awesome and welcoming community. And the year-round staff there do a brilliant job of making the activities and program something to remember. And of course, the property itself, is amazing. You get to wake up every morning to the beautiful mountain across the shining lake, and have the sun shine across the entire property as it rises. I will definitely be going back next year for even longer.

By: Adam Watts on November 5, 2016

Camp Imadene is the place to be! I spend 4 weeks in a row here last summer because I intentionally planned to stay for as long as I could after coming for the first time just last year! The people there are amazing, and it's amazing to be able to talk to anyone there and feel totally comfortable about it. It is such an awesome and welcoming community. And the year-round staff there do a brilliant job of making the activities and program something to remember. And of course, the property itself, is amazing. You get to wake up every morning to the beautiful mountain across the shining lake, and have the sun shine across the entire property as it rises. I will definitely be going back next year for even longer.

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November 4, 2016

I have been here a couple times and the staff there are just amazing and very welcoming. They really make it fun and enjoyable.

By: Christopher Bilodeau on November 4, 2016

I have been here a couple times and the staff there are just amazing and very welcoming. They really make it fun and enjoyable.

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November 3, 2016

I had a fantastic time every time I came here. The staff are amazing and are truly nice hearted people.

By: Seamus Irwin on November 3, 2016

I had a fantastic time every time I came here. The staff are amazing and are truly nice hearted people.

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November 3, 2016

Our first year sending our 2 oldest kids. The experience that my kids had and what we experienced as parents was without a doubt incredible. They went above and beyond to help our son with some challenges. They came home completely changed kids! They came home with direction, changed attitudes, and hope for what is to come. Thank you!!!

By: Melissa M on November 3, 2016

Our first year sending our 2 oldest kids. The experience that my kids had and what we experienced as parents was without a doubt incredible. They went above and beyond to help our son with some challenges. They came home completely changed kids! They came home with direction, changed attitudes, and hope for what is to come. Thank you!!!

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November 3, 2016

I love this place so much.

By: Cj G on November 3, 2016

I love this place so much.

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November 3, 2016

We had a a great experience at Camp Imadene this past summer! It was our first time there and we were so impressed! We have decided that it is going to be an annual thing for us to go to family camp. :)

By: Jennifer Emslie on November 3, 2016

We had a a great experience at Camp Imadene this past summer! It was our first time there and we were so impressed! We have decided that it is going to be an annual thing for us to go to family camp. :)

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November 3, 2016

Camp Imadene has one of the most outstanding locations for summer programming I have ever seen. The lake is the best swimming lake around. The setting by the mountain is spectacular. The playing fields and surrounding grounds are well thought out and well maintained. And then, add to that a consistent intention by all the paid and volunteer staff to provide the best week ever to each camper - and that is a winning combination! My kids both rave about their experiences there - and I have enjoyed being connected as a volunteer too!

By: Kyla Ward on November 3, 2016

Camp Imadene has one of the most outstanding locations for summer programming I have ever seen. The lake is the best swimming lake around. The setting by the mountain is spectacular. The playing fields and surrounding grounds are well thought out and well maintained. And then, add to that a consistent intention by all the paid and volunteer staff to provide the best week ever to each camper - and that is a winning combination! My kids both rave about their experiences there - and I have enjoyed being connected as a volunteer too!

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November 3, 2016

Camp Imadene is home to many.
The amazing scenery from the moment you come around the bend on South Shore road is just the beginning... the warm staff and volunteers will make you feel welcome as soon as you step on property. The accommodations are clean and comfortable, and the food is delicious. During the summer, there is a variety of programming for campers, from archery to BMX biking to climbing the rock wall, or swimming and going on the inflatables, whether off the blob tower or behind a speedboat. Camp Imadene is an incredible place to build relationships with fellow campers and with staff, and for an introduction to faith-based values with talented speakers who teach well-rounded Christian messages each week.
All this to say, Camp Imadene is an opportunity for your kids that you will not want to miss!

By: Katie Gray on November 3, 2016

Camp Imadene is home to many. The amazing scenery from the moment you come around the bend on South Shore road is just the beginning... the warm staff and volunteers will make you feel welcome as soon as you step on property. The accommodations are clean and comfortable, and the food is delicious. During the summer, there is a variety of programming for campers, from archery to BMX biking to climbing the rock wall, or swimming and going on the inflatables, whether off the blob tower or behind a speedboat. Camp Imadene is an incredible place to build relationships with fellow campers and with staff, and for an introduction to faith-based values with talented speakers who teach well-rounded Christian messages each week. All this to say, Camp Imadene is an opportunity for your kids that you will not want to miss!

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November 3, 2016

Camp Imadene is truly a hidden gem! You'll go once and never want to leave! The people, food and activists are amazing, we go every year! Thanks again Camp Imadene, you guys truly rock!

By: Matthew Boudot on November 3, 2016

Camp Imadene is truly a hidden gem! You'll go once and never want to leave! The people, food and activists are amazing, we go every year! Thanks again Camp Imadene, you guys truly rock!

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