BGCA provides a wide range of both community and school based recreation for youth. All of our youth programs provide opportunities for youth to engage in activities with safe and supportive environments.

Camp Survivor Series

Camp Survivor is an adventure day camp for youth aged 10-15 during Spring and Summer breaks.

Please see our Camp Survivor page for more information.

Youth Programs

From art classes to music-making to crafting comics, we strive to provide youth programs that meet a wide range of interests.

Please see our Youth Programs page for more info.

Tillicum Community School

Youth Recreation Leaders from Burnside Gorge provide lunch and afterschool programming for students at Tillicum Elementary. Programs are free of charge and span a variety of interests including, arts, sports, culture, and more!

If you have a child at Tillicum and would like to connect them to Community School programming, please contact the school directly – Tillicum Community School, 250-386-1408.


The Burnside Outdoor Adventure Team (BOAT) is a program offered to students in grade 6-8 at Colquitz Middle School. Program leaders facilitate weekly outings for the group with a focus on outdoor education, environmental stewardship, and seeking adventure in a variety of nature based settings. Youth are able to strengthen their sense of place and connections to each other while participating in activities that build confidence and foster prosocial behavior. Some of the activities have included geocaching, fire building, outdoor skating, dragon boating, and more! The program accepts students year long and is free of charge.

If you have a child at Colquitz and would like to connect them to the BOAT program, please contact the school directly – Colquitz Middle School, 250-479-1678.