Preparing for Your Camp

We are so excited to welcome you
to camp with Coastal Current Adventures! 

Lesson one for every adventurer is to: pack wisely!  We have provided the resources below to help prepare for an amazing adventure.  Please read carefully and allow plenty of time to collect these items so your camper will be warm, safe and happy!

FORMS

Please open and fill out each of the following forms. You can fill them out online, then click File: Export as PDF (Safari) or File: Print: Save as PDF (Chrome, Firefox).

Send completed pdfs by email to coastalcurrentadventures@gmail.com at least 2 weeks prior to the start of your trip. For forms requiring signature, simply type your full name in the signature field.

Note: If your child is under the age of 19, only the consent form and not the waiver needs to be filled out.                

 

Travel Information

Getting to Salt Spring

There are three different ferry terminals on Salt Spring Island, all of them accessible for both walk-on passengers as well as vehicles. **Located on the northwest side of the island, is the terminal that connects Salt Spring to Crofton on Vancouver Island.  Crofton is located between Duncan and Nanaimo, the latter of which is also…

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GEAR LIST

Scroll down to find your camp and then open the associated tabs to view gear lists and special instructions.

Day Camp Pack List

*Camp starts at 9:00 and finishes at 4:00.  Pick up and drop off at our Cusheon Lake location, 118 Natalie Lane.

*Please contact Coastal Current Adventures at 250 537- 2571 or 250 537 7727,  if for some reason your child is not able to attend camp on a given day.

** If your child has a cough or a fever, please keep them home that day.

*Please label all cherished clothing and gear with your child's name

*Campers should NOT bring electronic devices to camp (iPods or iPhones, handheld gaming devices, etc.).

*We do not recommend personal cameras either as they are easily lost or damaged by the salt water.  We do have a camp camera and will be snapping photos of the campers throughout the week and sharing them!

  • Sun hat & sunglasses with retainer if possible
  • Sunscreen that is "lake/reef friendly"
  • Mask(s) for wearing while being transported in the camp van and if getting closer than 2 meters to others.

  • 2 full water bottles of 1 litre in size

  • Swimsuit and towel

  • Sweater or fleece

  • Rain gear tops and bottoms

  • Daypack

  • Hiking or good quality running shoes

  • Water friendly sandals or water shoes (please no flip flops); water shoes should fit tightly so they stay on in the ocean.

  • A healthful lunch and several snacks for throughout the day.

Please pack a full change of clothing every day in case clothing gets wet. These items can be kept in a dry bag or stuff sack lined with a garbage bag.

This spare clothing bag should include:

  • One pair of pants (light weight/synthetic is best)
  • One pair of shorts (non cotton if possible)
  • One warm wool sweater or fleece pullover/jacket
  • One toque and an extra ball cap in case one is lost.
  • Underwear & socks

DON’T FORGET a healthful, substantial lunch daily and several snacks for throughout the day including some fruit.

Note:  There is no overnight session in the Day Camp.

Reminder--Camp starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm each day;  pick up and drop off at our Cusheon Lake location.

Every day, when we head out on a new adventure,  we will be transporting campers in our two vehicles. While the Covid protocols are in place, campers will need to wear a mask for travelling in these vehicles. This is mandatory so remember to pack 1-2 each day; (if for some reason campers do not arrive with a mask, they will be given one).

If you have any questions please call us at (250) 537-2571 or (250) 537 7727.

Overnight Kayak Camp Pack List

Please label all cherished gear with name. 

Note: Cotton gear gets wet quickly, becomes heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Wool or synthetic gear acts like a wick and moisture is drawn to the outer layers. Jeans are not appropriate pants for camp. Wearing layers including wool and synthetic is best for our climate.

  • kayaks: doubles and singles
  • Neoprene skirts for kayaks
  • Life Jackets (PFDs)
  • Float pads, throw bags and bilge pumps
  • Tents
  • Food, snacks, cooking utensils/stoves, all cleaning supplies
  • Covid safety- hand washing stations at all stops and prior to all meals. 

Please do not bring your own items from the list above, without first talking to our staff;  packing for a multi-day kayak trip is an art and it is all about travelling light! 

  • A good sun hat with a brim and a toque

  • 5-6 pairs underwear

  • 4 pairs wool/synthetic socks

  • 2 swimsuits/swim shorts

  • 2-3 pairs of shorts

  • 1 pair long underwear, top & bottom (synthetic or wool)

  • 3-4 t-shirts

  • 1-2 long-sleeved synthetic shirts

  • 1 fleece, wool or synthetic pullover
  • 1 fleece/puffy lightweight jacket for warmth     
  • 1 set of quality waterproof rain gear: jacket and pants (rubber is great though not breathable)

  • 2 pairs of long pants (not full cotton)

  • 1 pair of sturdy, water friendly sandals or water shoes/beachwalkers (flip flops are NOT appropriate water shoes)

  • 1 pair of light hiking boots or sneakers

  • Sunscreen that is "reef friendly"  & zinc sticks for face

  • Sunglasses with retainers
  • Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, face cloth, contacts/glasses, etc. as well as any medications (please refer to medical form). Ladies, check out menstrual cups for a great camp-friendly feminine hygiene option or bring whatever you use and will need.

  • 1 lightweight beach towel and 1 smaller towel for personal use at camp
  • “Mess kit” – unbreakable bowl, plate, cutlery and mug

  • 2 dish cloths for washing and 2 dish towels for drying your own dishes

  • A mesh bag for hanging utensils, plate & cup overnight

  • Thermarest/inflatable or ensolite sleeping pad  

  • Flashlight or headlamp (with an extra set of batteries)

  • Synthetic sleeping bag (no down-filled or cotton/flannel lined bags; they absorb moisture and do not insulate well in our coastal environment).

  • 1 litre water bottle

  • 2-3 nylon stuff sacs or dry bags (mid size, not over 15L)

  • 4-5 large heavy duty garbage bags & several large ziplocs for waterproofing

  • 2-3 washable face masks and 1-2 "Buffs" that can be washed and used as masks as well as neck warmers

  • Personal hand sanitizer.

Optional/Notes

  • Please DO NOT bring electronic equipment (eg iPhones, iPads, iPods, handheld gaming devices), to camp. If mobile phones are needed to communicate with parents to and from camp, they may be brought and then left in our office while on expedition
  • A camera that is NOT part of your phone is optional. Cameras should be waterproof, as even the humid saltwater ocean conditions can negatively affect them. We have a camp camera and will put photos up on Dropbox for everyone to get copies.
  • Bug spray can be helpful at camp, however some people are sensitive to it and many brands - particularly those containing DEET - are highly toxic. Please use bug spray with care, or consider a natural brand or bug net.
  • Synthetic sleeping bags are available for campers to rent for a $25 + GST.
  • Campers may rent inflatable sleeping pads for $15 + GST. Foam pads can be provided at no cost.
  • T-shirts are provided to all campers at the end of the week.
  • Please be sure to send adequate funds for ferry/transportation costs to and from camp.  
  • It is essential that students come with garbage bags or drybags for waterproofing gear.
  • If you have any questions or concerns please call us for suggestions.

Surf Camp Pack List

Please label all cherished gear with name.

Note: Cotton clothing gets wet quickly and becomes heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Wool or synthetic apparel acts like a wick and moisture is drawn to the outer layers. Jeans are not appropriate pants for camp. Wearing layers, including wool and synthetic, is best for our climate.

  • Surfboards- Long and short boards available
  • Wetsuits 
  • Booties
  • Gloves when needed
  • Tents
  • Food, snacks, cooking utensils/stoves, all cleaning supplies
  • Covid safety-  hand washing stations at all stops and prior to all meals. 
  • Transportation to and from Pacific Rim

Please do not bring your own items from the list above, without first talking to our staff;  packing for a multi-day kayak trip is an art and it is all about travelling light! 

  • Sun hat and toque; 
  • Buff/neck tube; (Buff is worn around the neck and if one finds oneself too close to another camper, it is quick to put on)
  • Mask for wearing in the van; (two in case one is lost)
  • A pair of light gloves
  • 5 pairs underwear
  • 3-4 pair wool/synthetic socks
  • Swimsuit/shorts and two light beach towels
  • 1 pair long underwear, top & bottoms (synthetic or wool)
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved synthetic shirts
  • 1 warm sweater/ fleece jacket (synthetic or wool)
  • 1 set of good rain gear: waterproof rain jacket and pants (rubber is great for a West Coast downpour)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 pairs of long pants (not full cotton; fleece/synthetic)
  • 1 pair of water friendly sandals or water shoes/beachwalkers
  • 1 pair of light hiking boots or runners
  • High quality Zinc stick for face (this is the only thing that will stay on in the ocean)
  • Sunscreen that is “reef friendly”
  • Sunglasses with straps/retainers 
  • Toiletries  toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, face cloth, hand towel, contacts/glasses, medication. Ladies, check out menstrual cups for a great camp-friendly feminine hygiene option or bring whatever you use/need.  
  • “Mess kit” – unbreakable bowl/plate, cutlery and mug
  • 2 dish cloths and 2 drying towels for ones own dishes 
  • A mesh bag for hanging utensils and plate overnight
  • Thermarest/inflatable or ensolite sleeping pad
  • Flashlight or headlamp (with an extra set of batteries)
  • Synthetic sleeping bag (no down filled or cotton/flannel bags)  
  • 1L reusable water bottle
  • A duffle bag or backpack to pack all the gear in. 
  • 2 large green garbage bags & several large zip locks. 

Optional/Notes

  • Please DO NOT bring electronic equipment (i.e. iPhones, iPods, tablets, handheld gaming devices). Campers may bring mobile phones to communicate with parents to and from camp but they will be left in our office during expedition.
  • A camera that is NOT part of your phone is optional.  Cameras should be waterproof, as even the humid salt water ocean conditions can negatively affect them. We have a camp camera and will share photos on Dropbox.
  • For most people, even those who “don’t usually burn”, sunscreen is not enough for our long days out in the sun with all the reflection off the water.  Zinc cream/sticks are necessary. 
  • Bug spray can be helpful at camp, however some people are sensitive to it and many brands - particularly those containing DEET - are highly toxic.  Please use bug spray with care, or consider a natural brand or bug net. 
  • Synthetic sleeping bags are available for campers to rent for a $25 + GST.  Campers can rent inflatable sleeping pads for $15 + GST.  Foam pads can be provided at no cost.   
  • If you have your own wetsuit or neoprene booties please let us know and bring them along, otherwise we will provide them. (Ensure we get your height, weight and foot size)
  • Please be sure to send adequate funds for ferry/transportation costs to and from camp. En route to Pacific Rim, campers may be able to purchase their own snacks at the service stations if $10-15 wants to be included in funds provided.

If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 250 537 2571.

Kayak and Surf Camp Pack List

Please label all cherished gear with name.

Note: Cotton clothing gets wet quickly, becomes heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Wool or synthetic apparel acts like a wick and moisture is drawn to the outer layers. Jeans are not ideal pants for camp. Wearing layers including wool and synthetic is best for our climate.

  • Kayaks- doubles and singles 
  • Neoprene skirts for kayaks
  • Life jackets (PFDs)
  • Float pads, throw bags and bilge pumps
  • Tents
  • Food, snacks, cooking utensils/stoves, all cleaning supplies
  • Covid safety-  hand washing stations at all stops and prior to all meals. 
  • Surfboards- Long and shortboards available
  • Wetsuits 
  • Booties
  • Gloves when needed
  • Transportation to and from Pacific Rim

Please do not bring your own items from the list above, without first talking to our staff;  packing for a multi-day kayak trip is an art and it is all about travelling light! 

  • Sunhat and toque

  • 8-10 pairs underwear

  • 8 pairs wool/synthetic socks 

  • Neck tube/"Buff" that can be worn as a face mask as well as for warmth

  • A pair of light gloves for warmth

  • 2 swimsuits/ swim shorts and two light beach towels

  • 1 pair long underwear, top & bottoms (synthetic or wool

  • 6 t-shirts

  • 2 long-sleeved synthetic shirts

  • 1 warm sweater/ fleece jacket (synthetic or wool)

  • 1 light/puffy jacket for warmth & layering

  • 1 set of good rain gear: waterproof rain jacket & pants (rubber is great for a west coast downpour but not breathable or easy to paddle in)

  • 4-5 pairs of shorts

  • 3-4 pairs of long pants (not full cotton; fleece/synthetic pls.)

  • 1 pair of water friendly sandals or water shoes/beachwalkers

  • 1 pair of light hiking boots (waterproof preferably)

  • 1 pair of runners

  • Sunscreen that is "reef friendly" and Zinc sticks-- the only way to stop from burning on the ocean. Regular blocks wash off even if they are called waterproof.

  • Sunglasses with straps/retainers 
  • Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, face cloth, contacts/glasses, medications. Ladies, check out menstrual cups for a great camp-friendly feminine hygiene option or bring whatever you use/need.

  • “Mess kit” – unbreakable bowl/plate, cutlery and mug

  • 2 dish cloths & 2 drying towels for personal washing/drying of ones own dishes

  • A mesh bag for hanging utensils and plate overnight

  • Thermarest/inflatable sleeping pad or ensolite pad

  • Flashlight or headlamp (with an extra set of batteries)

  • Synthetic sleeping bag (no down filled or cotton/flannel bags)

  • 1L water bottle

  • 1 duffle bag, and 2 nylon stuff sacs or dry bags (mid size)

  • 3-4 large green garbage bags, several large zip locks.

  • 2-3 Safety masks that can be washed

  • 2 neck tubes/" Buffs" that can be used for face masks as well as neck warmers.

  • Personal bottle of hand sanitizer

Optional/Notes:

  • Please DO NOT bring electronic equipment (eg iPhones, tablets, iPods, handheld gaming devices).  Campers may bring a mobile phone to communicate with parents to and from camp; they will be left in our office while on expedition.)
  • A camera that is NOT part of your phone is optional. Cameras should be waterproof, as even the humid saltwater ocean conditions can negatively affect them. We have a camp camera and will put photos up on Dropbox for everyone.
  • For most people, even those who “don’t usually burn”, sunscreen is not enough for our long days out in the sun with all the reflection off the water. Zinc cream is very useful.
  • Bug spray can be helpful at camp, however some people are sensitive to it and many brands - particularly those containing DEET - are highly toxic. Please use bugspray with care, or consider a natural brand or bugnet.
  • Synthetic sleeping bags are available for rent-- $25+GST. Campers may rent inflatable sleeping pads for $15+GST. Foam pads can be provided at no cost.
  • If you have your own wetsuit or neoprene booties bring them along, otherwise we will provide them.
  • For two-week camps, $10-15 may be sent along as en route to the West Coast, campers may be able purchase their own snacks at the service stations, depending on Covid Safety rules.
  • Please be sure to send adequate funds for ferry/transportation costs to and from camp. 

**It is essential that students come with garbage bags for waterproofing their gear

If you have any questions or concerns please call us for suggestions.

Outdoor Leadership Camp Pack List

  • Kayaks- doubles and singles 
  • Neoprene skirts for kayaks
  • Life jackets (PFDs)
  • Float pads, throw bags and bilge pumps
  • Tents
  • Wetsuits and booties for scenarios
  • Food, snacks, cooking utensils/stoves, all cleaning supplies
  • Covid safety- hand washing stations at all stops and prior to all meals. 

Please do not bring your own items from the list above, without first talking to our staff;  packing for a multi-day kayak trip is an art and it is all about travelling light! 

  • A good sunhat with a brim and a toque
  • 5-6 pairs underwear
  • 4 pairs wool/synthetic socks
  • Swimsuit/shorts and lightweight beach towel
  • 1 pair long underwear, top & bottoms (synthetic or wool)
  • 3-4 tshirts
  • 1-2 long-sleeved synthetic shirts
  • 1 set of good, waterproof rain gear, jacket & pants (rubber is great for downpours but not breathable or comfortable for paddling in)
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long pants (not full cotton)
  • 1 pair of sturdy, water friendly sandals, neoprene booties or water shoes/"Beachwalkers"; (flip flops are NOT appropriate water shoes)
  • 1 pair of light hiking boots or runners
  • High quality Zinc stick for face (this is the only thing that will stay on in the ocean)
  • Sunscreen that is “reef friendly
  • Sunglasses with straps/retainers
  • Toiletries  toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, face cloth, hand towel, contacts/glasses, medications,
  •  Ladies, check out menstrual cups for a great camp-friendly feminine hygiene option or bring whatever you use/need.  
  • “Mess kit” – unbreakable bowl/plate, cutlery and mug
  • 2 dish cloths and 2 drying towels for one’s own dishes 
  • A mesh bag for hanging utensils and plate overnight
  • Thermarest/inflatable or ensolite sleeping pad
  • Flashlight or headlamp (with an extra set of batteries)
  • Synthetic sleeping bag (no down filled or cotton/flannel bags)  
  • 1L reusable water bottle
  • A duffle bag or backpack to pack all the gear in. 
  • 2 large green garbage bags, several large zip locks. 
  • "rite in the rain" or other kind of waterproof notebook and pen

Optional/Notes: 

  • Please DO NOT bring electronic equipment (eg. iPhones, iPods, tablets, handheld gaming devices). Campers may bring a mobile phone to communicate with parents to and from camp; they will be left in our office while on expedition.)
  • A camera that is NOT part of your phone is optional.  Cameras should be waterproof, as even the humid salt water ocean conditions can negatively affect them. (We have a camp camera and will share photos on Dropbox.)
  • For most people, even those who “don’t usually burn”, sunscreen is not enough for our long days out in the sun with all the reflection off the water.  Zinc cream/sticks are necessary.
  • Bug spray can be helpful at camp, however some people are sensitive to it and many brands - particularly those containing DEET - are highly toxic.  Please use bug spray with care, or consider a natural brand or bug net.
  • Synthetic sleeping bags are available for campers to rent for a $25 + GST.  Campers can rent inflatable sleeping pads for $15 + GST.  Foam pads can be provided at no cost.   
  • If you have your own wetsuit or neoprene booties please let us know and bring them along, otherwise we will provide them. (Ensure we get your height, weight and foot size)
  • Please ensure that you send adequate funds for ferry/travel for campers to and from camp.

If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 250 537 2571.