A program facilitator teaches a group of participants about building a fire during a learn to camp session at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. Registrations for this year’s upcoming program are on now.

Learn camping skills with sessions at Fort Rodd Hill

Parks Canada, MEC co-sponsor how-to program in Colwood

Camping is a rewarding, intense way to commune with Mother Nature, especially if you know what you’re doing.

Parks Canada is offering a unique way to learn basic camping skills, with a program hosted July 18 and 19 at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, for those who have never ventured into the woods overnight.

Learn to Camp, sponsored by Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op, will utilize activities and workshops to teach families how to pitch a tent, be safe around wildlife and cook in the great outdoors, including a crash course on preparing s’mores, said Lara Cohlmeyer, site manager at Fort Rodd Hill.

“We provide all of the equipment and food for this popular event,” she said. “We have everyone from babies to seniors participating and everyone leaves with a smile on their face.”

The cost is $44 for adults and $22 for kids aged three and up, with children under two free. Those interested in attending must register in advance by calling 1-888-773-8888.

For more information, check out learntocamp/fortroddhill.com.


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