Summer Camp

Summer Camp is an opportunity for British Columbia Lapidary Society members from all over the province to gather, socialize and rockhound in a fresh area of the province. Tradtionally it has been four days of organized field trips and five nights of social activities. The event focuses on "exploratory locations" — new, unexplored places in the province. The event includes a pot luck dinner, pot luck dessert, and our traditional "Hobo Stew" (everybody contributes a can of food - no soups, chili, fish, or road kill).

The Executive is entertaining proposals from parties interested in taking the lead to organize Summer Camp 2024. The offer for proposals will be on the table until the end of 2023. If no proposal has been accepted in early 2024 we will officially cancel the event for 2024.

Past Summer Camps

The British Columbia Lapidary Society and its chartered clubs and members have been hosting Summer Camp since 1960. Throughout this time we have explored a great deal of British Columbia and collected a wide variety of interesting rocks and minerals.

Year Location Host
2023No camp
2022No camp
2021No camp
2020No camp
2019GallowayLinda Marcelet
2018Takysie LakeLakes District Rock & Gem Club
2017Takysie Lake (Cancelled due to fires)Lakes District Rock & Gem Club
2016Quesnel British Columbia Lapidary Society
2015Nahatlach Valley, Boston Bar Fraser Valley Rock & Gem Club
2014Port Alberni Alberni Valley Rock & Gem Club
2013Lillooet Hastings Centre Rockhounds
2012CrestonCreston Valley Prospectors & Lapidary Club
2011Van Anda, Texada Island Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club
2010Little FortRaft River Rockhounds
2009Tachick Lake
2008Fort St. JamesWin Robertson
2007Tchesinkut LakeLakes District Rock & Gem Club
2006Port McNeill Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club
2005Puntzi Lake
2004Slocan Kokanee Rock Club
Selkirk Rock & Mineral Club
2003Fraser LakeWin Robertson
2002Sheridan Lake
2001Dragon Lake, Quesnel
2000Takysie LakeSpruce City Rock & Gem Club
1999Tchesinkut Lake
1998Montana, USA
1997Black Creek VI, Oyster River
1996No camp
1995No camp
1994Kamloops, Tranquille
1993Sayward, Vancouver Island Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club
1992Whitehorse, Yukon
1991Summit Creek, Trail, Creston, Nelson, Champion Lakes
1990Williams Lake, Quesnel
1989Duncan, VI - Skutz Falls
1988No camp
1987Whitehorse, Yukon
1986Sayward, Vancouver Island
1985Drumheller, AlbertaChes Larson / Win Robertson
1984Manson Creek, Omineca RiverOmineca River, Vanderhoof
1983Scotty CreekChes Larson
1982Washington StateChes Larson / Federal Way Club
1981Monte LakeChes Larson
1980Yukon TerritoriesFred Dorward / Ches Larson
1979Qualicum BeachChes Larson
1978Francois LakeChes Larson / Nechako Valley Rock Club
1977Monte LakePeter Constanzo
1976Crawford BayHarold Sutton
1975Princeton/HedleyHarold Sutton
1974GreenwoodHarold Sutton
1973SmithersJack Chappel
1972Monte LakeBob Armstrong
1971Francois LakeNachako Valley Rock Club / Fraser Lake
1970BarriereBob Armstrong
1969GoldenBob Armstrong
1968GreenwoodGreenwood Rock & Antique Club / Alice Wade
1967TakysieFred Preuesse
1966SorrentoFred Preuesse
1965QuesnelFred Preuesse
1964Pinaus LakeLew Carswell
1963No camp
1962SquilaxNorman Fisher
1961Francoise LakeJack Sankey
1960Empire ValleyJack Sankey