Kw’umut Lelum 4 Seasons hosted a three day Cultural Day Camp, August 20 to 22, at the Jones Road location in Ladysmith. BC. The camp attracted thirty five participants, ranging in age from 7 – 19 years old, representing eight member Nations.
The camp brought kids and youth together to experience a wide range of cultural, recreation and wellness activities. On-site activities included: An introduction to Sweat Lodge (Neil White), Genealogy/Family Tree station (Iona Harris, Monica Johnny, Gary Smith); Drumming and Singing (Lawrence Mitchell and Ashley Wilson); Hul’qumi’num language learning (Margaret Seymour); playing Lahal/Bone game (Wanda Good, Corina George, Gary Smith); Mini-drum making and a Talking Feather workshop (Michelle Sokoloski). The Romper Room portable rock wall was on-site for four hours and was a huge hit and constantly busy with kids testing their agility. We raise our hands to elder, George Harris (Stz’uminus), who welcomed us to Stz’uminus territory, sharing a song and prayer.
On day one, four fishing charter expeditions (Chris Good and Darren Good) launched from Ladysmith harbour. Participants had the opportunity to go out on the ocean, learn historical and contemporary methods of fishing, learn some place names and witness the harvesting of crab and prawns.
Other field trips included a trip to Splitsville Bowling and experiencing WildPlay to take on the Classic Adventure Course and Kids Course. Each course challenged participants to maneuver through suspended aerial obstacles, navigating tree ladders, cargo nets, Tarzan swings, tightropes, wobbly bridges and swinging logs. Fun was had by all!
The event finished with a pizza lunch and participants were excited to receive a parting gift of baseball caps, refillable water containers and backpacks. The 4 Seasons team is looking forward to many more opportunities to engage our children and youth in recreation and culture!