About Us

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Our Mission

The primary mission of Camp Bow-Isle is to offer an outdoor, recreational, cultural and spiritual program to enable individuals and families to recognize their spirituality and cherish each other through the practical application of Christian Science.
“Camp is the best place in the world!”
“Camp is the best place in the world!”
“The counsellors are the best!!!”
“The counsellors are the best!!!”

Surrounded by more than 200 acres of trees and trails, and a short distance from the beach, Camp Bow-Isle is located on Bowen Island in the middle of BC’s natural playground. Each summer, people of all ages come to camp for outdoor activities and fellowship with other Christian Scientists.

Camp activities include swimming, canoeing, sailing, hiking, campfires, a ropes course, crafts, rock climbing, overnight trips, great food and fantastic games. All of our programs are designed to support and encourage students of Christian Science to gain a clearer understanding of their relationship to God and to have fun.

Camp Bow-Isle is an aspiring member of the BC Camps Association.

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Our History

Sometime in early 1960, a group of Christian Scientists from the Vancouver area met in a local family’s living room to discuss the idea of a summer camp for students attending Christian Science Sunday Schools. In July of that year, a Certificate of Incorporation was issued to the “B.C. Camping and Recreation Guild for Christian Scientists,” and 160 acres were purchased on Bowen Island for Camp Bow-Isle. The first summer camp was held in a couple of circus tents in the orchard, and water was pumped up from a nearby creek.
Camp Bow-Isle Girls 1960's
Camp Bow-Isle Girls 1960's
“Camp BUS - 1980”
“Camp BUS - 1980”
Over the years many things have changed at camp, but one thing has never been forgotten: Camp Bow-Isle exists to support young Christian Scientists as they learn about themselves as perfect children of God and the impact they have in the world. We don’t teach Christian Science (except in Sunday School), but every one of us tries to live the precepts taught by Mary Baker Eddy to the best of our ability. We ask every camper to do the same.
Playing soccer
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Our Camp Leaders

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Jacob
Publicover

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Vanessa
Ramirez Jasso

We’re working on assembling a wonderful and dedicated group of young men and women for the 2022 season. Our summer staff are active Christian Scientists, who are full of love and enthusiasm for all that Camp Bow-Isle has to offer to your child(ren).

Photos and bios of our senior counsellors, junior counsellors, and counsellors-in-training will be coming soon! Come back later to meet them.

Board Members

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Shannon Hodgins

President - Victoria, BC
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Jesse Dehnert

Vice President - Seattle, WA
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Jane Osborne

Treasurer - Bowen Island, BC
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Barb Marples

Secretary - Delta, BC
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Abby Becker

60th Reunion Lead - Portland, OR
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Norm Leavoy

Capital Projects Lead - White Rock, BC
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Tim McCutcheon

CS Nursing Facility Project lead - Richardson, TX
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FAQ

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Good Cookin'...

A collection of best-loved recipes from Camp Bow-Isle's first fifty years.

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