YES Camp

The YES camp has grown wildly in popularity over the last several years, and as the word spreads through Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, more and more of our youth are hoping to attend this leadership development camp to help prepare them for their future.

Coastal Community has sponsored youth across our islands to attend The YES for over a decade, and is pleased to have the opportunity to support our youth in attending again this year. In 2014, Coastal Community was pleased to  sponsor 12 youth across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to attend YES Camp.

Each year we receive more applications than the last, and we are grateful that we have been able to sponsor all of the youth who have applied in past by using the funds raised through our annual ‘Calendar Sales’. This year, many of our locations have taken the lead with additional fundraising efforts, so that we can continue to keep up with the demand of our applicants.

For 30 years The YES (formerly Camp Rainbow) has been offering week-long youth leadership retreats to provide BC youth ages 14 to 16 a chance to learn new skills, appreciate new values, and grow as individuals.

Camp activities and sessions include:

  • self-awareness
  • communication
  • leadership
  • co-operation
  • event planning committees (such as Ultimate Frisbee, Talent Shows, Theatre and Sports)

The YES develops the excellence present in all young people by modelling exceptional behaviour and presenting quality self-development programs. There are also challenging outdoor activities including kayaking, canoeing, wilderness training and a special emphasis on the environment!

Thank you for your interest in YES Camp. Our application period is now closed and will re-open in 2020.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in June. For more information on YES Camp please visit

The YES is jointly administered by the British Columbia Co-operative Association and the Rainbow Youth Excellence Society, a charitable, non-partisan organization that provides exceptional leadership training to BC youth through the support of the province's co-operatives and credit unions.
Do you have a youth at home that could benefit from YES Camp?