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 different area of the province. Generally, it is four days of organized field trips and five nights of social activities.

2019 Summer Camp

August 5 - 10, 2019
Galloway, BC
BC Mountain Hideaway
7060 Galloway FSR
Galloway, BC

We are excited to host our first Summer Camp in the Galloway, BC area. The region is famous for a number of significant fossil (trilobite) deposits, and mining camps. Local members of the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines have agreed to lead a number of field trips to interesting sites. Home base will be the BC Mountain Hideaway.

To register, you will need to do two things:

  1. Register with our Summer Camp coordinator, Linda Marcelet, by contacting her by phone at 250-777-1399, or email at Only members of BCLS charter clubs may participate...but that's okay, still lots of time to join your local club!

  2. Contact Debra with BC Mountain Hideaway at 250-908-3849 to book your accomodation. There are three options available: cabin, bunk house, or campground. Cabins range from $125-$145/night, the bunkhouse is $85/night, and camping for trailers is $20/night. Breakfast is provided for some cabins. Space is also available at Will-O-Bend Golf and RV Park. To book an accomodation here contact Kyle Anderson at 1-250-429-4059.

An agenda will be made available as we approach Summer Camp weekend. Should you have questions, please contact Linda at 250-777-1399, or email at

While we have posted a Google map below to provide a general idea where the site is you will need to know the following to find the BC Mountain Hideaway. Take Highway 3 to Jaffray. Just east of Jaffray will be a sign to Galloway to the right if if you're coming from the east, left if you're coming from the west. There is a large sawmill there. Turn in and follow the road all the way through the mill, watch for traffic and drive slow (30 km/hour). At the back is a large white fuel tank, keep going to a truck scale. Go around the scale on the left side and over the bridge. Drive over a cattle gate and then 1.5 km. On the right side you will see red cabins and have arrived at Camp.

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
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. James
2007Tchesinkut LakeLakes District Rock & Gem Club
2006Port McNeill
2005Puntzi Lake
2004Slocan Kokanee Rock Club
Selkirk Rock & Mineral Club
2003Fraser Lake
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
1993No camp
1992Whitehorse, Yukon
1991Summit Creek, Trail, Creston, Nelson, Champion Lakes
1990Williams Lake, Quesnel
1989Duncan, VI - Skutz Falls
1988No camp
1987Whitehorse, Yukon
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