Ignite your passion. Ignite the possibilities. Ignite tomorrow’s opportunities!
Camp Ignite is a four-day overnight camp that educates and inspires young women to follow their dreams. We aim to show our campers a future of limitless opportunities and demonstrate that anything is possible.
The camp is open to girls in grades 11-12 (ages 16-18 ) living in British Columbia. Our camp offers an introduction to the exciting world of firefighting. As well, each participant will learn about fitness, nutrition, health and teamwork.
We are a not-for-profit organization and strive to keep the camp affordable and accessible to those interested.
We offer our campers the chance to explore the many aspects and specialties associated with firefighting.
They will get an opportunity to try auto-extrication, hazmat operations, technical rope rescue operations and learn about the various tools and skills needed to be successful in the fire service.
Camp Ignite places a huge emphasis on team building through fun team activities. Participants will practice communication, coordination and execution of tasks in a fun and creative way.
Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment that utilizes the unique strengths of each individual.
Camp Ignite’s curriculum is tailored to show young women the possibility of a career in the trades and other non-traditional roles.
Our four-day, three-night camp will take place at a variety of locations throughout Metro Vancouver Fire Departments as well as many local fitness locales such as climbing walls, hiking trails such as the Grouse Grind, Crossfit and more.
Camp Ignite participants will take part in:
• Basic Fundamentals of Fire Suppression
• Personal Safety Equipment
• Basics of Fire Ground Practices and Terminology
• Apparatus and Equipment Training
• CPR and Fire Extinguisher Training
• Fitness and Nutrition Classes
Participants will also learn about the speciality disciplines in firefighting—to show them how many opportunities are available in the field including:
• Hazmat Operations
• Technical Rescue Operations
• Emergency Medical Response
A large part of what makes Camp Ignite successful is the mentorship offered by fire service women from throughout the province. We have a large group of women who donate their time and energy to guide and support the participants.
We work with fire crews in the lower mainland who offer active members, facilities and apparatus to support and give campers a true sense of what life in the fire service is all about.
All campers are sponsored in part by their local municipal fire department who will pay some or all of the cost to participate plus provide a departmental t-shirt and turnout gear.
The Fire Chiefs' Association of B.C. offers scholarships to 3 participants from outside the lower mainland.
Parents or Guardian must provide transport to and from camp while inter-departmental travel to camp activities will be provided by camp personnel.
Camp Ignite simply would not be possible without the generosity of many fire departments, IAFF locals, private industry partners and even private individuals.
Please note that we are currently updating out website and information. If you cannot find what you are looking for please use the communication tab on the lower right to contact us and we will respond as soon as possible.
Note that we are finalizing details for a modified camp for 2021 based on COVID-19 considerations and responding to the Provincial Orders as they evolve. We are planning a 1 or 2 day event with no overnight stays and will have protocols in place to keep everyone safe while still having fun!