Little Buffalo Youth Camp

Little Buffalo Youth Camp

Our focus is to make sure our youth have a fun experience along with learning the Anishinaabe culture. If you have any ideas you think would assist us in the cultural teachings our children should learn. Please don’t hesitate to share. We want to utilize our own people who have experience and knowledge when it comes to teaching the youth who attend the camp.

The camp operates in partnership with our Student Work Employment Program (S.W.E.P.)

Our campsite consist of several small cabins, a large auditorium with a fully equipped kitchen that runs on solar power and uses a large gas oven/stovetop. We have several washrooms that are fully equipped with running water and plumbing, as well as containing four private shower rooms. The camp usually operates in the summer months beginning in July and ending with our annual roundup in August, where we encourage parents to join in on the fun and is a day filled with carnival activities such as face painting and tie dye shirt making, as well as some carny games for all ages, accompanied by barbeque eats and treats! The camp starts off with day camp that runs for the first two weeks for the little ones, with age ranges from 4-9 and hosted in and around the community, we serve hot lunches and provide cold water/juice and snacks for the children, and is supervised by our camp coordinator, four camp councilors and four SWEP workers at all times.

Activities range from beating the heat at our local splash park located across from Indian Springs School, to having BBQ’s in the park, nature walks while teaching the kids about nature and how it works with our traditions, and of course lots of fun filled games…

The following weeks are spent from Monday to Friday on site in Carberry, Manitoba, weather permitting, the kids are transferred via community school bus by a certified Class 1 driver.  In the event of storm we quickly pack up and bring the kids home. Three meals are provided by our onsite cook who budgets food and snacks for the week where a menu is provided before hand to allow parents to notify of any eating habits and or allergies. We are currently looking into getting internet installed on site as Swan Lake First Nation has recently become our very own fiber optic internet service provider!

It does get hot during the summer days so please make sure to send your kids with hats and sunglasses and dress appropriately for the weather!!! -Sunscreen and bug repellent are supplied!

Registration begins in June and all forms must be signed by a legal guardian and or parent/parents.