Cameron Caldwell tries his hand at running a backhoe at the Gavin Lake mining camp in June.

Cameron Caldwell tries his hand at running a backhoe at the Gavin Lake mining camp in June.

Gavin Lake hosts mining camp for youth

Cariboo Chilcotin area students had a unique opportunity in June to take part in a pilot project funded by the BC HR Task Force.

  • Jul. 15, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Corrin Williams

Special to the Tribune

Cariboo Chilcotin area grades eight and nine students had a unique opportunity in June to take part in a pilot project funded by the BC HR Task Force.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Explore for More Youth Camp of Discovery was co-ordinated by Thompson Rivers University in co-operation with School District 27 and industry partners.

The camp was free for students and took place at Gavin Lake Education Camp June 24 through 27.

Over the course of the four-day camp students were introduced to many different career options available in the mining sector.

The New Gold simulator was provided for all students to experience mining equipment and scenarios.

“It was just like playing a really big video game,” one student said.

Students also got the chance to operate a backhoe brought out to Gavin Lake by Finning Canada.

Various informative talks and activities were provided by the Mt. Polley Mine Rescue Team, Mt. Polley Heavy Duty Mechanics, Gibraltar Millwrights and Orica Blasting Engineer. Gold Panning with Yukon Dan and Geocaching with Spider Rescue Services were also enjoyed.

All camp participants experienced a working mine site with a tour of Gibraltar Mine and pretended to have their own mine while partaking in a cookie mining activity.  And what would going to camp be without swimming, canoeing, and some archery?

The goal of the camp was to create awareness of the vast array of opportunities in the mining industry in a fun and interactive way, so that local youth and parents may make better informed choices when time comes for grade 10 – 12 course selection and career planning.

Overall the camp was a huge success.

My hope is to see this camp run yearly for all upcoming grade eights and nines to enjoy and benefit from.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sandi Griffiths is the region’s new district manager of transportation for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
New MOTI district manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake

Sandi Griffiths replaces Todd Hubner who retired recently

Mclean Silverton rides a rail in Boitanio Park - one of seven new features installed by the city this past week. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Snow park in Boitanio open for riding

If any users find that the park requires attention, please contact city hall at 250-392-2311

A snowfall warning has been issued for Williams Lake and Quesnel. (Black Press Media)
Snowfall warning issued for Cariboo region

Between 10 to 15 cm expected

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor (from left) Judy Gibbons and Rajneesh Khugsal, seen here in 2020, are all ready to help people file their taxes. (Patrick Davies photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake volunteers ready to offer community income tax program

Co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor said he has already received inquiries

Women’s Contact Society community liaison Eileen Alberton with her dogs Luigi, left, and Sami enjoys a daily walk in Big Lake. (Photo submitted)
Women’s wellness focus of International Women’s Day events in Williams Lake

In its third year, the event will be offered virtually

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Kara Sorensen, diagnosed with lung cancer in July, says it’s important for people to view her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick. (Photo courtesy of Karen Sorensen)
B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer

Fundraising page launched on Karen Sorensen’s behalf, with a goal of $250,000

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

Most Read