Jeremy Doiron was 12 years old when he started going to the AIA hockey camp in Chemainus. Before he knew it, he found himself returning as counsellor.
“My brother and I would talk about the AIA camp for weeks leading up to it. Because it was small and personal, I knew a lot of the leaders and made a lot of good friends.”
The Chemainus camp is the result of a partnership between HMVI (Hockey Ministries Vancouver Island) and AIA (Athletes in Action). Greg Hollett and Chris Wiens represent each ministry, respectively. AIA also works with athletes at the professional and varsity levels, as well as grassroots level.
“We want to develop total athletes: physically, emotionally, spiritually,” says Wiens.
It’s a unique concept in the sporting world, which has often focused entirely on physical performance.
Doiron claims his life was changed at camp.
“I try to volunteer as a counsellor in Chemainus every year. I like to pour into the lives of youth like I’ve had others pour into mine.”
Campers stay at Calvary Baptist Church when they’re not skating at Fuller Lake Arena. Ten acres, a soccer field, and tennis courts keep the campers aged 12-17 well entertained.
The camp is staffed by a top-notch group of college/junior coaches and players committed to building character and skill via clear instruction and one-on-one help.
Head instructors include Greg Egan (BCHL and NCAA), and Barret Kropf (SJHL and ACAC coach).
In addition to their annual resident camp (Aug. 12-17), two new camps are being offered this summer. More information is available here.