Catching the Spirit Youth Society (CTS) is a partner program of Pacific Parklands Foundation (PPF) that provides youth with the opportunity to get out into the parks, engage with their community, and develop leadership skills. British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has collaborated with CTS to create and maintain a community garden at their campus in Burnaby.
CTS camps happen at Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Tynehead Regional Park, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, and Capilano Regional Park during the daytime Tuesday through Thursday and overnight on weekends.
Every week during the summer, groups of CTS youth are out at the community garden working on a variety of projects. Youth work to haul gravel, water plants, weed, pour concrete, and have almost completed construction of a new shed.
Pacific Parklands Foundation raises $100,000 for this program each year. This year, PPF staff have worked hand in hand with CTS to organize and facilitate the daytime and overnight youth camps. It is an incredibly rewarding program for all of the participants, peer leaders, and mentors who are a part of it.
Learn more about Catching the Spirit Youth Society here.