Trefoil Trails

Trefoil Trails Camp

Trefoil Trails camp is Bridging Rivers Area’s Girl Guide Camp, which is located 40 km south of Saskatoon within the boundaries of Pike Lake Provincial Park.  We enjoy the security and facilities of the Park and our campsite is completely fenced for privacy.  Girl Guides leases this property from the Government of Saskatchewan.

Here are some details of our camp facilities.  Note that you may book more than one site, as needed, and that the entire site can be booked (e.g. for District Camp).  If more than one group is at camp at the same time, please know that some spaces/items should be shared: deck on building, firepit right by building, dryer and freezer in lodge, common room in inclement weather.

Please “Share and be a Friend” at camp!

New in 2017 was the 100 Year Legacy Gazebo! While this structure is part of the Nyeri site, it can be shared by groups on other sites if Nyeri is vacant, or shared with a group using Nyeri by mutual agreement (best made prior to camp).

Consider using our camp this Guiding season!

Please note:  There is no landline phone at Trefoil Trails.  Groups must provide their own cellphones.  Major carriers all work at camp.

Click Here for the Trefoil Trails Brochure

SITE: BP Lodge

  • Those using BP Lodge use the large north kitchen, year-round.
  • Has running hot and cold water, May–September (NEW 2018! hot water access to be shared with Pixie Glen users) – see note at the end of this document regarding water at camp
  • Has a fully stocked kitchen with pots and pans, utensils, dishes, a refrigerator and two stoves
  • Has a dryer in the kitchen which is available to all on site (no need to put in coins)
  • Users must bring cleaning supplies and kitchen linens, and take them home at the end of camp
  • Has a dining room next to the kitchen, which also serves as a multi-purpose room.  The room can be used for meals, crafts and other activities. Cupboards in this room contain an emergency first aid kit (groups should bring their own main kit), emergency weather radio (with instructions), toolbox and hoisting flags/info. Feel free to use these items - put all back where you found them and keep tidy. If you use items from the first aid kit, please note on your camp report so that stock can be replenished by the Operating Committee.
  • Has an all-fridge in the kitchen, and a chest freezer in the dining room
  • Has a common room in the middle of the building with couches and a fireplace, dress-up clothes, games and books
  • Has 2 leader rooms on one side of the common room, one with 6 single beds with mattresses and the other with 2.
  • Sleeping quarters for the girls are split into 2 adjoining carpeted rooms on the opposite side of the common room
  • Girls must bring sleeping pads or foamies as they are sleeping on the floor
  • Has a pit toilet outhouse building open year-round; summer bathrooms with flush toilets and sinks with running water are open May-September (north of the lodge).  Toilet facilities are shared with Pixie Glen users.
  • Has a large deck on the east side of the lodge which holds many picnic tables for meals, crafts, washing etc.  This area is shared with those of Pixie Glen.
  • Field between lodge and summer bathrooms is shared with Pixie Glen users.
  • There are fire pits in the forest for cooking and campfires.  Those using BP Lodge are to use the one to the south of the Lodge (in Gnome Hollow).  Wood is kept in the wood storage bin beside the ramp to the lodge deck and is replenished from the wood storage area beside the garage up the hill and next to the Nyeri campsite.
  • Has a flagpole is at the front of the building
  • If there is no group booked to used Pixie Glen during your stay, you may use the entire lodge building, if you wish
  • Shared garbage bin beside ramp to deck of lodge – used May-September
  • Winterized (electric heat) and available for use year-round – this is the only bookable building between fall cleanup to spring cleanup

SITE: Pixie Glen

  • Consists of 3 cabins (unheated) located NW of BP Lodge
  • Each cabin has room for 8 people
  • Cabin bunks are wooden and require a sleeping pad or foamie
  • Each cabin has electricity and a plug-in, a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher
  • Users of Pixie Glen have the smaller south kitchen of BP Lodge which is stocked with some dishes and cookware, plus has a stove and some storage space. Groups using Pixie Glen should have girls bring ditty bags.  Hooks for the bags are on the underside of the ramp to the deck.
  • Has running cold water, May-September (NEW 2018! – get hot water from Lodge kitchen or heat on stove) - see note at the end of  this document regarding water at camp
  • Users must bring cleaning supplies and kitchen linens, and take them home at the end of camp
  • Has a pit toilet outhouse building open year-round; summer bathrooms with flush toilets and sinks with running water are open May-September (north of the lodge).  Toilet facilities are shared with BP Lodge users.
  • Pixie Glen has its own campfire ring to the north of the summer bathroom (Fairy Ring)
  • Has a large deck on the east side of the lodge which holds many picnic tables for meals, crafts, washing etc.  This area is shared with those of BP Lodge
  • Field between lodge and summer bathrooms is shared with BP Lodge users.
  • Has a flagpole near the cabins
  • Shared garbage bin beside ramp to deck of lodge – used May-September
  • If there is no group booked to used BP Lodge during your stay, you may use the entire lodge building, if you wish
  • Available for use May-September

SITE: Nyeri

  • Has a dining shelter with picnic tables to provide a covered area for meals and crafts
  • Has a small kitchen at the end of the shelter containing a fridge plus minimal cooking utensils, pots and pans
  • Has electricity at the shelter
  • Each girl is to bring her own “ditty bag” (containing a plate, bowl, cup, mug, utensils)
  • Cooking and heating water are done outside on a large half barrel grill.  Wood is supplied in the wood storage shed beside the garage.
  • Has a water tap and a large building with flush toilets (no sinks) east of dining shelter, beside the garage and tent storage shed. - see note at the end of  this document regarding water at camp
  • Has a flagpole between the dining shelter and garage
  • Has the 100 Year Legacy Gazebo between the kitchen shelter and tenting area – great for many activities!
  • Standpipe for “grey water” is beside the garbage box between flagpole and kitchen) – screen/funnel in garage
  • Has a large area for pitching lightweight tents (which are not supplied by Trefoil Trails, but can be rented from the Bridging Rivers Area office – contact the office for more information)
  • Has a large campfire ring with benches adjoining tenting area
  • Garbage box across from garage is shared with Pathways – used May-September
  • Not generally used outside of May-September – inquire at Area for use outside these dates

SITE: Pathways

  • Is at the back of our Guiding property
  • Has limited power available (no lighting), and it is an excellent place to prepare for semi-wilderness camping
  • Has a dining shelter, outhouse and a water tap, plus very limited kitchen equipment stored in the garage - see note below regarding water at camp
  • Campers may use the fridge and freezer provided in the garage
  • Cooking is done on BBQ stands or a half barrel
  • Standpipe for “grey water” is on Nyeri (see above), or strain and put down pit toilet
  • Has a large area where lightweight tents can be pitched
  • Has a campfire pit and a Guide’s Own Circle (Circle to be shared by all groups on sites)
  • Has a flagpole
  • Garbage box across from garage is shared with Nyeri – used May-September
  • Not generally used outside of May-September but outhouse pit toilet is operational year-round

Low Season Camping (October-April)

  • Can be done at Trefoil Trails – using the winterized lodge building as a base.   Fields are not cleared of snow, however, so units wanting to tent would need to do their own preparations.
  • Low season users must haul water (8 liters per person per day minimum) and dispose of grey water in the outhouse toilets
  • Garbage and recycling must be packed out
  • Snowshoes and slooshing skis may be rented from the Area office to use at camp, and must be returned immediately after camp* ~ please contact the office for more information
  • *NOTE: Snowshoes for girl use are no longer left at Trefoil Trails during the winter but two pair are housed in the lodge small dining room for use by Guiders to get to the garage, etc., if snow is deep

Trefoil Trails Garage

  • The garage contains a fridge for the use of those in Pathways
  • It also contains many items for use by all groups at camp, including:
    • Bushpie irons (cleaning kit supplied)/wiener sticks
    • Wheelbarrows
    • Please ensure that you use items with care and return them to the proper location
    • During the low season months bushpie irons and wiener sticks will be kept in the lodge small dining area

Guiding Rental Info/Rates:

  • Contact the Area Office to book – consult the online booking calendar for available dates and email the office.  
  • Booking fee payable (generally non-refundable*) no later than two weeks prior to camp to confirm – booking shows on the online booking calendar and in office records as “tentative” until payment made.  Booking fee will be payable within one week to secure dates if another group requests a booking showing as “tentative”.
  • Bridging Rivers Area units: $30 per site booked
  • Out-of-Area units: $50 per site booked
  • NOTE: 50% of the booking fee paid will be applied to the ground fees payable after camp has been held
  • Safe Guide:
    • Area Office requires confirmation of assessor approval prior to use of camp: the Responsible Guider can forward her assessor’s approval email to the office as soon as she has it
  • Camp key: pick up from the Area office shortly before camp (only after Safe Guide approval confirmed)
  • Cleanup: checklist provided at key pickup, or electronically – must be submitted with ground fees after camp
  • Ground fees:
  • All units/groups: $5/person/night
  • Day use may be available - call the office (number at bottom) for more information

* If the booking fee has been paid and a group cancels, a refund will be made only if another group takes the booking and has paid the booking fee.

IMPORTANT NOTE RE: WATER AT CAMP

The water source at Trefoil Trails is from what is known as a “sand point well” – commonly used in the region.  The water quality is tested by Public Health during the camping season, and has been found to be safe in the past, but we have been advised by Public Health that water from this type of well can be susceptible to contamination.  For this reason, to ensure “safe Guiding”, any water to be used for:

  • Drinking
  • Toothbrushing
  • Rinsing of food to be eaten without cooking
  • Any use where water goes into the mouth

is not to be water directly from camp taps.  The tap water can be used for these purposes if treated, either by boiling (2-3 minute rolling boil) or you can bring sufficient commercially bottled water for these needs.  Many grocery stores sell large jugs of water, as do businesses such as Culligan.  Untreated tap water can be using for cooking, where boiling is involved, and for dishwashing, since part of the dishwashing process involves a rinse with bleach (see instructions in the kitchens), and well as for general clean-up.

For more information, contact the Area Office at (306) 652-3275, or toll-free at 1-800-565-8111

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