“Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society.”
-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).



The After School Club is a program run in collaboration with the Huu-ay-aht First Nation to encourage learning outside the classroom. Once a week the BCSA hosts the After School Club, providing a fun environment for the youth of Bamfield and Anacla to learn, socialize and grow as individuals. Activities vary week to week but may include homework help, snack time, arts and crafts, physical activities, cooking and other life skills.

Preschool Play provides a community environment for parents and their preschool children to come together once a week for games, gym time and crafts. This program provides a space for our pre-school children to get a head start in developing literacy, physical and social skills.

Parents as Literacy Supporters This program provides guardians with the opportunity to engage with their preschoolers in a fun and supportive environment. Each session includes a meal, a chance for parents to ask questions and talk, activities and take home resources. Sessions are open to all preschoolers, Kindergartens, grade 1’s and their guardians. This program was funded by Literacy Alberni, Raise-A-Reader and Alberni Children First.

Bamfield Community Literacy Plan This program receives funding to support literacy programs, which are then provided for the Bamfield and Anacla community by the BCSA.

Here We Come Event is a collaborative effort between the BCSA, Paawats, School District 70 (Alberni), Vancouver Island Health Association, and many other service providers. The event is a preschool readiness screening and an introduction to the Bamfield Community School.

Buddy Reading program runs throughout the school year. Community members are invited to join students for half an hour of reading. This program has been a great success – bringing together adults and students to share, learn and enjoy literacy! Buddy Reading happens throughout the school year, Monday- Thursday.

Summer Reading Club is another successful program that encourages residential and visiting children to exercise their minds and imaginations in the midst of all the summer excitement by picking up a book. The BCSA designs the program, which contains a craft component, and picks the reading material while the VIRL sponsors the program.

Day Summer Camps provide fun and educational activities for Bamfield and Anacla, as well as visiting children and their parents. We partner with various community organizations, including the Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Community Affairs, to offer a wide range of activities.

Community Reading Sessionis a mentorship program from within the community. Similar to the Buddy Reads program, Community Reading partners students with community members. However unlike the Buddy Reads program, which runs throughout the school year, Community Reads tends to mark special days in the community and is often accompanied by other fun activities, such as games or scavenger hunts.

Community Cookbook The BCSA has published a Community Cookbook to provide the community with a collection of recipes, pictures, and art that represents Bamfield and Anacla. The cookbooks are sold at the BCSA office and a various events throughout the year.

Vancouver Island Regional Library & Bamfield Community Library has been a BCSA supported service since 1998, ensuring the community receives current literacy support and has a space where people can enjoy a cup of tea, read a book or hold a meeting. The library provides children, youth and adults with literacy materials; making available book collections, videos and DVDs, audio recordings and magazines, as well as health, business and academic resources. The Library is open Monday-Friday from 9am until 4:30pm.

Community Access Program provides free computer and internet access for community members and visitors to use, as well as assistance, cyber camps and computer workshops. Additionally the CAP Site offers services such as printing and faxing for a small charge. The CAP Site is open Monday-Friday from 9am until 4:30pm.

Computer Literacy Workshops provide the community with instruction in computer and internet basics, information on new technology, and the confidence to use their new skills.

Writers Workshops are provided for budding authors in the community. The workshops provide community members with the tools and opportunity to grow their skills as writers and to ask questions.

Family Literacy Day is celebrated with great gusto by the BCSA. With past occasions marked by community assemblies, pancake breakfasts, literacy games, book swaps, buddy-readings, and literacy-related prizes the whole community comes together to celebrate and learn about literacy.

Oysters, Authors & Ale is an annual event to raise awareness about adult literacy with funds raised going towards literacy initiatives in the community. In the past this anticipated event has included readings from local and visiting authors, expertly prepared oysters, ale tasting, live music and a silent aucition featuring a variety of unique items and experiences.

The Short Story and Poetry Competition is the perfect opportunity to showcase your interest in writing. With a youth and adult category, all residents are encouraged to participate by writing either a short story or poem on a given topic. The submissions are reviewed by several judges and the winner for each category is invited to read their poem or story at Oysters, Authors & Ale.

To find out more about these programs, or to suggest a program please contact the BCSA.