The camp was established in 1988. It is operated by a registered non-profit group called Guiding Hands Recreation Society. The land that the camp is on is owned by Alice Bruce who was born and raised on the east shore of Kootenay Lake. Her family was one of the first pioneers to settle in the area. Alice is now 92 years old. Alice and an old time friend Peter Duryea came up with the idea of creating a low impact place where people could come out and be soothed and educated by the natural beauty that is there. Thus Tipi Camp was born.
Tipi camp was established to educate the public about the values of nature and outdoor recreation in a healthy society. We serve as advocates of environmental protection and sustainable communities.