I know it’s only March, but before we know it, summer will be here – thankfully! And in case you need reminding, that means summer vacation for your kids. So, if you’re considering something fun and adventurous for your child this year, a summer camp just might be the answer. Shutting down devices, unplugging for a while, and offering our kids the gift of the outdoors will be one of the best things you can do for them this year.
Check out these 6 exciting day and overnight camps and take your pick of something truly special. Arts, sciences, sports, specialty and more – the Vancouver area has it all. Don’t forget to register early!
Outward Bound – Overnight camp
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For the adventure seekers in your family, Outward Bound offers an experience like none other. Featuring camps all across the country, your kids will venture deep into the Canadian wilderness where they’ll see beautiful landscapes and take part in a true summer camp experience that will encourage self-reflection and growth.
Featuring sports and physical activities like kayaking, boating, climbing, hiking and lifestyle skills such as self-direction, teamwork, communication building, outdoor living skills and more, these camps are unique in their depth and breadth and have been leaving lasting impressions on kids and parents for many years.
While Outward Bound camps are on the pricey side, they’re good enough to deserve your consideration if you’re looking for a unique experience that will leave a lasting impression. Visit outwardbound.ca for camp descriptions and registration info.
YMCA – Day and overnight camps
Offering 19 day and overnight camps for kids aged 5-17 years, the YMCA has a long proud history of unparalleled service to Canadian youth – their summer camps are no different. They are highly devoted to providing the best in summer camp experiences for kids and families, offering the best-of-the-best in all areas. If you’re looking for a sure thing when it comes to camps, the YMCA is your best bet. Focusing on mind, body and spirit, these camps will spark imagination, encourage teamwork and innovation, build interpersonal skills and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. Visit ourkids.net/camp/ymca-of-greater-vancouver for all the camp options and registration.
BC Summer Camps – Day and overnight camps
Offering camps centred around music, (think guitar), communications (think debate), sports, tech, arts, science and indoor/outdoor Ed, BC Summer Camps is a province-wide program that offers wild exploration within an organization you can trust. Your kids will experience the lush beauty of the BC forests amidst stunning views of mountains and diverse landscapes. An engaging, wholly creative and educational experience, your kids will have the time of their lives. Visit ourkids.net/bc-camps for details, reviews and registration.
Pear Tree – Day camps
Pear Tree Education is a great option for summer camps that combine rich educational activities with fun themes such as cooking, drama, music, sports, dance, public speaking and academics. Geared for kids aged 5-14 years, the Pear Tree offers day camps at three locations in East Vancouver, Vancouver and Burnaby. Camps run from 9am-3pm and are instructed by qualified, invested teachers that know their stuff. Affordably priced, this is a great option for kids who prefer to come home for the night! Visit pear-tree.ca for more information.
Camp Fircum Gambier Island – Overnight camps
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Designed for kids aged 6-16 years, Camp Fircum is a great option for your kids if they’re up for a little getaway. Located on beautiful Gambier Island, this camp will offer boys and girls the ultimate camp experience. With a philosophy of “challenge by choice,” campers are encouraged to take calculated risks under the watchful eyes of their counsellors. Some camps offer a night of sleeping outdoors and prepare students for this experience through cabin stays that graduate to Sibley tents and then to the full outdoors.
During the week of August 12th, Camp Fircum will continue its partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Squamish Nation. This week will offer a fully immersive experience into culturally based programming, taught by Squamish elders. A wonderful opportunity for any child! Drop off and pick up are at Horseshoe Bay. Visit fircom.ca for full details and to register.
Earth Heads – Day camps
Created in the same vein as the infamous “Pedal Heads,” Earth Heads is a summer day camp designed to fully immerse your kids in everything outdoors and earthy. Combining fun, playful activities with comprehensive education about our planet, ecosystems and the environment, Earth Heads is a great way to teach youngsters a love of nature, the outdoors and the earth. Offering camps for kids aged 3-9 yrs, this is an excellent option for your younger kids. Visit earthheads.ca/classes/summer-camps for all the details.
Providing your kids with an opportunity to learn more about the wonders of beautiful BC is easier than ever with so many available day and overnight camps in the area. A chance to get outside, meet new friends and learn new skills while participating in the best that our province has to offer is an adventure you shouldn’t deny them. Give your kids the gift of the outdoors, the gift of education and the gift of playing with peers this summer as they learn and experience independence and a renewed sense of focus. You won’t be disappointed!