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Top STEM and Academic Camps in Victoria

Published Oct 22, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Are you looking for a fun and educational experience for your child this summer? If so, these are some great choices:

Top STEM and Academic Camps in Victoria

For those of you who don’t know, STEM is a popular acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” Opportunities in the STEM fields are on the rise, meaning it has never been a better time to learn how to create and innovate!

If you want your kids to get a competitive edge learning code, game design, robotics and many other awesome activities check out our list of the Top STEM & Academic Camp providers below.

Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum’s mission is to promote an understanding of the living landscapes and cultures of British Columbia and engage people in a dialogue about their future. This year's featured summer camps include Mammoth Camp, where campers will explore the feature exhibit, build mini-dioramas, and dig for fossils; and Live Sustainably - Then and Now Camp, based at both the Royal BC Museum, and the O.U.R. Ecovillage in Shawnigan lake.

Academic Camp Canada

Academic Camp Canada, is a unique programme for day or overnight students aged 11 to 17 on the spectacular Brentwood College campus near Victoria on Vancouver Island. This excellent course combines practical and inspiring academic learning with great trips and outdoor activities designed to encourages students to try new things, develop their leadership skills and become more confident. 

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Aside from top quality instruction in in voice and musical instruments, the VCM Summer Academy offers programs in music theory, a cultural music journey in their World Music Explorers camp, and free Music Therapy camps!  

Programs are offered at both their Downtown and new Westhills locations. 

Debate Camp

Need an idea for that smart chatty kid? Debate Camp offers training in Public Speaking, Debating and Model United Nations for students in grades 6 to 11. This multi-leveled program suits all abilities, from the novice to experienced speaker. Kids come away with renewed confidence in how best to express the spoken word. New ideas, lots of fun and skills development for higher learning and life!

Engineering for Kids

If your kids are interested in engineering challenges in Minecraft, creating rockets and launching them 40 feet in the air, or building LEGO robots, well... This is the right camp for them! Engineering for Kids fosters incredible curiosity and imagination in kids. Their camps are offered at a variety of recreation centres around Greater Victoria and ages range from 5.5 to teens.

Zeebar Technologies

Camps with Zeebar Technologies are not ABOUT technology, but what creative things you can do WITH it once you understand how stuff really works. This year's camps are about Time, Topology and Tea: knot math, manifolds such as mirror spaces, keltic knots, entropy, escapements, algorithmic rhythm design, space time cones, and more. Camps are held at St. Michaels University School. 

St. Margaret's School

Your daughter will love their weekly themes: Culinary Arts, “Try-a-Tri”: Intro to Triathlon, Local History, Budding Biologists/Youth Naturalists, Ocean-inspired Arts, Science, Musical Theatre and more. Each day promises an array of fun-filled activities delivered in the natural oasis that is our campus, with ample field-trips to take advantage of our vibrant city. Read more.

Christ Church Cathedral School

Cathedral School's summer programs are open to everyone and are full of exciting activities. Many day trips are planned including swimming; fun at local water parks; visits to Beacon Hill Park, Witty's Lagoon, Fort Rodd Hill, museums and much more. Technology camps are also offered for kids ages 9 - 12.  At these camps, kids can learn about Minecraft, Lego Robotics and Scratch Programming.

Arts Calibre

ArtsCalibre Academy offering exciting Active Arts Summer Camps that captivate children who love, music, art, crafts, cooking, fun and games. There will be 7 weekly camps for age groups 3-5 yrs, 6-9 yrs and 10-14 yrs.

With new activities to explore every week, outdoor fun every day, the ArtsCalibre’s creative team will make sure your child is in for summer of creative, active fun. If your child loves to run, draw, dance, explore and play, then these are the summer camps for you!

FUN Society

Camp themes vary weekly, but each camp will include hiking, swimming, exploring, tee-shirt making, fort building, building a sustainable city from recycled materials, active games, solitude and gratitude time.

Campers will also create a passion project that they have a chance to share at the Friday afternoon Mini-Gala!

Vikes Recreation

While the Vikes Recreation programs are known more for their high performance athletics programs, they also offer some more academic-related camps--mainly the Vikes Adventurers (activities include rock climbing, orienteering, geocaching, etc.), and Vikes Summer Fun (activities such as scavenger hunts, science experiments, interactive games, and more).

Mad Science

Summer camps at Mad Science are the perfect blend of entertainment and education. They combine hands-on lab time, outdoor games and exploration, as well as the application of scientific principles. 

Their summer science camps will engage and expand your child's mind, as well as offering a big dose of fun! Camps are in various themes and are geared to specific age groups. 

Sylvan Learning has been part of the Vancouver Island community for more than 25 years and has always been locally owned and operated.

In addition to tutoring services for which Sylvan Learning is well-known, they offer fun summer camps in robotics and coding for kids.

Kumon Victoria

KUMON is the largest private supplemental educational program in the world, with over three million students currently enrolled worldwide.

Due to the individualized nature of the program, students may begin Kumon at any time, so therefore, they are not as much of a "summer camp" as an open learning centre.

Did you find any STEM camps or classes that your kids will love? We hope so.If not, don’t sweat it!

ChatterBlock has a huge, kid-friendly, comprehensive list of all the best local camps and classes. Check out our “Camps & Classes” tab on our homepage for more details.

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