If your child has been away for summer camp before and enjoyed it, you're golden.
If this would be their first time going away on their own, make sure you take some time before you book a camp to really consider whether your child is ready. The most important factor is your child's attitude towards camp, regardless of their age or past experiences! If your kidlet has spent nights away from home with friends or family, is comfortable making new friends, has participated in group activities like day camps or sports teams, is responsible and able to do the bed time routine independently, it sounds like they might be ready for an overnight camp.
If you're feeling on edge, having them go with a friend is a great way to make the whole experience more comfortable for them. Or consider a camp that's closer to home for a shorter length of time.
Talking to your little one about expectations and how they feel is important no matter what, both you and your child have intuition about these things and it's important to sometimes listen to that "gut" feeling.
If you think day camp may be your best bet this summer, you're in luck! If you're living in BC we have lots of great ideas for day camps in Victoria or camps in the greater Vancouver area. If you're coming to us from outside of BC, head to the bottom of the page and see if ChatterBlock is in your city (we're across Canada!)
Camp Qwanoes - Crofton, BC
For ages: 8-18 years old
Prices: $489 - $646 per week
Qwanoes is a youth-focused, year-round Christian camp and retreat centre with a heart for kids of all ages. From wakeboarding and archery, to mountain boarding and the giant Sky-Scraper… There’s over 75 activity options to choose from! When you pair this outdoor adventure with crazy games, great music, and stellar staff, Qwanoes is an ideal place for fun-filled, life-changing adventure. Learn more about Camp Qwanoes.
Debate Camp - Brentwood College, Shawnigan Lake, BC
For ages: Grades 8-11
Prices: $1,336 per week
A memory-making and academically-enriching experience at most beautiful independent boarding school, Brentwood College. Debate Overnight Camp has been bringing eager learners together for 16 summers now. It has been the feature experience of our program offerings, with unlimited enrichment opportunities, optional bilingual debates, enhanced global awareness, public speaking, daily optional swims, recreation as well as local cultural and sightseeing outings. Learn More.
Camp Imadene - Mesachie Lake, BC
For ages: Grades 2-12
Prices: $365 - $459 per week
Popular with Vancouver Island residents, Camp Imadene has been offering amazing Christian camps for children, teens, and adults for over 85 years. On the water is tubing, wake-boarding, an inflatable water park, knee-boarding, wake-surfing, paddle-boarding, swimming of course, kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing, a giant rope swing, fishing, and more. On land, you can enjoy 1000ft BMX track, rock-climbing, rappelling, caving, a low-ropes challenge course, bouldering, atom ball, sand volleyball, geo-caching, crafts, archery, guitar lessons, pickleball, all the team sports, and more. Learn More.
Camp Homewood - Quadra Island, BC
For ages: 6-17 years old
Prices: $385 - $565 per week
Camp Artaban - Gambier Island, Howe Sound
For ages: Grades 3-12
Prices: Ranges from $236 (3 day) - $788 (week)
Camp Artaban is described as “awesome” by youth and “paradise” by adults. It's an opportunity to experience camping in a unique waterfront island setting where campers are challenged to be their best in a safe, Christian community. Here's more info on all of their camps.
Fircom - Gambier Island, Howe Sound
For ages: 5-16 years old
Prices: $525-$900 per week
Fircom will give kids all the experiences of traditional summer camp but also includes modern camp activities like connecting with local First Nations ancestry, cool science experiments, learning about renewable energy and sustainability, and more. This is a spiritual summer camp that is inclusive and welcoming religious, agnostic, atheist, or anything in between! Here's more info on all of their camps.
Camp Latona - Gambier Island, Howe Sound
For ages: 7-17 years old
Prices: Ranges from $250 (3 day) - $900 (week and a half)
Campers will get to experience all types of fun like hiking, camp-wide games, orienteering archery, sports activities, arts and crafts. Plus they get to be at "Free Wharf" where they can do whatever they love, like canoeing, wake boarding, climbing walls, swimming, fishing, or get on the zip line for some adrenaline. If this sounds like a good spot, check out the full details of their camps.
Vancouver & Surrounding Area
Fireside Adventures - Leave from West Van, experience BC
For ages: 7-17 years old
Prices: $400-$650 (1 week), $2,550 (14 day) and $3,599 (21 day).
Ages 7-12 can experience overnight camps exploring Metro Vancouver's most stunning locations while learning the essentials of outdoor skills, kids gourmet cooking lessons, daily swims and playing in local forests. The 2 and 3 week BC youth leadership camps are an amazing way to experience the mountains and waterways of beautiful British Columbia. The 14 day camp takes them through Whistler, Squamish, Howe Sound, Sechelt Inlets where they will see glaciers, canoeing, and sleeping under stars. The 21 day camp has them hiking through the rainforests on Vancouver Island, backpacking to Cape Scott, surfing, and learning great skills. They even have a 14 day camp taking them to see the Yukon! Learn more on these once in a lifetime camp experiences.
Timberline Ranch - Maple Ridge, BC
For ages: 9-16 years old
Prices: $299 - $469 per week
73 acres of woods and farmland in the foothills of Golden Ears Mountain is the perfect backdrop to a camp with incredible excitement and outdoor education. If you have a horse lover, how does 45 horses on 73 beautifully trailed acres sound? Additional activities include indoor and outdoor rock-climbing, archery, petting zoo, challenge course, swimming pool (seasonal), bmx biking, skateboarding, vaulting, drill teams, pellet guns, hiking, hyper ball, volleyball, basketball court, floor-hockey, campfires, rappelling, team-building course, tree houses, playground, and much more! Learn more about Timberline Ranch.
Camp Summit - Squamish BC
For ages: 4-17 years old
Camps offered: 3 day, 5 day, 1 week, 2 week, or 3 week long camps
Dates: Throughout June-August
Prices: Ranges from $295 (3 day) to $2,745 (3 weeks) and lots in between
Camp summit is perfect for the outdoorsy type, as this outdoor adventure camp has the mountains and back-country as it's playground! Activities consist of things like high ropes, climbing walls, archer, mountain biking, learning outdoor skills, hikes, and arts and crafts.
Stillwood Camp- Cultus Lake, Chilliwack
For ages: 6-16 years old
Prices: Ranges from $270 (3 day) to $2745 (3 weeks)
Whether relaxing or spiking the adrenaline is your aim, Stillwood Camp has an impressive array of activities for you to choose from. The swimming pool, whirlpool, 45-foot high indoor climbing tower, outdoor climbing wall, outdoor volleyball, field games, games room, gymnasium, frisbee golf, death-defying ziplines, Sky High Adventure, linear low ropes course, archery, basketball, skateboarding, General Store, gazebo, amphitheatre, dome... And more. Learn about their overnight camps for different ages.
Camp Squeah - Hope, BC
For ages: 6-17 years old
Prices: Younger kids (6-9) short camps $125-$205, or $335-$465 per week
These diverse and very active summer camp programs includes children's camp sessions that range in duration from 3-6 days, backpacking trips, and junior and senior leadership training camps, which encourage the development of skills from a servant leader perspective. These summer camp programs are developed and presented from a Christian perspective. Learn more.