It's never too early to start looking! Good camps fill fast.
Plus, lots of camps will offer an early bird rate if you secure your spot early on. Can't complain about savings, amiright?
If you're looking for ideas, look no further than the list below. We've got camp providers who are reputable, for kids of ages, and for all different types of interests.
If you head to our summer camp listing on ChatterBlock you'll be able to see schedule information for 100+ camps and you can even filter by age, specific dates, and keywords. Note: we have local camp providers posting up their schedules daily, so keep checking back!
Now, what you came for...
Here's some of our favourite camp offerings that come highly recommended.
And since we have SO MANY to talk about, it's broken down into categories:
- Sports day camps - Soccer, basketball, biking, water sports, more
- STEM & academic day camps - Coding, engineering, math, reading, more
- Day camps in the arts - Dance, theatre, art, music, sewing, movement
- Variety day camps - Outdoors, mixed theme camps
- Overnight summer camps
Sports Day Camps in Metro Vancouver
From variety sports camps for younger children to specific sport development camps in soccer, basketball or hockey, there's plenty of opportunities for your children and teens. Here's some highlights:
Sports Camps Canada - Basketball & golf camps
Sports Camps Canada is offering several camps in BC for Summer 2018. As the operators of Nike Sports Camps, Sports Camps Canada is operating weekly summer Nike Basketball Camps, one week of Nike Golf Camp and several sessions of Nike Sports Camps to choose from. Partnering with some of Canada's best coaches, these camps can help your child become a better player and a more inspired athlete, to meet new friends, laugh hard, and have serious fun. Select your sport and get into camp today!
Windsure offers exciting water-based summer camps in skimboarding, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle surfing (SUP). Their camps offer kids the opportunity to learn proper techniques in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment.
Campers should be at least 12 years old and weigh 80lbs (36kg) at minimum.
Pedalheads - Biking & swim programs at many locations
Atlantis Programs Inc. and Pedalheads® provides innovative and effective learn to bike and swim programs for kids 2-12 years old. Since 1986 they have taught children to ride and swim, using our own teaching methods, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors.
Summer camps are offered around Greater Vancouver. Click here for more information.
Experience the new standard in swim lessons.
Skip the registration dates, wait lists and change room lines and book lessons online, anytime. With four pools to choose from and over 20 instructors to learn from, book private swimming lessons at your convenience in downtown Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley/Surrey.
Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels.
Vancouver Whitecaps - Soccer camps
Whitecaps FC camps are the only soccer camps where you can train with their coaching staff. Their camps are focused, fun, and are for kids of all skill levels. So come on out to their next camp, get kitted up, meet a player, and take your shot at getting scouted.
Leslie Global Sports - High performance hockey
High performance hockey camps take place at the Richmond Oval. Camps target rep level players to develop their skills with a low coach:player ratio for on-ice sessions. Off-ice strength and conditioning sessions complement on-ice activities, helping to physically prepare all players for the upcoming season. Mental performance, nutrition, recovery and regeneration, speed work and performance testing education is included prepare athletes to compete at the provincial, college and national level.
Academie Duello - Unique martial art camps
Knight Camp, the winner of Georgia Straight's Best Children Camp Award is a five day adventure day-camp for kids 8-14 focused on the skills of knighthood - from the martial arts of the sword and shield, two-handed sword and staff - to the practice of knightly virtues such as courage and integrity. Students at Knight Camp learn about history, leadership, heraldry, archery, medieval games and much more. It's an experience your kid will always cherish.
Diving Locker - Scuba camps
Vancouver Diving Locker’s Kids Scuba Camp is designed to introduce scuba diving to young people, in a safe and fun atmosphere. During each one week camp (5 Days Total), students will partake in 5 classroom sessions, and 5 pool diving sessions.
For more experienced divers, several other courses are available throughout the summer.
Canlan Ice Sports - Hockey, skating, and soccer
Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8 Rinks provides a wide variety of sports development camps through their Canlan Hockey Academy, Champs International Skating Centre, and Canlan Soccer Academy. Whether you’re just stepping onto the ice or field for the first time or are looking to take your skill development to the next level, their programs are designed to improve your level of play in all dimensions of the game.
STEM & Academic Day Camps
Find camps that provide an academic boost in particular subjects to keep your youngster on top of things for the next school year, or harness their passion for computers, engineering, web design, photography, and more.
Digital Media Academy - Exploring tech-based career paths
Elementary, middle school and high school students will be able to explore their interests and make new friends while enjoying personalized instruction and small class sizes.
The UBC-based camp is the perfect place to foster innovation in projects in music, filmmaking, digital photography, gaming, and a variety of other tech-based career paths.
Under the GUI - A variety of STEM camps for all ages & levels
Under the GUI is a learning academy focusing on STEM programs for grades 1 - 12 students. They aspire to create an environment that inspires to innovate, think critically, and create with technologies on the fringe of our hi-tech culture. Their classes sizes are small, with a low student to teacher ratio which allows for students to have personalized learning outcomes and projects.
Level Up Learning - Supplemental STEM programs
Level Up is an active, inspiring place filled with friends and friends to be, where real computer science and technology learning is fun. Level Up engages students in supplemental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, giving them real academic advantage and the skills and motivation they need to succeed in life.
Canada Youth Robotics Club is a non-profit club focused on robotics education. With experienced K-12 instructors and students serving as its core members, Canada Youth Robotics Club is committed to improving the visibility and knowledge of robotics education in Canada. The main activities of Canada Youth Robotics Club include community classes, speaker events and robotic competitions.
Kids build LEGO robots with functioning motors, sensors and lights using Mindstorms and WeDo kits from LEGO Education, as well as VEX IQ sets with RobotC for more advanced students. They have opportunity to practice 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity teamwork, problem solving and computational thinking. Kids program and run robots through mazes, competition games and adventure scenarios. Lots of STEM fun all around!
Debate Camp Canada offers summer training programs in public speaking and debate to students who have ideas, an emerging interest in the world around them and are eager to improve their skills with the spoken word.
The day camp takes place at York House School, and the Overnight camp is on Vancouver Island
Fraser Academy offers two academic enrichment camps with their Summer Boost Camp in the mornings and their Dolphin Kids Summer Camps in the afternoons throughout the month of July. Their Summer Boot Camp is designed to boost your child’s skills in a fun environment. Their innovative, enriched approach to skill development is ideal for helping struggling learners begin to enjoy the learning process and experience success. Their Dolphin Kids Camps™ offer interactive, fun, hands-on activities designed to enhance your child’s creativity, critical thinking, communication, contribution, and collaboration skills!
YoungMBA - Inspiring management skills
YoungMBA is a 2-week summer youth camp that will run weekdays from 9am to 12pm during July 16-27, 2018. The goal of the program is to inspire young minds to develop their management skills through experiential and fun projects/activities so that they are better prepared to manage their daily lives and their future careers. YoungMBA wants to be a part of the effort to raise self-sufficient individuals that care about others and their environment.
UME Academy - Web design, game design, fashion
UME Academy teaches Design and Computational Thinking skills to young learners, ages 6-13 through game design methodologies. Programs are designed for students of all abilities and interests. Summer camps are taught at several locations throughout Greater Vancouver, and include themes such as Web Design, Video Game Design, Fashion, Design, and more.
44 Sounds OG Learning Studio is offering Summer Booster Sessions designed to help your child build confidence and not only keep up, but increase their language skills over the summer. Our Summer Booster Sessions are one-on-one Orton-Gillingham lessons designed specifically for children who are dyslexic or struggling with reading, writing or spelling. Lessons are for one hour each weekday for one week.
At Mathnasium, summer programs are all about preventing summer learning loss and helping students prepare for what lies ahead. Summer at Mathnasium consists of learning new skills and building confidence through individualized learning plans, games and hands-on-learning in a fun, relaxed, supportive environment. The staff will help you choose the Summer Math Program that’s the right fit for you child. Schedules are flexible to suit your needs.
Startup Skool - Teaching entrepreneurship
Startup Skool is a series of week-long summer camps for youth ages 8-18 across Vancouver and Victoria. These programs focus of a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, design, coding, and e-commerce. In one week students will learn the fundamentals of starting their own business, creating their first website, make a “dragon’s den” pitch, and get a behind the scenes peak at some of Vancouver’s top companies.
Join Bricks 4 Kidz this summer for a experience your kids won't forget! Their camps are high-energy, fun settings where kids explore the world of engineering, architecture and machines in a enjoyable, comfortable environment. Their camps themes and activities are specifically designer for children ages 5 - 12.
Come enjoy some summer fun at Little House! Area you looking for something to keep your children busy during summer break? Their daily camps and workshop are a great way to help your kids prevent summer learning loss and head back to school feeling confident.
Continuing the learning over summer can make a big difference in how your child feels about going back to school in the all. Little House's camps will build skills and confidence and help to maintain an educational routine.
Chess camps include in-class games, demonstrations of games of famous chess players, and electronic tools. In the learning process, they use special equipment such as digital Bluetooth Chess Boards, DGT chess clocks and a projector in order to increase the efficiency of the class and provide our students with as much knowledge and materials as possible.
Day Camps in The Arts
If you have a budding artist, whether their art is dance, drama, musical theatre, piano, painting, guitar or pottery- You'll find a great camp to suit their passions in the Metro Vancouver area.
Made Talents - Offering dance camps for all levels
Made Talents has created camps designed to give their members an environment in which they can grow and thrive. Their supportive and exciting atmosphere is for all ages, all levels and all dance forms. Their teachers love what they teach and will work with you every step of the way, providing council and instruction towards the goals you set for yourself. Made talents was engineered to be your artistic platform in creating yourself to be the dancer that you choose to be!
Evergreen Cultural Centre - Theatre, dance, music, art
Evergreen Cultural Centre presents a variety of arts programs including professional theatre, dance and music presentations, art exhibitions, arts education programs, and public programs for both children and adults, including arts camps.
Summer Fun! camps at Place des Arts offer everything you need for your 5 to 14 year old: flexibility, choice, innovation, excellent instruction, after hours care and lots of summer fun!
Camps include a variety of art based activities. They offer expertise in dance, music, visual arts, theatre and creative writing. Their camp is sure to inspire the artist in everyone.
Boogaloo Academy's students are taught in an atmosphere of caring and trust, receiving excellent training in both classical and urban styles of dance. Through our specialized teaching techniques, students are nurtured to develop their natural artistry and musicality and are encouraged to reach their creative, expressive and physical potential.
Staccato Music Studios' Rockstarz Camp, is an opportunity for kids ages 10 and up to play in a band this summer! Students will be taught the basics of jamming while learning fundamentals such as chording, drumming, and singing. Students will jam on popular rock tunes. The week ends with a recording session and a personalized CD! Students must have at least 2 years of training on their specific instrument.
CircusWest offers children, teens, and adults an opportunity to explore Circus Arts in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. CircusWest’s programs encourage respect for oneself and others and provide an environment to learn responsible risk-taking. As a collaborative community in which everyone can develop skills, find their artistic voice, and realize their potential, CircusWest is a creative space where individuals can dream big, push limits, and defy gravity – all while having fun.
During each course, students will create beautiful and dynamic projects that enhance one’s ability, confidence, and enthusiasm for art. Art Mania programs include age appropriate history lessons along with great activities.
Programs are seldom repeated to insure that each course is a brand new experience for all of our students.
Gateway Theatre Academy offers summer camps in acting, musical theatre, and technical training classes for youth aged 8 – 18. Professional actors, directors, playwrights and choreographers instruct our classes, giving students practical, real world skills.
They are Richmond’s only live professional theatre and Metro Vancouver’s second largest theatre company, located in Richmond’s city centre overlooking beautiful Minoru Park.
Your teen or tween will love learning to sew at Sewgood's summer camps. Learning to sew gives children a fun and useful talent that gives life long pleasure! Sewing is an important life skill that is both useful and gives an opportunity for creative expression. Camps are suitable for boys and girls 9 to 16 years old.
Variety Day Camps
Sometimes, you don't want to pick a super specific. Especially for younger ages, it's nice to have a variety of activities throughout their day that rang from arts & crafts, to sports & games, to educational. Here's some of the camps that fit the bill.
VBGA camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden are immensely popular and often sell out very quickly. A carefully crafted blend of science, exploration, games and crafts give children the opportunity to learn and play throughout the beauty of the Garden and the Conservatory, while fostering positive stewardship of the environment. Days are spent mostly outdoors, but may also include time in the classroom in the Visitor Centre, glasshouse or Bloedel Conservatory.
At the University of British Columbia, you’ll find a large variety of camps tailored to engage children on all levels. From arts and music camps to exciting sports camps to thrilling sailing camps, inspiring adventures await every child this summer.
Added bonus: you can build your week at UBC Camps! Most of their camps are either a morning or an afternoon program. You can custom-build a full day.
Simon Fraser University offers an array of sport, educational, and recreational summer camps for kids. Camps are instructed by varsity athletes and highly regarded staff.
Camp options include: swimming, leadership training, mini-university, movie-making, scuba diving, outdoor adventures, and so many more. Kids will enjoy a week jam-packed with fun, adventure, and a free t-shirt! Registration open.
Creativity, nature, and play are the inherent rights of every child. Learning happens everywhere, and it happens best when children are immersed in authentic environments and situations. At Saplings, their goal is to increase awareness of and connection to the natural world in order to foster compassion and empathy for the earth and all of its inhabitants.
Enjoy the fun and adventure of summer in Vancouver at a summer heritage adventure camps. Weekly day camps run from July 6 until school starts in September. Each week is a different theme, so you can enjoy multiple weeks! This years themes include: apprentice week, toy adventures, food capers, outdoor escapes, and many other cool themes!
One Mountain, endless adventures! Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a world away - where wilderness meets adventure, adventure meets nature and both memories and friends are made to keep. New and exciting summer camp activities will engage kids and teens in outdoor exploration.
Summer day camps, rooted and growing in love, for children 5-11 and leader in training program for 12-14 offered in a variety of locations in lower mainland. At Camp Spirit children are involved in story, singing, art, science, play and includes a t-shirt, snack and lunch. Staff at Camp Spirit believe that every child who enters through the doors is valued for their unique gifts and spirit.
Come join the Kidtropolis Summer Camp, and let your child's imagination soar with our awesome, hands-on exploratory activities such as: science experiments, creative art projects and designing life-sized games.
There will also be plenty of time for your child to play and learn in our pretend city. The 18,000 sq. foot playground is ready to welcome your kids!
Overnight Camps for Vancouver Kids
Camp Artaban has been providing Christian Camping on Gambier Island since 1923. Offering sleepaway camps for campers entering grades 3 through 12 as well as a popular Family Camp, Camp Artaban has something for everyone. Campers build confidence, make friends and try new things while enjoying Artaban’s spectacular waterfront, indoor & outdoor climbing walls, archery range and camp-wide activities. Set on over 47 pristine acres, Artaban provides natural exploration, outdoor adventure and all levels of hiking. A wilderness experience just 30-minutes by boat from Horseshoe Bay.
Life. Be. Adventure. for kids, youth and adults! Fireside Adventures is the place to be this summer. They are a BC overnight and Vancouver day camp mixing outdoor experiential learning, inclusive leadership - recreational activities, and pumping up the huge fun factors! Sign up for awesome day camps to enjoy sailing, canoeing, swimming, eco-science lessons and more. Everyone should be at camp this summer.
Looking for a kid's camp near Vancouver, BC? Horseback riding is just the beginning of your adventure! Timberline Ranch's 73 acres of woods and farmland in the foothills of Golden Ears Mountain are the perfect backdrop to a camp and retreat centre that has brought incredible excitement and outdoor education to youth and adults since 1961.
Two goals that we as Stillwood staff hope to meet are: to provide each camper with an opportunity to grow in their relationship with God, and to give each camper the best week of their summer. A variety of camps are offered, including both overnight camps for single moms and their kids, and day camps. Among the many activities available are swimming, the indoor climbing tower, outdoor climbing wall, outdoor volleyball, games, the gymnasium, frisbee golf, ziplines, Sky High Adventure, linear low ropes course, archery, basketball, and skateboarding.
See our full blog post on overnight camps in BC where we cover over 10 great options, from Greater Vancouver area to Vancouver Island, to the Interior.
Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer!
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Vancouver Film School is very pleased to be able to offer high school programs for the upcoming Spring Break (2017) that are open to students in grades 9-12. These programs are competitively priced ($99 per 2 day session) and run in 2 day formats. Students can select 1 to 3 program options (2 to 6 total days of study).
These intensive and industry-focused short programs will be a hit with high school students. They provide a window into our unique educational model, incredible people, campuses, resources, and creative industries. Students will have fun and make connections with potential study/career paths in a low-risk learning format and for a low cost.
Open to students in Grades 9–12, the March Break camps feature hands-on workshops led by experienced professionals in 3D Animation + VFX, Acting, Makeup, Digital Design, Film Production, Writing or Game Design + Programming. Students can learn about B.C.’s booming creative economy, and discover how VFS’s unique one-year intensive education model can quickly launch a career in the industry.
Film and Media Program Registration Page: https://vfs.edu/events/creative-break
Acting Program Registration Page: https://vfs.edu/events/acting-highschool
VFS—the bridge to industry.
Event Contact: Brook Taylor, VFS Event Coordinator
Phone: 604-685-5808, Ext.3095
Program Details: Ted Gervan, Director of Education
Thanks for sharing all these camps. I visit for 2 months every summer and it’s great to have a comprehensive list.
My children have done the Eco Adventure camp at Mount Seymour in previous years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it.
This is a great list! This came at a perfect time as my wife and I are looking into summer camps for our son. We are specifically looking for outdoor camps, to get him away from the electronics and we found this camp which doesnt appear to be on the list, but maybe should be? https://www.mountainskillsacademy.com/adventure...
Anyways, thanks for putting together this great list :)