Finding the right summer camp for your child in Victoria
Ready to start searching for a camp this summer?
You've come to the perfect place.
There are so many factors in finding the right camp for you and your child but essentially it comes down to asking yourself 5 main questions:
- Is my child ready for an overnight camp?
- What are their top interests, and which of those do you want to encourage?
- What do you want your child to gain from the camp? (develop particular skills, independence, social skills, or maybe just to have fun!)
- What will fit best with your families' work schedules?
- What is your budget and which type of camp fits?
If you're looking to really drill into a particular date, age, or type of camp then I highly suggest plugging in your parameters to a direct search for camps on ChatterBlock. It will spit out all the options that match, and we are having local providers add up their camp schedules to it daily!
But sometimes, I just like to get a feel for what's out there.
Which is why we've also compiled a list of the top camps in the Greater Victoria area for you to peruse!
Below is our list of some of our favourite camps who are reputable, community oriented, and encompass different types of interests for all age ranges.
Day Camps in Victoria & Saanich
There are tons of great summer camp options that are fun and affordable for your kids at Crystal Pool. Take your pick from horseback riding, STEM and academic, sailing, sports, arts and crafts, swimming and much more; there is surely something each child will enjoy!
The Braefoot Community Association strongly believes that the more positive activities our youth are involved in, the less time they are exposed to potentially negative influences. They encourage and enable youth to participate in activities that promote positive and active lifestyles, which contribute to healthy communities.
Improve your game and have serious fun at Nike Junior Golf Camps. Nike Junior Golf Camps are excited to introduce a new camp location in Victoria, B.C at Highland Pacific Golf Course. Open to juniors of all abilities, the spring and summer camp programs offer campers top quality instruction in a fun and supportive environment.
Teaching the CANSail curriculum, they run a professional, fun and challenging summer program of sailing instruction for all ages. From as young as 4 years old to adult, sailors at this camp will learn to feel comfortable on the water and learn the fundamentals, all the way up to safety, steering, crewing, and more. These are day camps that are one week to two weeks long.
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.
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. There are still spots left for the weeks of July 15-19 and July 29-August 2. These are one week half-day camps with age 7-8 campers in the AM and the 9-11s in the afternoon. There are other half day camps at the same venue for those who need a full day program.
Founded in 1892, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in Western Canada and teaching people to sail is one of their most treasured traditions. The RVYC offers the Sail Canada CANSail program and provides instruction in a fun, safe and positive learning environment. Their program introduces basic sailing and racing skills, develops existing skills, provides advanced training, and improves confidence, all while you enjoy sailing in beautiful Cadboro Bay.
Originally started in Vancouver BC, Peadlheads(R) has been offering bike camps since 1995! From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads(R) has safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children ages 2-12.
In Victoria, Pedalheads offers camps at Oaklands Elementary, Braefoot Community Association and Grace Baptist Church.
Experience a unique summer program with the principal dancers of Ballet Victoria. They are committed to providing a challenging dance experience thanks to Ballet Victoria's professional Faculty who will provide unique technical and artistic coaching to each individual student.
The conservatory offers a wide range of music classes from vocal and piano, to strings world music explorers!
Students can discover world music through creativity, composition, movement, and innovative technology at VCM's Summer Academy World Music Explorer Camps.
EcoQuest is thrilled to provide an opportunity for children to connect with the environment and learn life skills along the way. Designed to build connections with the environment and develop a drive to explore, their camp programs bring nature to life.
Train with former professional players who are now youth hockey development experts at the Victoria Hockey School this summer.
The summer hockey school is for players of all ages, Novice to Bantam. By grouping by age and ability, we are proud to offer recreational and competitive streams. Camps are held at the Panorama and Oak Bay Rec Centres.
PISE Summer Camps focus on fun ways to develop the fundamental movement skills that enable kids to be active for life. Whether that is learning how to throw properly or learning the correct technique of a squat, these movements are essential to being healthy and injury free.
Kids will have the confidence and competence to take on challenge they encounter.
Spring, jump and splash into their aquatics camps! Lessons are included every day of the camp, aqua sports are included. Or play some fun out door games at the field. Whether it be bowling, hiking, beach combing, swimming or skating, we'll be sure to make the most out of your holiday!
Rogers Child Care Centre offers day camps for kids from Grades 1-5 to its members and non-members alike. Camps are adventurous and fun-filled for all families in the Victoria area, they include daily out-trips to beaches and parks, creative crafts, outdoor explorations and an afternoon snack!
A common compliment we hear from parents is their staff-to-children ratio, at Rogers Child Care Centre they really focus on the kids.
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.
Are your kids ready for an adventure? Camps can have them enjoying the great outdoors in Victoria along beaches, through forests, climbing walls, and paddling the waters. They also provide half and full day equestrian camps.
All camps are designed to build skills, confidence, and make new connections while being adventurous.
RSI works hard to find the best coaches and instructors they can to provide your child with a high quality experience. They are a leading company in recreation program delivery and they strive to make your child's experience in recreation a positive one, building their self esteem and passion for Sports and the outdoors.
At Kaleidoscope Theatre's summer current call camp, kids will experience the magic and fun of acting, playmaking, musical theatre and movement!
Young artists collaborate and develop their confidence as performers. Explore scenes and songs from a variety of plays and musicals, and use new skills to develop an original play.
Inspire Sports Victoria welcomes you to Fun-Filled, Active Summer Camps in our brand new "State of the Art" gymnastics facility. Whether 1/2 day or full day, camps include excellent gymnastics training by highly qualified staff and theme related activities/crafts.
Early drop off and Late Pick-up available for busy parents.
Kiowa Farm is a unique special purpose equestrian and wellness centre.
Through a combination of integrated programs and services, the centre has established a solid footing in equine and animal-assisted therapy and learning, nature based preschool programs.
The Playful Pencil Art Studio is a new art instruction studio in Oak Bay offering art and drawing classes to both children and adults.
There’s lots of fun to be had from drawing cartoons and portraits to designing intricate mandalas and sketching city scenes!
Looking for something new for your child to try this summer? Look no further, you've found the circus! Island Circus Space is Victoria's first contemporary circus school and offers full day camps for kids and teens ages 6-17. Circus camps are a great way to have fun and make new friends while developing skills in balancing, juggling, stage presence, partner acrobatics, aerials, tumbling and so much more!
The former Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama Studio specializes in dramatic training for children, youth and adults.
Within a professional, experienced, and supportive learning environment, students flourish with improved acting skills, stronger confidence, creative thinking, public speaking skills, spontaneity, and versatility in physical and vocal expression.
MAOA has transformed an 18,000 sq. ft. unused school in North Saanich into a vibrant and creative arts facility, offering camps in music, dance, literature, yoga, photography, and visual arts.
Victoria Youth Paddling Club Society is dedicated to developing, promoting and running programs leading to fun fitness, skill development, competition in kayaking, canoeing and dragon boating. Their summer camp and course options include: Learn to Dragon Boat, Outrigger Canoe and Sprint Kayak; Explorers Introductory Kayak and Outridgger Paddling Camp; and Family Learn to Paddle.
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.
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!
Step right up and join the circus with Crafty School of Art for a week of multi-media fun including clay, sewing, paper mache, felt-making and more. Create your own clowns, learn magic tricks, get your face painted and make lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Their camps are offered at rec centres around the city. Check our website to find a camp location and time that works for you.
Young prospectors will strike it rich with Royal BC Museum's interactive week-long summer camp.
Go behind-the-scenes of the feature exhibition Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC to learn what it takes to be a successful gold miner.
Campers will spend lots of time outdoors exploring for real gold and tramping through Victoria's Gold Rush past.
At FUN Camps kids ditch the screens, get outside and explore the awesomeness nature has to offer. They spend the day thinking they are just have a blast, paddling a canoe or riding a horse.
You spend the day knowing that they are actually connecting with the people and world around them and becoming empowered leaders.
At the end of the day, you get a kid who comes home tired but inspired.
Summer camps at UVic offer a wide variety of sport and recreation camps that provide high quality, fun, safe and positive experiences for all.
Camp participants master new skills, develop friendships, explore creativity and experience exciting activities.
Enjoy the beauty of Elk Lake while learning a new sport, being physically active or pushing your own physical and mental limits. VCRC excels in providing high quality rowing opportunities for all members ages. The summer camp offer half and full day learn to row opportunities for beginner, intermediate and returning athletes. Tour the site of many Olympic rowers, try out an erg (rowing) machine with proper technique and get in a sculling shell. Come and have a look at one of the regattas during the BC Championships or try rowing at our Open House.
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.
Human Powered Racing youth camps are open to youth 8-16 years old who want to become better triathletes.
Athletes will practice open water swim skills, cycling and running skills, transition skills, learn about nutrition, the philosophy and purpose of training, recovery, race preparation and season planning and have lots of fun!
The Victoria Academy of Ballet offers specialized dance instruction for children ages 3 through to Professional level. The Faulty of Victoria Academy of Ballet offers the highest caliber of professional instruction in dance training and performance. This summer Victoria Academy of Ballet is offering recreational and general program for children and youth at various skill levels.
Sign your child up for a week or the whole summer as we explore our great city in Summer Adventures.
Themed weeks deliver play based programming that will send your child on several out trips, arts and crafts, active games and make great friends.
The Karate Brothers, Geoffrey and Jean are both very accomplished at the national level. They have travelled far and wide to karate competitions, become international level athletes and nationally certified Karate Canada referees.
They now want to share their passion for karate with you through their lessons in Victoria and Oak Bay.
Join the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's (AGGV) Art Studio and connect with new ideas, techniques, build confidence and experiment with the creative process. Classes and camps are inspired by current gallery exhibitions and led by passionate, encouraging instructors.
Class themes range from Dance, to Comics and Stop Motion Animation, to Adventures in Art, to Spoken Word. Depending on the theme, kids aged 6 through 18 can participate.
Falcon Gymnastics week long camps offer fun and fitness for all levels and ages. The Camps allow children to work and concentrate on skills for all events.
Children will have an opportunity to learn tumbling, balance beam, vaulting, trampoline, tumble track, foam pit, bars and many more fun activities.
Day Camps in Westshore
At Creative Chameleon children embrace their creativity and explore the wonders of Art. They encourage children to think outside the box and use their imagination to its full potential. Their hope is that at the studio kids can bring their art to life!
Island Swimming operates programs for all ages out of Saanich Commonwealth Place, Juan de Fuca Rec. Centre, and Panorama pool.
Island Swimming continues to be a top producer of Provincial, National and International level athletes, as well a provider of novice level programs.
Bear Mountain's popular camps are the perfect combination of fun, golf specific instruction and activities designed to promote well-rounded athletic development. PGA of Canada professionals who have been trained to deliver the program in a fun and safe way teach our camps.
Their goals are to give the kids a great golf experience while helping them learn skills that will set them up for success if they continue with golf. Camps are offered in full and half day sessions.
Join the fun at the Westshore Karate Adventure Camp! Meet new friends while learning karate, exploring parks & playgrounds, and trying exciting sports and activities.
For ages 5-12 (5 year olds must be registered for grade one in September 2015).
Clarks Taekowndo offers an action-packed camp tat teaches self-defense....lets kids let loose and ave a great time.... and builds confidence, discipline, focus and more.
Kids love camp because it's fun. Parents love it because it helps their children learn & grow.
Overnight Camps on the Island
There are lots of awesome camps to choose from at Coastal Bliss Adventures. From Backpacking Camp, to Surf, Turf & Zip Camp, to Gulf Islands Kayaking Camp there is something for ages 9-18 and day or overnight options!
Each summer their youth leadership programs are a exciting chance for youth around the world to challenge themselves in hands-on, interdisciplinary, and global learning environment designed to build their confidence, leadership skills and global understanding.
Powerful Youth's programs prepare and support students to independently lead their own community service projects after the summer which when completed have often caught the attention of local media, charity organizations and university admissions officers a like because of these youth projects unique approach and impact.
Western Educational Adventures Inc. provides industry leading experiential outdoor adventures within Greater Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island, British Columbia that focus on participant fun and safety. Under the guidance of their highly qualified and certified outdoor educators participants not only learn new outdoor and personal skills, they also learn about themselves.
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.
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.
Overnight and Day Camps options are available.
Chemainus Theatre Festival is offering two wonderful Summer Theatre Camps this year, Teen Theatre Camp for kids age 13 to 18 years & Grease Lightning Theatre Camp for kids age 10 to 18. These week-long camps focus on collaborative skills, teamwork, music, costumes, props, and scene work. The instructors at the camp are industry professionals and guest actors at Chemainus Theatre. Students will gain an insider's view into Chemainus Theatre's production facilities.
Tickets to the summer show are included!
Yes, it's true, this camp isn't in Greater Victoria, but it is great and for Victorians! (It's only an hour from Victoria - close enough!)
Camp Imadene has been providing successful Christian camping opportunities for children, teens, and adults on Vancouver Island for 85+ years. They have tubing, wake boarding, rock climbing, volleyball, and so much more.
Camp Homewood is a large camp with a small camp feeling, which take place in on the shores of Gowlland Harbour in Quadra Island.
Over 200 campers come every week to one of four camps: Harbour, Ranch, Sailing, and Woodsman camps run simultaneously, so you can pick your choice of activity.
The Power of Hope is a charitable non-profit organization that unleashes the positive potential of youth through arts-centered multicultural and inter-generational learning programs that value self-awareness, leadership, environmental stewardship, community and social change.
They offer a 8 day camp for youth aged 14-18. Held at beautiful Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island, BC.
Technically this camp isn't in Victoria, but it is the best overnight camp on Vancouver Island! Situated in Crofton, Qwanoes is an ideal place for fun-filled, life-changing adventure.
From wakeboarding and archery to mountain boarding and the Sky-Scraper, they have over 75 activity options to choose from.
Offering an unforgettable camp experience during one of their week-long summer day and boarding camps in the friendly, safe environment of Brentwood College School.
They have expanded the summer camp offerings this year and are now offering a wide variety of exciting options including: Debate, Tennis, Musical Theatre and Rugby Camps.
Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer!
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