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Eight sleepaway summer camps close to Vancouver

Eight sleepaway summer camps close to Vancouver

Sleepaway camp! Bunk beds, campfire songs, tall trees, docks and boats, crafts with yarn and sticks – many of us remember a camp experience like this from our childhood. Sleepaway camps can be life-changing and there are plenty in easy distance of Vancouver. Many are dotted throughout Howe Sound, and the Fraser Valley has its fair share as well.

Wondering WHY you should send you child to an overnight camp?

Here are 5 good reasons!

YMCA Camps (Elphinstone)

Kid rowing at YMCA camp

The ultimate camp experience! YMCA overnight camps are a home away from home. The beauty of YMCA Camp Elphinstone creates the perfect backdrop for your child to find new friends, discover new experiences, and create new memories that last a lifetime. Whether it’s learning the basics of sailing, going on a memorable four-day hike or navigating ropes courses, families can choose from a wide range of activities for their kids to enjoy throughout the summer.

>> 3 Unique YMCA Sleepaway Camps

Camp Latona

Lake at sleepaway camp Latona

With 60 years history in providing fun, outdoor challenges to youth and adults on gorgeous Gambier Island in Howe Sound, Camp Latona offers three summer camps for kids from 5 to 17 feature campfires, hikes, games, ocean swimming, canoeing and lots of personal exploration and growth.

>> Looking for day camps? Check out our list!

Camp Summit

Hiking at Camp Summit

Located in the beautiful Upper Squamish Valley, Camp Summit is a non-religious, outdoor adventure and traditional overnight camp facility offering various programs for youth and adults. Summit offers a co-ed summer camp experience for campers aged 4 – 17. Campers can sign up for anywhere from 3 to 5 days or one or two weeks depending on their age, interest and comfort.

>> How summer camp helps promote healthy habits! 

Evans Lake

Evans Lake sleepaway camp kids' group pictures

Evans Lake is located in Paradise Valley just north of Squamish. For over 50 years, Evans Lake has served as an important destination for outdoor education and camps for kids. Its mountain vistas, pristine lake and spectacular surrounding forest, along with the friendships and challenges, Evans Lake creates unforgettable experiences.

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Fircamp kids starting fire

At summer camp, kids are encouraged to unplug, breathe fresh air, sing their hearts out at campfire, make friends, and develop their spirituality in a variety of ways. Mornings are spent with archery, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts, afternoons, it’s “Campers Choice” to do more of whatever activity they love most. After dinner, kids will enjoy camp-wide game like Capture the Flag, followed by vespers and campfire. And, of course there’s swimming or playing at the waterfront, dress-up meals, dance parties and a talent show. Located on Gambier Island, this lovely camp offers options for 5-7s to teens as well as Mom and kids camps and Dad and kids camps.

>> Check out the CTV clip on preparing your kids for overnight summer camp!

Keats Camp

Beach at Keats sleepaway Camp

Summer camp at Keats is truly a unique place, where children and youth can grow, learn and explore in a safe and nurturing environment, surrounded by supportive and guiding roles models. This Christian camp is 90 years old and located in a truly magical setting.

Timberline Ranch

Horseriding at Timberline Ranch

Campfires, games, swimming, and sleeping in a cabin – can it get any better? At Timberline Ranch, it sure does! Overnight camps offer a little bit of everything for campers looking to experience it all, including horseback rides, archery, climbing wall, mountaineering, and games – and you are guaranteed to hear the stories for months to come!

Stillwood Camp

Ziplines at Stillwood Camp

Campfire songs, mountains views, and glorious lake swimming – it’s a traditional sleep away camp located in the forest on a huge property right next to Cultus Lake. Campers at Stillwood bunk together in cabins, and during the day try out activities like the climbing tower, zip lines, archery, crafts, frisbee golf, swimming, and more. This Christian camp also features on faith-based activities, including an on-site worship leader. If your little person is almost ready for a sleepaway camp, there’s Woodchucks Camp, which is a special shorter option for 6 to 8 year olds. They also have a special camp for single moms and their children.

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