Sleep away 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. Sleep away 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 it’s fair share as well.
With over 50 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.
Each week, all campers take scheduled, supervised trips by land and sea into the beautiful Howe Sound. Campers are led in leave no trace camping principles, where often the best memories are made. Out trips are a challenging and incredibly rewarding part of the camp experience for all ages. Each group learns the value of leadership, cooperation and teamwork while being outdoors and in touch with nature.
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. Children from across Canada and all over the world come together to appreciate the outdoors and indulge themselves in an experience they’ll never forget.
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 created and challenges taken on, Evans Lake creates unforgettable experiences.
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.
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.
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!
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 sleep away 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.
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. The YMCA has more than 20 camps across the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and the Sunshine Coast, and helps kids ages 5 -17 to build confidence, leadership skills and environmental awareness.