Here are the final five on our list of 20 awesome summer camps. Which are your favourites?
16. Christianne’s LYCEUM of Literature and Art
Artistically-minded children will have an adventure exploring art and literature at Christianne’s Lyceum. Inspired by the educational pedagogy of Reggio programs that emphasize process over product, these camps put the child’s learning experience at the forefront of the program and are open to incorporating the child’s input and interests. All ages welcome, including some programs for families.
3–12+ years, 3696 W. 8th Ave, Vancouver. christiannehayward.com
17. YWCA Camp Fun Girl
A summer camp that’s just for girls, YWCA’s Camp Fun Girl empowers girls through a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities and workshops. Whether it’s exploring Lynn Canyon Park or doing morning yoga by the waterfront, this camp aims to help girls develop the strength, knowledge and skills they need to address issues they will face as teens.
9-13 years, YWCA Vancouver 535 Hornby Street. ywcavan.org/content/Camp_Fun_Girl/237
18. Camp Monarch
For the child who is passionate about music and dance, Camp Monarch is a two-week day camp for serious musicians of all skill levels. Kids will spend each day making music, dance and art the focus of the day, with an informal musical theatre performance for friends and family at the end of the camp.
6-12 years, Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver. campmonarch.ca/
19. Camp Summit
Camp Summit offers a traditional overnight wilderness camp experience in 3, 5, 7 and 14-day-long sessions. A great fit for active and adventurous kids, Camp Summit includes activities such as mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, swimming, crafts and lots more.
4-15 years, Squamish. campsummit.ca/
Kids who just won’t stop clowning around or bouncing off the walls will be in their element at circus camp. Cirkids offers week-long summer camps in unicycling, juggling, tightwire-walking, trapeze, gymwheel, mini-trampoline, acrobalance and more. On the last day of camp, kids create their own show.
7-14 years, Bayview Community School and Garden Auditorium at the PNE. circuswest.com/camp
Michelle Carchrae is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom to two girls. With a serious love for Vancouver and an equally serious need to get out of the house with two young kids, Michelle searches out the best kid and parent friendly places to go. Michelle also writes about parenting at her blog, The Parent Vortex.
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Michelle Carchrae is often asking those important life questions: "who moved the scissors?", "how would you do that differently next time?" and "are you finished with the glitter glue?" Homeschooling two girls, ages 6 and 3, is her full time job. The rest of the time Michelle can be found blogging at The Parent Vortex, hiking in the forest or knitting and reading simultaneously. She recently published her first ebook, The Parenting Primer: A guide to positive parenting in the first six years, and moved to Bowen Island.