Yes there are summer camps this year! BC has low numbers of COVID-19 infections and high numbers of parents wanting to get their kids out of the house this summer. All of the following camps have pandemic protocols in place so go ahead and enroll them in one of these creative, active or just plain fun summer camps around Metro Vancouver. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, half or day-long, we’ve got ideas. Take a look.
Top Summer Camps in Vancouver
Elevate Ultimate Camp
Looking for a fun, positive, high energy, and safe summer camp? Elevate Ultimate frisbee and disc golf camps, provide parents and kids aged 6-19 with fun and physically distant summer camp options. They’ve been trusted by over 700 parents in Metro Vancouver and are known for their high-energy coaches and engaging games. they focus on teaching kids more than just the skills of the sport. They focus on teaching conflict resolution, sportspersonship, and gender equity, through the self-refereed and co-ed sports of Ultimate and Disc golf.
Little Kitchen Academy
This Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teens offers three-hour camps that teach kids to make healthy, delicious, and seasonal meals from scratch to consumption. But that’s not all. While cooking, kids also experiment with math and science concepts, reading skills, and polishing up their table manners by sharing meals around the community table (made with 33,436 recycled chopsticks). Overall, the focus is on providing a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to create a healthier world.
The Happening Dance
Got a toe-tapping, twirling or popping & locking-obsessed dancer in the house? Discover more about hip hop, jazz, musical theatre, and contemporary dance at one of The Happening’s August Summer Camps. They’ve got Beginner Camps for the 5-7 & 8s and more rigorous intermediate and advanced camps for the 10-14 set. Join the Vancouver studio in the heart of Fraserhood that believes strength comes from building each other up, and values our community above all else!
Learning Disabilities Society
Sign your child up for these customized and creative week-long camps that help students (grades 3-5) with learning disabilities develop new skills through fun, hands-on camp programs with a high instructor and camp counsellor to camper ratio. Camps are designed around two themes: RISE and Tell where your child explores exciting ways to tell stories through written word, oral histories, plays, graphic novels, poetry, and more, and RISE and Solve where your child uses detective skills to solve all sorts of problems, including puzzles, math games, outdoor scavenger hunts, and more.
Summit Kidpreneur Camp
This unique camp experience for children allows them to apply everything that they learned in the classroom. It introduces kids to financial literacy, unique marketing tools that companies use, branding, presentation and communication skills and helping others (social entrepreneurship). Camps are fun, hands on, practical and allows kids to experience real life situation in a safe environment. Kids learn the value of hard work and finishing what they started.
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West Side Music Together Online
With Music Together Online, you’ll have access to the same high-quality music and movement curriculum loved by millions of families and teachers around the world—from home! During each interactive Zoom class, your favourite teachers from West Side Music Together will lead activities for you and your whole family to sing, play, and jam along to. You’ll receive their current collection of award winning music, and your teacher will show you how to take everyday items like ice cream pails, rice filled yogurt tin, and chopsticks and turn them into musical props! Classes are appropriate for children under 5, and the whole family is welcome (and encouraged!) to participate.
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Y camps are perfect all-rounders that any kid will enjoy. Featuring a wide range of exciting, friendly activities, these camps are perfect for the kid who likes lots of variety and socialization (even shy kids will have fun). Campers from 5‐12 participate in out‐trips, outdoor activities, sports, games, arts and crafts and get the recommended 90 minutes of daily physical activity.
Place des Arts Camps
This year Place des Arts is offering reimagined Summer programming with both online and in-person camps. The online camps will be livestreamed through Zoom and taught by their professional artists. This new format includes a variety of visual and performing arts classes providing you with flexibility and choice. There will be some familiar classes as well as some new options. In addition to the online camps, Place des Arts is offering modified, in-person, one-week camps for up to ten campers each week during their summer. This boutique-style camp will be offered for full days only for campers aged 6-11 years. From July 6 – August 14, 2020 take part in the arts! Registration opens on June 15, 2020
This annual two-week Orff-Schulwerk based summer day camp is aimed at children with a genuine interest in the arts. Their first camp is already sold out but the second week July 20-31 has space! Their goal is to motivate children to achieve their true potential in the arts in a positive and encouraging environment. Each day, campers have classes in fine art, music, dance, and musical theatre, all taught by professionals in their field. This year, their summer camps finish with a spirited performance for family and friends, in the form of a movie!
Have a performer in the house? This July, Gateway Academy has a live, in-person Theatre Camp and a virtual Musical Theatre for children and youth aged 6 to 18. Professional actors, directors, playwrights, and choreographers are engaged as instructors, teaching skills that enrich students in performance and in life.
Explore your creativity with a summer camp at PoMoArts! Each year, they offer a wide range of engaging art classes for people of all ages and experience levels, including summer camps for children and teens. This year, they’re bringing you the same creative and quality educational experiences – online! Choose from one of over 50 different online summer camps, from visual arts to drama to ceramics classes from home.
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).