Island Parent Magazine

Summer Camp Fun

Day camps and overnight summer camps offer children and teens a chance to take a step toward independence in a safe, fun-filled setting. For more information, please refer to the advertising in this issue.

Arts Calibre Academy
Active Arts Camp. Join us for a summer of creative, active fun! Exciting camps will engage children in music, art, crafts, cooking and lots of fun and games. New activities to explore every week; outdoor fun every day; field trips to local parks and beaches. Camps for ages 3-5, 6-9, and 10-13. Register online at For more information: 250-382-3533.

Summer Camps at Brentwood College School. Join us for an epic experience your children will never forget! Enjoy one incredible week on our 77-acre oceanfront property while attending one of our day or overnight Summer Camps: Senior and Junior Musical Theatre Camps, Rugby 7s Camp, and Soccer Camp. Our professional camp leaders have prepared 5 day training programs combined with fun daily activities and social evening outings. Sign-up today!

Byte Camp—Creative Tech Camps for Kids! In our Claymation and Tablet Animation camps, kids create their own quirky animated movies. They learn to edit their own songs and videos in Music and Video Production. Our Intro to Coding, 2D Game Design and Build an App camps teaches kids the joys of coding! And our 3D Animation camp introduces the next generation of PIXAR artists to the amazing world of 3D character modelling and animation. $250/wk, 9-14yrs,, 1-888-808-BYTE for more info.

Camp Footholds Summer 2018. Footholds Therapy Center is happy to offer a wide variety of summer programs for all ages. Footholds camps are structured around programming and geared towards children with special needs (Autism, FASD, etc) and other emotional and psychological challenges (Anxiety/Depression). Our camps focus on empowering children and youth by building social skills and self-esteem all while meeting new friends and having fun! See our website for detailed camp information. 250-585-4411.

Discover fully accessible, Camp Pringle at Shawnigan Lake. Explore a safe, exciting, outdoor community where active and healthy children have fun! Experiential adventure-based activities, develop greater self -awareness and build confidence. Join our Leadership Program or our teen week for an Ultimate Adventure. General Co-Ed, Family Camp and more. Learn to build positive relationships with the environment and your peers. Delicious food. Overnight or Day Camps. New or experienced campers, all families welcome, for a week that lasts a lifetime.

Camp Qwanoes is a youth-oriented high-adventure Christian camp celebrating a 50-year tradition of excellence in camp ministry on Vancouver Island. We are fully accredited and maintain standards of the highest quality. Choose from week-long co-ed camps for Juniors, Junior Highs, and Senior Highs, plus Family Retreats. Seeking to encourage, challenge, and develop the entire person, our well-rounded programs include over 75 activities, stimulating speakers, music & singing, Bible study, firesides, and of course pure fun! Qwanoes is an ideal place for fun-filled, life-changing adventure. For a free brochure or more info: 1-888-997-9266 or

Learn To Sail with CF Sailing School at CFSA-Esquimalt. Find 1 and 2 week courses for ages 4 to adult, beginner to advanced. CFSA is a wonderful place to learn with a protected harbour and favourable winds. Questions? Contact our Program Coordinator at or msg us on FB @esquimaltsailing. Details at or Facebook @esquimaltsailing. Registration opens soon with PSP Online Esquimalt (250-363-1009 or Early Bird Discount until April 30.

Christ Church Cathedral School’s Summer Program, Lux Mundi, provides a safe and exciting summer for your child. We have a high supervision ratio, experienced staff, field trips every day, plus all the facilities of Cathedral School. This program runs from June 25-August 29 and is suitable for ages 5-10. Register early for a spot in this popular program. Friends! Fun! Adventure! Call 250-383-5125 for details or email See

Coastal Bliss Adventure summer camps have been running since 2012 in the Cowichan valley, with inspired children returning annually, or progressing onto leadership rolls as junior instructors. Our camps provide a mixture of water and land-based camps including: kayaking, canoeing, stand-up-paddle-boarding, surfing, backpacking and nature exploration as main focuses, with an assortment of exciting afternoon activities. Register early: programs fill up quickly. Program Ages 9-12; and 13-16. Visit or phone 1-800-896-9525.

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is again offering fun-filled, science-focused summer day camps. Available for ages 5-7 or 8-11, kids will explore local habitats and get an up-close experience with marine life! ? ?Each 5-day camp includes fun, hands-on science activities, games, and crafts. See our Facebook Page or website for more info.

The Glenlyon Norfolk School Marine Adventure Program offers: day camps for ages 11 to 12; combination day and overnight camps for ages 13 to 14; and a full five-day kayak and camping adventure to Barkley Sound for ages 15 to 17. Small groups and experienced leaders create an ideal and safe opportunity to experience sea kayaking and the marine environment, to gain skills in paddling and to explore some of our spectacular BC coastline. Call: 250-370-6852 Email Visit:

Little Steps This summer we are hosting both our Little Learners group, designed for teaching preschool children school readiness skills, and our Connections group, designed to expose children to a well-rounded, multi-disciplinary group therapy program. Groups are 3-hours long and run each day for one week. Registration ends April 15. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available. For more information, or to register, please contact our office at 250-386-1171 or

Summer fun with the Oak Bay Figure Skating Club! OBFSC has exceptional programs for all levels of skating. The focus is on fun, participation, and basic skill development. With NCCP Level 3 Certified coaches, OBFSC has skaters who compete to podium at Provincial and National levels. Summer Rink Ratz camps take place from  July 3rd to August 10th and are designed for ages 4-10. The Rink Ratz program encompasses all the very best skate training available plus added time for summer fun activities. Programs are half day with flexible weekly registration. Full-day options available when combined with Oak Bay Rec Fun Unlimited. For more information and registration forms visit or email

Powerful Youth offers transformative experience-based youth leadership training programs with Junior Leadership Academies (ages 12-14) and Global Leadership Academies (ages 15-18) in Victoria, BC and Cambridge, England. Hundreds of youth from 18 different countries engage in 60+ hours of service leadership to build lasting confidence, skills, friendships and impact each summer. Programs run June through August. Special scholarships for BC Residents if they apply before June 30th, 2018.  See how youth are powerful at:

Get riding this summer at Queen Margaret’s School! From the tentative first time rider to the established rider looking to further advance their skills, our summer camps have something for everyone. This summer we are offering programs for boys and girls, 6-18 years of age at our Shirley Burr Equestrian Centre that focus on riding skills, stable management and horse psychology. Explore the details at or call us 250-746-4185 ext. 117.

The Raincoast Education Society (RES) is a non-profit organization based in Tofino, BC. Since 2000, the RES has been guided by the desire to educate and engage the public about environmental issues on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Through a number of education programs specifically focused on hands-on experiential learning in an outdoor setting, we strive to inform the next generation of scientists, conservationists and citizens about topics important to our communities and way of life on the island. 250-725-2560.

Royal Soccer Club. With over 100 locations, we’re celebrating our 26th year of running the #1 grassroots soccer day camps in Canada. Operating all weeks in July/August, we offer a soccer focused morning and a swim and camp games for afternoons. Boys and girls aged 5-13 can register for full day, morning and afternoon sessions with early & late care times available at no extra charge. Call 1-800-427-0536 or visit for more information.

Girls’ Summer Camps at St. Margaret’s School provide fun activities in a gorgeous natural setting to build confidence, friendships, and skills. Your daughter will love our weekly themes: Art, Games, Sewing, Water Play, Robotics, and more! For grades 1-4: July 3-Aug 10 (full-day, M-F, minus holidays). Check out our Specialty Camps: SELF.I.E. girls empowerment (Grades 5-6), and CodingGirl computer science (Grades 3-6 and 5-6) in partnership with Girls Learning Code and Science Venture. Details and online registration at or by emailing, or phone 250-727-7163.

SMUS Summer Music Academies. Join students from across North America in this unique summer program with a solid arts pedigree. Youth age 11-17 can spend a week of intensive, hands-on learning with expert instructors exploring and enhancing their skills in a specific area of the performing arts. Program areas include: Band (concert band, jazz band, and switch band), and Musical Theatre. For details, visit us at: or call 250-370-6120.•

Special Needs Resources


BeConnected Support Services. BeConnected supports children, youth and adults with diverse abilities to lead rich lives in community. BeConnected’s services have expanded over the years, and include options for Employment, Residential Services, Shared Living, Respite, Community Inclusion, and other individual-centred options for children, youth and adults. Also, BeConnected is a Host Agency which means we will work in partnership with individuals and families who receive Individualized Funding (IF) through CLBC to help you create the future you desire. BeConnected serves the communities of Greater Victoria, Sidney, Sooke, Salt Spring Island, the Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River. Contact BeConnected in Victoria at 250-727-3891; and BeConnected in Duncan at 250-748-3858. Visit BeConnected on the web at Find us on Facebook and Twitter! BeConnected: the supports you need for the life you want.

Camp Footholds Summer 2018. Footholds Therapy Center is happy to offer a wide variety of summer programs for all ages. Footholds camps are structured around programming and geared towards children with special needs (Autism, FASD, etc) and other emotional and psychological challenges (Anxiety/Depression). Our camps focus on empowering children and youth by building social skills and self-esteem all while meeting new friends and having fun! See our website for detailed camp information. 250-585-4411.

Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round sports and recreation programs for children, youth, young adults and families living with autism, while raising awareness and providing training in communities across B.C. Our programs in Victoria, Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley include Intro to Physical Activity, Intro to Soccer and Basketball, Swim, Skate and Social Events (fall, winter and spring), Overnight Camp (summer), and Family Events (year-round). For more information, visit

The Cridge Centre for the Family has a rich heritage and an even richer future. Founded in 1873, The Cridge Centre provides diverse services to children, adults and families to maximize their opportunities and enjoyment of family life and loving relationships, and to achieve their potential. The Cridge Respite Resource Service and the Cridge Respitality Service work together. Where Respite Resource helps parents of children with a special need find qualified caregivers, Respitality provides a free overnight stay at one of 25 area accommodation partners for parents while their children are cared for at home. To learn more about these services, please visit The Cridge Centre for the Family… because love is the bottom line.

Discovery School. Is your child bright, yet struggling in school? Would your child work best in a classroom of 10 students with a 1:3 staff to student support ratio? Perhaps your child requires an individual program with adaptations/modifications. Are you looking for a quiet, nurturing school with a Christian atmosphere that encourages academic development, perseverance, responsibility, and organizational skills? Look no further. For over 40 years, Discovery School has been providing these services for struggling students. Discovery follows B.C. curriculum, is Ministry inspected, and provides this special education from the early grades to graduation. More information found at or call 250-595-7765.

Emmanuel Preschool is a welcoming and inclusive Christian preschool, where students with special needs have the support of an additional teacher. Our morning classes are offered either two or three days per week. Both programs are for 3 and 4 year olds and include stories, games, singing, arts and crafts, science activities, free play outdoors or indoors in our gym, and some field trips. We are a safe and caring place! Phone: 250-598-0573

At Hands-On Home-Learning, we believe in an education that nurtures the whole child.  We support  children to learn at their own pace, in their own way. Our Special Education team applies this philosophy to help meet your child’s unique learning and developmental needs. We offer a flexible program with a desire to work collaboratively with you; as a parent, you are your child’s best advocate. We can work with any existing professionals as well as help locate additional services to support your goals. 250-383-6619; 1-888-383-6619;

Island Montessori offers individualized programs for all children, including those with special needs and/or behavioural challenges, in an integrated, inclusive setting. Our highly trained and experienced staff work closely with the child’s family and involved professionals to develop and deliver a program designed to meet the develop and deliver a program designed to meet the developmental needs of the child. We believe that every child has a natural desire to learn, and that they do so best in atmosphere of warmth, caring and respect. 5575 West Saanich Rd (across from Red Barn Market). 250-592-4411,,

Little Steps provides therapy services for children with developmental and learning delays. Our multi-disciplinary teams work to address the needs of the individual and can help with communication, self-regulation, motor, and social skills. We also offer group therapy specifically designed for preschool-aged children, school-aged children, and children who are homeschooled. For more information, please visit our website or give our offices a call at 250-386-1171; email:•


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