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

Nestled on the pristine oceanfront of Mill Bay, Brentwood College School summer camps offer a wide range of day and overnight options this year. This July and August, Brentwood is hosting 9 diverse and fun camps offering a summer experience rich in fun, friendship, learning and adventure for kids from 7 to 17. These camps range from half and full-day to overnight, and are designed to cover everything from academics to arts and athletics. Campers can pick from: Academics Camp Canada, Debate Camp Canada, Kingswood Study Camp Canada, Musical Theatre, Rowing, Rock Band and Soccer! For more information visit camps.brentwood.ca.

The Boulders Climbing Gym. Team Boulders is lead by world class coaches and athletes determined to make climbing fun, fundamental, and competitive. We design all our programs and camps with these principles in mind: risk management, respect and fair play; fundamental skills and technical mastery before performance and results; fun, friendship and community; inclusivity. 1627 Stelly’s Cross Rd. info@climbtheboulders.com. 250-544-0310.

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, bytecamp.ca, 1-888-808-BYTE for more info.

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! camppringle.com

Camp Qwanoes is a youth-oriented high-adventure Christian camp celebrating 53 years of adventure on Vancouver Island. Built from the ground up for kids to experience an unforgettable life-changing week, we seek to encourage, challenge, and develop the entire person. Sun-soaked days are filled with new friendships, over 75 activities, tasty food, great music and singing, Bible study, firesides, and of course pure fun—all in a spectacular setting with amazing staff from around the world who all love kids. We are fully accredited and maintain standards of the highest quality. Choose from week-long co-ed camps for Juniors (ages 8-11), Junior Highs (ages 11-13 and 12-14), and Senior Highs (ages 15-18), plus Family Retreats. Qwanoes is an ideal place for fun-filled, life-changing adventure. Watch our video at qwanoes.ca/summer/media. Order a free brochure at 1-888-997-9266 or qwanoes.ca. Life like no other awaits!

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 coastalbliss.ca or phone 250-597-3031.

A day immersed in nature is hard to beat, and that’s why we developed a five-day nature immersion on the shores of the sea at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Campers of our Soaring Eagles Summer Nature Camp will explore the life of pollinators, shoreline plants, intertidal species and coastal birds, conduct mud digs and plankton tows, practice their discovery skills, expression of gratitude and respect for self and others through play. cowichanestuary.ca. 250-597-2288. camps@cowichanestuary.ca.

Emmanuel Baptist Church is offering seven day camps this summer. They are filled with fun, friends, and outside activities, gym times, stories, crafts, and in our full day camps we do outings each afternoon. Please see the ad in this month’s Island Parent. They are reasonably priced and are led by competent adults as well as youth volunteers. Contact the church office office@emmanuelvictoria.ca. 250-592-2418 for more details.

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 dtyrrell@mygns.ca Visit: mygns.ca/marine-adventure.

Life Dances Counselling. Empower Me: Girls’ Empowerment Camp (Aug 19-23) offers teens the opportunity to disrupt their self-doubt, negative self-talk, and unhealthy emotional reactions and learn self-acceptance, self-compassion, and healthy connection, through positive psychology, art-based activities, and mindfulness. Life Dances Counselling is a Private Practice specializing in helping teens and their families thrive. See the ad in this issue for a discount code toward online sessions, workshop registrations, and online parent course. Website: lifedancescounselling.com. Email: leanna@lifedancescounselling.com.

Join Island Circus Space this summer for a one of a kind experience! Learn a variety of circus disciplines including aerials, group acrobatics, juggling and more. Weekly full day Summer Camps will run through July and August from 9am-3pm. This is a great way for kids (ages 6-15) to develop new skills, make new friends, and leave inspired. No experience necessary, registration begins March 15. For more information visit us at islandcircusspace.com.

Every scientist was once a child! Mad Science Vancouver Island spark children’s interest in science, encourage their curiosity and build their confidence and skills as they create a variety of take-home science projects. Our camps explore topics that allow children to participate in scientific explorations from bugs to the vastness of space, launching rockets, building weird machines and more. Join in any of the variety of our Camps, Parties and Shows and have fun.

PISE Summer Camps focus on fun ways to develop fundamental movement skills and patterns that enable children to be active for life! PISE uses a combination of structured and unstructured play to help children learn to move to the best of their ability and PLAY their way to confidence, skill development, fun, team work, cooperation, respect and inclusivity! Camps are for ages 3-18 and run throughout July and August. PISE.ca/summer-camps.

Powerful Youth’s Global Leadership Academies offer an award-winning experience-based leadership programs for Junior (ages 12-14) and Senior (ages 15-18) youth here in Victoria and England. Hundreds of youth from 18+ different countries come to engage in 60+ hours of service leadership to build their confidence, skills, friendships and impact every summer. Two-week programs run June, July and August. Special local scholarships for BC residents! Application deadline May 31, 2019. To learn more visit: powerfulyouth.com.

Royal Soccer Club. With over 100 locations, we’re celebrating our 27th 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 to 13 can register for full day, morning and afternoon sessions with early drop off times available at no extra charge. Call 1-800-427-0536 or visit royalsoccer.com for more information.

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: smus.ca/academies or call 250-370-6120.

Join Thriving Roots summer camps for kids 5-14 and awaken your true nature. We will build fires, harvest wild plants, build shelters, make survival tools and crafts, sing songs, play games, and go on wild adventures. Some camps include an epic sleep-out where we’ll eat dinner around a fire, play night games and sleep outside in primitive shelters or tents. Come make new friends, embrace your inner wildness and have fun. Learn more at thrivingroots.org.

Come spend your summer with the Vikes. Join our amazing summer staff for a week of fun! Develop skills, meet new friends, explore creativity and experience exciting activities in a safe and positive environment on the UVic campus. Half day and full day camps are available. A variety of camps ranging in ages from 5-17 are offered in four categories: Recreation, Sport Development, High Performance, and Climbing & Outdoor. Registration opens April 1: vikescamps.com.

Victoria Children’s Choir Summer Sings Day Camp. This fun-filled camp experience will delight any budding young singer! Learn essential vocal skills and music basics through interactive activities and games. Ages 7-11. Dates: July 8-12th. Time: 9am-3pm. Location St. Aidan’s United Church. Fee: $189/child. Led by: Teodora Georgieva. Learn more and register: 250-721-0856. VictoriaChildrensChoir.ca.

Victoria Synchro Synchronized Swimming Summer Camp. July 8-12 or Aug 19-23, 9am -4pm at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Boys and Girls ages 8-12, no synchro experience necessary just swimming skills. Water and land activities. Fun, fitness, friends and teamwork! This sport combines swimming, music, dance, gymnastics, drama and team skills. Includes camp t-shirt and club swim cap. Give synchronized swimming a try! victoriasynchro.com look under ‘camp’ tab! Contact jennifervicsynchro@gmail.com.

Whether your child randomly bursts into song and dance or is shy and needs to find his or her voice, the VOS Musical Theatre Summer Camps are the perfect activity. Beyond the practical application in theatre, students will learn to work in teams, solve problems, build self-confidence, and gain respect for the talents and opinions of others while exploring their own creativity and making new friends. Camps conclude with a performance for family and friends. For more information visit vostheatre.ca or call 250-381-1021.