by Island Parent Advertisers
Source: Island Parent Magazine
Originally Published: June 2019
Here it is! Victoria’s most comprehensive listing of summer programs for families. Included you’ll find information on everything from Art to Science & Nature and much, more. Check out the advertising in this issue for more details.
Amazing Journey Day Camp: July 8-12 (9am-noon) Pre-K to Grade 5. Get ready for a fun, action packed journey to Ancient Greece. In its 8th summer, this unique camp offers hands-on experiences that bring the Bible to life. New program every summer. Sponsored by St. Luke Cedar Hill, St. George’s Cadboro Bay, and Lutheran Church of the Cross. Register early. Info/registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com. amazingjourneysummercamp.
Elk Lake Baptist Church. “Roar” Day Camp: August 19-23 (9am-noon) K-Grade 5. At Roar, kids discover that God is good even when life gets wild! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, and test out Sciency Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Location: Elk Lake Baptist Church (5349 Pat Bay Hwy). $25/child. Bursaries Available. Info/Registration: 250-658-8111 or elklakebaptist.ca.
Emmanuel Baptist Church is having 7 camps this summer for children ranging from 4 to Gr. 5. We have two preschool/primary morning camps, a Vacation Bible School week, and 4 weeks Day Camps for Grades 1 to 5. Please see our ad in this month’s Island Parent. Our camps are led by mature adults with qualifications (teachers, ECEs, ECE assistants, and responsible adults). Our day camps for Elementary children include outings into the community every day. emmanuelvictoria.ca. 250-592-2418.
Byte Camp—Creative Tech Camps for Kids! Kids in our “Claymation Movie Production” camps create their own clay characters, sets and props, and shoot and edit their own quirky animated movies. Our “Flash Video Game Design” camps teach kids how to animate characters and stories, and program Actionscript to make fun, interactive video games. And our “3D Animation” camp will introduce the next generation PIXAR artists to the amazing world of 3D character modelling and animation. New camp times 9-4pm! 9-14yrs, bytecamp.ca, 1 (888) 808-BYTE.
SKAM School of Performing Arts offers summer camps in acting, filmmaking, musical theatre, mask making, and more! Half day and full day camps are available, with options for ages ranging from 5-17. At the end of each camp, students will have an opportunity to perform their work for an audience. Groups are small for quality instruction. For more information, call 250-386-7526, email email@example.com, or head to skam.ca/summer-camps.
Island Circus Space. Looking for something new for your child to try this summer? Look no further, you’ve found the circus. Circus camps are a great way to have fun and make new friends while developing new skills including balancing, juggling, stage presence, partner acrobatics, aerials, tumbling and so much more. No experience is necessary and we have classes for kids ages 6-16. So give it a try and see what new heights your child will climb to. Register online at islandcircusspace.com/camps.
Stages Performing Arts School is offering a number of different summers programs through July and August. Since 1980 Stages has offered professional instruction in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, musical theatre and hip hop for all ages and levels of experience. We believe that all students should have an equal opportunity to learn in a safe, noncompetitive environment, which fosters self-expression, a healthy body, confidence, and encourages discipline, creativity and pride in their accomplishments. For more information, please call STAGES at 250-384-3267 or visit stagesdance.com.
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.
Tom Lee Music Academy’s flexible summer lesson programs offer an ideal solution to get you started on or simply test the waters of a musical journey. Our famous School of Rock Program, and low commitment, flexible private lessons are a perfect fit for busy summer holiday schedules. Call Rosa at 250-383-5222, or drop by the store for more information.
Victoria Academy of Ballet’s Storybook Ballet Camp (July 2-5), ages 4-6. Explore ballet’s most beautiful tales through ballet, creative movement, character dance, arts and crafts and musical exploration. The Junior Summer Intensive, ages 7-13 (July 8-19) is a full day intensive with ballet, jazz, character, contemporary and preparation for pointe. VictoriaAcademyofBallet.ca or 250-590-6752.
Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts summer camps with instructor Julia Dillon-Davis, a screenwriter, actor, director, and producer. She is passionate about family stories, particularly stories about young people overcoming internal and external challenges. July 22-25, 9:30am-12:30pm. The VAD Arts Junior Actors Conservatory for youth aged 9-15. During four morning sessions, participants are introduced to acting for camera, auditioning for film and TV, and what it’s like to be on set. August 12-15, 9:30am-12:30pm. Explore scenes and practice auditioning skills in a tight time frame. Actors will receive feedback on their work and get to practice applying direction and new approaches. vadarts.com/summer-camp.
JLC Victoria Japanese Summer Program. The only Japanese Immersion Summer Program on the island is offered at Craigflower Schoolhouse. Not only Japanese Immersion Program but also Japanese/English Fusion Program available.Children will be immersed in Japanese environment while having fun through variety of Japanese cultural activities, such as Calligraphy, Origami, and more! Full-day for 6-10 years old and half-day for 3-5 years old. Details at jlcvictoria.com.
School may be out for Summer, but for just 30 minutes a day, your kids could make this their smartest summer yet! Kumon is the world’s largest math and reading program with more than 4 million students in 51 countries. As a comprehensive program, Kumon serves children in preschool through high school. Call us today at 1.800.ABC. MATH or visit us online at kumon.ca to book a free assessment at our centres in Langford and Saanich.
SCAMPS summer camps provide a highly educational experience in a fun setting with qualified experts who love kids. Offering camps in French immersion, German immersion, and English, SCAMPS we draw on the expertise of UVic faculty and students to provide an experience that is a cut above—these aren’t your usual summer camps. Student:staff ratios of 7:1, and competitive pricing with discounts if you sign up for multiple camps: uvic.ca/scamps. Space still available.
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 stmarg.ca/girls-summer-camp or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 250-727-7163.
Sylvan offers summer programs to minimize summer learning loss and to help with the transition from one grade to another. Sylvan’s individualized programs prevent children from forgetting what they learned last year and help them to preview what they will be studying in the coming year. To get your child set up for summer and for success, give us a call at one of our 4 Vancouver Island locations: in Victoria 250-477-3212; in the Westshore 250-590-6211; in Duncan
250-746-0222; in Nanaimo 250-758-1526.
Victoria Gymnastics is celebrating its 39th year and enjoying the success of its two locations—downtown and the newest location near Royal Roads University in Colwood. We continue to provide quality artistic gymnastics for boys and girls ages two through adult, beginner through advanced. Our non-competitive achievement programs provide children with a skill set advantage for all activities. We guarantee our 8 to 1 ratio, offer convenient class times and ensure certified instruction so that your child will excel in a well-structured, fun and safe
environment. Visit victoriagymnastics.com.
This summer learn to sail at the Canadian Forces Sailing Association, Esquimalt. We offer 1 and 2 week courses for ages 4 to adult, all skill levels and families. CFSA is a wonderful place to learn sailing in a protected harbour with favourable winds. See cfsaesq.cafor info under “Sail Training”. Contact Program Coordinator at email: email@example.com or message CF Sailing School-Esquimalt on Facebook @esquimaltsailing. Register at 250-363-1009 or “PSP Online” at bk.cfpsa.com/esquimaltpub/index.asp. Discounts for CFSA Members.
The City of Victoria has many kids’ summer camps for any age or budget. Go Mad for Science, pan for gold, learn to swim, sail, kayak or ride a horse, and take your bike and skater skills to the next level. Create your own computer games and animation at byte and coding camps! Explore the outdoors on one of our many camping trips—you’ll even get to try some surfing. Check it all out at Victoria.ca/recreation.
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, standup 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.
Recreation Oak Bay—Come play and experience the fun of summer camps. There are camps for all ages. From half day to daily, to week long camps, there is something for everyone’s schedules and needs. New camps/themes include GO Green GO, School of Rock, and Art Fashion and Wearable Designs along with the favorites; Sports, Arts and Crafts, Dance, Golf, and Aquatic camps. Visit recreation.oakbay.ca or call 250-595-7946 to register.
Royal Victoria Yacht Club offers community programs that are fun, adventurous, and inclusive. We value sportsmanship, excellence and sailing for life. Get the whole family on the water with Sail Canada certified instructors, CANSail accreditation and low student to instructor ratios. Come have some fun and enjoy sailing, games and adventuring around Cadboro Bay and Oak Bay. For more information call 250-592-6112, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rvyc.bc.ca.
Westshore Motocross Park offers dirt bike riding, rentals and lessons for the whole family, age 4yrs and up. From 50cc auto with training wheels to 125/250cc full size bikes for Mom and Dad, dirt bike riding has never been so easy and fun. Birthday party’s are common here and with over 35 rental bikes and 50 sets of safety gear, large groups of any age are no problem. Summer camps in July and August. Open Tuesdays thru Friday 11am to 8pm or dusk, Saturdays 10 to 4, Sunday by calling 250-590-8088. Located at 2207 Millstream Road in Langford. Contact westshoremx.com.
Summer is going to be spectacular at West Shore Parks & Recreation. With camps like daily registration Super Sizzler Summer Camp, a two week Red Cross Swimming Aqua Camp, weekly tech, music and science camps you’ll have an amazing time. Make friends and have a blast with our awesome leaders. We also offer Roving Play Parks, Neighbourhood Nights and StoryWalks all free programs at a different West Shore park each week. Visit westshorerecreation.ca or call 250-478-8384 for information. facebook.com/westshorerecreation.
SCIENCE, NATURE & OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Cedar Coast Field Station. Located on Vargas Island, near Tofino, Cedar Coast camps use the pristine environment to facilitate experiential learning. We engage campers curiosity through participatory research and adventure. We want to equip our campers with the tools and experiences to be better communicators, more confident in themselves and unapologetically curious about the world around them. Register at cedarcoastfieldstation.org.
Mad Science. We spark children’s interest in science, encourage curiosity and build their confidence and skills. Programs like Space Robotics, Secret Agent or Mining and Crafting bring distant, invisible or digital activities into the real world. Any of our topics in this years’ half or full day camp is cool! Children participate in science explorations and have fun. All camps include indoor and outdoor activities. Our mixed classes focus on age-specific needs and abilities. Details and registration online: vancouverisland.madscience.org.
Highland Pacific Golf is Victoria’s friendliest place to play and welcomes golfers of all ages. Our facilities are ideal for learning and our PGA of Canada Coaches run clinics and camps for all ages. At Highland Pacific Golf young golfers build fundamentals and movement skill of all aspects of the game. Enroll your child in our Spring or Summer Camps and watch them grow to love the game for a lifetime. highlandpacificgolf.com.
PISE Summer Camps focus on fun ways to develop fundamental movement skills and patterns that enable children to be active for life! Whether that is learning how to throw properly or learning the correct technique of a squat, these movements are essential to being active, healthy and injury free. We help kids play their way to confidence, skill development, fun, team work, cooperation, respect and inclusivity! For ages 3-18, camps run throughout July and August. PISE.ca/summer-camps.
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 5-13 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.
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. See the full schedule at: vikescamps.com.
World Cup Soccer Camp offers exciting summer camps from Victoria to Pt. Hardy. Our professional coaches are trained to make learning fun for children. Whether your child is a 4-year-old, playing for the first time, or a 16 year old looking for a challenge, we have a camp for them. For more information visit our website at worldcupsoccercamp. com or contact your local recreation centre to register.
Victoria Synchro Synchronized Swimming Summer Camp: 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. Fall Registration: check our website for classes and registration information. Fun, fitness, friends and teamwork! This sport combines swimming, music, dance, gymnastics, drama and team skills. Give synchronized swimming a try! victoriasynchro.com or contact email@example.com.
Alpine Stables, Cobble Hill. Nestled in the beauty of the Cowichan Valley, this impeccable facility is a first class, family-run business. Overnight Summer Camps for ages 7-15. Morning topics include safety rules, stable management, grooming, riding lesson and feeding. Afternoon activities will include trail rides, arts and crafts, and bareback riding. Evening activities include campfires, games, horsey videos and social interaction. Great snacks and meals. Finish off with the Show and Games day on Friday. It is our pleasure to offer everyone a unique equine riding experience. 250-743-6641. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ages 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
Horne Lake. Welcome To Breathtaking! Winner of the “BC’s Remarkable Experience Award!” Explore Horne Lake Caves and discover underground waterfalls, fossils and amazing crystal formations. Take a fascinating guided tour or explore on your own into the smaller and more rugged caves. Slide down the world’s only Cave Slide! If you prefer your adventures above-ground, the Cave Theatre and Fossil Trail will reveal the park’s mysteries without having to venture inside the caves. Open year-round.
International Montessori Academy. Enjoying summer while learning. An educational and fun summer pre-school program for your child. Our school provides great summer learning experiences to stimulate and inspire your child. The authentic Montessori approach combines physical and emotional development with exciting endeavors involving art, music, science, culture and language in English and French. International Montessori Academy. 2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan. 250-737-1119. email@example.com.
The Maple Bay Yacht Club is running a summer sailing school during July and August for children ages 8-18. We create an adventurous and fun environment to help children feel like they own the seas. Our coaches are Sail Canada certified and prepared to give your children a summer they won’t forget! After completing courses, students will receive certification from CANSail, a program designed to foster sailing performance and individuality. Visit mbyc.bc.ca/sailing-school/ for more info.
The Raptors offers a unique learning experience for all ages that will never be forgotten. Our safe, exciting and educational summer camps keep their minds
and bodies busy all day. Activities include practical and safe, hands-on experiences
and flying demonstrations with many different raptors such as hawks and owls. The children, working in small groups with our fun and experience staff, learn about the birds’ unique adaptations that help them survive in the wild. pnwraptors.com 250-746-0372.•
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