““Kids Don’t Remember Their Best Day of Television” Unknown

VOS offers some of the best things to do in Vancouver for kids summer camp

Dear Interested and/or Reluctant Parent,

We understand the important considerations parents take when picking the best Vancouver day camp experience for their children.  We know you have to balance affordability, location, type of day camp, safety and your own personal comfort level.  The problem is deciding whether to follow the status quo with a basic and typical day camp or try something a little different…

At Vancouver Outdoor School, we offer your child something unique: a mobile camp with a mix of experiential learning, inclusive outdoor recreational activities, and huge fun factors!

We want to speak with you if you are interested in giving your child a Vancouver outdoor day camp experience during the summer holidays.

Sincerely,

Jeff Willis, Jen Baillie and Kelly Woods

Vancouver Outdoor School Ownership

 

 

The Why and What Questions Kids Day Camps

Vancouver Outdoor School’s (VOS) offers a dynamic Metro Vancouver summer day camp for children aged 7 to 13 year-olds. We know kids want to participate in as many outdoor activities as they can experience, including kids sailing, SUP and cooking camp lessons, swimming, hiking and exploring. There are so many amazing things to do in Vancouver, and we want to experience them all!

 

Our kids camp is led by our amazing teachers and outdoor instructors who have years of experience in summer camp and teaching children the best of outdoor experiential based activities. Parents know how much a summer camp experience can help children develop their independence, learn new skills and build lasting friendships with their peers.

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Our Vancouver kids summer camp group sizes range from 10 to 15 children. Each kids camps week is different with a focus either on hiking, cooking and/or sailing.

Our Vancouver day camps are excellent venues for children to expand their knowledge, develop new skill sets, and access hands-on experiences in nature’s finest urban locations.

VOS’s Day Camps Focus on the Following Pillars

  • Introduction to Outdoor Land and Water Based Activities
  • Conservation Leadership for a Sustainable Metro Vancouver
  • Coast Salish Language and Culture
  • Kids Sailing, Hiking and Cooking Camp Certifications
  • Climate Change in BC
  • Super Awesome Fun Factors

Vancouver Outdoor School has partnered with Fireside Adventures, Sprouting Chefs and MacSailing to provide a unique and meaningful day camp experience for children.

What Makes Our Vancouver-Based Camp Different?

  • More affordable than traditional overnight camps with high level of activities
  • Meets most parent and children’s levels of comfort and expectations (not all parents are comfortable with their children staying at an overnight camp)
  • Flexible day camp model (built around community relationships and exploring the best of Vancouver)
  • Focus on relating to local nature, Coast Salish culture and people, natural foods and waterways

 

One Week Camp

Choose from weeks 2, 3, or 4
$659
  • + Week one is SOLD OUT!
  • + Spring/Summer Bird Rate: April 1st 2018 onwards
  • + plus 5% tax
  • instruction
  • guest speakers
  • transportation during camp
  • all activities
  • admissions
  • t-shirt
  • certificates
REGISTER NOW

Which Week Should I Choose?

Each week of camp is designed with it’s own flavour, and its own set of awesome Vancouver outdoor day camp activities. Choose one week, or all 4!

WEEK 1 IS SOLD OUT! Mountain to Forest Day Camp (based in North Vancouver)

July 02 – 06, 2018

An active, nature based and adventure day camp cramming the best into 4 days with a focus on forest ecology, Coast Salish language and culture, outdoor recreation activities, challenge course climbing, introduction to sailing, swimming, hiking (Grouse Mtn., North Shore & trails along Howe Sound), fort building, a knot lesson and much more.

Monday to Friday (Week One)

8:00am – 8:30am – Drop- off @ Camp Capilano

8:30am – 11:45am – Morning activities (typically land and cultural based activities)

11:45am – 12:30pm – Lunch

12:30pm – 4:00pm (typically water and outdoor based activities)

4:00pm – 4:30pm – Pick up @ Camp Capilano

*Monday only – drop-off at Jericho Sailing Centre

Ocean to Forest Day Camp (based in Vancouver)

July 09 – 13, 2018

An active water and land based day camp for campers to learn and achieve their MacSailing participant certification, 2 days of Stand Up Paddle (SUP), swimming, learn about environmental foot prints, basics of Coast Salish language and culture, composting, huckleberry picking, forest biodiversity, introduction to conservation leadership, challenge course (high ropes) and much more.

Drop-off/Pick-up: @Jericho Sailing Centre

Monday to Friday (Week Two)

8:00am – 8:30am – Drop- off @ Jericho Sailing Centre

8:30am – 11:00am – Outdoor Adventure Games & Activities (Westside & South Vancouver)

11:00am – 3:00pm –Water Activity Lessons (Sailing, Canoeing and SUP) mixed in lunch times

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Beach and swim times

4:00pm – 4:30pm – Pick up

Week Two Activities:

  • 2 days of sailing introductory sailing and canoe lessons with MacSailing Club
  • 3 days of Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons at Spanish Banks
  • Exploring Spanish Banks and Pacific Spirit Park
  • Beach exploring and swimming
  • Learning about conservation leadership and how children can have an impact around climate change
  • Participating in experiential & environmental based activities
  • Visit UBC and learn about the impact of our ecological foot printing
  • Learning about biodiversity and bird calling within UBC Endowment Lands including forest games
  • Hike around Southlands and tour of Musqueam community
  • Visit Museum of Anthropology at UBC and learning about Coast Salish language and culture

Ocean to Forest Day Camp (based in Vancouver)

July 16 – 20, 2018

An active water and land based day camp for campers to learn and achieve their MacSailing participant certification, 2 days of Stand Up Paddle (SUP), swimming, learn about environmental foot prints, basics of Coast Salish language and culture, composting, huckleberry picking, forest biodiversity, introduction to conservation leadership, challenge course (high ropes) and much more.

Drop-off/Pick-up: @Jericho Sailing Centre & @Stanley Park (location TBA)

Monday to Friday (Week Three)

8:00am – 8:30am – Drop- off @ Jericho Sailing Centre

8:30am – 12:30am – Water Activity Lessons (Sailing, Canoeing and SUP) mixed in lunch times

12:30pm Lunch

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Outdoor Adventure Games & Activities at Stanley Park including afternoon swim at Second Beach and/or English Bay

4:00pm – 4:30pm – Pick up

 

Week Three Activities:

  • 1 day of sailing introductory sailing and canoe lessons with MacSailing Club
  • 3 days of Stand Up Paddle Boarding & canoeing lessons at Spanish Banks
  • All afternoons are spent in Stanley Park
  • Ocean and swimming pool swim and light trail hike for forest games
  • Visit Prospect Point in Stanley Park
  • Climate Change Matters – children’s interactive workshops (fun science experiments)
  • Conversation leadership challenges and activities

Forest Gourmet Cooking Day Camp (based in North Vancouver)

July 23 – 27, 2018

Drop-off/Pick-up – Camp Capilano

Monday to Friday

8:00am – 8:30am – drop off

8:30am – 11:30pm Gourmet wilderness cooking lessons with Sprouting Chef  

11:45am – 12:15pm – Lunch

12:30pm – 4:30pm – Land, cultural and water based activities

4:30pm – 5:00pm – Pick up

 

Week Four Activities:

  • Morning professional kids cooking lessons with Sprouting Chefs
  • Hike through Lynn Valley trails followed by afternoon swim
  • Cleveland Dam hike
  • Huckleberry picking, forest fort building followed by an epic game of capture the flag
  • Afternoon swims at Camp Capilano swimming pool
  • Composting lesson
  • Continued paddle making
  • Seed bombing activity
  • Wood whittling and pocket knife skills
  • Indigenous and multicultural children’s games