Feature: Sleepaway Camps 2017

We hunted high and low for the latest and greatest sleepaway camps in the Lower Mainland. Check out these amazing options to see which one suits you and your family best.

Camp Fircom
For those who want to take in the great outdoors in a positive, supportive environment, Camp Fircom is for you. With roots in the United Church, Camp Fircom runs spring break and summer camps, with a focus on wellbeing, learning, and the environment. Their location is also recently renovated, with environmental preservation being a top priority. Kids will love the themed days, like Mercy and Kindness, while parents will like the offerings with focus on health and wellness.

Camp Squeah
Hope is home to Camp Squeah, a stunning backdrop to the countless fun things to do at this outdoor camp. As part of the Mennonite church, Camp Squeah offers a great spiritual aspect to their daily fun. They host great leadership and hiking opportunities, all with care for the environment too. All camps, which range from several days to day trips, are led by expert counsellors and are uniquely catered to specific age groups. There are great spring break camps too!

Centre for Digital Media
For some, the great outdoors lacks the appeal of technology and science. The Centre for Digital Media offers camps that suit kids interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), with a collaboration between UBC, SFU, BCIT and Emily Carr University. This technology-based camps will pique your inner gamer’s interest and best of all, they’ll be having tons of fun while learning new skills.

Green Bay Bible Camp
For a bit more of a getaway, Kelowna is home to Green Bay Bible camp, where campers can explore the outdoors, have fun with various activities and get in touch with their spirituality. Daily, family and overnight camps are available, with fun activities like archery, canoeing, skateboarding, swimming and so much more. There are also lots of arts and crafts, like beading and candy making!

Timberline Ranch
Love animals? Timberline Ranch has the horse enthusiast covered with this amazing outdoor camp with horseback riding and care as a major component. Spring and summer camps are offered in their Maple Ridge location, which means you won’t have to travel far to feel like you’re in the Wild West. There’s something for everyone, even those who don’t love horses (like BMX riding!), and the newly renovated location will stun children and adults alike.

YMCA Camps
For decades, YMCA has been home to some of the greatest family and child sleepaway and day camps, offered seasonally and throughout the year. Camp Elphinstone is a stunning location with loads of fun activities, like rope courses, mountain climbing and more. Their lodges are nestled into the trees while the food is healthy and plentiful. These camps are great for the whole family, so be sure to enter our YMCA Camp Contest this month!

Camp Qwanoes
This Christian-based camp is an insane amount of fun on the water, in the trees, and at the campfire. With archery, mountain biking and more, there’s something for everyone. They also offer leadership camps for teens, which is a great introduction to becoming counsellors themselves. The Crofton location offers tons of fun watersports, including wakeboarding, and their zipline isn’t to be missed.

Camp Luther
With fantastic day and overnight camps, Camp Luther has something for any outdoor enthusiast, from child to teen to adult (families can camp together too!). They offer amazing water sports, fun crafts, and other artsy fun. Camp Luther also has a spiritual aspect, with chapel being a part of the morning schedule. Tasty meals and a snack-offering canteen make this a fun experience for anyone looking to get in touch with nature.

BC Family French Camp
Like camp to be a bit more on the educational side? Look no further than BC Family French Camp, which, as the name suggests, teaches the inner workings of the French language to all levels of learners. Families camp in their own tents or trailers and take part in lessons and workshops. There’s also traditional camp activities, like campfire, sports and crafts.

Camp Artaban
Camp Artaban offers a great variety of different summer camps, including leadership and sailing adventures. Adults and kids can attend this Christian-based camping experience, full of fun outdoor and indoor activities, like arts and crafts, sports and more. With a fun climbing wall, the “blob” air balloon on the water, and fun theme days, the entire family will have a blast.

Zajac Ranch
Finding a camp to accommodate medical and physical conditions can be difficult for families. Zajac Ranch ensures that inclusivity is at the heart of what they do and is accessible for those with disabilities and catering to those with chronic illnesses. Kids will love all the amazing camp activities in an environment that is full of compassion and kindness.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre Summer AquaCamps
Week long camp programs offered every week of the summer starting July 4th and ending September 1st. Four day camps are available on the holiday weeks July 4 to July 7 and August 8 to August 11