Sleep-away summer camps may not be an option, but with BC now in Phase 3, there are many available days camps open that will keep the kids active and engaged this summer. With improved safety protocols in place, it’s now safe for kids to play (from a social distance of course) at these day camps for kids that can be found throughout the Lower Mainland. From art, to biking, to exploring the outdoors, these camps are taking the right steps to make summer safe and fun for all.
Pedalheads Day Camps
Pedalheads has always been committed to giving kids active, outdoor experiences and providing jobs for local youth, and 2020 is no different – just a bit more challenging. They have developed a plan for their programs that is as low a risk as possible, in a way that is safe and healthy for everyone.
While their camps are still on, things will look a little different this year. To ensure the safety of their campers, including smaller class groups, staggered snack breaks, enhanced hand washing protocols and equipment cleaning procedures, regular health checks of staff, and contactless sign-in and sign-out procedures.
Depending on your location, various bike, trail, and swim camps are now available for day camps for kids. To learn more, please visit their site.
For Aspiring Artists: Place Des Arts Camps
This year, Place Des Arts is offering reimagined summer programming with both online and in-person camps, as well as online music and dance opportunities. From July 6 – August 14, 2020 kids can take part in the arts, while remaining safe. Summer classes available include music, visual arts, theatre, and more. For a complete list of available classes, visit this page.
For in-person camps, PdA will use curbside drop-off and pick-up procedures to avoid overcrowding. Each camp will have a maximum of 10 children in attendance per week, social distancing will be ensured during class, and hand washing and hand sanitizer stations will be in place throughout the facility. To learn more, please visit their site.
Related: What’s Open In BC This Summer?
For Nature Lovers: Burns Bog Summer Day Camps
Give your kids the opportunity to explore the outdoors with a summer day camp hosted by the Burns Bog Conservation Society. Their summer camps are carefully planned so that your child will learn about aspects of nature while having fun! Each day there is a range of activities which include crafts, experiments, demonstrations, games, and team-building activities to engage the imagination. Special guest presentations and speakers may visit and bring along live animals, and fun activities to help reinforce ideas for different themes.
With a small camper to staff ratio, children will be well-supervised at all times while they explore the outdoors with their friendly camp counsellors. To learn more, please visit their site.
For Water Adventurers: Wakeboarding & Waterskiing Camps
For fun on the water, older kids can head to Deep Cove and enjoy wakeboarding and waterskiing day camps through Cove Watersports. Small group sizes, physical distancing on the boat, and hand sanitizer on board are in place to keep campers safe.
The camps run from Monday-Thursday, for 2 hours a day in July and August. You can choose the best starting time to fit your schedule 9:00, 11:30 or 2:30. Children must be between the ages of 9-15 to participate, and a maximum of 4 kids will be allowed per boat. To learn more, please visit their site.
For Virtual Campers: Camp Supernow
If you’d rather enjoy the magic of summer camp from the comfort of your living room, Camp Supernow offers some great programming for kids. Camp starts with your cabin — where you’ll find a counsellor-led group of fellow campers that meet daily via Zoom for 1 hour. Cabins are organized by age and campers can join with a group of friends or make new ones from across the country.
The camp hosts camp-wide Super Shows twice per day, including virtual magic shows, story hours, movement classes, dance parties, award ceremonies, and more, to give a holistic summer camp experience and build the Supernow community. To learn more, please visit their site.
Check our site regularly for more summer camps and activities for your kids this summer, and remember to stay safe while you enjoy summer fun this year.