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ummer is a great time of yearâ€”endless trips to the beach, endless trips to the park and endless hours to entertain the kids! The thought of what to do with them for eight weeks straight can be daunting. In this issue, weâ€™ve tried to help you out by putting together a list of the available camps. Whether you are ready for overnight (residential) camps or looking for a camp to just entertain your little onesâ€”our guide has it all. We also have some tips for you on the importance of risky play and how to help your children assess risk and ideas on how to help prevent the dreaded academic summer slide. Enjoy the issue and have fun getting outside with your family. And if youâ€™re stuck for ideas for outdoor fun, weâ€™ve provided that too!
Inside ... 6 Stargazing with your Kids 8 The Importance of Risky Play SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 10 Residential Camps 11 Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley 17 Okanagan
20 Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs BC Parent Newsmagazine
22 DIY Day Camp 24 Enriching Summer Routines that Increase Learning & Prevent the Summer Slide
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Stargazing with Your Kids Outer space has fascinated humans for centuries, but itâ€™s often the youngest of us who marvel at the galaxyâ€™s oldest mysteries. By Jackie Veling, ACTIVEkids.com
f your child has recently shown a growing interest in stars and planets, itâ€™s time to take full advantage of it. After all, learning about astronomy is a rare opportunity to get your kid excited about science and the natural world. Here are a few tips to help your kid reach for the stars. Make a Star Map
Also known as a star chart or a star finder, a star map is an outline of the night sky that helps your child identify specific stars and constellations. Itâ€™s also one of the easiest ways for a young astronomer to begin understanding the layout of our solar system. You can ďŹ nd printable star maps online (http://www.skymaps.com/downloads. html), but make sure to choose the right one for your location and time of year. Once you print the map, you can help your child cut it out and even decorate itâ€”great 6 BCPARENTCA s SUMMER ISSUE
for kids who love arts and crafts. On a clear night, take the star map outside and show your child how to align it properly. They will love ďŹ nding the mythical animals hidden in the night sky.
Embrace their curiosity and explain that there are still many unknowns about outer space, which is exactly why the world needs a new generation of scientists.
Catch the Next Meteor Shower
Shooting stars may be rare, but meteor showers are a more reliable space phenomenon. Year-round meteor shower guides (http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/ earthskys-meteor-shower-guide) are avail-
able online, so you can plan ahead to witness the best one in your area. Some cities even have astronomy clubs that hold viewing parties in local parks. Bring blankets and sleeping bags and keep your eyes peeled upward. It wonâ€™t be long before a quick burst of light shoots across the sky. Save Up for a Telescope
If your kid is serious about their space interest, it may be time to buy them a telescope. If theyâ€™re ready to do so, you can even encourage them to save up for one themselves, or at least pitch in. With even the most basic telescope, your child can see craters on the moon and faint colours of Jupiter. Plus, if they contribute some of their hard-earned money, youâ€™ll throw in an important lesson about money management. High-functioning telescopes are a pricey item, but a kidâ€™s telescope is usually around
$30. Start small and work your way upâ€”no need to go all-in for a bigticket item until youâ€™re sure your child will use it regularly.
donâ€™t be surprised when your kid starts asking them. Embrace their curiosity and explain that there are still many unknowns about outer space, which is exactly why the world needs a new generation of scientists. This is also a great opportunity to teach your child that asking questions is a good thing, even if the answers arenâ€™t immediately available.
Go on a Trip
If you live in a major city, it may be difficult to see all of the wonders of space through the city smog. Once the weather gets warmer, book a weekend trip outside of the city. National parks boast some of the best stargazing around, with miles of protected land enhancing your view of the beautiful Milky Way galaxy. Make a Rocket
Does your child dream of going into space? Why not make a toy rocket to show them just how they would get there? Before you have ďŹ‚ashes of an innocent experiment gone horribly wrong, making a rocket doesnâ€™t have to be a dangerous pursuit. For younger kids, you can simply make the frame of the rocket out of paper (no scary tools needed). You can also make a rocket powered by
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water and antacid tablets, like TUMSÂŽ. If you have older kids, try baking soda and vinegar. Regardless of what you use, constructing a homemade rocket can help teach children basic math and physics. Discuss the Unknown
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Weâ€™re all part of a bigger world and an even bigger solar system. Everything is connected. The moon controls the tides. The seasons are set by the sun. The sunâ€™s rays give the human body much-needed vitamin D. Help your child gain respect for celestial nature, and their place in it all. If they can learn about how it affects their everyday life, it can greatly beneďŹ t their actions in the future. Want more activities for your kids? Visit !#4)6%KIDSCOM to find fun and affordable kid-friendly options all over British Columbia.
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The Importance of
Risky Play By Jennifer Hood
isky play is one hot topic right now. Parents, educators, researchers, administrators and kids all seem to have an opinion on what exactly risky play is and whether or not it has a place in a young childâ€™s life. I recently spoke at the International Physical Literacy Conference in Vancouver and,, by far, the presentation that generated the most discussion was the one on Risky Play. And for the sake of our childrenâ€™s health I couldnâ€™t be happier that this topic is getting so much attention. â€œRisky play can be deďŹ ned as a thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk.â€?1 But, and I want to be really clear here, it is not about encouraging or promoting injury nor is it about neglect or negligence. In fact, the whole idea is to develop strong, resilient adults that are capable of making safe and conďŹ dent choices in life. Let me explain. Risk taking is an essential part in the healthy physical, social and emotional development of children. Developmental psychologists are linking the importance of play, particularly play that involves some element of age-appropriate risk, to a whole host of positive outcomes including the ability to regulate emotions such as fear and anger, improved gross motor skills and perhaps most signiďŹ cantly, a decrease in adult mental health issues such as neuroticism and anxiety.2 Studies are showing that during critical times of early development children need to learn to manage fear and anger, develop self-protecting behaviours and hone their decision making skills, in order to deA hazard is something a child does not see. velop into healthy and happy adults. It A risk is a challenge a child can see is play that involves age-appropriate risk that gives children the opportunities they and chooses to undertake or not. need to learn these skills. And this makes sense. If a child is able to learn to manage â€”Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D. !SSISTANT 0ROFESSOR &ACULTY OF -EDICINE $EPARTMENT OF 0EDIATRICS fearful situations and make the appropri3CHOOL OF 0OPULATION AND 0UBLIC (EALTH #HILD &AMILY ate social and physical decisions then 2ESEARCH )NSTITUTE "# )NJURY 2ESEARCH 0REVENTION 5NIT they will be far more conďŹ dent as adults 4HE 5NIVERSITY OF "RITISH #OLUMBIA "# #HILDRENS (OSPITAL 3ITE when faced with difďŹ cult or dangerous 8 BCPARENTCA s SUMMER ISSUE
situations. Ultimately, removing risk only leads to an inability to assess danger. Now, as a mom of 3, I know it is an enormous leap between understanding that risky play is important for my childâ€™s development and actually being conďŹ dent exposing my kids to risk. After all, it seems completely counterintuitive because my job as a parent is to keep them safe. But after much thought, I have come to realize that risky play is no different that any of the other difďŹ cult parenting topics that we all have to navigate. And similar to talking to your children about sex or drugs or bullying, talking to your kids about risk taking (in play or in life) involves education, patience and a whole lot of open communication. First, I think itâ€™s important to answer the question of â€œhow much risk is too much?â€? Vancouver researcher and mom of two Mariana Brusonni sums it up best: â€œA hazard is something a child does not see. A risk is a challenge a child can see and chooses to undertake or not.â€? This means that our primary job as parents is to remove the hazardsâ€”not the risksâ€”from our childâ€™s life. Your child may not see a hazard either because it is literally hidden (for example, glass buried in the sandbox) or because they are too young to developmentally see it (a toddler stepping into a pool). As our children grow and mature, the line between hazard and risk is always changing. For example, a 2 year old crossing an intersection by themselves is a hazard. But a 12 year old crossing the same intersection is a risk. The 12 year old has the cognitive ability to recognize the dangers and make an appropriate plan to manage them. The 2 year old does not. Once we have removed the hazards then our role as a parent must be to teach our children to manage the risks in their lives. Our natural instinct as parents is to simply remove any risks or problems that our children face (this has recently been called bulldozer parenting). But it is far better in the long run to actively teach our children how to handle those risks themselves. This does not mean stepping completely away and letting them ďŹ gure everything out themselves but instead, giving them the tools they need to succeed and then gradually stepping away as they (and you!) are ready. This process will be different for every parent-child relationship but starting at very young ages children can begin to develop these tools to manage risk.
Step 1: Teach your child to identify the risk.
Work together to label it, point it out and talk about it. For little ones this is as simple as saying â€œbig stepâ€? as you hold your childâ€™s hand down the stairs. For older ones it can be a longer conversation. â€œI know you want to bike to school with your friends. Can you tell me some of the risks you might face?â€? As your child gets older their ability to see the risks in a physical (or social) situation will get better and better with practice and guidance. S t e p 2 : Te a c h yo u r child to assess or measure the risk. Discuss
what the consequences are or what the â€˜worst case scenarioâ€™ is. This is the step that takes a lot of practice. And, it is the best opportunity for you to measure your childâ€™s developmental readiness to tackle the risk independently. If they can accurately tell you what could happen then you know they are prepared to take action if needed. Use a lot of open ended questions like â€œcan you tell me what might happen?â€? Or, â€œI see that the slide is wet today. Can you tell me what that means?â€?. If they simply canâ€™t tell you how big the risk is then step in and help them out (â€œWet slides are much more slippery. You will go much faster.â€?) Step 3: Teach your child to manage the risk. Talk about a plan of action. Get
them to describe to you what they would do if they found themselves in a difficult situation. If they can openly talk to you about how they plan to manage the risks then it is so much easier to feel confident letting them go ahead. For example, once your child can tell you the risks of biking to school and tell you what they would do at a busy intersection or if they get a flat tire or if they wipe out, then you know they are developmentally ready to take on that risk and it is far easier as a parent to let them go.
Step 4: Allow your child to take the risk. This might be the hardest- and the
most important- part. Once we have prepared our kids it is time to allow them the freedom to practice their new skills without us hovering and swooping in to â€˜saveâ€™ them. The freedom to make mistakes and learn from them is one of the best gifts we can give our kids. And the more they practice now the more they will develop those critical self-protecting skills that will help them grow into happy, healthy adults. If you are looking for a great place to practice risky play this summer I highly recommend taking the whole family to the adventure play environment at Terra Nova Rural Park in Richmond. Parents are encouraged to play too which means the whole family can take some risks and have some fun! *ENNIFER (OOD is the owner and director of Jump Gymnasticsâ€”a program focused on developing Physical Literacy and giving kids the tools they need to succeed in sports and be active for life. Jennifer is a certified teacher specializing in primary education and has more than 20 yearsâ€™ experience coaching gymnastics in organizations across Canada. 1. Sandseter, 2007; Little & Wyver, 2008 2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201404/ risky-play-why-children-love-it-and-need-it
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summer camp guide Residential Camps
Camp Kodiak Parry Sound, Ontario campkodiak.com Ages 6â€“18
Aspengrove Equestrian Academy Vernon, 250/545-9470 aspengrovebc.com Ages 8â€“17
Camp Owaissi Kelowna, 250/769-3676 campoac.com Ages 7â€“17
British Columbia Family French Camp (BCFFC) Shuswap Lake, Gwillim Lake and Nanaimo email@example.com bcffc.com At British Columbia Family French Camp, children from French Immersion bring their families along to camp! Families camp in their own sites and together we form a friendly neighbourhood, surrounded by the sounds of children playing and singing in French.
Camp Pringle Shawnigan Lake, 250/472-6877 camppringle.com Ages 6â€“14
Camp Fircom Gambier, 604/662-7756 ďŹ rcom.ca Ages 5â€“17 Camp Imadene Mesachie Lake, 250/749-6606 imadene.com Ages 7â€“18, plus Family Camps
Camp Suzuki: Howe Sound Howe Sound- Camp Fircom 604/732-4228 campsuzuki.org Ages 7â€“13 Camp Qwanoes Vancouver, Island 250/246-3014 qwanoes.ca Qwanoes is a Christian camp built from the ground up for kids to experience an unforgettable life-changing week. Qwanoes is wild action and pure fun, sun-soaked days, new friendships, tasty food, great music, over 75 activities, and all in a spectacular setting with amazing staff from the around the world... all who love kids. Life like no other awaits!
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Childrenâ€™s Horse Camp Webbs Holiday Acres Aldergrove, 604/857-1712 webbsholidayacres.ca Ages 6â€“14 Debate Camp Canada Vancouver: Day Camp, July 4â€“8, Grades 5â€“10 Brentwood College, Mill Bay, Vancouver Island: Overnight, July 10â€“16, debatecamp.org Grades 7â€“11 Evans Lake Camp North of Squamish, 604/294-2267 evanslake.com Ages 8â€“16 Green Bay Bible Camp West Kelowna, 250/768-5884 greenbay.bc.ca
Stillwood Camp Cultus Lake, 1-800/507-8455 stillwood.ca Ages 5â€“16 Timberline Ranch Maple Ridge, 604/463-9278 timberlineranch.com Ages 9â€“16 Wyld Summer Camps WYLD Expeditions Strathcona Park, 250/286-3122 gowyld.ca Ages 12â€“18
Outward Bound National locations 604/901-0013 (ext 221) outwardbound.ca Ages 14+
Camp Alohi Lani June 26-29 Port Moody alsbc.ca/services/caregivers-days/ camp-alohi-lani For youth who have a parent or grandparent in a signiďŹ cant role living with ALS.
Pioneer PaciďŹ c Camp Thetis Island, 250/246-9613 pioneerpaciďŹ c.ca Ages 7â€“18
Camp Goodtimes and Teen Program campgoodtimes.org For children ages 7â€“15 and teens 15â€“18 with cancer and their families.
summer camp guide Camp Moomba July 31â€“August 5 Elphinstone youthco.org/moomba For youth from 6 to 17 years old who are living with HIV, or who have a family member living with HIV. DYT Summer Camps fndc.ca Focussing on language enhancement (ASL) and social opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing children ages 5â€“18. Easter Seals Camps 604/873-1865 or 1-800/818-4483 eastersealscamps.ca Ages 6â€“18 For children and teens with physical and/or mental disabilities. Eureka Camp 604/520-1155; eurekacamp.ca For children and adolescents with invisible disabilities. Young Burn Survivors Camp July 17â€“22 burnfund.org/camp-for-young-burn -survivors For young burn survivors ages 6â€“18
Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley art, music, drama & dance The Arts Connection Richmond, 604/241-0141 theartsconnection.ca Ages 6â€“12 Arts Umbrella Vancouver, Surrey, 604/681-5268 artsumbrella.com Ages 2â€“19 Bard on the Beach: Young Shakespeareans Vancouver, 604/737-0625 bardonthebeach.org Ages 15â€“18
themselves using Colourstrings educational principles, as they become intrepid â€˜explorersâ€™ on an adventure weaving singing, movement, percussion, games, drama and art into a traditional story from around the world. New camps: piano, ukulele and percussion Dance Co Vancouver, 604/736-3394 danceco.com Ages 3+ Dance Co provides unparalleled dance training for all ages and levels. Providing technique and performance while developing conďŹ dence and creativity. Programs start throughout the year, for more information visit our website: danceco.com Douglas College Community Music School New West, 604/527-5469 douglascollege.ca/cms Ages 8+ Come Play with Us this summer! We offer summer music camps and classes for children, youth, and adults of all levels: Jazz, Guitar, Rock, DJâ€™ing, World Drumming and more. Enjoy professional level instruction at community prices. Call us today to register! Evergreen Cultural Centre Coquitlam, 604/927-6555 evergreenculturalcentre.ca Ages 6â€“21 Gateway Academy Acting Camp, Improvisation Camp, Speech Training Workshop, Musical Theatre Richmond, 604/247-4975 or firstname.lastname@example.org gatewaytheatre.com/academy Ages 8â€“18 Skills for Theatre. Skills for Life. If youâ€™re looking to ensure a fun, active, and social experience for your son or daughter this summerâ€”look no further! We offer programs to suit various ages and interests, with start dates throughout July and August. Goh Ballet Vancouver, 604/872-4014 gohballet.com Ages 4â€“12
Camp Monarch, Music, Art & Dance North Vancouver, 604/723-8151 campmonarch.ca Ages 5â€“12
Jean Lyons School of Music Vancouver, 604/734-4019 jeanlyonsmusic.com Ages 4â€“17
Colourstrings Music & Movement Summer Session Vancouver, 778/846-1287 colourstrings.ca Ages 5â€“9 Registration is now open for all students Summer Music & Movement: Starts the ďŹ rst week in July, one class per week for 6 weeks. World Explorer Camps: Integrating music,movement, drama and visual art, children learn to express
Place des Arts Coquitlam, 604/664-1636 placedesarts.ca Place des Arts Summer Fun! Art Camp 6 weeks: July 4â€“August 12, 2016. Summer Fun! offers ďŹ‚exibility, choice and lots of summertime fun for children ages 5â€“7 & 8â€“12. Our half-day, weeklong workshops for 11â€“14 year olds provide more intensive experiences in a range of visual and performing arts disciplines.
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summer camp guide StageCoach Theatre Arts Schools Vancouver Eastside/Westside, Richmond, Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley, Victoria 1-877-787-8243 stagecoachschools.ca Sing, Dance, Act! For 4â€“18 yr olds. The worldâ€™s largest part-time theatre school network, with weekend schools across the Lower Mainland. We offer classes in Singing, Dancing and Drama every weekend alongside the school term as well as week long summer camps. Building conďŹ dence in young people since 1988! Come join the fun!
provides an intensive and fun musical experience for ages 10 to 18 in two levels of concert band and jazz band workshops, as well as two singing workshops. Overnight or daycamp.
â€œSummer in the Cityâ€? weekly Art Camps Vancouver, 604/737-2636 suzybirstein.com Ages 6â€“17
Summer School for Dancers Burnaby, 604/521-7290 royalcityyouthballet.org Ages 6+ Summer Theatre and Arts Camp Whistler Arts Council Whistler, 604/935-8410 artswhistler.com Ages 5â€“12 Summer Music at UBC 604/822-3113 summer.music.ubc.ca The UBC Summer Music Institute
Vancouver Academy of Music Vancouver, 604/734-2301 vam.bc.ca Ages 4+ Westside Dance Centre 604/736-1000 westsidedance.ca Ages 4+
Alexandra Neighbourhood House 604/535-0015 alexhouse.net Ages 6-12 Programs for children and families throughout Metro Vancouver. Residential Summer Camps include a 5 day camp for Families with limited resources, as well as a weekend Family Camp for families with teens/preteens with developmental challenges. False Creek C.C. Daycamps Vancouver, 604/257-8195 falsecreekcc.ca Offers canoe/kayak camps, recreational camps and leadership camps for ages 3â€“14.
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KidCity Day Camp Vancouver, 604/440-9094 kidcitybc.ca Ages 5â€“10
Spare Time Child Care Society Vancouver sparetimesociety.org Ages 5â€“12
Langara Family YMCA 604/324-9622 langarafamilyymca.org Preschool, Adventure, Leadership, and Counsellor in Training Camps. Ages 3â€“16; 8 amâ€“5 pm
Sunset Community Centre Vancouver, 604/718-6505 mysunset.net Ages 6â€“16
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Licensed Out-of-School Care at Florence Nightingale School Vancouver, 604/879-8208 mpnh.org 8 weeks of licensed summer care for 20 children 5â€“10 years old. North Vancouver Recreation Commission 604/987-PLAY (7529) northvanrec.com St. Johnâ€™s Summer to Discover Day Camps July 4â€“22, 2016 Vancouver, 604/732-4434 stjohns.bc.ca Ages 5â€“13 SFU Summer Camps 778/782-4965 sfu.ca/camps Ages 5â€“19
Vancouver College: A Finnegan Summer 604/261-4285 vc.bc.ca
specialty camps Adaptive Multi-Sport Camp Cloverdale, 604/333-3520 bcwheelchairsports.com Ages 11+ BC SPCA Among Animals Camp 604/599-7297 spca.bc.ca/youth/whats-happening Camps are held in various locations around the province. Participants will learn about animal care, welfare and environmental issues in a safe and fun environment. Bricks 4 KidzÂŽ Vancouver, 604/250-6665 bricks4kidz.com/vancouver With our unique, motorized LegoÂŽ models, Bricks 4 KidzÂŽ Vancouver is
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offering an exciting lineup of summer camps. From our popular Space Adventures and Robotics Camps to our new Mining & Crafting and Jurassic Brick Land Camps, kids will have a blast with hands-on activities and challenges. Burnaby Village Museum Burnaby, 604/297-4565 burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/camps Ages 6â€“12 In a 1920s setting, children play games and sports, enjoy activities, and enjoy daily carousel rides! There are themed weeks for speciďŹ c age groups. Christianneâ€™s Lyceum of Literature and Art Vancouver, 604/733-1356 christiannehayward.com Ages 5+ The Lyceum encourages young people to see themselves as readers, writers and artists as they engage with abstract ideas and reďŹ‚ect on their own place in society. Programs include: bookclubs, writersâ€™ workshops, literature and art classes and holiday and summer camps. Dive into Summer Camp at the Vancouver Aquarium 604/659-3552 vanaqua.org
Eye Level Summer Institute 2016 Richmond 604/AT - LEVEL (285-3835) eyelevelrichmond.com/what-s-new Ages 4â€“16 Prevent your childâ€™s minds from atrophying by joining our Summer Institute 2016. You can ďŹ‚exibly choose from a lineup of Math and English courses that rope in problem solving, creative writing, coding, critical thinking, reading and writing club, and ďŹ tness. FarmWonders Camp UBC Farm, 604/827-4048 farmwonders.ca Ages 6â€“11 FarmWonders camp takes place at UBC Farm, a 60-acre certiďŹ ed organic farm in Vancouver. Each of our oneweek themed camps include forest adventures, planting, eco-crafts, trips around the farm and a chance to harvest, cook and eat fresh garden produce! Fraser Academy Summer Boost Camp Vancouver, 604/736-5575 fraseracademy.ca Boost your childâ€™s skills this summer. Our half-day, two-week Boost Camps build studentsâ€™ skills in a fun environment through daily small group classes in curriculum areas including Language
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Arts, Math and Science. Students entering grades 3â€“8 are welcome. Stewart Farms Summer Daycamps Surrey, 604/592-6956 surrey.ca/culture-recreation Ages 6â€“12 Spend a summer day on the farm at Historic Stewart Farm doing things the old-fashioned way! Tend the garden, go on a nature walk, play games, be a river pirate, and moreâ€”there is a different theme every day! La Movida Sewing Camp Kitsilano, West Vancouver email@example.com; lamovida.ca For all skill levels, ages 8+ Langara Summer Camps Vancouver 604/677-0198 or firstname.lastname@example.org langara.ca/summer-camps For teens 13â€“17 years Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre North Van, 604/990-3755 lynncanyonecologycentre.ca Ages 5â€“12 Richmond Nature Park Camps Richmond, 604-276-4300 richmond.ca/register Ages 4â€“12
St. Georgeâ€™s Summer Programs Vancouver, Dunbar area 604/221-3601 summeratstgeorges.ca Ages 4â€“11 Science World at TELUS World of Science 604/443-7443 telusworldofscience.com StartUp Skool Vancouver/Burnaby, 604/349-8199 startupskool.com Ages 8â€“16 Tomorrowâ€™s Master of Digital Media Program (TMDM) Centre for Digital Media Vancouver email@example.com thecdm.ca/program/tmdm TMDM is a 3-week intensive summer camp for students entering grades 9â€“12 with artistic or technical interests who want to explore educational and career opportunities in the digital media industry. Students will learn rapid prototyping and collaborative techniques and will have a playable digital media product at the end of the camp. Ages: 13â€“17
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summer camp guide Urban Safari Rescue Society Surrey, 604/531-1100 urbansafari.ca Ages 6â€“12 Westside Church Day Camps North Vancouver and Kistilano 604/263-2314 wchurch.ca Ages 3â€“12 Westside Montessori Academy Vancouver, 604/434-9611 wmasummercamp.com Westside Montessori Academyâ€™s Summer Camps are professionally-led half and full day camps for 3â€“12 year olds in East Vancouver. Taking advantage of their secure, air-conditioned classrooms and adjacent BeaconsďŹ eld Park, they make summer full of learning, exploring and fun! West Point Grey Community Centre Day Camps Vancouver, 604/257-8140 westpointgrey.org Ages 3â€“13
sports Total Athlete Training Athletes in Action Langley, 604/514-2079 athletesinaction.com Ages 14â€“18
Atlantis Programs Vancouver, 604/874-6464 atlantisprograms.com Swimming lessons for kids 4 months and up. Since 1986, Atlantis has been offering swim lessons to kids 4 months and up. Specializing in small class sizes (generally 4:1), warm water and exceptional instructors, they have helped thousands of children to be safe and competent in the water, so they can enjoy a lifetime of aquatic activities. KidRock Summer Camps Cliffhanger Indoor Rock Climbing Vancouver, 604/874-2400 cliffhangerclimbing.com Ages 9â€“16 Fitbaâ€”Soccer Player Development Vancouver, 604/340-1263; ďŹ tba.ca Grouse Mountain Adventure Day Camps North Vancouver, 604/984-0661 grousemountain.com/camps Ages 5â€“16 Jump Gymnastics Yaletown and North Van 604/568-9690 firstname.lastname@example.org jumpgymnastics.ca Age suitable for: 1/2 day camps for 3â€“7 year olds and full day for 4â€“7 year olds Jump Gymnastics programming gives your child the strongest foundation
for success in all sports and an active life. Classes, camps, birthday parties, date nights and more for kids from 6 months through their 7th year. Jump into the fun!
richmondoval.ca Ages 4â€“18
Langara Family YMCA 604/324-9622 langarafamilyymca.org Basketball, Soccer, Hockey, Tennis and more! Girls and Boys only options offered, as well as a UBC Wrestling Camp for ages 12â€“16. Financial assistance available. Ages 6â€“12: Hours 8 amâ€“5 pm RBL Basketball 604/269-0221 or 604/253-5295 RBLBasketball.ca Ages 5â€“15 Week long camps for boys and girls from kindergarten to grade ten. Two to three hours each day. The Little Gym Langley, 604/539-2543 thelittlegym.com Ages 3â€“12
Pedalheads Bike Camps 888/886-6464 pedalheads.com PedalheadsÂŽ is a learn to ride bike program for kids 2â€“12. Located across Canada and speciďŹ cally in the Greater Vancouver area, they have helped over 200,000 kids learn to ride. Offering a variety of levels from training wheels to trails, PedalheadsÂŽ offers half-day, all day and private lesson options. Royal Soccer Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley 800/427-0536 royalsoccer.com The Royal Soccer Club is celebrating its 25th annual summer grassroots soccer day campsâ€Ś #1 grassroots soccer camp in Canada. Open to boys & girls aged 5 to 13, we offer over 18 locations across British Columbia region during July and August. Visit www.royalsoccer.com or call 1-800-427-0536.
Mt Seymour Eco-Adventure Camp North Vancouver, 604/986-2261 mountseymour.com Ages 5â€“14
Scuba Camp Diving Locker, Vancouver 800/DIVE-398 divinglocker.ca Ages 10+
Oval Summer Sport Camps Richmond Olympic Oval 778/296-1400
Sole Girls Empowerment Camps Vancouver, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Port Moody, 778/952-7653
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summer camp guide solegirls.org/camps.html Ages 6-12 Sportball Mulitiple Locations, 604/688-3157 sportball.ca Sportball is a non-competitive sports program for children 16 months to 12 years. Children are introduced to eight popular sports: soccer, hockey, football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis and golf. Sportball offers weekly programs, outdoor soccer, camps during school holidays, and birthday parties. Come try a free trial class! See our website for a location near you. Timberline Ranch Maple Ridge, 604/463-9278 timberlineranch.com Ages 7â€“8 The Real Madrid Foundation Soccer Clinics Surrey July 4th-8th North Vancouver July 25â€“29 604/440-9999 frmclinicscanada.com Ages 6â€“15 Twin Rivers Equestrian Centre Cloverdale, 604/574-5481 twinriversequestrian.com UBC Sport Camps Vancouver, 604/822-6121 ubccamps.ca
Phoenix Gymnastics Vancouver, 604/737-7693 phoenixgymnastics.com Ages 3+ Yoga Kiddo Buttons Camp YogaButtons Studio Vancouver604/739-9642 yogabuttons.com Ages 3â€“7
Okangan art, music, drama & dance Arts Blast Rotary Centre for the Arts Kelowna, 250/717-5304 RotaryCentrefortheArts.com Ages 5â€“10 Art Adventures Kelowna Art Gallery, 250/762-2226 kelownaartgallery.com/art-camps Ages 3â€“12 ArtCamp with Natasha Harvey Kelowna, 250/863-0790 natashaharveyart.ca Ages 5â€“13 Arts Blast Camp Rotary Centre for the Arts
TEEN Friday Art Series Kelowna Art Gallery, 250/762-2226 kelownaartgallery.com/art-camps Ages 13â€“18
Kelowna, 250/717-5304 rotarycentreforthearts.com Ages 3â€“13 Hip Hop or Acro Intensive Creatorâ€™a Arts Centre Kelowna, 250/860-6616 creatorsarts.com Ages 6+
general activities Camp OC Okanagan College â€“ Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Revelstoke okanagan.bc.ca
Karma Kids Get Bent Yoga & Dance Penticton, 250/462-1025 GetBentRec.com Ages 8â€“12
Green Bay Bible Day Camp West Kelowna, 250/768-5884 greenbay.bc.ca Ages 6â€“12
Kelowna Dance & Performing Arts Kelowna 778/478-0760 kelownadance.com Ages 4+
Summer JamReďŹ‚ections Dance Studio reďŹ‚ectionsdance.ca August 8â€“11, 2016 Ages 6 yrs & up!
Bricks 4 KidzÂŽ Summerland, 778/516-1505 bricks4kidz.com/bcsouthinterior Ages 6+
Summer Stages Kelowna Actors Studio kelownaactorsstudio.com Ages 7+
Geering Up UBC Okanagan Kelowna, 250/808-9309 geeringup.ca Ages 6-13
TEEN Art Week August 2 to 5 Kelowna Art Gallery, 250/762-2226 kelownaartgallery.com/art-camps Ages 13â€“18
Science Camp Okanagan Science Centre Vernon, 250/545-3644 okscience.ca Ages 6â€“12
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summer camp guide Stand Up Paddleboard Camp Kelowna 250/808-6247 email@example.com kelownabeachrentals.com Ages 8â€“16 Wakeboard/Waterski Camp Kelowna, 250/212-1554 mwsadventures.com Ages 5+
Vancouver Island art, music, drama & dance 4Cats Langford, Oak Bay, Victoria 4cats.com Ages 3â€“12 Art Play Camp Poppet Studio poppetcreative.com Ages 5â€“12 Crafty Summer Camps Crafty and The Woodshed Victoria craftyvictoria.com Ages 5â€“8 Dance Camps Stages Performing Arts School Saanich, 250/384-3267 members.shaw.ca/stagesdance All ages HipHop Intensive Esquimalt, 250/896-4427 vibestreetdance.com Ages 7â€“18
StartUp Skool Kelowna, 604/349-8199 startupskool.com Ages 8â€“16
sports EnergyPlex Kelowna, 250/765-4486 energyplex.ca/day-camps Ages 5â€“11 FitKidz Gymnastics Club Penticton, 778/476-KFIT (5348) ďŹ tkidzcan.com Ages 4+ H2O Adventure and Fitness Camps Kelowna, 250/491-9622 h2okelowna.ca Ages 5â€“14 Okanagan Mission Tennis Kelowna
okmissiontennis.org Ages 6â€“12 Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Vernon, 866/696-5035 gymnasticsinvernon.com Ages 5â€“16 Royal Soccer Kamploops, Kelowna 800/427-0536 royalsoccer.com The Royal Soccer Club is celebrating its 25th annual summer grassroots soccer day campsâ€Ś #1 grassroots soccer camp in Canada. Open to boys & girls aged 5 to 13, we offer over 18 locations across British Columbia region during July and August. Visit www.royalsoccer. com for more details or call 1-800/4270536. Sportball Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton sportball.ca
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The Music Box Summer Camps Victoria themusicbox.musicteachershelper.com Ages 6â€“12 The Paint Box School of Art Victoria, 250/590-7571 thepaintbox-victoria.com Ages 3â€“14 Stages Performing Arts School Victoria, 250/384-3267 stagesdance.com Ages 18m + Victoria Academy of Ballet Half-day Childrenâ€™s Camps Victoria, 250/590-6752 victoriaacademyofballet.ca Ages 3â€“11
Burnside Fun N Sun Burnside Gorge Community Association 250/388-5251 burnsidegorge.ca Ages 5â€“11 Camp Oaklands Oaklands Community Centre Victoria, 250/370-9101 oaklandscommunitycentre.com Ages 8â€“11 Camptastiq Quadra Village Community Centre 250/388-7696 quadravillagecc.com Ages 5â€“12 City Centre Park Langford, 250/391-1738 citycentrepark.ca Ages 5â€“15 Fun Seekers and Adventure Kids Camp Esquimalt Rec Centre 250/412-8500 esquimalt.ca/parksRecreation/programs Registration Ages 6â€“12 FUN Camps Friends Uniting for Nature Victoria, Metchosin; 250/891-1067 funcamps.ca Ages 5â€“16 Hands on Summer Camp Victoria, 250/995-6425 handsonsummercamp.com Ages 7â€“12 Kids Klub School Summer Camps Multiple Locations, 250/881-1223 kidsklub.ca Ages 5â€“12 Lux Mundi Summer Program Christ Church Cathedral School Victoria, 250/383-5125 cathedralschool.ca Ages 5â€“11 Oak and Orca Summer Camp Victoria, 250/383-6609 oakandorca.ca ages 5â€“12 SMS Summer Camps St. Margaretâ€™s School Victoria, 250/479-7171 stmarg.ca Girls Ages 5â€“13 St Michaelâ€™s University School Victoria, 250/370-6120 smus.ca/summer Ages 5â€“15
Summerscope Day Camp Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre 250/361-0732; victoria.ca/crystalpool firstname.lastname@example.org Ages 6â€“9
Big Kids Corner Babies to Big Kids Childcare Esquimalt, 250/590-2722 babiestobigkids.com Ages 5â€“12
Sun Fun The Cridge Centre for Family Victoria, 250/995-6407 cridge.org/childcare/sunfun Ages 5â€“12
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Make Camp and Fashion Camp Victoria, 778/430-MAKE (6253) themakehouse.ca Ages 12â€“17 Ocean Adventures Deep Bay Marine Field Station Nanaimo, 250/740-6611 2.viu.ca/deepbay Age 6â€“12
Shoots with Roots Daycamps Vancouver Island University Nanaimo, 250/752-6153 2.viu.ca/milnergardens Ages 6â€“14 SPCA Kids Camps Victoria, 250/686-1581 spca.bc.ca/kids-teens StartUp Skool Victoria, 604/349-8199 startupskool.com Ages 8â€“16 Summer Camps & Tech Camps Christ Church Cathedral School Victoria, 250/383-5125 cathedralschool.ca Ages 5â€“13 Cathedral School offers 2 summer programs: Lux Mundi is for age 5â€“11 and includes daily ďŹ eld trips, sports, and indoor play. Tech Camps are computer based camps for ages 9â€“13 with themes like Minecraft and Lego Mindstorms Robotics.
Ezra Soccer Summer Camp Nanaimo, 250/756-5200 enlighteningenterprises.com Ages 3â€“13
Royal Soccer Victoria 800/427-0536 royalsoccer.com The Royal Soccer Club is celebrating its 25th annual summer grassroots soccer day campsâ€Ś #1 grassroots soccer camp in Canada. Open to boys & girls aged 5 to 13, we offer over 18 locations across British Columbia region during July and August. Visit www.royalsoccer.com or call 1-800-427-0536.
Falcon Gymnastics Victoria, 250/479-6424 falcongymnastics.com Ages 18mâ€“14
Royal Victoria Yacht Club (Sailing) 250/592-6113 rvyc.bc.ca Ages 7â€“17
Golf & Multi Sport Full Day Camps Victoria Golf Club Victoria, 250/598-4321 victoriagolf.com Ages 12â€“17
Urban Adventure Summer Camp Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria Esquimalt, 250/384-9133 bgcvic.org
Highland PaciďŹ c Golf Victoria, 250/478-4653 highlandpaciďŹ cgolf.com Ages 6â€“14 Hockey Training Camps Behind the Bench Victoria, 250/642-7792 behindthebench.com Ages 7â€“17 Jetinâ€™ Extreme Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre Victoria, 250/361-0732 victoria.ca/crystalpool Ages 9â€“12 Kayaking Camp Ocean River Sports Victoria, 250/381-4233 oceanriver.com Ages 10â€“14 Kids Martial Arts and Fitness Camp Crusher Combat Sports Victoria, 250/478-3596 crushercombat.com
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www.cfsaesq.ca Courses for all ages, from beginner level to Advanced.
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Sewing Camp Bay/Fernwood, 250/592-7879 andreasseweasy.com Ages 7+
CFSA Summer Sail Training Program Colwood, 250/580-2670 email@example.com cfsaesq.ca/training/ summer_|training_program.html Ages 4+ Offering one or two week courses for children to adults of all skill levels. CFSA is a wonderful place to learn sailing. Instructors are certiďŹ ed by Sail Canada following CANSail curriculum.
Oak Bay Figure Skating Rink Ratz Oak Bay, 250/744-6603 oakbayfsc.ca Ages 4â€“10
Science Venture Camps UVic Science Venture Victoria, 250/721-8661 scienceventure.ca Ages 6â€“14
Canoe Camp Victoria, 250-380-0226 chinookclub.ca
Play Sport PaciďŹ c Institute for Sports Excellence Victoria, 250/220-2510 summercamps.piseworld.com
Royal BC Museum Summer Camps Camp Mammoths Victoria, 250/356-7226 royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/camps Ages 5â€“11 Camp Mammoths explores the fascinating creatures of the ice age and Mammoth Mornings allows the littles mammoths to roam the museum. Our third camp, Living Sustainably, investigates the topic of sustainability in exciting, handson ways. Register at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/ camps
Basketball UVic Vikes Recreation Victoria, 250/721-7282 vikesrec.uvic.ca Ages 8â€“13
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Camp Pringle Shawnigan Lake, 250/472-6877 camppringle.com Ages 6â€“14
Pedalheads â€“ Newbees to Level 3 Braefoot, 888/886-6464 atlantisprograms.com Ages 4â€“8
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For course information: www.cfsaesq.ca/sail_training.html, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 250-580-2670 We follow the Sail Canada CANSail curriculum of instruction
Victoria Gymnastics Victoria, 250/380-2442 victoriagymnastics.com Ages 2+ Vikes Summer Camp Victoria, 250/472-4000 vikescamps.com Ages 5â€“18 Water Sport Camps Fairway Gorge Paddling Club Victoria, 778/432-3472 fgpaddle.com Ages 6â€“12
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Motocross Camp Westshore Motocross Langford, 250/590-8088 westshoremx.com
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Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs by Variety â€“ The Childrenâ€™s Charity
angley mom Andrea remembers the look on her daughter Ellaâ€™s face the ďŹ rst time Ella tried wheelchair basketball: â€œShe came off the court and she was like â€˜OMG this is the best thing ever! Itâ€™s awesome! I never thought Iâ€™d be able to do sports but I canâ€”I donâ€™t have to be stuck on the sidelines anymore.â€™â€? For Ella, a bright twelve-year-old girl who gets straight As in school and has cerebral palsy, keeping up with her able-bodied friends is often exhausting. It is wonderful to be treated just the same, but difďŹ cult too. Participating in wheelchair basketball on weekends gives her the chance to enjoy the freedom of ďŹ‚ying around the court in her specially designed sports wheelchair, forgetting her challenges for a while and having fun with her peers. This is the fourth year Ella has played the sport, and she looks forward to her ďŹ rst wheelchair basketball camp this summer. Ella is just one of the many kids in British Columbia with special needs eager to explore the many summer camp options
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available this season. Kids with physical, cognitive or medical challenges can spend a night under the stars, paddle a canoe, or sing around a campďŹ re in a safe and supportive environment speciďŹ cally designed to meet their needs. And Varietyâ€“The Childrenâ€™s Charity is stepping in to make sure those options are accessible. â€œIn 2015, Variety provided over $132,000 in funding to 29 camps for kids with special needs, directly helping 505 children in BC to enjoy a summer camp experience,â€? says Kristy Gill, Varietyâ€™s Executive Director. â€œBy partnering with organizations that provide enriching opportunities for kids with special needs, we can broaden the impact of
our support and help more families in BCâ€? Some of the camps are condition-speciďŹ c, like the Kidney Foundationâ€™s Kidney Camp. The medical needs of children with kidney disease or living with a transplant often prevent them from attending typical camps, but at the Kidney Camp they have access to 24/7 health care. For one week the children are free to change their routines of constant care by taking part in outdoor adventures such as ďŹ shing, hiking, swimming and kayaking, as well as the traditional favouriteâ€”arts and crafts. All travel and camp costs are covered, thanks in part to funding from Variety. â€œ[Attending camp] helps the kids to grow their conďŹ dence by challenging themselves
to do more than they might normally try, while at the same time seeing others go through similar challenges,â€? says Pam Bilusack of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch. â€œThis summer memory will be one that will last a lifetimeâ€”a memory of what it can be like to be a kid just the same as others. They make lifelong friends and know that they arenâ€™t alone.â€? Knowing that theyâ€™re not alone is also what makes the BC Professional Fire Fightersâ€™ Burn Camp special for children who are burn survivors. Kids from across the province come every year to take part in fun activities in a medically supervised environment speciďŹ c to their needs. â€œFor one week these kids can let their guards down and just be kids,â€? notes Lois Budd, Director of BC Professional Fire Fightersâ€™ Burn Fund. â€œThey feel accepted and proud of who they are and who they can become.â€? And the organizers of the Burn Camp give the kids plenty of opportunities to become leaders themselves, with mentorship programs that partner older campers who have had many years to recover from their burn injuries with younger children
still navigating the physical and emotional healing process. Some camps, like the Douglas Park Community Associationâ€™s Summer Adventures Daycamp in Vancouver, are integrated camps which serve children with and without special needs. Last year two pre-schoolers, one with ADHD and one with autism, took part in the Adventures Daycamp,
â€œI donâ€™t have to be stuck on the sidelines anymore!â€?
with especially positive outcomes. One of the children was non-verbal, but began to ďŹ‚ourish in his communication skills thanks to the support of specially trained staff, and the consistency of coming to the camp every day. By being able to interact with other children in a supportive environment, the other child was able to overcome socialization challenges, which will help prepare him to transition to kindergarten.
According to Rosie Laforges, Licensed Child Care Coordinator at the Douglas Park Community Centre, the learning goes both ways for the kids, who develop positive learning skills through their interactions. And by stepping in to support the camp program with funding, Variety played a key role in the childrenâ€™s success. â€œHad the parents not had funding support from Variety, they would not have been able to afford the camp for the whole summer. We appreciate the support and the families appreciate it,â€? remarks LaForges. (ELPING FAMILIES IN "# IS SOMETHING 6ARIETY HAS BEEN DOING SINCE 4HIS YEAR THE CHARITY CEL EBRATES ITS TH ANNIVERSARY AND IS SEEKING TO PROVIDE EVEN MORE DIRECT HELP TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 6ARIETY STEPS IN WHERE HEALTH CARE ENDS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR MEDICAL CARE AND SERVICES MOBILITY AND COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AND THERAPIES AND EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCES THAT FOSTER DEVELOPMENT 6ARIETY SEES KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AS CHAMPIONS WHO WITH DIRECT SUP PORT ARE ABLE TO TRIUMPH THROUGH CHALLENGES AND FULFILL THEIR UNIQUE POTENTIAL &OR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO 6ARIETY TO HELP KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ATTEND SUMMER CAMP THIS YEAR OR TO APPLY FOR A GRANT FROM 6ARIETY PLEASE VISIT VARIETYBCCA
Join the BC Parent Team! We are looking for two motivated individuals to help us expand to the Okanagan and Vancouver Island! The role is ideal for a parent looking for ďŹ‚exible hours, who knows their community and can build strong relationships with advertisers. Find out more on BCParent.ca or email your resume to email@example.com.
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DIY Day Camp Save $$$ and be a part of their summer fun
ummer break is long, and although Summer camps can be a great solution by giving your children exciting learning experiences, the costs can add up quickly. If you are looking for a more budgetfriendly way to achieve the same beneďŹ ts that a day camp provides, you might want to consider teaming up with other parents and putting together a DIY Day Camp!
How it works: Join forces with other parents
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to provide a day camp by each taking the kids for a day. Five is the ideal number of parents involved, with one child each. This way you have an entire week taken care of and are just responsible for the kids for one day. Discuss with the other parents details regarding drop-off and pick-up time, packed or provided lunches, and possible themes. Be sure to find out about each childâ€™s abilities, allergies and soft spots.
Parents can choose their activities based on their skill level or tolerance for mess. Some suggestions include outdoor games, arts and crafts, music and dance, gardening, cooking and baking, science projects, story time and of course, lunchtime. Other options include teaching a new skill like how to sew on a button. If your group is small, you might also consider a short field trip. Of course, if itâ€™s sunny and hot just turning the sprinkler on might be all you need to do.
Choose the activities:
Here is a suggested itinerary: 9:00 am
Drop off, general playtime
Skill building activity
Donâ€™t get too hung up on following the itinerary, depending on the ages of the children they may just want to have free play time. But planning ahead can save you if the group is bored so have the activities available and see what interests them. Set a theme: Using a daily theme for each day of your camp will help to provide inspiration to the parents involved and tie the activities together. Some themes are western, space, superheroes, Star Wars and travel. Pinterest has endless ideas for themerelated crafts, games, and snacks.
Field Trip Ideas 4HINK ABOUT TAKING THE KIDS TO THE BEACH A MUSEUM OR A PARK $ONT VENTURE TOO FAR AIM FOR NO MORE THAN MINUTES TRAVEL TIME 0LAN A PICNIC OR ARRANGE WITH THE OTHER PARENTS TO SEND A PACKED LUNCH -AKE THE OUTING THE ENTIRE DAY CAMP Getting there Mini-Van: )F YOURE CONSIDERING TAKING THE KIDS ON A lELD TRIP AND ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE A MINI VAN DONT FORGET TO THINK ABOUT BOOSTER SEATS 0LAN AHEAD AND GET EACH PARENT TO DROP OFF THEIR BOOSTER SEAT WHEN THEY DROP OFF THEIR CHILD Public Transit: ! BUS RIDE CAN BE AN ADVENTURE ALL BY ITSELF )N THE ,OWER -AINLAND lND OUT IF THE OTHER PARENTS HAVE TAKEN THEIR CHILD ON PUBLIC TRANSIT )F THEY HAVE THEY MAY ALREADY HAVE A #OMPASS CARD )F YOURE STICKING TO THE BUS YOU CAN KEEP USING CASH AND BUS TRANSFERS BUT YOULL NEED #OMPASS TO TRANSFER TO RAIL OR 3EA"US
Donâ€™t forget to capture the memories: take a lot of pictures of the kids at camp. You can ďŹ nd inexpensive photo booth printouts online and at Etsy or snap candid shots of the kids in action. Exchange the photos by email or through Facebook. The best thing about a DIY day camp is that you can hold it with any number of parents. If you have more than ďŹ ve interested, split the group and mix it up over a couple of weeks. Unlike other camps, you will be a part of your childâ€™s camp experience, an advantage that is priceless.
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Enriching Summer Routines that Increase Learning & Prevent the Summer Slide By Christina Katz
et me guess. Your kids are going to be around at least part of the summer? Maybe they are going to camp or day camp or a workshop or summer school here and there, but some of the summer they will be home with no structured activities. Yikes. Your ďŹ rst instinct might be to give them the summer off, but be careful. They may be tired from being busy all school year but kids recover quickly. Within 48 hours of summer, you will be wondering what the heck you were thinking if you let them clear their summer schedules. But if you did, never fear, because I have a plan for you that works during summer or over any school break. Put this vacation enrichment routine into effect on the ďŹ rst weekday of vacation and watch your child 24 BCPARENTCA s SUMMER ISSUE
go from listless and unmotivated to enthusiastic and engaged. Believe it or not, you can prevent the summer slide with an at-home summer enrichment program of your own making. Your childâ€™s brain will definitely turn to mush if you let them do nothing but play video games and watch TV all summer. So sign them up for an age-appropriate summer reading challenge through their school or local library or even create your own. We buy our daughter eight age-appropriate reading-challenge books before school gets out. The rule is she must read for at least a half-hour on weekday mornings before she can do anything else. The half-hour often turns into an hour
Issue a reading challenge.
or even hours depending on the book. Keep your costs down by using the library or buying second-hand books or e-books. In our house, phones are viewed as a privilege, not a right. As long as we pay for them, we get to model healthy cell phone behaviours no matter what the other parents are doing. So we donâ€™t use cell phones until noon, every day, even when itâ€™s not summer. The idea is that Samantha could be doing something enriching or creative with her brain that does not involve staring passively into a screen. However, we make an exception if the screen is being used in pursuit of self-expression. So if she wants to look up fashions from different periods so she can
Ban cell phones in the AM.
render them more accurately in her fashion notebook, thatâ€™s allowable. We also permit a quick phone check first thing in the morning to wish someone a happy birthday or reply to a message. Tackle life-skill projects. Life skills are often not taught in school and learning new skills can be a fun, shared experience between parents and kids. Examples might be creating a garden with a toddler or preschooler, learning to cook with an elementary school child, redecorating a room with a tween, or balancing a checkbook with a teen. Whatâ€™s nice about having a life-skill project with each of your children every summer is that itâ€™s something you can bond over. Selecting seeds together, shopping for food together, deciding on paint colours together, and visiting the bank together suddenly becomes a shared adventure rather than a mundane task. As parents, we know a lot, but we often donâ€™t take the necessary time to share what we know. Summer is the perfect time to connect while pursuing ageappropriate training.
Schedule daily, weekly & monthly chores.
Your child is part of the family and therefore part of a team. Summer is not your only chance to reinforce this principle, but more free time can mean more help around the house if you play your cards right. Before summer begins, sit down and make a chores list for each child. Divide it up into daily, weekly, and monthly chores so kids canâ€™t wiggle out of helping with big jobs like cleaning out the garage or washing the cars. Kids like to feel like they are graduating to more sophisticated chores the older they get, so make sure the level of difficulty of each chore matches each childâ€™s aptitudes and abilities. Kids can feel proud of pitching in whether simply emptying the dishwasher daily, cleaning their room weekly, or doing yard work with the whole family every other week. What if everyone in your home learned something new each summer that interested them? Satisfying their interests will likely enrich the whole family so go ahead and set a date for a show
Learn something fun.
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and tell celebration at the end of the summer. Then look for summer learning opportunities through your childâ€™s school, through the local library, YMCA, or community center, and even online. Video training series are available online any given day, just make sure you screen the instructor, website, and material for security and age-appropriateness. You can even help your kids create their own curriculum using books, videos, vocabulary, and a creative project. If you want to teach your kids that learning can be fun, put them in charge of learning a topic that motivates them and watch what happens. Start these vacation policies when your kids are young if you can, although they will create a more balanced summer even if you start today with teens. Kids love having routines and these strategies will quickly become the new norm. If you have company or go to someone elseâ€™s home, let the enrichment routine go for the sake of being in and enjoying the moment. Routines create structure, which increase feelings of stability and security in kids. But donâ€™t be afraid to bounce the routine in favour of an impromptu trip to the pond or lake or beach. Having summer enrichment routines offers the kind of balance parents need to create a happier, more peaceful summer for the whole family. Happy summering! Author, journalist, and writing coach #HRISTINA +ATZ is a creative type and creative types love routines. They also love bagging the routine in favour of a spur-of-the-moment summer adventure with the family, which is what summer is all about.
Bonus lessons that come from summer enrichment routines: s /THER FAMILIES HAVE THEIR OWN SUMMER ROUTINES AND THIS IS OURS s "OOKS ARE PORTABLE +IDS CAN READ IN THE CAR OUTSIDE IN THE HAMMOCK OR WHILE LYING ON A BEACH s 3UMMER IS FOR FUN AND THIS TYPE OF SCHEDULE ALLOWS FOR PLENTY OF OUTINGS SLEEPOVERS AND CAMPOUTS s "EING A GOOD MEMBER OF THE FAMILY TEAM IS HELPFUL PRACTICE FOR BEING A MEMBER OF TEAMS BEYOND THE FAMILY s 4HIS ROUTINE LETS OLDER CHILDREN BECOME ROLE MODELS AND SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN s +IDS WHO LEARN LIFE SKILLS FROM THEIR PARENTS CAN TRANSITION MORE SMOOTHLY INTO ADULTHOOD s )F YOU ARE CHEERFULLY COMMITTED TO YOUR FAMILYS SUMMER ROUTINE YOUR KIDS WILL FOLLOW SUIT s &UTURE SUMMER MEMORIES WILL INCLUDE LAZY READING TIME ADVENTURES IN LEARNING AND HAVING FUN AT HOME AS WELL AS AWAY FROM HOME s )F YOU DONT HAVE EXPECTATIONS OR IF YOU ALWAYS ADOPT THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS YOUR KIDS WONT LEARN TO RESPECT YOU (AVING EXPECTATIONS ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER LIKE SUMMER ENRICHMENT HELPS THEM FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES AND FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOUR PARENTING
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Go Outside and Play 15 Old Fashioned Summer Time Activities By Pam Molnar
ummer is the best time to be a kid. School is out, the weather is great and each day promises a new adventure. At least that is how it used to be. Today, summerâ€™s biggest rival is the computer screen. With the return of sunny skies, there is no need to bask in the artificial light of a digital display. Instead, encourage your child to gather up the neighborhood kids and show them how to have some old fashioned summer fun. Start summer off with a splash. Break the group up into teams, find a long rope and stand on opposite sides of a kiddie pool filled with water. On â€œGoâ€?, see who will make the first splash of the summer.
Frisbee Tic Tac Toe: Draw a tic tac toe board on the driveway with chalk or in the yard with spray paint. Gather four frisbees for each player and try to get the frisbees to land in the squares to win tic tac toe. Water Gun Shooting Range: Gather empty water and soda bottles and set up on a deck railing or table edge. Fill your water gun and try to knock them over. On windy days, fill each bottle with an inch of water.
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Whether you are in the backyard or a local forest preserve, help the kids make a list of items they can gather and race back to the starting line. Find things like a river rock, pinecone, acorn or a robinâ€™s egg shell.
Nature Scavenger Hunt:
Itâ€™s the same idea as a potato sack race, but easier to come by. Line up the kids and their pillow cases at the starting line and watch them go.
Pillow Case Race:
Line up the players, called minnows, on one end of the yard. One shark stands in the middle of the yard. The minnows try to cross to the other side of the yard without getting tagged and becom-
Sharks and Minnows:
Dig out the hula hoops, soccer cones and jump ropes. Use your creativity to set up an obstacle course in the backyard and let the races begin.
ing a shark themselves. Play continues until all minnows have changed to sharks. Cut watermelon into half-moon pieces and set in front of each player on the table. On â€œGoâ€?, try to eat the watermelon as fast as you can without using your hands.
Watermelon Eating Contest:
tries to find them while keeping an eye on the can. If he gets too far away from the can, another player can come out of hiding and kick the can. If the player is tagged before kicking the can, he becomes â€œitâ€?. If not, he is safe. Play continues until all players kick the can or until a player is found or tagged. Everyone clips a hinged clothes pin to the back of their shirt. The person who is â€œitâ€? tries to grab the clothes pin as they run by.
Clothes Pin Tag:
One player stands at the end of the yard or street with a baseball bat and tennis ball. He throws the ball up and hits it with the bat into the crowd. They try to catch it on a flyâ€“100 points; with one bounceâ€“50 points; or two bouncesâ€“25 points. Whoever scores 500 first is the winner. Five Hundred:
Set up several soft vinyl balls in the center of two teams. On â€œGoâ€?, charge the center to get to a ball and start throwing them at other players. If a player catches it, the thrower is out. If he misses the catch or gets hit with the ball, the player is out.
Kick the Can: Place a metal can in the mid-
dle of the driveway or backyard patio. The players hide while the person who is â€œitâ€?
Water Balloon Toss: Stand in parallel lines and pass a water balloon back and forth without dropping it. Change it up by setting one person in the middle of a circle holding a bowl on his head. Players try to toss the balloon in the bowl. Drip, Drip, Drop: Played like Duck, Duck, Goose, this is a fun game for a hot day. Instead of taping the players in the circle for â€˜duckâ€™, drip a little water from a sponge. When you choose a player to â€œgooseâ€?, yell â€˜dropâ€™ and squeeze the sponge over their head before you start running.
This game is similar to baseball, but it levels the playing field so all ages and skill levels can play. The pitcher rolls a large ball to the â€œbatterâ€? who kicks it with his foot. Like baseball, the batter runs the bases and the opposing team tries to get him out before he gets home.
0AM -OLNAR is a freelance writer and mother of three. She has fond memories of summertime games with her neighbors and looks forward to watching her children make summer memories of their own.
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In this issue, we’ve tried to help you fill the 8 weeks of Summer by putting together a list of the available camps from overnight (resident...
Published on Jun 1, 2016
In this issue, we’ve tried to help you fill the 8 weeks of Summer by putting together a list of the available camps from overnight (resident...