Camps

Camps

The North Shore's Best Selection of Camps

We believe camps are a fun, safe and meaningful way to spend the summer, school breaks and professional days.

The right camp experience also fosters your child’s development. We promote character values including respect, responsibility and honesty. And we help kids learn to get along with a new group of peers, ask for help from others and take on manageable risks independently. This creates resilient and confident kids and we can all be proud of that! Find programs

The full range of camps can be found in our Spring/Summer Leisure Guide available at our Community Recreation Centres.  This include all our full-day camps and all our part-day camps plus camp support information and volunteering.

Watch our 2019 Camps Video:  Let's go to camp this summer!

The Camps Team

Our camp leaders are chosen for their experience, leadership and enthusiasm for working with kids. They are trained to make the camps safe, fun and inclusive.  Camp leaders are trained in first aid, child development, risk management and emergency preparedness.  Meet some of our Leaders.

Age Ranges

Age requirements for camps are calculated as of the child’s age on Dec 31 in the current year, as NVRC follows the same system used by schools. This is designed so that children are in camps with their school grade peers. For example, children turning nine during that year will be in the same camp whether they were born in March or September.

This is different to the programs like tennis or swimming, where the age ranges are often calculated based on the child’s age during the actual course due to course requirements. Please note there are some excpetions to this for camps if there is an age limit for an activity which is part of the camp. For more information on which camp you should register for, please contact NVRC.

Daycamp Forms

Once you've chosen a daycamp, please be sure to complete and sign our Daycamp Parental Consent Form. The form is fillable and savable so that you can fill it out once, save a copy to your computer, then print a copy off for each week that your child is in a daycamp.

  • Open the Camp Parental  & Emergency Consent Form 
  • Fill in your personal information
  • Save the completed document to your hard drive
  • Print the form and sign it in all 3 places
  • Give the completed form to the camp leader before dropping your child off for their first day of camp.

For forms for Parkgate Society Camps at Parkgate Community Centre please click here
Note: Camps offered by NVRC at Parkgate require the forms accessed above on this page.

Camp Support

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture summer camps welcome children with disabilities. Limited support options are available (see more information below).

Summer Camps Single Day Registrations

Please note that the course ID codes for single day camps have recently changed. If you previoulsy noted down codes before May 17, 2019 please refer to this single day camps cheatsheet for the new codes.

Early Years Camps

North Vancouver Recreation & Culture has a great selection of play-based part-day camps and activities for preschoolers, designed to enhance your child's healthy development. View programs

Kids just want to have fun! In an encouraging atmosphere, our creative camp instructors use art, music, science and recreation activities for positive play adventures. Having fun and making new friends is the name of the game at our day camps.

School Age Camps

Join in the adventure and fun with a NVRC daycamp. There are 9 different weeks of full day summer camps with over 50 different themes and skill based programs to choose from.  We also offer a variety of part-day camps.

NVRC has everything you need to keep the kids happy...

Kids just want to have fun, and they should. They learn and grow through Play. Creative arts, the challenge of games, sports and outdoor activities, opportunities for self-expression and exploration are vital to their development. The value of Play to a child’s growth is the foundation of all our camp programs. View programs

Youth Camps

Looking for a great experience this summer? Choose from a variety of part-day camps, full day camps or even a week long overnight camp.

Learning new skills and developing talents are important parts of self-esteem and a positive self-image, especially for teens growing up in a challenging and changing world. Whether the teens in your family are building on certain abilities or discovering new ones, NVRC is committed to providing young people with a creative and encouraging environment. View programs.

Camp Support

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture (NVRC) summer camps welcome children with disabilities. Limited support options are available.

Does your child need some extra support at camp?

NVRC Summer Inclusion Worker Program

This program provides families who have children with disabilities or other support considerations with the opportunity to apply to attend camp with a little extra support. The Inclusion Worker Program is suited to those who work will in a 1:3 ratio and are able to participate independently at times throughout the day or week. Information on the Inclusion Worker Program, availability, locations and the application process will be available early spring 2019 and we will begin accepting applications on Monday, May 6 at 9:00am.

  • Step 1: Submit an application form. Application forms will be accepted from May 6 and are accepted on a first come first served basis until all placements are full.
  • Step 2: You will receive confirmation that your application has been approved and be informed of available dates and camp locations.
  • Step 3: Register for the confirmed date and camp. Camp registration begins Wednesday, May 21.

Private Support Workers

Children are invited and encouraged to attend with private support workers. If a camper is attending with a support person, please notify the Inclusion Programmer at 604.983.6415 once you have registered in a camp.

Volunteer Support

NVRC 'Buddies' are between the ages of 14-16 years and do not have specialized training. They are intended to provide minimal or light 1:1 support, assisting the child in the same manner as a friend would in school. Please make an appointment with Meh Najak, NVRC Volunteer Resources Programmer, before the May 24, 2019 deadline, 604-983-6345 or email.

Please note volunteer support is not guaranteed but is based upon volunteer interest and availability.

What if I’m not sure if my child needs extra support or they don’t need 1:1 but do have some support considerations? 

To ensure a successful and fun camp experience, we encourage parents to contact our Inclusion Programmer to discuss any support considerations that their child may have. Please call 604.983.6415 or email summersupport@nvrc.ca. While our goal is inclusive participation, we unfortunately cannot provide camp support to all children/youth that require it. NVRC full day camps are active, take public transportation, go for long walks and interact in busy public settings. If a child requires any form of individualized support beyond what our current camp leader ratios are able to provide, then NVRC staff reserve the right to request a private aide or recommend an alternate option. If required, it is the parent’s responsibility to arrange for and provide the aide.

Professional Day Camps

Have the day off school? Come and enjoy a full day of fun and entertaining activities including swimming, skating, sports, games and arts.

Have Fun Out of School

Whether mom and dad are at work or not, why sit around at home when you have a chance to experience one of our full day or part day camps for those District Wide Professional Days. Get that babysitting certificate that you always wanted, learn a new skill or spend the day meeting new friends. View programs