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BC SPCA Summer Camps: Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

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We are unable to accept registrations in person at BC SPCA branches. Please register online or email our camp team or call 604-709-4679 with any questions or to inquire about waiting lists.

For full camp information, including hours and registration fees by location, please continue scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Note: We are still accepting applications for Leadership Camps in Maple Ridge and Surrey. Information on Leadership Camps, including how to apply, can be found at the bottom of this page.

2018 Lower Mainland camp schedule

Abbotsford

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Location: 34312 Industrial Way, Abbotsford

  • July 16-20: for kids born 2007-2010 
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2007-2010

Coquitlam (Tri-Cities)

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NEW Location: 1-2565 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam

  • July 3-6: for kids born 2011-2012
  • July 9-13: for kids born 2008-2010
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2008-2010
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2008-2010
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2008-2010
  • August 7-10: for kids born 2011-2012 – FULL / for kids born 2005-2007*
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2008-2010
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2008-2010

Maple Ridge

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Location: 10235 Jackson Road, Maple Ridge

  • July 3-6: for kids born 2011-2012
  • July 9-13: for kids born 2008-2010
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2008-2010
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2008-2010
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2008-2010
  • August 7-10: for kids born 2011-2012  / for kids born 2005-2007*
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2008-2010
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2008-2010

Richmond

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Location: 7791 Steveston Highway, Richmond

  • July 3-6: for kids born 2011-2012 – FULL
  • July 9-13: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2007-2010 
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • August 7-10: for kids born 2011-2012 – FULL
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL

Sechelt

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Location: 4376 Solar Road, Sechelt

  • July 9-13: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2007-2011
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2009-2011 – FULL
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL

Surrey

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Location: 16748 50th Avenue, Surrey

  • July 3-6: for kids born 2011-2012
  • July 9-13: for kids born 2008-2010 – FULL
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2008-2010
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2008-2010
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2008-2010
  • August 7-10: for kids born 2011-2012 / for kids born 2005-2007*
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2008-2010
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2008-2010

Vancouver

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Location: 1205 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver

  • July 3-6: for kids born 2011-2012
  • July 9-13: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2007-2010
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • August 7-10: for kids born 2011-2012 – FULL / for kids born 2005-2006*
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2007-2010
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL

West Vancouver

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Location: 1020 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

  • July 3-6: for kids born 2011-2012 – FULL
  • July 9-13: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2007-2010 – FULL
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2007-2010 
  • August 7-10: for kids born 2011-2012 – FULL / for kids born 2005-2006*
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2007-2010 
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2007-2010

* Leadership camp registration for youth born 2005-2006 (Vancouver & West Vancouver) or 2005-2007 (Coquiltam, Maple Ridge & Surrey) is done through a selection process. An application must be submitted through our online registration system and then 6-10 applicants will be selected and given the opportunity to register for the camp.

Hours

Activities run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to drop off their child(ren) between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. and pick up between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Cost

Abbotsford – $180
Coquitlam – $210
Maple Ridge – $195
Richmond – $195
Sechelt – $155
Surrey – $195
Vancouver – $210
West Vancouver – $225

*6-7-year-old and leadership four-day camps are not discounted due to the lower maximum number of campers and smaller camper to counsellor ratio.

Bursaries

We have a limited number of bursaries for families who need financial assistance. If you would like to apply for a bursary please download and complete the application (PDF) and submit it to camp@spca.bc.ca or fax it to Summer Camps 604-681-7022. We will consider applications for locations where there are still spaces available.

Kids Club member discount

Kids Club members receive a $15 discount when using the Kids Club discount code. Please check your email for this code or contact our summer camp team if you have not received it or are unsure if your child is a Kids Club member. All campers receive a complimentary Kids Club membership when registered for a summer camp. All existing Kids Club members receive a complimentary membership renewal.

Age range

Please adhere to the age range posted. Our camps are planned for the age range and having younger or older campers in these camps can be disruptive to the learning experience of all participants. No exceptions to the age ranges posted will be made unless our camps are not full and we are able to accommodate your request. This means that only two weeks before a camp date are we able to consider any age exceptions. If you would like to be put on an age exception waitlist please let us know which location and date you are interested in and your child’s year of birth. Please note, even if camps do not fill up, we may not be able to approve all age exception requests. If you register a child in a camp that is outside the age range, without our consent, you will not be given a refund.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued with four weeks’ notice of cancellation. Refunds will be prorated for fewer than four weeks’ notice. Exceptions may be made for medical/family emergencies and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please abide by the age range set for campers. Campers registered outside of the age range will not qualify for a refund.

Activities & time spent with animals

Campers are immersed in animal-themed activities and are challenged, in fun and engaging ways, to learn about responsible animal care, discover fascinating new animal facts and develop positive, respectful relationships between people, animals and nature. They leave feeling inspired to be ambassadors for animals in their community.

Activities range from active games, both indoors and outdoors, to quiet hands-on projects and include art projects, guest speakers and time with animals. All activities have been designed by the BC SPCA to incorporate positive animal welfare themes.

We do our best to provide some hands-on time with animals throughout the week though we know kids always want more. Sometimes, animal time is limited because we must be cognizant of the stress levels and health of the animals and that the shelter is a working adoption facility. When possible we do bring shelter-approved animals into the education space and allow campers to interact with them in small numbers. We take the campers on a shelter tour to introduce them to the animals and share the stories of how the animals came into our care.

Leadership camps

Youth born in 2005-2006 (Vancouver & West Vancouver) or 2005-2007 (Coquitlam, Maple Ridge & Surrey) can apply to attend a week of Leadership Camp. We will select a limited number of participants per location. Successful applicants will demonstrate passion, knowledge and a drive to help animals in their community along with a desire to learn and to educate others and develop leadership skills. At camp they will learn about farm, companion and wild animals and animal welfare issues. They will then learn how to lead activities on these topics for children and how to engage them in animal welfare issues at the appropriate level. All of this will help them build confidence in their knowledge around animal issues and provide them with an opportunity to share this knowledge with others. Participants who successfully meet the objectives set for Leadership Camp may be considered to volunteer as a Junior Counselor next summer or at other youth events.

To apply for a Leadership Camp, please sign into or create an account in our Campsite system and then fill out the BC SPCA Camp Leadership Application Form. We are still accepting applications for Leadership Camps in Maple Ridge and Surrey. Successful applicants will be notified by July 6, 2018.