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BC SPCA Summer Camps: Okanagan & Kootenays

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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.

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

2018 Okanagan & Kootenays camp schedule

Castlegar

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NEW Location: 124 Heritage Way, Castlegar

  • August 7-10: for kids born 2009-2011
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2007-2010
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2007-2010

Cranbrook

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Location: 3339 Hwy 3 & 95, Cranbrook

  • July 9-13: for kids born 2007-2010
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2007-2010
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2007-2010
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2007-2010
  • August 8-10: for kids born 2010-2011
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2007-2010
  • August 22-24: for kids born 2010-2011

Kamloops

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Location: 1211 8th Street, Kamloops

  • July 9-13: for kids born 2009-2011
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2006-2008
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2009-2011
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2006-2008

Kelowna

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Location: 3785 Casorso Road, Kelowna

  • July 3-6: for kids born 2011-2012
  • July 9-13: for kids born 2007-2010
  • July 16-20: for kids born 2007-2010
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2007-2010
  • 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

Nelson

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Location: 520-C Falls Street, Nelson

  • July 16-20: for kids born 2009-2011
  • July 23-27: for kids born 2006-2009
  • July 30-August 3: for kids born 2009-2011
  • August 13-17: for kids born 2009-2011
  • August 20-24: for kids born 2006-2009

Penticton

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Location: 2200 Dartmouth Drive, Penticton

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

Vernon

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Location: 4800 Haney Road, Vernon

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

* Leadership camp registration (for kids born between 2005-2006) 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.

Exceptions:

Cranbrook 3-day junior camps run from 9:30 to 1:00 with pick-up and drop-off 30 minutes before and after

Nelson camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with pick-up and drop-off 15 minutes before and after

Cost

Castlegar: $125 for 5-day week / $100 for 4-day week

Cranbrook: $165 for 5-day camp / $95 for 3-day junior camp

Kamloops: $155 per week

Kelowna: $200 per week

Nelson: $130 per week

Penticton: $155 per week

Vernon: $160 per week

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

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. All bursary applications must be received by June 29, 2018. Only those approved will be notified by the first week of July, or earlier if approved for the first week of camp.

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 4 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 can apply to attend a week of Leadership Camp at our Kelowna location. 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 . Applications are due June 15, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by July 6, 2018.