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2012 BC SPCA Summer Camps for Kids
Various locations throughout B.C.

BC SPCA Summer Camps

Scroll down to learn about this year's camps or use a link below to jump to a specific section.

Registration is closed for 2012 summer camps.

2013 information will be posted by March 20.

Registration for 2013 Lower Mainland and Victoria camps will open April 1 at noon.

For information about other locations please contact your local branch.

About BC SPCA Summer Camps 

BC SPCA Summer CampsMake this summer one to remember!

Sign up for summer camp at the BC SPCA and you’ll get to spend a whole week immersed in the world of animals.

Play animal-themed games, meet animal experts and get crafty. Connect with new friends (both furry and human) and become the expert on animals in your family!

Plus, everyone’s favourite part of summer camp… spending time with the animals!

For one hour each day, you’ll have the chance to interact with some of the friendliest cats and small animals at the shelter, as well as some lovable dogs belonging to BC SPCA staff members. 

Last year Jordan came to camp knowing that he loved animals and was hoping that after his camp experience he would be able to convince his parents that he was BC SPCA Summer Camp Kids - West Vancouverready to care for a pet.  

He thought that he wanted a dog and met some lovable pooches that belonged to the counsellors but when they went on the dog walk in the rain, he realized that picking up poo was grosser than he thought and having to walk a dog every day even in the rain wasn’t that much fun. 

He never considered himself a cat person but then he met Harold, a tabby with only one eye. Harold had a severe eye infection that wasn’t cared for in time so he had to have an eye removed. Jordan couldn’t imagine anyone being so cruel to this old guy that had a loud purr and love to rub his head against the cage whenever Jordan was near. He learned about the benefits of BC SPCA Summer Campskeeping cats indoors (no walks in the rain) and that cleaning a litter box involved using a scoop and not having to use your hand in a bag to pick it up.

Jordan asked his mom to come and see Harold every day after camp and even though they weren’t quite ready to get a pet right away, Jordan knew he would look for a special cat that he could provide a great home for when it was time.

Every BC SPCA summer camper leaves with their own story. What will yours be? Register your little one, and get ready for a week they’ll never forget.

 

Registration information

Online registration for Lower Mainland, Victoria and Nelson camps will begin May 1st at noon. Online registration will be available at noon on May 15 for all other locations, except Comox. Contact your local branch for more information if you are interested in camps outside the Lower Mainland or Victoria.

We are unable to accept registrations in person at BC SPCA branches in the Lower Mainland. For these locations, please register online, email our camp team or call 604-599-7209 to inquire. Please note that calls to the BC SPCA Summer camp phone line, 604-599-7209 may not be answered before May 16.  However, messages will be checked periodically and your call will be returned as soon as possible between 8:30 and 4:30, Monday through Friday.

Cost:
Lower Mainland and Victoria: $170 ($155 for Kids Club members)
East Kootenays: $55
Cowichan: $110 ($95 for Kids Club members)
Comox: $128*
Kamloops: $150 ($135 for Kids Club members)
Kelowna: $140 ($125 for Kids Club members)
Nelson: $95 ($80 for Kids Club members)
Penticton: $140 ($125 for Kids Club members)

4-day camps will be discounted, except for 6-7 year old camps due to the lower maximum number of campers.

Please email our camp team for bursary application details.

Kids Club member discount: If your child is a BC SPCA Kids Club member, please check your email on May 1 for a special summer camp discount code. You will need this code during online registration to claim the discount offer.

Not a Kids Club member? Your child will automatically become a Kids Club member when registered for camp.
* Campers attending Comox camps will not automatically become Kids Club members.

Note for parents: In order to provide a full learning experience and to ensure the well-being of animals in our care, time spent with animals each day is usually limited to approximately one hour. Kittens and small animals in the shelter will be determined as suitable for interaction with children by experienced shelter staff.

For safety reasons, campers will not interact directly with dogs in the shelter. Instead, they will interact with dogs belonging to staff members. All dogs attending camp have been temperament tested by BC SPCA animal welfare professionals.

 

Age ranges

Please abide by the age range set for campers. Campers registered outside of the age range will not qualify for a refund. No exceptions. Age ranges are based on year of birth, for example...

6-7 year old camps are for children born anytime during 2005-2006
7-11 year old camps are for children born anytime during 2001-2005
8-12 year old camps are for children born anytime during 2000-2004

See calendars below for age ranges in each location.
 

2012 Locations

July Camp Schedule...
August Camp Schedule...

Parents are welcome to register their children for more than one week of camp, but please note that activity schedules will be mostly the same for each week.  

Surrey camps will be held at our NEW location at 16748 50th Avenue (between Highway 10 and 32nd Avenue). 

Camp Hours 

Lower Mainland: 9:30 - 3:30 (drop off as early as 9:00 and pick up as late as 4:00)
Comox: 9:00 - 3:00
Cowichan: 9:00 - 3:30 (no early drop off / late pick up)
Victoria: 9:00 - 3:30 (drop off as early as 8:30 and pick up as late as 4:00)
Kamloops: 9:30 - 3:30 (drop off as early as 9:15 and pick up as late as 3:45)
Kelowna:9:30 - 3:30 (drop off as early as 9:00 and pick up as late as 3:45)
Nelson:9:00 - 12:00 (Mon - Thurs) 9:00 - 1:00 (Fri)
Penticton:9:00 - 3:00 (drop off as early as 8:50, pick up as late as 3:15)

Camps in July 2012


 July 3-6 July 9-13 July 16-20 July 23-27

Maple Ridge ages 7-11 ages 7-11 FULL ages 7-11
Port Coquitlam - - - -
Richmond FULL FULL FULL ages 7-11
Surrey - FULL FULL FULL
Vancouver ages 6-7 FULL FULL FULL
West Vancouver FULL FULL FULL FULL

*Comox - ages 7-9
ages 10-12
-
*Cowichan - - - FULL
Victoria FULL FULL FULL FULL

East Kootenays - - - ages 6-11
*Kamloops - ages 7-9
- FULL
*Kelowna ages 8-12 ages 8-12 FULL ages 8-12
*Nelson - - - FULL
*Penticton -  ages 7-12
FULL FULL

 

Camps in August 2012


 July 30-Aug 3
Aug 7-10
Aug 13-17
Aug 20-24

Maple Ridge - - - -
Port Coquitlam ages 7-11
ages 7-11 FULL FULL
Richmond - - - -
Surrey  FULL
 ages 6-10
ages 8-12
ages 8-12
Vancouver FULL
 ages 6-7 FULL
FULL
West Vancouver  FULL
FULL
FULL
FULL

*Comox -   -   - -
*Cowichan ages 7-11
- -   -
Victoria  FULL  FULL FULL
FULL

East Kootenays - - ages 6-11 -
*Kamloops FULL
 
ages 10-12
 
*Kelowna  FULL
FULL
   
*Nelson
FULL

FULL
*Penticton ages 7-12

 ages 7-12
 ages 7-12

* We are dependent on Canada Summer Job grants in order to hold summer camps in these locations. Funding will be confirmed in May. Locations and dates are subject to change.

Half, One and Two-Day Camps (North Peace, Quesnel, Nanaimo & Sunshine Coast)

North Peace Half-Day Camps

Dates:

August 14, 16, 21 & 23, 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $20

Please contact the BC SPCA North Peace Branch for more details and to register.

Quesnel two-day camps

Dates & Ages:

August 2 & 3, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (for kids born anytime during 2003-2006)

August 9 & 10, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.(for kids born anytime during 1999-2003)

More dates may become available, dependent on the number of kids registered.

Cost: $20

Please contact the BC SPCA Quesnel & District Branch for more details and to register.

Nanaimo one-day camps

Dates & Themes:

July 18 - Canine Companions- FULL

August 16 - Careers Helping Critters  

August 23 - Big Hearts For Small Animals 

Camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ages: 7-12 year olds (kids born anytime during 2000-2005)

Cost: $25 ($20 for Kids Club members)

Parents are welcome to register their children in more than one camp.

Sunshine Coast two-day camps

Dates:

July 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30 & 31
August 7 & 8, 13 & 14, 20 & 21

Camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ages: 9-12 year olds (kids born anytime during 2000-2003)

Cost: $70 ($65 for Kids Club members)

Parents are welcome to register their children in more than one camp as each two-day camp will be unique.

Junior Counselor volunteer opportunities

Volunteer junior counselor positions are available for high school students going into grades 9 to 12 who would like to gain valuable experience working with kids and animals. 

If you are interested in volunteering at a Lower Mainland, Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna or Penticton summer camp, please email our summer camp team.

Applications for Lower Mainland Junior Counsellors are due May 20.

June 8 update: All Lower Mainland Junior Counsellor positions have been filled except for Port Coquitlam. If you would like to apply for a Junior Counsellor position at our Port Coquitlam summer camps please email our summer camp team.

 

Can't find the information you're looking for? Visit our BC SPCA Summer Camp frequently asked questions page.



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