Camps

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture offers an incredible variety of camps for children during Public School Professional Development Days, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break.

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Current Camps

Please see the current Active Living Guide.

Or download the camp pages here.

What you should know about camps

Leadership:

Camp leaders are selected for their experience, their abilities and their dedication to providing every camper with a safe, fun camp experience.

A Safe Place for Children:

Campers are fully supervised throughout the day.

Camp leaders are trained in First Aid and CPR, have completed a criminal record check and have received a minimum of sixteen hours of training.

Parents/guardians are required to sign campers in and out of camp each day and provide current medical and emergency information for their camper.

Camp Schedules:

For most camps, you will be emailed a schedule and a parent information letter the Wednesday before the camp begins. Schedules and the parent letter will indicate items your camper should bring to camp each day.

Please note that schedules are subject to change.

The First Day of Camp:

Please be prepared to stay a few minutes on the first day of camp to complete sign-in, meet your camper’s leaders and complete any outstanding paperwork.

Poor Weather:

Camps run rain or shine unless you are notified otherwise.

Epi-pens & Severe Allergies:

If your child carries an Epi-pen, an Emergency Medical Information Form must be completed before the first day of camp. Forms are available at reception.

Children with allergies that require an Epi-pen must have an up-to-date Epi-pen with them to attend camp.

Please refrain from sending any products with nuts to camp.

Extra Support Needs:

If your child is eligible for a support staff person through funding by Supported Child Development, please contact the Licensed Care Programmer at 250-370-7902 to arrange for support staff prior to registering for a camp.

Age Requirements:

All full-day camps require campers to be currently attending kindergarten or higher and to meet the minimum age requirement by December 31.

In order to register for camps for preschool-aged children, campers must meet the minimum age requirement by March 31 for Spring Break camps and August 31 for summer camps.

Questions and Concerns:

Please contact Reception at 250-595-7946 and a receptionist will be happy to answer your questions or have a camp supervisor contact you.

Your feedback is important to us! 

For summer, email surveys are sent out each week that your child attends camp. Feel free to fill them out weekly, or if your time is restricted, just fill out one at the end of the summer.

Cancellation Policy

To serve you better Recreation Oak Bay has updated the camp cancellation policy. 

Weekly Camps: All weekly camp credits/refunds/ changes must be requested by 9:30am the Friday prior to the start of camp.

Daily Camps: All daily registration (Skidaddle) camp credits/refunds/changes must be requested at least 72 hours prior to the start of camp. For example: By Friday at 9:00am if daily camp is on Monday starting at 9:00am.

Aquatic Camp Information

Aqua Adventures

Aqua Adventures is back with an action-packed week of exciting water activities!  Campers will dive into fun at beaches and lakes, learn how to stand-up paddleboard and skim board, and go exploring by kayak!  Please note: In extremely poor weather, alternate fun will be arranged.  Prerequisites:  Ages 8-12. Campers must have PASSED Swim Kids Level 5 or its equivalent and be eight years old by the first day of camp.

Ocean Explorers

Dive into an exciting week of ocean exploration!  Campers will spend their days at nearby waterfronts discovering coastal habitats and underwater ecosystems.  Explore the ocean by kayak, splash at local beaches, and play with friends to make this week an unforgettable adventure! Prerequisite: Ages 6-10. Campers must be six years old by the first day of camp, be comfortable in the water, and must have passed Swim Kids 1 or its equivalent.

Lake Hoppers

Did you know that there are over 100 lakes on Vancouver Island? Love swimming and exploring nature in the summer? Experience the best the lower Island has to offer with a different lakeside destination every single day! Campers will spend their days exploring, hiking, and splashing their way to fun. Prerequisite: Ages 6-12. Campers must be six years old by the first day of camp and must have passed Swim Kids 1 or its equivalent.

Fun Unlimited (with Swimming Lessons)

Fun Unlimited with Swimming Lessons includes a daily swimming lesson, with the rest of the morning jam-packed with fun games, crazy crafts, and outdoor activities (weather permitting), all with the flexibility of a half-day camp!

Sailing Camp

Ahoy, Matey! Children 6-12 years old will learn the basics of sailing from Sail Canada Certified coaches in a unique environment focusing on fun and boating safety. Launching, docking, steering, balancing, and propulsion are just some of the activities covered both on and off the water. This program will focus on creating confidence on the water while having fun in different styles of boats. Theme days, on-water games and activities will make learning to sail a blast! Prerequisites: Campers must have PASSED Swim Kids Level 4 or its equivalent and be six years old by the first day of camp. 

For questions or more information about the Aquatic Camp programs please contact Evan Hinshelwood.

Evan Hinshelwood, Aquatics Programmer

250-370-7111 | Ehinshelwood@oakbay.ca