Youth Programs

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Please note: All programs listed are scheduled between January to June 2021 but are subject to change and/or cancellation with changing Public Health Orders. Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture are working closely with Island Health to ensure programs and services meet the requirements of the Public Health Orders. Please call Reception at 250-595-7946.

Recreation Oak Bay offers a variety of programs for youth ages 11-18 years. These programs vary from employment readiness to having fun with friends. Try something new this season, or continue with something your child or teen already loves!

Also Recreation Oak Bay offers many Spring Break and Summer Camps.

Babysitting

This fun and interactive Red Cross certification course teaches the basics of childcare including: the business of babysitting, caring for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children. You will learn how to create safe environments and how to handle basic first aid situations. The Red Cross manual is included. 100% attendance is required. Pre-requisite: Participants must have completed grade 5 or be 11 years old by first day of the course.

The Annual Young Exceptional Star (YES) Awards

The District of Oak Bay Young Exceptional Star (Y.E.S) Committee is proud to host the Annual Young Exceptional Star (YES) Awards. These awards recognize the accomplishments of youth from grades 6 and up in the Oak Bay area.  Students that attend schools in the Oak Bay district or those who have an Oak Bay address, as well as those attending private school or who are receiving a home school education, are all eligible for consideration.

The goal of the awards is to emphasize the positive achievements of Oak Bay’s young people by recognizing those who have distinguished themselves in such areas as volunteerism, arts, citizenship, academics, athletics and/or who have overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.

“The YES awards are a great way to recognize youth in Oak Bay, and encourage them to continue to make a positive contribution to the community. These youth send a message of hope to the community that the next generation is full of promise, and inspire us all to do our part to make a difference."

The 14thAnnual Young Exceptional Star (YES) Awards for 2021 awards dinner or event is suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. More information will be posted as the Public Health Orders are updated.

Getting the Leading Edge (Ages 11-18yrs)

 An excellent opportunity!

This course will concentrate on basic job preparation skills but also focus on the roles and responsibilities of a summer camp leader. Thinking about getting your first job? This course will concentrate on basic job preparation skills but also focus on the roles and responsibilities of a summer camp leader. Course outline includes completing your resume, and cover letter, as well as learning interview skills, behaviour management strategies, lesson planning, and working with children.  Upon completion of this course students have the opportunity to successfully complete 30 hours volunteering with the summer camps. An invaluable opportunity to gain actually work experience to add to your new resume!

Getting the Leading Edge, Leaders in Training course is highly desirable when applying for the Recreation Oak Bay Youth Internship Program (15-18yrs)

See the current Active Living Guide for course registration details, or call the Sports Programmer at 250-370-7114.

Youth Internship Program

Loved the summers at camp when you were a kid and always remember those great leaders and mentors? Now is your chance to give back as a summer camp intern. This Youth Internship Program is working in recreation with children, and gaining work experience over the summer. You will have the opportunity to build your leadership and employment readiness skills in a fun and supportive environment. There is a $500 honorarium per successful candidate who successfully complete the program.

Criteria to apply:

• A resident or attend a school in the District of Oak Bay

• Between the age of 15-18 years

• Willing to work 4 weeks in summer camps with children between the ages of 4-12 years

• Consent to a criminal record check

• Attend 3 hours of Youth Internship orientation and leadership training: at Oak Bay Recreation Centre, time TBD.

• Attend Oak Bay Summer Staff training a Saturday and Sunday in June- all day training: both days

If you have any questions about the Internship program please contact the Sports Coordinator at 250-370-7113.

Applications for the summer 2021 will be open in January 2021 and will close May 15th 2021. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please email your cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources: humanresources@oakbay.ca or drop off at the Job Application Drop Box,
Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street,
Victoria BC, V8R 5E6.

Upcoming Events at the Youth Centre

Due to the effects of Covid-19 there will not be any weekly drop in sessions or monthly Events offered at the Youth Centre for the 2020-21 year. Please check back here next season to see when drop in sessions and events may be offered again in the future.

How to Register

Staff Contacts

Winter Guide

Registration opens December 1.

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