THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

2017 Summer Camps - Lower Mainland/Sunshine Coast

Registration is now open for all Lower Mainland Locations.

Register today

We are unable to accept registrations in person at BC SPCA branches in the Lower Mainland. For these locations, please register online or email our camp team or call 604-709-4679 with any questions.

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


 



 


Camp Schedule (July 4 - August 25) 

July 2017

 

Jul 4-7

Jul 10-14

Jul 17-21

Jul 24-28

Abbotsford

no camp

no camp

FULL

no camp

Maple Ridge

for kids born
2010-2011

for kids born
2006-2009

no camp

for kids born
2006-2009

 Port Coquitlam

for kids born
2010-2011

FULL

for kids born
2006-2009

for kids born
2006-2009

Richmond

FULL

FULL

FULL

FULL

Surrey

for kids born
2010-2011

for kids born
2006-2009

for kids born
2006-2009

for kids born
2006-2009

 Vancouver

FULL

FULL

FULL

FULL

 West Vancouver

FULL

FULL

FULL

FULL

Sechelt no camp for kids born 2007-2011 for kids born 2007-2011 for kids born 2007-2011

 

August 2017

 

July 31 - Aug 4

Aug 8-11

Aug 14-18

Aug 21-25

Abbotsford 

FULL

no camp

no camp

no camp

Maple Ridge

no camp

i) Jr camp FULL
ii) for kids born*
2004-2005

for kids born
2006-2009

for kids born
2006-2009

 Port Coquitlam

for kids born
2006-2009

FULL

FULL

FULL

Richmond

FULL

FULL

FULL

FULL

Surrey

for kids born
2006-2009

 
i) Jr camp FULL
ii) for kids born*
2004-2005

for kids born
2006-2009

for kids born
2006-2009

 Vancouver

FULL

i) Jr camp FULL
ii) for kids born*
2004-2005

FULL

FULL

 West Vancouver

FULL

i) Jr camp FULL
ii) for kids born*
2004-2005

FULL

FULL

Sechelt for kids born 2007-2011 for kids born 2007-2011 for kids born 2007-2011 no camp

*Leadership camp registration is done through a selection process. An application must be submitted and then 8-12 applicants will be selected and given the opportunity to register for the camp.  More information . . . 

Abbotsford - 34312 Industrial Way

Maple Ridge - 10235 Jackson Road

Port Coquitlam - 104-3278 Westwood Street

Richmond - 7791 Steveston HIghway

Surrey - 16748 50th Avenue

Vancouver - 1205 East 7th Avenue

West Vancouver - 1018 Pound Road

Sechelt - 4376 Solar Road

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.


Registration 

Online registration is now open for Lower Mainland camps. If you need assistance, phone and email support is available Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 starting April 4. Please contact our summer camp team at 604-709-4679 or camp@spca.bc.ca. Register early before spaces fill up!

Want to register for more than 1 week? Though we are happy to know your child would like to spend more time with us at camp, our goal is to provide animal camp experience to as many kids as possible. You can email us to request to be put on a waitlist for a particular week and if there is space available one to two weeks prior to the camp date we will contact you.


Cost

Vancouver - $210
West Vancouver - $225 per week (to help cover cost of rental space),
Surrey, Richmond, Maple Ridge & Port Coquitlam - $195 per week except for Aug 8-11 in PoCo and Richmond $160. 
Abbotsford - $180 per week

Sunshine Coast $155 for 5 day camp, $125 for 4 day camp

*6-7 year old and leadership 4-day camps are not discounted due to the lower maximum number of campers and smaller camper to counsellor 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 23, 2017. Only those approved will be notified by June 30th.


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.


Refund Policy

A full refund will be issued with 4 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.


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.


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 crafts, 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 through 2004 can apply to attend a week of Leadership Camp in Maple Ridge, Surrey, Vancouver and West Vancouver. We will select 8 to 10 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, fill out an application form. Please download and open the application form in a PDF viewer if you would like to fill it out electronically, otherwise, the form can be viewed and printed from your browser if you would like to fill it out by hand. Applications are due June 23, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30, 2017.


FAQs

Can't find the information you are looking for? Check out our Summer Camps Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our camp team for more details (604-709-4679 or camp@spca.bc.ca)



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