The Best Vancouver Overnight Kids Camps - 14 and 21 Day Camps

Cultural and Language Exchange | Life, Social and Outdoor Skills Training| Gourmet Cooking Lessons | Swimming | Water Activities | Hiking | Ball Hockey | Sailing | Ice Skating | Overnight Tent Camping | Leadership | ESL Studies | Much More

We can respond to inquiries in five languages

For over a decade, Fireside Adventures continues to provide unique educational and cultural based experiences for International children who want to connect with Canadian children while at summer camp. We strive to offer the best in regards to teaching through the lens of cross- cultural competencies and immersive experiences through our summer camp models.

We are here to help International children improve their level of English, teach outdoor leadership, see some amazing places in British Columbia and connect them cool Canadian children. This summer we offer a three week and a two week summer camps as we understand scheduling can be challenging in July.

We offer a traditional summer camp experience in nature, not a touristy type of camp isolated from other Canadian children.


Note The From The Owner – Jeff Willis

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Dear International Parent, 

Why choose us? 

Your child is invited to our unique and dynamic summer camp in Canada embracing languages and cultures. We know that children blossom when they learn a new language and experience a new culture. We know that when children are immersed in a safe and nurturing environment and get to share their own language and culture with others, the camp experience will positively define their character; that’s why Fireside offers something different, something meaningful, for our international campers:

We know how important it is for your child to see their evolving world in a positive lens. That’s why we hire the most skilled, matured and experienced camp instructors. In supporting your child, we hire the best.

We are a quality driven summer camp focused on creating a special experience for each camper. Your child will not be simply treated as a tourist. We do more than the typical ESL camp experience; we offer an enriching summer camp program where your child will be connected with Canadian children. We provide a fully engaged cross-cultural experience.

 Kids camp instructors

We assess your child's English before they leave for Canada and reassess upon their arrival to ensure they are in the best ESL stream (ESL Instruction or ESL Tutoring/Practicing).

 Dynamic lodging and camp activities

Sharing, playing, exploring, discovering and seeking adventure are universal experiences that all children should have at camp. That’s why we offer dynamic lodging and camp activities mostly immersed in an outdoor setting. Our North Vancouver and Whistler based overnight camp is designed to provide the perfect mix of fostering children’s social-emotional learning, language and cultural competencies, skill based training, gourmet cooking lessons and immersion in the North Shore local forests.

We provide two language options, from ESL instruction to English tutoring, because some kids just need to practice while others need more instruction. That’s why we are not your carbon copy ESL program; we know the importance of providing parents with choice(s).

Your child will not be crammed into a stuffy University setting, they will get the real Canadian camp experience. Our campers sleep under the stars in tents, stay at a beautiful Whistler ski lodge, and enjoy classic summer camp lodgings in the forest.

 ESL youth outdoor camp

Imagine your child speaking English, exploring, preparing a fabulous dinner, hiking, swimming, dancing, building, creating, dreaming, laughing and just enjoying the precious moments of being an international child at a Canadian camp.

It's a Life Changing Experience

I look forward to welcoming your children to our Canadian summer camp called Fireside Adventures.

It's a Life Changing Experience

 

We offer two types of ESL camps:

Three Weeks of Camp July 12 – August 01, 2018

ESL Instruction (35 hours of instruction)

or

ESL Tutoring (10 hours of direct support) - Five Spots Left


Three Weeks of Camp July 12 – August 01, 2018 - SOLD OUT!

ESL Instruction (35 hours of instruction) or
ESL Tutoring (10 hours of direct support) -Five Spots Left.

Ages: 8 - 13  (co-ed)
ESL Instruction Rate: $3,899.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
Tutoring only Rate: $3,599.00 CDN plus 5% tax.

Two Weeks of Camp July 14 – July 27, 2018

ESL Instruction (20 hours of instruction) or
ESL Tutoring (6 hours of direct support) -Five Spots Left.

Ages: 8 - 13  (co-ed)
ESL Instruction Rate: $2,799.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
Tutoring only Rate: $2,499.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
 

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Highlights of Fireside’s World Bound Language and Cultural Summer Camp for Kids (14 & 21 Days)


 Language and cultural summer camp for kids
  • ESL instruction or tutoring is adjusted to the English level of each camper, while building language aptitude through cross-cultural instruction.
  • You have the choice between a more intensive ESL instruction or your child just needs to be in a supportive environment to practice their English
  • Campers are offered the quintessential Canadian camping experience, coupled with fun and adventuring in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler.
  • Located in beautiful and scenic British Columbia, Canada
  • Camp is conducted in English and taught by experienced staff who are also certified teachers and multilingual
  • Cross-cultural experiences and exchanges between Canadian and international campers.
  • Our camp carefully crafts the best environment and experiences that respect a child’s developing mind, body, spirit and emotions.
  • Campers participate in physical activity, engaging and thought –provoking camp programs, and other cultural projects.
  • Gourmet cooking lessons, an introduction to several recreational activities, visits to popular scenic sites and playing in nature - all keys aspects of having fun at camp
  • Getting to sing traditional Canadian camp songs, roast marsh mellows over an open fire, making fun camp crafts and just being a kid at Fireside’s World Bound Language and Cultural Summer Camp.

Camp Food

 Camp food for a well nourished body

A well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Campers will learn how to pack for and prepare meals in our camp kitchens, while cooking for lunch and dinner. While at camp we nourish our bodies with healthy and holistic foods suited to all diets.

Camp Safety

 Safety regulations canoe trip

Regardless of your child’s comfort and outdoor skill level, it is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have teacher supporting them. Our team puts a lot of effort into planning, preparing and, most importantly, teaching our campers how to be safe in the wilderness.

Fitness Capacities

 Camp fitness capacities

If you are concerned about your child’s physical readiness to attend one of our Fireside camps, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on camper's abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.

It's a Life Changing Experience at Fireside Adventures

 

It's a Life Changing Experience

 

Detailed Summer Camp Plan (tentative)

(Includes formal English instruction for those selecting ESL package)


21 Day Camp Program

July 12, 2018: Whistler, BC

  • Arrivals into Vancouver (YVR) preferably between 12pm to 4pm
  • Drive to Fireside Lodge, Whistler
  • Move into rooms and given brief ESL camp orientation
  • Dinner and evening camp games (for those arriving earlier)
  • One to one check in with Fireside instructor

July 13, 2018: Whistler, BC

  • Canadian classic breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tour of camp & call/email home
  • First Nations acknowledgement of the territory for campers visiting
  • English diagnostic test followed by 1.5 hour English lesson
  • Swim test at the Whistler Recreation Pool
  • Group and individual photos
  • Bag inspection (making sure everyone has what they will need)
  • Team building games and activities
  • 21 day program review
  • Opening campfire

July 14 - 19, 2018: Whistler, Fireside Lodge

  • Morning yoga
  • Morning English lessons (1.5 - 3 hours per day). Camper not taking intensive ESL instruction will have activities to practice their English. Classes occur at Fireside’s classroom at the lodge
  • Daily swims at Alta Lake and field activities
  • Explore Whistler Village and Olympic sites
  • Bracelet and necklace making
  • Road hockey and ultimate frisbee lessons
  • Ice skating lessons
  • 2 movie nights
  • Daily cooking and baking lessons
  • Photography lesson
  • Paddle making
  • Campfire (smores night)
  • Opportunity to go shopping
  • Visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • Hike to Rainbow Lake to play in the snow
  • 3 nights of overnight tent camping outside of Pemberton
  • Evening English lesson (2 hours)
  • Ice cream at CreeksideOpportunity for campers to sign up for specialized Whistler activities that are not included, such as zip-trekking and Peak-to-Peak Gondola.

July 20 - 23, 2018 Halkett Bay Provincial Park, Gambier Island

  • Early departure on the 20th to Horseshoe Bay. Water taxi to Halkett Bay Provincial Park
  • Full immersion into Fireside’s Howe Sound Ocean Camp
  • Set up tents and cooking area - get ready for an ocean style type of camping
  • Weekend of canoeing, swimming, snorkelling, hiking and sleeping under the stars
  • Early departure from Gambier Island to Camp Capilano

July 23 – July 27, 2018 North Vancouver - Camp Capilano Venue Partnership With Sprouting Chefs

Full integration with Canadian campers through our Sprouting Chefs and  Fireside’s Forest Gourmet Camp.

Typical Day at Fireside Forest Gourmet Camp

  • 7:00am – Wake-up and forest yoga
  • 7:30am – Get Ready
  • 8:00am – Prepare for breakfast
  • 8:30am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Clean up bunks and prepare for full day
  • 9:15am – Summer Camp Meeting and Review Day.
  • 9:30am – Camp wide warm up activity
  • 10:00am – Gourmet Cooking Lesson (Bon Appetite!) with half the group and other half Forest Adventures (hike, adventure skill, fort building, forest art)
  • 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – B.O.B. (bodies of bed) Rest Time
  • 2:00pm – Gourmet Cooking Lesson (Bon Appetite!) with half the group and other half Forest Adventures (hike, adventure skill, fort building, forest art)
  • 4:30pm – Free time (swimming, critter hunting)
  • 5:30pm – Prepare for dinner
  • 6:30pm – Evening camp activity
  • 8:30pm – Camp Slow Down Activity
  • 9:30pm – Brush teeth and story time
  • 10:00pm – Lights out

Activities during this week entail hiking Grouse Grind, visiting Vancouver beaches, Stanley Park and an evenings taking in the sunsets

July 27 – 29, 2018 – Golden Ears Provincial Park

  • Depart early for Golden Ears Provincial Park
  • Set up tents and camp
  • Explore the park
  • Swim, hike, forest games and building forts
  • One day at Cultus Lake Water Park
  • ESL lessons (1 – 1.5 hour of instruction)

July 30, 2018: Back at Camp Capilano Venue Partnership With Sprouting Chefs (Day Trip to Victoria)

  • Up early for a full day visiting BC’s capital city Victoria
  • Return on last ferry back to Vancouver
  • July 28, 2018 North Vancouver - Camp Capilano Venue
  • Sleep in, laundry, study time & ESL pre-test

July 31, 2018, UBC Camp Capilano Venue Partnership With Sprouting Chefs

  • Move in
  • ESL exam
  • Graduation dinner
  • Last chance to go shopping
  • Email parents
  • Video sent speaking English to parents

August 01, 2018 – Homeward Bound

  • Pack up
  • Morning departs

14 Day Camp Program

July 14, 2018: Whistler, BC

  • Arrivals into Vancouver (YVR) preferably between 12pm to 4pm
  • Drive to Fireside Lodge, Whistler
  • Move into rooms and given brief ESL camp orientation
  • Dinner and evening camp games (for those arriving earlier)
  • One to one check in with Fireside instructor

July 15, 2018: Whistler, BC

  • Canadian classic breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tour of camp & call/email homeFirst Nations acknowledgement of the territory for campers visiting
  • English diagnostic test followed by 1.5 hour English lesson
  • Swim test at the Whistler Recreation Pool
  • Group and individual photos
  • Bag inspection (making sure everyone has what they will need)
  • Team building games and activities
  • 14 day program review
  • Opening campfire
  • First Nations

July 16 - 19, 2018: Whistler, Fireside Lodge

  • Morning yoga
  • Morning English lessons (1.5 - 3 hours per day). Camper not taking intensive ESL instruction will have activities to practice their English. Classes occur at Fireside’s classroom at the lodge
  • Daily swims at Alta Lake and field activities
  • Explore Whistler Village and Olympic sites
  • Bracelet and necklace making
  • Road hockey and ultimate frisbee lessons
  • Ice skating lessons
  • 2 movie nights
  • Daily cooking and baking lessons
  • Photography lesson
  • Paddle making
  • Campfire (smores night)
  • Opportunity to go shopping
  • Visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • Hike to Rainbow Lake to play in the snow
  • 3 nights of overnight tent camping outside of Pemberton
  • Evening English lesson (2 hours)
  • Ice cream at Creekside
  • Opportunity for campers to sign up for specialized Whistler activities that are not included, such as zip-trekking and Peak-to-Peak Gondola.

July 20 - 23, 2018 Halkett Bay Provincial Park, Gambier Island

  • Early departure on the 20th to Horseshoe Bay. Water taxi to Halkett Bay Provincial Park
  • Full immersion into Fireside’s Howe Sound Ocean Camp
  • Set up tents and cooking area - get ready for an ocean style type of camping
  • Weekend of canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, hiking and sleeping under the stars
  • Early departure from Gambier Island to Camp Capilano

July 23 – July 26, 2018 North Vancouver - Camp Capilano Venue Partnership With Sprouting Chefs

Typical Day @ Fireside Forest Gourmet Camp

  • 7:00am – Wake-up and forest yoga
  • 7:30am – Get Ready
  • 8:00am – Prepare for breakfast
  • 8:30am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Clean up bunks and prepare for full day
  • 9:15am – Summer Camp Meeting and Review Day.
  • 9:30am – Camp wide warm up activity
  • 10:00am – Gourmet Cooking Lesson (Bon Appetite!) with half the group and other half Forest Adventures (hike, adventure skill, fort building, forest art)
  • 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – B.O.B. (bodies of bed) Rest Time
  • 2:00pm – Gourmet Cooking Lesson (Bon Appetite!) with half the group and other half Forest Adventures (hike, adventure skill, fort building, forest art)
  • 4:30pm – Free time (swimming, critter hunting)
  • 5:30pm – Prepare for dinner
  • 6:30pm – Evening camp activity
  • 8:30pm – Camp Slow Down Activity
  • 9:30pm – Brush teeth and story time
  • 10:00pm – Lights out

Activities during this week entail hiking Grouse Grind, visiting Vancouver beaches, Stanley Park and evenings taking in the sunsets.

July 27, 2018: Homeward Bound

  • Up early and pack up
  • Last chance to shopping in the morning
  • Afternoon departures

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