The Best Vancouver Overnight Kids Camps
Forest Gourmet Overnight Summer Camp
In partnership with Sprouting Chefs (non-profit)
Connecting the best of food, forest and fun all at overnight camp!
A twist on traditional overnight camp with a focus on kids developing independence, building lasting friendships, chowing down on awesome gourmet food and having fun at overnight camp!
Fireside Adventures is Vancouver’s best overnight summer camp where kids explore, discover and play in some of Metro Vancouver’s most stunning locations while learning the essentials of outdoor skills, kids gourmet cooking lessons, daily swims and playing in local forests.
Tuesday July 30 – Sunday August 04, 2019
(5 Nights/6 Days)
Drop-off: Tuesday, 9:30am
Pick-up: Sunday, 12pm
Ages: 7 - 12 years (co-ed)
Rate: $789.00 CDN plus 5% tax
$50 off if you register before January 15, 2019
Includes: Accomodation, 24/7 instruction and supervision, t-shirt, food, gourmet cooking lessons and admissions to Grouse Mountain.
- We rent sleeping bags, pillows, towels, head lamps and camp chairs for those needing extra comfort
- We will be using public transit when travelling to Grouse Mountain and for tour of Whole Foods.
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It's a Life Changing Experience
Attention Confident and/or Reluctant Parents:
When kids go to overnight camp, they develop a sense of independence, new skills and friends while unplugging from their digital & urban world to connect with nature and simply to have fun.
We know how challenging it is to find an overnight summer camp that is affordable, close to Metro Vancouver safe, high quality and will give your children the attention and support they need. We know parents want the best for their kids and the level of confidence they need from their choice of a summer camp. We get it! This is why we operate a local, intentional and small group overnight camp for kids aged 7 to 12 years.
Our Vancouver based overnight camps are designed to provide the perfect mix of fostering children’s social-emotional learning, skill based training, gourmet cooking lessons and immersion in the North Shore local forests.
Imagine your kid(s) swimming, preparing a fabulous dinner, hiking, exploring, dancing, building, creating, dreaming, laughing and just enjoying the precious moments of being a kid at camp.
Why Forest Gourmet Summer Camp?
- 100% focus on connecting kids with our local forests and enjoying Vancouver's first overnight cooking and forest camp.
- Hike the incredible trails of the Northshore.
- Kids partake in making savory and delicious lunch and dinners under the guidance of Sprouting Chefs professional chef.
- Comfortable cabin accommodation at Camp Capilano.
- Introduction to the basics outdoor education, ecology, forest conversation and more.
- 24 hour support and supervision by experienced and skilled camper leaders.
- Swimming every single day!
- Oh La La La Kids Wellness and Spa Night.
- Hike Grouse Grind and visit Whole Foods as part of our Iron Chef competition.
- Night hike and evening field games.
- Maximum of 40 campers.
A well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Campers learn how to pack and prepare for camp meals and how to cook in a “forest” kitchen. While at camp, our campers nourish their bodies with healthy and holistic foods suited to all diets. Sprouting Chefs is a proud partner of our Fireside Overnight Kids Summer Camp
It's a Life Changing Experience
Campers are not allowed to use phones, computers or wear fancy jewelry while at camp. We lead trips with absolute respect for all religions, wellness practices and cultures. In particular, we do our best to demonstrate our respect for Indigenous people of Canada as we are visitors traveling within their rightful lands.
A Typical Day At Forest Gourmet Summer Camp
7:00am – Wake-up and forest stretching
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
9:30am – Camp wide warm up activity
10:00am – Off on our daily adventures through local forest trails visiting hidden swimming spots, old growth trees and playing our favourite forest games.
12:30pm – Lunch on the trail
1:30pm – B.O.B. (bodies on bed) Rest Time
2:00pm – Gourmet Cooking Lesson (Bon Appetite!)
4:00pm – Swim at the pool
5:30pm – Prepare for dinner
6:00pm – Dinner and clean up
7:00pm – Super delicious and nutritious dessert making
9:30pm – Brush teeth and story time
10:00pm – Lights out
It's a Life Changing Experience
SafetyRegardless of a participant’s level of comfort and outdoor skills, it is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have an experienced instructor supporting them. Our team always prioritizes planning, preparing, and most importantly, teaching participants how to be safe in the wilderness.
FoodA well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Participants will learn how to pack and prepare healthy and holistic meals in our camp kitchens, suited for all diets.
Fitness CapacitiesIf you are concerned about yours or your child’s physical readiness to attend one of our Fireside camps/expeditions, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on participants' abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.
We do our best to understand the present and future impacts of climate change. We provide thoughtful discussions and rationale of why we all must do our best to minimize our carbon use including ways to reduce food waste, non-recyclable materials and more. We take public transit or walk as much as possible, and respect nature by reducing our ecological footprints.
Indigenous PeopleWe acknowledge that we are visitors of the traditional lands of Indigenous People. We ask permission to visit and explore their lands while also inviting local First Nations to participate in our camps, share their knowledge and provide a space to collaborate. Fireside Adventures recognizes the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Small Group Focused & MobileWe purposely place restrictions on group size (minimum 8 and maximum 15) of participants as believe less means more for an enriched and meaningful experience for each participant. We are not defined by one permanent location as we are rooted in the belief that adventure and learning come from exploring the lands and water around us.
Place and Inquiry Based
All of our selected locations for our camps and expeditions are purposely chosen to provide a platform for inquiry and experiential learning, to learn through the natural world and its significance in relation to culture, geography, history, people and environment.
Social and Emotional LearningWe create a safe place so participants can develop and enhance their resiliency, independence and self-efficacy. We weave learning opportunities throughout our programs for participants to improve the skills necessary to manage and understand their emotions and their relationships.
We are inclusive of all genders, races, cultures, languages, shapes, sizes, colours, abilities and capacities. Those who arrive on the first day of the camp/expedition are important characters of the shared experienced that is to begin. It is a privilege to be the characters in each others stories and experiences, not our right.