The Best Vancouver Overnight Kids Camps
Fireside Hood Camps
Experiencing The Best Moments of Childhood at Summer Camp
Like you, Fireside Adventures believes childhood at summer camp is a precious time of life, where kids get to explore, discover, connect and learn while being away from home. It is a time during their childhood to develop social and emotional resiliency, new skills, friendships and a sense of self. It is also a time and place to immerse themselves with activities that connects childhood with creativity, environmental knowledge, outdoor camping skills, physical literacy and healthy food.
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
Fireside created two streams of Hood Camps to immerse children into the basics of outdoor adventure, overnight camping and connecting with their own gender. Fireside’s Boyhood stream and Girlhood stream are not your typical summer camp experiences; we honour and create an environment for 21st Century children to explore and define their sense of “boyhood and girlhood”.
For way too many generations, children have been reared into societal norms and conditioning of what boys should do and what girls do. We believe childhood identity can be defined and developed by the children themselves if they are given the support and guidance of caring, wise and compassionate adults and mentors. We emphasis our Hood Camp experiences on outdoor skills and adventures, place based learning, food and physical literacy, LARP (live action role playing) Camp Theatre and more.
Group size is a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 15 per gender, with 1 staff to 6 campers.
We are inclusive and support children who identify themselves by their gender of choice.
Porpoise Bay: July 7 – 12, 2019
Gambier Island: July 21 – 26, 2019
Ages: 6 - 12 years (co-ed)
Rate: $789.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Bring a friend and save $25.00 off your registration fee
Includes: Tent accommodation, 24/7 instruction and supervision, t-shirt, food, camp transportation, and a wide range of activities (swimming, hiking, gourmet cooking, raft building, martial arts, archery).
- We rent sleeping bags, pillows, towels, head lamps and camp chairs for those needing extra comfort
- We will be using public transit from Langdale Ferry to Porpoise Bay and watertaxi from Horseshoe Bay to Halkett Bay.
Locations & Transportation:
Sunshine Coast Hood Camp at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park:
Campers are dropped off and picked up either at Horseshoe Bay or Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Times are subject to change.
Sunday July 07 - Horseshoe Bay @ 2:00pm or Porpoise Bay @ 4:30pm
Friday July 12 - Porpoise Bay @ 9:30am or Horseshoe Bay @ 11:30am
Howe Sound Hood Camp at Halkett Bay Provincial Park: Campers are dropped off and picked up at Horseshoe Bay’s Government Dock. Times are subject to change.
Sunday July 21 - Horseshoe Bay @ 6:30pm
Friday July 26 - Horseshoe Bay @ 11:30am
It's a Life-Changing Experience
Why separate camps by gender?
Hood Camps are about providing awesome "childHOOD" camp experiences by giving all children space to experience their world through the lens of their gender. At our camps (both Porpoise Bay and Halkett Bay Provincial Parks - BC) we separate the girls and boys for up to 90% of their camp experience. They will share park space, camp framework and activity areas but will be independent from each other.
We created Fireside Hood Camps to offer a space, time and framework for boys and girls to have their own unique camp experience. We believe in a balance of children having co-ed and gender-specific childhood experiences.
What Fireside Hood Camps are all about:
Fireside Hood Camps guide children to explore what their gender is all about, by offering more choices and opportunities. This is why we do not follow a stereotypical gender-based camp defined by adults and by previous generational norms of boys and girls-only camps.
Our camp experiences are based on the belief that both boys and girls have the same interest level in cooking, or running around in the forest, but that each gender group may experience the activity differently.
We are not offering different camps for boys and girls based on the public’s generalities and perspective of how boys and girls should play, learn and behave. Instead, we offer a safe and respectful experience for each gender to learn, define, and shape who they are, without reinforcing gender stereotypes.
It's a Life-Changing Experience
A Typical Day at Fireside Hood Camps
7:00am – Wake-up and polar bear dip
7:30am – Get ready
8:00am – Prepare for breakfast
8:30am – Breakfast
9:00am – Clean up, brush teeth and prepare for full day
9:15am – Hood group meeting and review of daily plan
9:30am – Water Skills Activity (paddle boarding or canoeing)
10:45am – Snack
11:00am – 12:30pm – Land based skill
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – B.O.B. (bodies on bed) Rest Time
2:00pm – Adventure Activity (hiking, snorkeling, martial arts, , camp wide activities)
3:30pm – Snack/swim and/or free time activities
4:30pm – Gourmet cooking lesson or theatre games
5:45pm – Dinner and clean up
6:30pm – Evening Activities (LARP, structure building, camp theatre, fishing and/or survival skills
9:30pm – Brush teeth and story time
10:00pm – Lights out
Note: Our Fireside Hood Camps are lead by mature, skilled and experienced staff who have the character, knowledge and patience in providing a safe and amazing camp experience. This year, staff will send off daily WhatsApp photos and updates to give parents a sneak peek into their children’s Hood type of experiences.
Boyhood and Girlhood Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
Daily: Paddle boarding, basic wilderness skills, martial art training, swimming, arts & crafts, forest exploration, field games, fishing, front country camping and mindfulness sessions.
Specific: Theatre in the forest (3 times) with classes on improv., storytelling and live action role playing (LARP), hiking (3 times), gourmet cooking (2 meal workshops) and fort building.
Boyhood and Girlhood Halkett Bay Provincial Park
Daily: Canoeing, snorkeling, intensive wilderness skills, martial art training, swimming, arts & crafts, front country camping and mindfulness sessions. Also we will have a weekly emphasis on “forest theatre” with classes on improv., storytelling and a focus on live action role playing (LARP).
Specific: Hiking (3 times including a shoreline hike), build your own fishing rod, rafting building, climate change art project and forest foraging.
Hood Camp Staff
From east coast to west coast comes Alex. A Maritimer forever at heart, Alex has spent his whole life pursuing connection with others, with the belief that any progress in our world can only be made when people are ready, open and willing to work with one another. Alex spent his youth working through the Boys and Girls Club organization where he first started as a member, and worked his way to become a counsellor, program coordinator, and provincial and national youth council representative. After working in the film and television industry for almost 10 years, Alex finds himself back in the helping field, finishing up his Professional Counsellor’s diploma which he hopes to use in his pursuit to help youth and adults alike discover their true authentic voice. An experienced Muay Thai instructor and Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, Alex believes that health for young and old alike comes from a holistic balance of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well being.
Raised a Vancouverite, Brenna grew up with a passion for helping and a playful, creative energy which she has channeled through community theatre, dance, and working with kids. In her high school days, Brenna volunteered with children and youth in church programs, Coquitlam’s Reading Buddies program, and directing teen acting students in MetFest, a community-based theatrical arts showcase. She’s continued to work with kids into her adult years through day camps and sports activities.
Through her own lived experience, she decided that she wanted to pursue play therapy for children, and decided to make this goal a reality by beginning her studies in the realm of child & youth care, and eventually transitioning into professional counselling and life skills coaching. She is set to graduate with her diploma this coming March and aims to work with families, focusing on the value in connection and healthy relationship. Brenna is an advocate for holistic wellbeing, self-exploration, and self-love. She hopes to offer young people a safe space to explore who they authentically are and who they want to be, without limitations.
In her spare time, you’ll find Brenna with friends or family, outside exploring the beauty in West Coast nature, or learning new skills, whether it be a new instrument, singing, or physical activities.
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 the 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 providing 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 other's stories and experiences, not our right.