Each year, summer camp traditions return—diving into the lake, telling campfire stories, and most of all, connecting with fellow campers. This summer, with BC gradually and cautiously reopening, some outdoor camps have made big changes to their usual offerings. You can expect to find creative, virtual alternatives to the typical camp experience.
Easter Seals BC/Yukon is taking 50 years of summer camp experience for children, youth and adults with diverse abilities online! Easter Seals Camp@Home is a virtual summer camp with fun, interactive activities. Campers will have an experienced counsellor present at all times, leading favourite traditions like campfire sing-alongs as well as role-playing game adventures, crafts, cooking and more.
Each week’s camp is centered on a different theme, like “Animal Kingdom” or “Superheroes”. Campers will receive a Camper Kit filled with everything they’ll need for the week’s activities, like books, games, or materials for arts and crafts projects. Some activities will bring the whole camp together, while others will take place in smaller Buddy Groups. Just like with overnight camp, campers can expect to find a safe and supportive environment to connect with one another and have fun.
Some camp experiences focus on learning new skills or exploring a talent. Developmental Disabilities Association has put together a list of virtual camps and workshops keeping kids of all abilities engaged this summer. The list includes programs centered on theatre, dance, coding, game creation and more.
Summer is also a time when community events bring people together. This year, virtual gatherings are keeping us #TogetherApart.
ConnecTra Society is hosting ConnecTogether, a virtual community gathering, until June 30th. The program schedule includes live and interactive webinars, podcasts, accessible fitness programs and more. Learn to cook, go on a virtual hike, or join the Vancouver Adapted Music Society for a mini-school session.
If you’re interested in the arts, Creative Users Projects gathers accessible arts and culture events from across Canada, including workshops, camps, classes, festivals, and more. You can browse their events page for virtual experiences or sign up for their newsletter to receive a weekly update on events, opportunities, and resources.
What other summer activities are you excited about? Leave us a comment and let us know!