Summer Camps

Youth Academy summer camps combine fun and meaningful learning in robotics, coding, science, art and more. We look forward to welcoming you to North Island College campuses in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Port Alberni.

Schedule & Registration

The 2024 summer camp schedule is listed by location. Registration opens on April 5 at 9am.

* Important: Register using your child's name and date of birth. Participants must meet the camp minimum age by December 31, 2024.

NICBot Camp Jr | Ages 7-9 | $165 +GST

Learn to build a Lego robot while practicing teamwork, creativity and problem solving. This camp combines hands-on learning with discovery through active play.

STEM & Sport | Ages 9-11| $175+GST

Sport based activities will provide the framework for participants to explore and get excited about the world of Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Be prepared for fun in the outdoors.

STEM & Sport Jr | Ages 7-9 |$210 +GST

Get curious about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through sport-based activities, fun experiments, games and more. Prepare for outdoor fun.

NICBot Camp | Ages 9-13| $200 +GST

Learn how to build, program, and control a Lego robot. Practice creative thinking, problem solving, and working as part of a team! No prior robotics experience is required.

Note: There are simultaneous offerings of NICBot camp available in week 2.

NICBot Camp All Girls | Ages 9-13| $200+GST

Calling all girls! Explore building, programming, and controlling Lego EV3 robots while connecting with other females who share your passion. No prior experience required.

NICBot Camp Xtreme| Ages 11-13| $220+GST *Previous experience required*

In this iteration of the NICBot Camp, campers will use Lego robotics to explore advanced programming and builds. *Previous NICBot Camp experience is required*

STEAM Teens | Ages 11-13 | $235+GST

Combine Art with STEM to ignite your inner creativity! Featuring hands on experiments, innovative builds, creative design, coding, and programming digital projects.

Code Con| Ages 11-13| $235+GST

Learn the foundations of coding while building your own video game and getting creative with hands-on tech! This camp is geared towards beginner/intermediate coders.

No camps scheduled on the Comox Valley Campus.

No camps scheduled on the Comox Valley Campus.

Fine Art & Multi-Media | Ages 11-13| $235

Be an artist in residence for a week at NIC’s Shadbolt Studios. Explore mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, multi-media creative projects and more. Be part of an art show and bring home a personal portfolio.

NICBot Camp | Ages 9-13| $200 +GST

Learn how to build, program, and control a Lego robot. Practice creative thinking, problem solving, and working as part of a team! No prior robotics experience is required.

* Important: Register using your child's name and date of birth. Participants must meet the camp minimum age by December 31, 2024.

NICBot Camp | Ages 9-13| $200 +GST

Learn how to build, program, and control a Lego robot. Practice creative thinking, problem solving, and working as part of a team! No prior robotics experience is required.

Note: There are two simultaneous offerings of NICBot camp available in week 4.

NICBot Camp All Girls | Ages 9-13| $200+GST

Calling all girls! Explore building, programming, and controlling Lego EV3 robots while connecting with other females who share your passion. No prior experience required.

NICBot Camp Xtreme| Ages 11-13| $220+GST *Previous experience required*

In this iteration of the NICBot Camp, campers will use Lego robotics to explore advanced programming and builds. *Previous NICBot Camp experience is required*

* Important: Register using your child's name and date of birth. Participants must meet the camp minimum age by December 31, 2024.

NICBot Camp | Ages 9-13| $200 +GST

Learn how to build, program, and control a Lego robot. Practice creative thinking, problem solving, and working as part of a team! No prior robotics experience is required.

Summer 2024 schedule TBA.

Youth Academy Camp Guide

Contact Youth Academy

Email: youthacademy@nic.bc.ca

Phone: 250-334-5000 x 4310

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30pm

The college is closed on statutory holidays.

Need to Knows

NIC Youth Academy offers financial assistance for eligible families through a fee subsidy program. Families can apply by filling out the application form found under "Quick Links". Applicants should review the subsidy program overview information provided on the application form before sending the completed form to youthacademy@nic.bc.ca.

Subsidies are provided to eligible families once per child on a first come first serve basis, while funds last. Not all eligible applicants will receive a subsidy. Subsidy applications are accepted while resources last. For more information about the fee subsidy program please review the application form, or contact youthacademy@nic.bc.ca.

Please contact Youth Academy to find out about your options.

If your child has a medical condition, please contact Youth Academy as soon as possible. This way NIC can ensure your child has a safe and positive experience at camp.

All Youth Academy camps are peanut/nut free environments. Youth will be asked not to bring peanut/nut snacks with them to camp and any snacks provided will be peanut/nut free. Please be sure to communicate your child’s allergy and severity of the reaction on your camp forms. If your child carries an epi-pen or special medication, please contact Youth Academy.

Youth Academy does not provide Education Assistants for summer camps. Please contact Youth Academy and we will be happy to work with you to find a solution that works for your child.

Please send your child to camp with a peanut/nut free lunch and snacks as well as drinks to sustain them throughout the day.

You can register online. Click the link on the camp that you’re interested in to register online.

Online- Payment methods accepted are major credit card. You must pay at the time of registration to hold your spot.

Please inquire with Youth Academy prior to registration to find out the most up to date information.

Full refunds are provided for cancellations, however within one week of the camp start date there are no refunds given. Please contact youthacademy@nic.bc.ca if you need to cancel.

A link to camp forms will be provided via email to registered participants 2-4 weeks before their camp start date. The forms will also be available under Quick Links on the summer camps page.

If there is a delay in sending out camp forms, an update will be provided on the Youth Academy website.

Youth Academy camps start at 9 am and end at 3 pm. We currently do not have before or after camp care in place. Please drop off no earlier than 8:45 am and pickup no later than 3 pm.

Specific drop off and pickup instructions by camp/location will be provided in your camp information package that will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks prior to your camp start date. Due to COVID19, drop off and pickup procedures may change. Please refer to your camp information package and email updates for the most up to date information. If you are unsure of where to drop off or pickup your child – please contact youthacademy@nic.bc.ca.

For camps at all locations, please come with your child to sign them in each day. There will be a staff member out front the building to assist you.

Parking: Please park in designated parking zones and avoid parking and idling in fire lanes, staff parking and bus areas.

Campus Maps and directions:

If there are further questions about drop off instructions please contact the Youth Academy.

If your child is unwell or injured at camp and cannot fully take part in the group’s activities, the camp leader may determine that a child needs to be picked up. If a child is unwell or injured and medical care is required, camp staff will call first aid first, and then place a call to the parents.

NIC is a closed campus for Youth Academy participants, meaning all campers are not allowed to leave campus alone.

Campers must be signed in and out each day of camp. If a parent is unavailable to sign the child out, alternate plans for pickups at the end of the day must be approved by a parent/guardian.

If for any reason your child will be late, absent or picked up early, please communicate the circumstances to camp staff or email Youth Academy immediately. If a child is not accounted for and there is no communicated absence, the parent/guardians will be notified but ultimately it will be the parent/guardian's responsibility to follow up on the child’s whereabouts.

NIC takes its commitment to providing a safe environment for youth to explore their passions very seriously. All Youth Academy participants and staff are expected to treat individuals, equipment and the spaces utilized for camp activities with the upmost respect. Participants are always required to follow safety rules and guidelines. Parents will be notified if behaviour is unsafe or inappropriate. The parent/guardian will be responsible for picking up the child should it be deemed necessary.

Youth Academy has a zero-tolerance policy in regard to behaviours such as bullying, harassment, discrimination, racism, and physical violence of any kind. This policy extends to illegal activities during camp hours. Violation will result in removal from the camp with no refund.

Cellphone, earbuds/earphones and other personal electronic device use will not be permitted during camp. Cellphones and personal devices/electronics may be stored in the participants backpack. If necessary, cellphones may be used at break times with permission and supervision from a camp leader, for the sole purpose of communicating with a supporting adult. If cellphones or other devices become an issue during camp the camp leader will call the supporting adult or the emergency contact to come and pick the item up. If the device becomes an issue on multiple occasions the camper may be removed from the camp without refund. Please discuss this policy and the consequences with your child.

Parents/guardians must arrive at check in with their child daily. If your child is arriving alone via bus or on foot, or with another family, please indicate such on their forms. It is the parent/guardians responsibility to ensure that the child is signed in at the beginning of the day.

Items to bring to camp:

  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing that can get wet or dirty.
  • Lunch and snacks (NUT/PEANUT FREE)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen, hat, running shoes
  • Closed toe shoes are recommended for all camps
  • Be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activity each day!

Youth Academy is seeking confident and enthusiastic individuals ages 16+ to assist camp instructors. Camp hours are 9am-3pm Monday to Friday. There are several camps offered across a variety of interest areas. Volunteers may be eligible to receive credits towards high school graduation. Please contact Youth Academy at youthacademy@nic.bc.ca for more information about the opportunities available. We are excited to hear from you!

Summer camps are made possible by: