Summer Camps

Youth Academy Summer Camps combine fun and meaningful, hands-on learning in focus areas such as STEM, Health, Arts & Digital, Language Arts and more.

2021 summer camp schedule announced! Online registration is now open. See below for full details of summer camps in your area.

2021 Summer Camp Schedule

Youth Academy summer camps run Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm weekly during July and August. Click on your location below, choose your camp and follow the links for online registration. You can also review our "Need to Knows" section to find further camp details.

NICBot Camp | 9-14 Years | July 5-9 & August 23-27 | $200 +GST

Learn how to build, program and control Lego EV3 Robots. No prior experience required. This year’s camp will be offered as a combination of previous Level 1 and “Xtreme” camps with expansion kits available for those with prior robotics experience* 

*Inquire with Youth Academy after registration 

NICBot Camp *Girls Only* |9-14 Years | July 12-16| $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. “Xtreme” expansion kits available for those with prior robotics experience* 

*Inquire with Youth Academy after registration 

Mad Scientist | Ages 12-14 | July 5-9 & August 9-13 | $235 +GST 

Explore optics in physics, create reactions in chemistry, and navigate the wonders of life in biology. Take part in hands on experiments, fun games, and challenges. Be prepared for anything! 

S.T.E.A.M Teens |Ages 12-14 | July 19-23  | $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 12-14July 26-30 | $235 +GST 

Discover what exists behind the scenes of the digital world we work and play in. Learn popular coding languages and how to program creative digital projects. The sky is the limit! 

Future Health Leaders | Ages 14-16 | Aug 3-6  | $185 +GST* 4 day camp 

This interactive, fun-focused sampler explores professions in Health and Human Services. Learn hands on skills like CPR, take part in labs and challenges, and see what it takes to be a health care hero! 

Jr. Adventure Guides | Ages 12-14 | Aug 16-20  | $220 + GST 

Prepare for your next wilderness adventure! Learn the fundamentals of wilderness safety and survival, navigation and orienteering, leadership and communication skills and take part in fun outdoor challenges! 

French Language Camp | Ages 12-14 | Aug 23-27  | $220+GST 

Be prepared for high school this September with fun, interactive activities, games, and challenges – all in French!

NICBot Camp | 9-14 Years | July 19-23 & August 16-20 | $200 +GST

Learn how to build, program and control Lego EV3 Robots. No prior experience required. This year’s camp will be offered as a combination of previous Level 1 and “Xtreme” camps with expansion kits available for those with prior robotics experience* 

*Inquire with Youth Academy after registration 

NICBot Camp*Girls Only* |9-14 Years | July 26-30 | $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. “Xtreme” expansion kits available for those with prior robotics experience* 

*Inquire with Youth Academy after registration 

NICBot Camp | 9-14 Years | August 9-13 | $200 +GST

Learn how to build, program and control Lego EV3 Robots. No prior experience required. This year’s camp will be offered as a combination of previous Level 1 and “Xtreme” camps with expansion kits available for those with prior robotics experience* 

*Inquire with Youth Academy after registration 

NICBot Camp | 9-14 Years | August 3-6 | $170 +GST

Learn how to build, program and control Lego EV3 Robots. No prior experience required. This year’s camp will be offered as a combination of previous Level 1 and “Xtreme” camps with expansion kits available for those with prior robotics experience* 

*Inquire with Youth Academy after registration 

Need to Knows

Prior to camp start, participants will receive an email containing the appropriate forms required for participation. These include Parent/Guardian Informed Consent, Medical Information, COVID19 and permission to publish forms. Forms will also be linked below when available. It is imperative that camp forms be received by NIC prior to your child’s participation. Please follow all instructions in the information package emailed. If you have questions or concerns, please contact youthacademy@nic.bc.ca.

Please contact the Youth & Community Outreach Liaison to find out about your options.

If your child has a medical condition please be sure to indicate it on the camp forms and follow up with the Youth & Community Outreach Liaison 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 touch base directly with the Youth & Community Outreach Liaison.

Youth Academy does not provide Education Assistants for summer camps. Please communicate directly with the Youth & Community Outreach Liaison, who 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.

At this time, there are no subsidies or bursaries in place, however please contact the Youth & Community Outreach Liaison prior to registering to find out the most up to date information.

Two weeks prior to camp start day – full refund.

Inside two weeks, no refunds are not provided. Please contact the Youth & Community Outreach Liaison to find out about your options.

A link to camp forms will be provided via email to registered participants no later than June 1. On this date, forms will also be available online at www.nic.bc.ca/youth-academy.

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 & Community Outreach Liaison.

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 the Youth & Community Outreach Liaison 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 regards to behaviours such as bullying, harassment, discrimination, racism, and physical violence of any kind. This policy extends to illegal activities during camp hours such as alcohol, drugs, smoking/vaping and theft. Parents will be notified, and the participant will be sent home without refund.

On the first day of camp parents/guardians must arrive at check in with their child. 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:

  • (2) disposable, or re-usable personal face masks
  • 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, and are required for Mad Scientist and Future Health Leader camps.
  • Be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activity each day!

Please direct all Youth Academy related inquiries to the Youth & Community Outreach Liaison. Student Services is to be contacted for registration and refund request purposes only.

Ali Sandholm, Youth & Community Outreach Liaison
(ph) 250-334-5000 ext 4310
(e) youthacademy@nic.bc.ca

Student services and registration: 1-800-715-0914

Youth Academy is seeking confident and enthusiastic individuals ages 16+ to assist camp instructors with summer camp related activities. 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 Ali Sandholm, Youth & Community Outreach Liaison youthacademy@nic.bc.ca for more information about the opportunities available. We are excited to hear from you!

Please see our health and safety guidelines implemented for Youth Academy summer camps as per orders of the Provincial Health Office.

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These generous sponsors have made contributions to the following Youth Academy Summer Camps

2021 NICBot Camp Sponsors

2021 STEAM Teens & CODE Con