Summer Camps

Youth Academy summer camps combine fun and meaningful hands-on learning in a variety of educational focus areas. In summer 2023, we look forward to welcoming new and returning campers to NIC’s campuses in the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Port Alberni.

Schedule & Registration (Registration Opens April 5)

Camp welcome packages are sent via email 1 week prior to camp start. All information is sent to the email address used to register. Please check your inboxes as well as Junk mail folders for this information. The camp guide and camp forms are available for download below.

* Important: Register using your child's name and date of birth.

* Before completing registration confirm you have selected the correct location for your camp as some camp titles provide multiple date and location options.

Week 1: July 4-7 (4 Day Camp)

NICBot Camp (details & registration) | Ages 9-13 | July 4-7 | $165 +GST
* New seats added for this date. To register, click the "details and registration" link above and then select CAMP-LEGO-CVS3*

STEM & Sport (details & registration) |Ages 9-11 | July 4-7 | $175+GST

Week 2: July 10-14

NICBot Camp Xtreme (details & registration) | Ages 11-13 | July 10-14 | $220 + GST

NICBot Camp *All Girls* (details & registration) | Ages 9-13 | July 10-14 | $200 + GST

STEM & Sport (details & registration) | Ages 9-11 | July 10-14 | $210 + GST

Week 3: July 17-21

CODE-Con (details & registration) | Ages 11-13 | July 17-21 | $235+GST

Week 4: July 24-28

Mad Scientist Camp (details & registration) | Ages 11-13 | July 24-28 | $235+GST

Week 5: July 31- Aug

NICBot Camp (details & registration) | Ages 9-13 | July 31-Aug 4 | $200 +GST

* Important: Register using your child's name and date of birth.

* Before completing registration confirm you have selected the correct location for your camp as some camp titles provide multiple date and location options.

Week 3: July 17-21

NICBot Camp (details & registration) | Ages 9-13 | July 17-21 | $200 +GST
*New seats added for this date. To register click “details & registration” above and then select CAMP-LEGO-CRS2*

Week 4: July 24-28

NICBot Camp Xtreme (details & registration) | Ages 11-13| July 24-28 | $220 + GST

NICBot Camp *All Girls* (details & registration) | Ages 9-13| July 24-28 | $200 + GST

Week 5: July 31 - Aug 4

Jr. Ecologist (details & registration)| Ages 12-15| July 31–Aug 3, 9am-1pm (4 day program) | $250 +GST
*Subsidies available on our website under “Quick Links”

* Important: Register using your child's name and date of birth.

* Before completing registration confirm you have selected the correct location for your camp as some camp titles provide multiple date and location options.

Week 7: August 14-18

NICBot Camp (details & registration)| Ages 9-13| August 14-18 | $200 +GST

Stay tuned!

Youth Academy Camp Guide

Download the camp guide for information about the Youth Academy experience.

To find further camp details, view our Need to Knows and Quick Links sections.

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

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

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 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

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 for more information about the opportunities available. We are excited to hear from you!

What are Youth Academy summer camps like?

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