Whatever your schedule or child’s interests, Esquimalt Recreation likely has a summer program that will ensure your camper has an exciting, engaging summer.

Laugh, learn + play: Summer fun starts with Esquimalt child and youth camps

What does your child’s ideal summer look like?

Swimming? Creative play? Outdoor recreation? Sports?

All of the above?!

If any or all sound like your youngster, an Esquimalt Parks & Recreation summer camp is the place for them!

“We’ve added some new camps that we’re really excited to share,” says Robbie Young, Esquimalt’s Recreation Supervisor.

Youths interested in future recreation work can check out Esquimalt’s new Youth Training Program for 12 to 15-year-olds that also includes two weeks of volunteering with the Township’s summer camps, special events or at the rec centre. At the end, they’ll have knowledge, terrific experience and valuable volunteer hours!

Esquimalt’s Preschool Camps have lots in store for three to five-year-olds. Filled with activities and opportunities to explore, choose from activity-focused camps like Jumpin’ Jellybeans and Let’s Play Soccer, creative camps like Artful Antics and Tots at the Table, the new Little Scientists Camp, or for junior explorers, Nature Adventures!

While Esquimalt’s Summer Playgrounds program and Licensed Out of School Care fill quickly (waitlists will be taken), there’s lots more happening with the specialty camps, serving older children and youth.

Offering an active, creative outlet during those long summer days, camps range from Harry Potter-themed favourites like Dumbledore’s Army to Introduction to Coding. What’s new? Check out Island Explorers, a chance to travel the city and explore the coolest parks, playgrounds and activities, The Amazing Race, Wilderness Survival, Musical Theatre Camp and Pokémon Trainers.

Regardless of the camp theme, Esquimalt’s leaders make the difference.

“Parents know our leaders really care and they’re there to provide an awesome time for their kids,” Young says.

The hours to suit your schedule:

Whatever your schedule, there’s a program to ensure your camper has an exciting, engaging summer.

• Full-day Summer Playgrounds and Specialty Camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an additional fee, extended care is available from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. for school-aged children in camps at Esquimalt Rec Centre, Bullen Park or Archie Browning Sports Centre ONLY. Register separately for extended care.

• Licensed Out of School Care camps run 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays with main camp activities from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Preschool camps run 9:30 a.m. to noon.

• No camps run on statutory holidays, July 1 and Aug. 5.

Before you register:

Your camper’s Camp Emergency form provides information needed to ensure a safe, enjoyable summer and must be completed either online (search course #16498 or “Camp Emergency Form” in the program catalog at esquimalt.ca/programs) or in person at Esquimalt Recreation Centre before registration. If your child takes medication during program hours, also complete an Authorization to Administer Medication form.

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