Youth Summer Camps

Our British Columbia outdoor adventure summer camps for youth and our B.C. school Eco Education programs are offered on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands off Vancouver Island B.C., Canada. They are fun, safe, exciting, educational and challenging. Small youth groups can participate in a wide spectrum of activities. Experienced staff share their knowledge of and love for the environment, teaching the intricate balance within the ecosystem.
 

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Day Camps




 

Overnight Marine Based




 

 

 

 

West Coast Surf Camp





 

 

Two Week Kayak and Surf Camp










Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey




Eagle Stare

Camp Photo




Wilderness Adventure Day Camp

For youth, ages 8-12 we offer an adventurous eclectic 5-day program full of challenges, fun and learning. Campers practice kayak strokes and rescues on beautiful Cusheon Lake, which prepares them for an ocean picnic paddle on the fourth day to a pristine white shell beach. They visit the indoor climbing gym in preparations for a day of rock climbing on spectacular Mt. Maxwell, combined with swimming, intertidal walks, initiative games and a camp out at Ruckle Park. This is an exciting introduction to experience nature's offerings & Island Escapades Adventures!



5- day, Day Camp (Ages 8-12)
July 25th - 29th 



Overnight Kayak Camp

Whether complete novices or seasoned paddlers, Marine Camp is designed to introduce or enhance individual knowledge of kayak strokes, rescues, and navigation, and foster great friendships. After two days of paddle skills, team-building and camping on Salt Spring, the group embarks on a fantastic kayak expedition in the Gulf Islands. Traveling northeast from Salt Spring, our route allows us to explore the eclectic cabin art on Wallace Island, through the swirling waters of Porlier Pass to the magic of Dionisio Point, along ancient Penelakut crushed shell middens at Tent Island and possibly even as far as the legendary Pirates Cove. This program can be combined with the July and August Surf Camps for an unforgettable 2-week West Coast Adventure. 

 

7 day, Overnight Kayak Camp (Ages 12-18)
July 16th-22nd & Aug.14th-20th



West Coast Surf Camp

Our talented team of instructors kicks off the program with an introduction to fundamental surf skills and then works throughout the week in the water to develop campers' individual skill sets as they tackle waves big & small at their own pace.  This program is a perfect mix of surfing & lessons, camping, hiking and a whole lot of West Coast fun, for beginner and experienced surfers alike.  All surf gear is provided including both short and long boards, and our base at the Ucluelet campground offers nice amenities, including a hot tub & sauna.  We surf several beaches around the Tofino/Pacific Rim region culminating with a surf competition and a day of Surf Olympics. This 6 day program can be combined with the July and August Kayaking camp for the two-week Kayak & Surf program on August 10th- 22nd.

6- day, Surf Camp (Ages 12- 18)
July 10th-15th & Aug. 21st- 26th

 


Kayak and Surf Camp

This program is an excellent combination of kayaking in the Gulf Islands and a Pacific Rim surfing excursion. Students are taught by seasoned instructors and are provided with all the necessary equipment. Kayaking base skills are learned through two days of training on Salt Spring Island, prior to an exciting kayak expedition through the beautiful island chains north of the island. Next, the Surf Program heads to Ucluelet and Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, for six days of catching waves and exploring the beaches. Campers gain a solid outdoor skill base while building a strong appreciation for West Coast water-based activities. Safety, skill acquisition, friendship, team building and most of all fun are the goals for this two-week program.



13-day, Kayak and Surf Camp (Ages 12- 18)
July 10th - 22nd & August 14th- 26th



Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey

Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey

If you are pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver or Gold Award most of our programs meet all or the majority of the requirements. Choose a Kayaking Expedition Camp and come knowing you will be supported in your goals! Customize expeditions for groups of 4 or more or ask about joining a pre-existing one-week Camp. Whether you are navigating coastal waters, cooking a delicious dinner over a campfire, or taking in the majestic marine life on your Gulf Islands kayak expedition, you’ll find an empowering team spirit to unleash capabilities you’ve never imagined. 

Bronze: Join any camp or customize your own three-day Adventure Journey upon request - $510.

Silver/Gold: Join any of our pre-existing one-week kayaking camps

Note: It is important to discuss with Island Escapades and the Duke of Edinburgh office to ensure you meet all the pre-trip and practice trip requirements and not just the Adventurous Journey.  

 

 




Tofino Surftrip, March 2016
Video by: Melwin Carstensen



Island Escapades Day Camp
Music Credits: 'The Bird and the Worm' by Owl City



Island Escapades West Coast Adventure Camp
Music Credits: 'Home' by Edward Sharpe
and the Magnetic Zeroes


Check out our video from 2010 camps!



                                            Island Escapades Eager Beavers Campership Fund


 

"In 2015, Island Escapades gave away over $1500 in discounts and camperships to help ensure kids from low-income families could experience a summer at camp. Can you help make camp a reality for an eager beaver this year?"

 

"My son, Jesse just came back from the surfcamp. He told me all about it, and just can't wait to go back again. In other words; he loved it! I am very impressed too. A big THANK YOU! "





"Our Thanks to all of you at Island Escapades for making Joby's Surf Camp so much fun!! Jack & Jasper & Candace, Joby enjoyed himself thoroughly...We know you all put so much into these Camps & it really shows..from the excellent meals to the many outdoor experiences & opportunities you provide for our kids...I'm sure Joby will be back for more next year... "