By Angela Cowan/News staff
Between rock climbing, glee camps, and even secret agent training, kids will have plenty of opportunity to keep busy this summer.
West Shore Parks and Recreation has dozens of options for toddlers to teens for virtually every interest.
World Cup-themed soccer camps are available for preschoolers up to pre-teens that include skill development, mini games and a World Cup t-shirt.
Those with an interest in the theatrical arts can practice their singing, dancing and acting at the glee club. And mad scientists and spies in training can participate in camps that introduce forensic science, chemical reactions and spy equipment like metal detectors and night-vision goggles.
Other camps include 3D animation training where pre-teens and teens put together their own short film, chess camps for beginners and intermediate players and Marine Discovery Adventures, which takes participants to Pearson College for a week of hands-on marine learning.
Teens can rock climb and paintball with their friends, or take part in one of the leadership courses to learn skills to be a camp leader or babysitter. First aid and Foodsafe courses are also offered.
“We give them a lot of options and variety to choose from,” said Alex Matthew, recreation coordinator for the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.
“I think it’s important to get kids involved with the community. It gives them a chance to make friends and get out and do things they might not have the chance to do at home.”
The centre also offers Roving Play Parks, a free program available to six to 12 year olds that travels to different parks all over the city every day.
For more information about upcoming programs, visit westshorerecreation.ca.