Humanities day camps

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Our experienced staff is committed to fostering creativity, promoting discovery, and learning in a fun and safe environment.

Not your average summer camps

The Faculty of Humanities' Summer Day-Camps (SCAMPS) run in July and August this year. Get the UVic Advantage with camps planned by experts and run by highly-educated staff so your child(ren) will learn as they play this summer (we promise, they won’t even notice). These aren't your average summer camps!

Summer 2019 Camps are offered in French, English, and German!

“Sous l’Océan” July 8-12 | Offered in French only | 5-12 years

  • Climb aboard the SCAMPS submarine as we discover diverse sea life at the Salish sea center, create ocean inspired crafts, learn about ocean processes with wacky science experiments and much more! This week will feature field trips, a beach day, camp games, sports and lots of time outside! 

 “Dans la forêt” July 15-19 | Offered in French only | 5-12 years

  • Calling all adventurers! Join us for a week of nature-based games, crafts, and stories as we explore the forests around UVic. We will be learning about the weird and wonderful creatures of Vancouver Island at the butterfly gardens and the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. Activities include out-trips, camp games, fort building, knot tying, fairy house building, a day at the beach, crafts and much more! 

 “Aventures en français” July 22-26 | Offered in French only | 5-12 years

  • Pack your bags, we are going on a ‘trip’ around the world! We will be learning about French cultures from Canada to the Caribbean, Africa, the South Pacific, and of course France itself through games, sports, food, crafts and music. We are planning out-trips to Fort Rodd Hill, Beacon Hill Park, a French Bakery, and the IMAX Theater as well. This week also includes camp games and time in the pool!

 “La vie ici” July 29-Aug 2 | Offered in French only | 5-12 years

  • From the depths of the Salish Sea to the top of mount Doug, join us as we discover the awesome history and culture Victoria has to offer!  This place-based week is rooted in direct experience and will focussed on the history, ecology and geography of our area. We will explore the wonderful wacky creatures of Vancouver island at the Swan Lake Sanctuary, delve into the spooky ghost stories of Chinatown, participate in a native plants scavenger hunt at Beacon Hill Park, explore the rich Coast Salish culture of the area at an ancient village site, try our hand at cedar basket weaving, climb (ancient) glaciers at Mount Doug Park and much more!

“Samurai Safari” scheduled for Aug 6-9 | Offered in English (campers will learn some Japanese) | 5-12 years

  • Jump into the ancient world of the Samurai warrior. Did you know the Samurai were philosophers, poets and artists as well as some of the fiercest warriors ever? In activities led by UVic students of Japanese, campers will learn about Japanese language and culture, try their hands at calligraphy, make their own katana (sword), rehearse battle practices at Victoria Gymnastics, and even make sushi! Of course, there will be lots of outdoor time and maybe even a battle royale – sword fighting or poetry slam, as your camper prefers!

“Text Bytes” scheduled for Aug 12-16 | Offered in English | 5-12 years

  • Do you have a passion for books? Learn how communication has developed over time from ancient graffiti, to scrolls and quills in the Middle Ages, through to the invention of the printing press and the internet! Over the course of this week campers will write a short story, make their own paper and ink, and hand-stitch their creation into a book with linocut or potato-print illustrations! 

 “Unter dem meer” scheduled for Aug 12-16 | Offered in German only | 5-12 years

  • Climb aboard the SCAMPS submarine as we discover diverse sea life at the Salish sea center, create ocean inspired crafts, learn about ocean processes with wacky science experiments and much more! This week will also feature field trips, a beach day, camp games, sports and lots of time outside!

Ages: We have designed the camps with two streams in mind: one for 5-8 year-olds, and another for 8-12 year-olds. Sometimes campers will participate in activities all together, and other times they will be divided up to pursue developmentally-appropriate activities. If you have concerns about your child’s level of participation, please do not hesitate to contact us at scamps@uvic.ca.

Standards policy

Your child(ren) will be supervised by a team of leaders experienced in organizing activities for children. Staff is chosen with the utmost care in terms of:

  • Qualifications – educators have expertise in the relevant subject areas
  • experience with children
  • reference checks
  • criminal record check
  • first-aid certification

The maximum leader/child ratio will be 1 to 7.

Behaviour: Educators use a variety of strategies to implement the standards policy: setting limits; using natural and logical consequences; offering appropriate choices; using positive reinforcement; encouraging effective problem solving. As attendees and educators are expected to live and act in a spirit of mutual respect at all times, children who repeatedly engage in disruptive behaviour and ignore warnings shall be asked to leave the program. 

Fees, hours and contact information

Fees: $290/child/session. Discounts apply for registering in 3 or more camps.

Hours: Camps run from 9-4.

Before and After Care: Before and after camp care is available at a rate of $35/week extra. Before camp care is from 8:00-9:00 am; after camp care is from 4:00-5:00 pm.

For more information please email scamps@uvic.ca or call professor Stephen Ross at 250-721-7237.

 

Pro-D Day camps

SCAMPS day-camps on designated Professional Development (Pro-D) days will give your child(ren) a safe, energetic and inquisitive place to be. These Pro-D day camps feature bite-sized versions of the longer camps we run in the summer. They are themed to ensure maximum interest and engagement from participants, and are led by enthusiastic, warm, caring leaders.

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Camps are run in either a French immersion environment or an English language environment (see below for details). French camps for 2018-19 are as follows:

  • Aventures en Français (5-10 years) - October 19
  • Les Débrouillards (5-10 years) - November 23
  • Sous l’Océan (5-10 years) - February 15
  • Aventures dans le Forêt (5-10 years) - May 17

English camps are as follows:

  • Code Crackers (7-10 years) - October 19
  • Clash of Kings (5-8 years) - November 23
  • Text Bytes (7-10 years) - February 15
  • Goddesses and Gladiators (5-10 years) - May 17

Whether in French or English, all the camps include some combination of

  • outdoor activities (outdoor games, nature walks, excursions to the beach)
  • arts and crafts (painting, origami, etc.)
  • swimming pool visit
  • field trips to Fort Rodd Hill, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, Craigdarroch Castle, and more

Your child(ren) will be supervised by a team of leaders experienced in organizing activities for children. Staff is chosen with the utmost care in terms of:

  • qualifications
  • experience with children
  • reference checks
  • criminal record check
  • first-aid certification

The maximum leader/child ratio will be 1 to 10.

Standards policy

Educators use a variety of strategies to implement the standards policy: setting limits; using natural and logical consequences; offering appropriate choices; using positive reinforcement; encouraging effective problem solving.

As attendees and educators are expected to live and act in a spirit of mutual respect at all times, children who repeatedly engage in disruptive behaviour and ignore warnings shall be asked to leave the program.

Fees, hours and contact information

Fees: $55/child/session.

Hours: Camps run from 9-4. Before and after camp care is provided as part of the registration for those who request it. Before camp care is from 8-9 a.m. After camp care is from 4-5 p.m.

For more information please email  or call associate professor Stephen Ross at 250-721-7237.