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  • Type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $200 to $400/day
  • Ages:
    7 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    15 to 30
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About Vancouver Outdoor Society

    Your Beyond Adventure - We bring not only the excitement of outdoor experiences but an adventurous journey with family engagement to explore, discover and develop “the self”. Over ten years, we've created multiple outdoor activities, including summer camps, holiday camps, semester long programs, for parents to help their children build character traits of Honesty, Leadership, Trust, Courage, and Patience that lead to future success.

    Our educational programming impels youth into challenging activities that are new, adventurous and attention-committing experiences. These experiences allow participants to engage in ongoing self-reflection and transfer the expanded mature understanding into their lives back home.

    • Special needs: Not available


    COVID-19 Response 

    Health and safety are always our priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemics, we conduct a policy to protect our participants, such as the requirement of double vaccinations for all participants, triple vaccinations & rapid tests before trips for staff. To reduce physical contact with others, we live in a separated dorm facility and are transported by VOS vehicles and drivers.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Vancouver Outdoor Society


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Vancouver Outdoor Society currently has 4 programs available; 3 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel
    $1,600 to $4,900
    Vancouver, BC
    3454 W 36th Ave
    May 11, 2022-Oct 31, 2023$1,600 - $4,900
    Travel
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 18
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,100
    Arts & Crafts|Hiking|Sailing/Marine Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 13 - 18
    Adventure (multi)
    $2,950 to $3,450
    Squamish, BC
    3190 University Boulevard
    Jul 03-16 $2,950 - $3,450
    Squamish, BC
    3190 University Boulevard
    Jul 24-Aug 06$2,950 - $3,450
    Squamish, BC
    3190 University Boulevard
    Aug 14-27 $2,950 - $3,450
    Wilderness Skills|Mountain Biking|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Whitewater Rafting
    Ropes Course|Mountain Biking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Whitewater Rafting
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 17
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,000
    Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Leadership Training|Track and Field|Zip Line
    Cooking|Leadership Training|Mountain Biking|Skiing|Ice Skating|Track and Field
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 18
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,000
    Wilderness Skills|Hiking|Fishing|Zip Line



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    User reviews of Vancouver Outdoor Society


    The magic of experiential education
    Lydia's Mom (Parent)

    A 5-day ski trip could change my child in a positive way! The experiential education not only allowed him to get the fun of learning during various activities but also inspired him to take initiative to learn the abilities and knowledge that he wanted. The instructors always encouraged my son to face and solve problems during the program, facilitating him to learn and rethink from their experience. I believe that is why my child could grow up every day with joy. ... Read More

    An unforgettable experience that changed my life
    Lucy (Camper)

    Joining this camp made me realize to be grateful for my surrounding. It made me experience camping and make me have opinions on things that we have like warmth and food. I also made friends with people I would not normally talk to, creating inside jokes and stranger relationships. Going away to these camps has made me more vocal and accepting of trying new things and new foods. I was able to take all the positive tools and strategies that I learned at camp and bring them back to school and be more successful ... Read More

    My physical and emotional limits grew each day
    Jason (Camper)

    “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something. You can do it, as long as you believe 100 percent.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger Throughout the camp, my physical and emotional limits grew each day. As my limits grew, I also expanded my comfort level. I became a lot more natural and less nervous in different scenarios. Looking back at the Arnold quote now, I can see what he meant when he said, “As long as you can envision the fact that you can do something you can do it.” Throughout the trek, I learned that if you want to achieve something, you can do it as long as you have the vision and the resilience to push through to achieve your goal. Throughout this trip I learned to not always focus on the bad things and magnify them. Sometimes things go sideways and you can do nothing about it, but you can always push through and see the bright side of the problem ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Squamish, BC
    3190 University Boulevard, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0P8
    Vancouver, BC
    3454 W 36th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 2R9
    Vancouver, BC
    Sasamat Trail ( W 33rd Ave & Carmosun street), Vancouver, British Columbia

    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Dorm or Building

    Amenities

    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: High quality university dorm

    Are meals provided? Yes



    Rentals & Services

    Offers children's birthday party packages: Yes


    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Robert Greer, Director
    20 years experience of national director level at Outward Bound, in Canada, the USA and Hong Kong

    I would like to share with families that though I have dedicated my professional career to outdoor and experiential education, my mission and interests go well beyond simply teaching fun activities in outdoor wilderness environments.  My main passion is to learn, and help others to learn, about the discovery of the “Self.” 

    1. “Who am I,?
    2. “What am I?” 
    3. “What am I capable of?” 
    4. “What do I want and who do I want to be.” 

     

    These ancient universal questions educators, families and cultures have been struggling to answer and teach youth from before recorded history. After having facilitated over a million outdoor field teaching hours with tens of thousands of youth, I have concluded that the answers to these important character-defining universal questions are best learned while participating in outdoor education programs.

    The unique challenges, risks and unknown outcome of experiences found in outdoor learning provides youth with the fastest and most powerful path to personal growth changes. This growth ignites young people’s interest and motivation to become successful mature creative thinkers and engaged responsible citizens. This ignition leads youth to master the four key life skills of social intelligence, self-awareness, communication and cooperation.

    The exploration and mastery of these four key life skills is the main activity and objective of the Vancouver Outdoor Society outdoor education programs. These key skills also are the essence of all experiential (learning by doing) education in the outdoors. 



    Stories

    • About Vancouver Outdoors Society

      What do families and their children really need in outdoor education?


      Over the ten years, the Vancouver Outdoor Society (VOS) has strived to answer this question through lots of dialogue with families before, during, and after our programs. We found that participants want more than a fun activity but a meaningful experience that creates personal growth; parents look for a reliable educational partner that can assist them to guide their children from childhood to adult years and nurture positive relationships with their children.

      To respond to the desires of families and participants, we design a wide variety of outdoor activities that incorporate VOS big 5 character traits (Honesty, Leadership, Trust, Courage, Patience) into the program, helping participants to discover and develop “self” through challenges and outdoor adventures. We also work closely with parents to harness the power of program experience to influence the lives of their children.

      The VOS outdoor adventure, cultural exploration and educational philosophy offer youth a chance to learn beyond just how to have fun in the outdoors and the skills to live and travel in the wilderness. We aim to build character for the youth and foster resilient leaders for the future. Your beyond adventure starts from here!



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