Kids’ Guide to Summer

Kids have it made when it comes to summer in Fernie, both those living here or visiting. The options available are impressive and grow with each year – from tennis to disc golf, gymnastics to river exploration, drama to reading clubs… it can be almost overwhelming to decide! 

Which is exactly why annually we pull together this overview, to help you and your children figure out what is best suited to them and your family’s schedules this July and August. Additionally, there are many one-time events and weekly opportunities. Stay on top of what’s coming up by visiting our events calendar online and/or picking up the monthly issues of the Fix!

ARTS AND EDUCATION

The Arts Station - Club Cre8
Every Monday this summer, kids can get creative with different summer art activities. It runs mornings 9:30am-noon or afternoons 12:30-3pm. Available for kids K to Grade 5. Everyone is welcome for activities indoors and outdoors at the Arts Station, supplies included. 

The Arts Station - Shine Theatre Workshop 
Join Sadie and Rachel at the Fernie Arts Station for this workshop aimed at kids ages 7-12 intrigued with drama. This drama workshop includes singing, acting, poetry and movement with a performance to follow. Running July 16-18 and August 13-15, 9:30am-3:30pm. 

Check out theartsstation.com for more offerings including Art Play Camp for ages 5-7, Sewing and Pottery days for ages 8+, Fernie Youth Art Collective sessions for ages 11-14 plus a new Senior Fernie Youth Art Collective for ages 14+ kicking off this summer with a teen mural project.

Fernie Heritage Library
Every year, the Fernie Heritage Library hosts different clubs and programs for kids of various ages. From reading clubs to weekly crafts, garden programs to music, there is always a lot going on at the Library. 
Stay up to date by visiting ferrnie.bclibrary.ca or by following them on social media  
@fernieheritagelibrary. 

Young Entrepreneurship Camp
Learn the leadership, creativity, drive, and persistence it takes to run a business. Children come up with a product to sell at the Fernie Mountain Market, where they put newfound skills to use! Mornings are 
all business, and afternoons are spent adventuring around Fernie. Lindsay is an elementary/high school teacher in the Elk Valley, looking to give kids a fun, real-world experience. July 2-7, 9-14, and July 23-28 for ages 8-12. lindsaysnea@gmail.com 

ATHLETICS

Gymnastics
Spend the summer with Elk Valley Gymnastics. Their weekly camps are filled with gymnastics, ninja, circus, crafts and out trips. Camps for preschoolers are 9:30-11:30 am and schooled-aged 6-9 years 
are from 9am-2pm. Camps begin the week of July 8 and run until Aug 27. Visit their website elkvalleygymnastics.com for details. 

BIKING
Fernie Alpine Resort - Kids Freeride Mountain Bike Camps 

Teaching kids and youth to ride hard and safe while building confidence, these specialized two-day camps are geared to your child's ability and age and are led by our professional coaches. For ages 8-12 (Kids) and 13-16 (Youth), Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced options are available. Visit skifernie.com for full details.

Fernie Alpine Resort - Wednesday and Thursday Downhill Races 
Come out Wednesday afternoons for a fun, development downhill bike race, followed by results, draw prizes and refreshments at Legends Mountain Eatery. Wednesday races are geared towards young racers (ages 8-12), but they welcome anyone (any age!) who is new to downhill racing. This year the teenagers (ages 13-17) will re-join the Adults and Masters at their SCOTT Thursday Night Race Series! Both Wednesday and Thursday races run all summer long (except July 3 and 4). Visit skifernie.com for full details. 

Ride Theory 
Ride Theory offers several kids camps throughout the summer for ages 4-14 led by a team of dedicated PMBIA-certified coaches. For our future shredders these 3-5-day camps are the perfect base of bike development. Ride Theory also holds weekly youth lessons and enduro-specific training days to encourage progression and nurture passion. Visit ridetheory.ca/kids-camps/ for information on kids camps or ridetheory.ca/youth-programs/ for information on youth programs.

OUTDOOR AND ADVENTURE

City of Fernie Summer Camps
Discover endless summer fun at City of Fernie Summer Camps! From July 8 to August 23, kids aged 5-11 can enjoy themed weeks filled with games, crafts, swimming, splash parks, and more. Visit fernie.ca for details and sign up now.

Elk River Watershed Discovery Camps
The Elk River Alliance is hosting three fun, hands-on field camps this summer. Explore the Elk Valley Watershed by water and land. Fly fish, paddle, hike, swim and more while learning about the natural wonders of the Elk River. Camp 1 for ages 7-10 runs July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 22-26. Camp 2 for Ages 11-14 runs August 12-16 and August 19-23 and include an optional Thursday overnight. All camps are Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. Call the College of the Rockies Fernie Campus at 250-423-4691 or email
info@cotr.bc.ca for details or to book.

Fernie Alpine Resort - Kids Mountain Adventure Camps 
Explore the mountain environment at Fernie Alpine Resort this summer with these multi-day outdoor adventure camps. Guaranteed fun with lift access included. For ages 6-12. Visit skifernie.com for full details.

Outdoor Connections Forest School Camp
Kids can enjoy un-structured, nature-based, and child-led summer camp, offering the opportunity for children to connect with themselves, others and the land while facilitating a forest school experience. July 22-26 and July 29-August 2 for ages 3-5 (half day) or ages 5-8 (full-day) at James White Park. Visit connectoutdoors.ca for more details and to register.

Fernie School Aged Care - Summer Camp
A licensed program with professional and qualified staff, FCAC runs week-long sessions for eight weeks of the summer, 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday, with weekly themes and field trips. These camps provide a mix of crafts, STEM, outdoor and child-led nature play, group games and sports, and leadership opportunities. Available to Kindergarten - Grade 6, visit fernieschoolagedcare.org to register.  

UPLIFT Camp
Join UPLIFT for days packed full of play, creativity and adventure. From July 8-August 23 UPLIFT runs weekly camps 9am-3pm for ages 6-12. UPLIFT provides inclusive spaces for kids to connect, to explore and to grow. They love exploring our backyard and taking advantage of all the East Kootenays has to offer. upliftassociation.com 

Wild at Heart Nature-Based Summer Camp
A hands-on, nature-based summer program, engaged in child-led, unstructured free play, organized activities like gardening, wild plant harvesting, nature arts/crafts, an introduction to basic wilderness survival skills, time for mindfulness/meditation and connecting with the natural plant world. Located in Hosmer, BC, camps are for ages 3-8 or 8-14 running Monday to Thursday, 9am-3pm, July 3-6, August 12-15 and August 19-22. Contact wildatheartprograms@gmail.com to register. 

Love it or Leave it Ranch
Love it or Leave it Ranch hosts four-day camps throughout the summer, for ages 4-14 running from 9am-1pm. Dates are July 2-5, July 23-26, and August 20-23. If your child loves horses, getting dirty, all animals, and learning about how to help out on a farm, this one is for them. Visit @LoveItOrLeaveItRanch on Facebook or email liliranchlessons@gmail.com for details. 

SOCCER

Soccer Quest Youth Soccer Camp
Kids have the opportunity to learn from professional coaches, participate in fun games and activities, play in the Soccer Quest World Cup, get a camp shirt and soccer ball, and to make new friends. Camps are 9am-4pm or 9am-12pm daily for ages 6-12. soccerquest.ca.

TENNIS AND DISC GOLF 

Tennis 
Fernie Sports Co. hosts popular and fun Tennis summer camps from 9:30am-12:30pm, Monday to Thursday for 8 weeks starting July 2. New for this year is an early drop off option from 8:30am and a late pick up / supervised lunch to 1:30pm. No experience necessary, for ages 6-16 and enjoy a friendly competition on the final camp day weekly, with prizes. ferniesportsco.com

Disc Golf
Fernie Sports Co. also offers Disc Golf summer camps, running from 1:30-4pm Monday to Thursday for 8 weeks starting July 2, with an early drop off option at 12:30pm with a supervised lunch. No experience necessary, for ages 6-16. Disc golf tournament on final camp day weekly, with prizes. ferniesportsco.com

VOLLEYBALL

Fernie Volleyball Club
The Fernie Volleyball Club is hosting two volleyball camps this summer. The first is from July 22-24 in the mornings for kids going into grades 4 and 5 this fall. The second is July 30-August 2 for players going into grades 6-12 in the fall. For more details and to stay up to date on all things Fernie Volleyball club, follow their Facebook page. 

WATER SPORTS

Dead Head Surf Charters
Dead Head Surf Charters is hosting a kids wake surf camp on Lake Koocanusa, developing surfing skills, with the help of professional drivers and instructors. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Visit deadheadsurfcharters.com for more details or to register.

Fernie Aquatic Centre
Dive into aquatic fun with the Fernie Aquatic Centre! Whether you're looking to improve your skills or simply splash around with the family, they've got you covered. Join swim lessons tailored to all ages and skill levels or quality time together during our family swim sessions. Visit fernie.ca/recreation for program schedules.

H2O School Ltd. 
Join H2O School Ltd. for an unforgettable experience on the lake and make memories that will last a lifetime! Offering boat charters, wakesurf lessons, and kids and teen camps this summer on Koocanusa. Kids Wakesurf Camps for 7-12 years old run July 8-12 and July 29-August 2. For teens ages 12 years old and up catch the Teens Wakesurf Camp August 12-15. Have fun learning from former World Champion, Caro Villeneuve. h2oschoolbc.com

Mountain Kids Swim Lessons
Mountain Kids Swim Lessons will be offering outdoor lessons again this year in South Country lakes. Includes private/semi-private lessons for swimmers 4 years+ and Canadian Swim Patrol/Junior Lifeguard Club for 8-16 years old. All abilities welcome and funding options available; with lessons adapted to suit each child’s needs and learning style, with a focus on building confidence and survival skills. 
Visit mountainkidsswimlessons.com for more details or to register.

If your child is interested in attending summer camps, but you are having difficulty affording them this opportunity, visit emilybrydonyouthfoundation.com which supports the youth in pursuing their dreams through arts, education and sport.