Kid's Guide to Summer

photo by Jamie Hide

Art Safari Camp, July 11-15 (Sparwood), July 18-22 and July 25-29 (Fernie)
Art Safari camp is an age appropriate day camp for children ages 6-10. Campers will learn techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and theatre while learning about new cultures and art history. Campers will take part in the process of creating characters, props and scenery for an end of week performance as well as an art show for family and friends. Daily outdoor time will be included to make the most of Fernie and Sparwood's beautiful surroundings.

In operation since 2005, Art Safari Camp is run by Director Pepper Couelle-Sterling and Sandra Summerfield. Qualified instructors and teachers with degrees specific to art history and theatre, Pepper and Sandra limit the camp size to a maximum of 14 campers. Their goal is to provide a learning opportunity while creating art and performances that the children can be proud of.
Cost: $195 per camper (including all activities and art supplies). Scholarships are available.

Fernie Golf & Country Club for Juniors

The Fernie Golf & Country Club offers three junior camps through July and August. The ages welcome are 5 years up to 18 years of age. Each camp is four days (Monday -Thursday) with a wind-up party on the last day. Each day’s session is one to two hours long depending on the age category. The cost is $50 for 5-6 year olds, $90 for 7-11 year olds and $120 for kids 12 years old and up. This covers professional instruction, a T-shirt, daily prizes and a wind-up green fee with dinner. Visit for more information, dates will be posted soon. Or call the Pro Shop at 250-423-7773 to learn more.

The Fernie Tennis Club will be running again this year after a great turn out last year. New members are always welcome to join, they meet in the James White Park every Monday from 6-10pm May through Thanksgiving, weather pending. All levels welcome and private coaching will be available. This is a great opportunity for kids to get into the sport, for more information please e-mail

Trit-Trot Farms Children’s Programs
Trit-Trot Farms runs five children’s camps (June 27-10, July 4-7, July 18-21, August 8-11, and August 15-18) and three Junior Coach Programs (June 28-July 1, July 12-15, and July 26-29) throughout the summer months. These camps focus on the following: fun and safety, training and round pen, parts of the horse, riding lessons, braiding and bandaging, leading, stable management, horse show preparation, arena etiquette, equine trivia, safe trailering, emergency care and feeding. Each camp runs four days with half day and full day options. They are available to children 5-16 years old. Visit for more information.

Fernie Leisure Services
Summer Adventure Camps
These camps are fully engaging and will have your child coming home excited about their day. With swimming, hanging out by the river, crafts, barbeques, new and old friends, team games, bike rides and more, they’re sure to fire to be a hit with your family. Children must be a minimum of 6 years of age. Camps begin in July and run all summer long Monday –Friday. For more details visit or call 250-423-4466

British Soccer Camp, July 11 - 15
The number one youth soccer company in the United States, Challenger Sports, is back to host its British Soccer camp. The Challenger coaches use innovative ways incorporating fun, personal challenges while maximizing participation and constant positive feedback. Programs are available for children of all ages and ability levels and each camper receives a free soccer ball and T-shirt. Register online at or call 250-423-4466.

Fernie Alpine Resort
FAR has a licensed childcare centre, and is a popular kids’ choice for summer activities and adventures! Open Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30pm and accept ages 18 months to six years old. Here is the schedule:

Mondays - Nature Bob Hike (Fun facts about Nature)
Tuesdays - Kat the Explorer Hike (Bugs, Butterflies, Frogs and Nature)
Wednesdays - Kat the Explorer Hike (Bugs, Butterflies, Frogs and Nature)
Thursdays - Nature Bob Hike (Fun facts about Nature)
Fridays - Messy Madness (Arts & Crafts, Theme days)

Reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited. For more information or to reserve your spot call 250-423-2430 or