Other Opportunities

HS-VAN Recommended Enrichment Opportunities
These are after-school and summer programs that other homelearners recommend. I have * those who do have some homelearning programming to offer as well but more to offer in after school programming.  This list also includes places to visit on field trips and summer camp opportunities.

Physical Activities

Fencing Classes through Britannia Community Centre and Lasalle Fencing Club (East Vancouver)
Saturday mornings. They're taught by a fellow who runs the Lasalle Fencing club & are held in the club's studio on Commercial. Very inexpensive - $84.50 for 13 weeks.
Dan Kamin's fencing (Vancouver- Yale Town)
Class on Sundays at the Roundhouse Community Centre $122 for 12 sessions, but you can drop in for $12.
Vancouver Beach Alert Lifeguard camps (Vancouver, West side) (Summer)
Teen Dragon Boat Team
Strathcona Teen Dragon Boat Team (Vancouver, East Side)
Budo Camp (North Vancouver) (Summer)Aikido and Japanese Culture Camp
Academie Duello (Vancouver, Downtown) * 
Learn Sword Play and other Medieval Martial Arts 
Exceleration Tri It Traithlon Club (East Vancouver)

20% Discount for groups of Homelearners for Youth Classes (ages 8-13)  with Julian (grown up homelearner)

Affordable sports opportunities for children of East Vancouver

Get outside, run or walk and learn orienteering.

Small sides, learn skills, no score keeping - just fun.  Jericho Beach Park- Westside Vancouver (Ages 5-14)

Small sides soccer, learn skills, short spring season, less pressure than league play.  East Vancouver

Tango Kids (Ages 6-12)
Homelearning parents teach after-school Argentinian Tango classes, East Vancouver

Our program provides an all-body, intense, but scalable workout that is ideal for all ages and all fitness levels  (Pitt Meadows)

Second Languages

Place Maillardville (Coquitlam, west side)
Preschool, Childrens and Audut Introduction to French programs
LaPetiteEcole/ Chez Bourbonnais (Vancouver, West Side)
Preschool, Children's and Youth French enrichment programs with the A.I.M. method
Crocodile Mandarin School (Kerrisdale and East Vancouver)


Lots of home learners have learned to dance and formed a great social circle here
kids art collective that aims to explore playful & creative interactions between children, local artists and their communities 
Collage Collage  (Vancouver, East Side)
Contemporary Arts Experiences for all ages
The Cultch Youth Programs (Vancouver, East Side)
Mentorship, Youth Panel and Summer Intensives
Purple Thistle Centre (Vancouver, East Side) *
Arts and Activism centre run by a youth collective

VIVO Media Arts (Vancouver)
Summer Visions Film School (Vancouver, East Side) (Summer)
ages 14-19 (full scholarships available),

Teen Actors program at Open Stage (Vancouver, East Side)
ages 14-18 (taught by a home learning mom and professional actor)
Year Round Animation and Film Making Workshops, Youth Jury and a Film Festival  In April each year
Year Round Animation and Film Making workshops with a Social Justice Theme
Still Moon Performance Arts Intensives (Vancouver, East Side) (Summer)
Learn to spin hoops, flags, and poi, walk on stilts, build a costume, and make shadow puppets
Gulf Island Film School (Galiano Island, BC) home learners weeks and scholarships
Bard on the Beach Young Shakespeareans Workshops (Vancouver, West Side) (summer)*
Tickets for $2 with Pass for Youth age 12 and up

Threatre productions for the whole family
Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, Downtown)
Family and Education Progams for Children and Youth
Laterier Exploration (Burnaby, Canada Way)
Exploration studio inspired by the ReggioEmilia approach to early childhood education
Place Des Arts (Coquitlam, West)*
High Quality Dance, Theatre Arts, Fiber Arts, Music, Pottery and Visual Arts classes at non-Profit Prices
High quality Dance, Theatre Arts, Music, Pottery and Visual Arts classes at Rec Centre prices
Arts Umbrella (Vancouver, West Side)
High quality Dance, Theatre Arts, Music, Graphic and Digital Arts and Visual Arts Classes at not-for-profit prices
Stage Craft Musical Theatre School (Vancouver, West Side)
Broadway Edge Muscial Theatre (Vancouver, Main St)
Encore Musical Theatre (Vancouver, West Side)

Girls Rock Camp (Vancouver)

Tango Kids (Ages 6-12)
Homelearning parents teach after-school Argentinian Tango classes, East Vancouver



Marimba lessons for all ages. Cheap and very popular with homelearners in the area.
Early Childhood to College Level music programs
Kanuka Marimba (East Vancouver) 
The youth marimba performing group that has come out of the World Music Program at Britannia

Summer Camp programs and a new Youth Orchestra in Coquitlam
Up to two Tickets for $15 with Pass for anyone under 30 (kids can order two passes and take an over 30 adult with them)
Homelearning families can sign up individually or as a group
Lively Up Music Institute (Vancouver, Yale Town) (Summer)
2 weeks every July teaching youth at a very low cost.. Marimba, Brazilian Percussion, Taiko Drumming, SWARM Drumming
Kids Sing (Vancouver- East Van)
Free non-auditioned choir run by professional choir master
Vancouver Children's Choir (Vancouver, Downtown)
Zing Children's Chorus (Vancouver, West-Side)
Caritas Childrens Choir (Vancouver, West Side)

BC Girls Choir  (New Westminster)

BC Boys Choir (Burnaby and Naniamo)

A Capella Chorus (North Vancouver)

Literature and Writing

The Young Writers' Club (North Vancouver)
Once a month meetings and online forum
Free Writes (Free writing course for 15-19 year olds)

Laura Thomas Communications (Online and local writing workshops)



Academie Duello (Vancouver, Downtown) *
Museum of Vancouver (Vancouver, West Side)
Vancouver Maritime Museum (Vancouver, West Side)

Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, West Side)
The Munin Viking Ship (Maritime Museum Dock, Vancouver, West Side)
Vancouver Police Museum (Vancouver, Downtown)

Roedde House Museum (Vancouver, West End)
Vancouver Historical Society (Vancouver, West Side)

Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre  (Misson)

Historic Stewart Farm (Surrey)

Surrey Museum  (Surrey)

Port Moody Station Museum

Gulf of Georgia Cannery (Steveston, Richmond)

Britannia Heritage Shipyard Museum (Steveston, Richmond)

Fort Langley National Historic Site  (Fort Langley)

BC Farm Museum (Langley)

Langley Museum   (Langley)

Stave Falls Visitors Centre (Mission)

Britannia Mine Museum  (Squamish)

West Coast Railway Heritage Park  (Squamish)

Mackin House Museum (Coquitlam)

Irving House Museum (New Westminster)

Mission Museum (Mission)

North Vancouver Museum  (North Vancouver)



Science, Math and Technology

VIVO Media Arts (Technology and Video Arts)

Zen Maker Labs (North Vancouver)

Bricks for Kidz (North Vancouver)
Science and Engineering through Lego
Bricks for Kidz (Coquitlam)
Science and Engineering through Lego

Mathnasium (Kerrisdale)

Mathnasium (Surrey)
Lego Robotics Competition
Air Time Canada (Langley BC)
Free Air School and Flying Lessons
Family and School programs (earn a free Telescope)

Have the Planetarium come to your group.
Family Science Days (Vancouver, UBC, October)

Tech Treck Saturday Workshops and Summer Camps at UBC (Vancouver, West Side) Comupter Science and Robotics for Highschoolers
UBC Phenomenal Physics Camp (Vancouver, West Side) (Summer)
UBC Physics Olympics (Vancouver, West Side)
(free parking)
UBC Physics Demonstrations (Vancouver, West Side)
Students work on projects with mentors from the Physics department
Pacific Museum of the Earth (Vancouver, West Side, UBC)
UBC Tech Trek Camps for Elementary to Highschool (Vancouver, West Side. UBC) (Summer)
Shad Valley (Geek Camps) (UBC and other universities across Canada) (Summer)
GETT (Girls Get Go Cart Camp) (Burnaby) (Summer)
Spirit of Math (Vancouver, West Side)
Digivations (Vancouver and Delta)
Create your own robotics, music and games


Nature and Ecology

Young Farmers Summer Camp (Vancouver, Southlands)

BC Biodiversity Museum

Fresh Air Learning (Ages 3-6) Year Round and Summer Prorgrams

Fresh Roots (Vancouver, East Side)
UBC Farm Wonders Programs (Vancouver, West side)*

Wilderness Awarness Washington USA (near the Surrey/ Washington Border)
camps plus weekly homeschool programs
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Retreats at UBC's Loon Lake Research and Education centre in Maple Ridge

EDUCO Adventure School  (100 Mile House)


Enrichment and Service Clubs and Programs

Project Somos (Vancouver, East Side)
Join other Vancouver families as they work to fundraise for a children's village in Guatemala
City of Vancouver Youth Outreach Team

Travel, Language Learning and Service Opportunities


Semester Schools 
CISV Vancouver (Building Global Friendships)
Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teen Age Liberation Handbook, runs camps for unschooled youth
Homeschool Leadership Retreats (Oregon and the world)
Unschoolers Travel Tours
Work Away International

Study Abroad Fairs (Vancouver and other cities)
Homelearning teens or families language immersion trips
Youth and Adult/Family Volunteer Trips Abroad
BC Based Youth and Adult/Family Volunteer Trips Abroad
Canada's Youth Volunteer-Service Program
Youth get involved in Canada and overseas, discover new cultures and work with our local partners.
Educational Expedition to the Arctic and Antarctica
Canada's Top Resource for Highschool Students

En Famille International (6 month exchanges- welcome's homeschoolers) BC Contact Tabatha Webber 250-231-4867
Young Women's Discovery Weekend (White Rock BC) (October)
Gulf Island Film School (Galiano Island, BC) home learners weeks and scholarships
Youth Retreats at UBC's Loon Lake Research and Education centre in Maple Ridge

Summer Camp Experiences for kids, teens and family

Christian Homeschool Camps


Secular Homeschooling Gatherings

(for unschooling teens)
(family camp for unschoolers)

FARM camp (Cortese Island)
A partnership between the Purple Thistle and Linnaea Farm on Cortese Island
(think Not back to school camp for BC with a focus on food and whatever campers bring to the week)

Surpass (Gibsons)
An inspiring, life-changing week long camp for teens, 13 - 17 years, Sponsored by SelfDesign

Secular Camping Experiences 

Camp Fircom  (Gambier Island)
kids/teens camping plus family, mom and kid, and grandparents and kids camping

Teen Journey Camp (Sunshine Coast)

Camp Summit (Squamish)
Evans Lake (Squamish)

Camp Jubliee (Shuswap)
Camp Sasamat (Port Moody)
(day camps busing from Van, Burnaby & Coquitlam and overnight) (subsidies available)

Catching the Spirit Youth Society (overnight camps in 4 different lower mainland parks)

Camp Demigod and Camp Fandom
(Literary arts/ Science/ Stage Combat overnight camp based on the Percy Jackson Book Series and other Sci-Fi Fandom)
YMCA Camp Elphinstone (Sunshine Coast)
(subsidies available)
Camp The Yes (Vancouver Island)
(Family and Youth)
WolfCamps (Washington State)

Daycamps and overnight camps in Vancouver area

(for unschooling teens)

FARM camp (Cortese Island)
A partnership between the Purple Thistle and Linnaea Farm on Cortese Island
(like Not Back to School Camp for BC with a focus on food and whatever campers bring to the week)

(family camp for unschoolers)
Jam Camp (Okanagan)
(family music camp)
Fire Maker Family Camp (Sooke, Van. Island)

FARM camp (Cortese Island)

Zajac Ranch  (Mission, BC)
Each year, the Zajac Ranch for Children hosts hundreds of children with serious and chronic illnesses and disabilities who might not otherwise have a chance to enjoy a summer camp experience.
(day camp and overnight adventures)
Camp Fircom (Gulf Islands)
(Family, kid, and subsidies)
EagleArts Camps (Vancouver Island)
(performing arts camp)

Spirit Steward Program (4 lowermainland locations- camp overnight in local parks)