Vancouver Camps

Price: from $2700.

Please contact us for more information and rates (including group pricing). To secure your spot, a non-refundable payment of $500 is to be made at the time of registration and will be accredited towards the tuition.

 

Have you ever wondered how it is to live in Canada? During two weeks at The Urban Camp you will be able to live like a local and interact not only with native English speakers but with other people from different backgrounds and nationalities.

Our Entrepreneurship, Technology and Wellness Camp is designed to give you the opportunity to “Live Like a Local”, practice your English (or improve your level of English) and gain entrepreneurial, technical skills, as well as to develop healthier habits through our Wellness Lab.

You’ll be able to apply all these skills to your future projects and life in general.

 

Please contact us for further payment options, if desired.

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Our Vancouver Camps run for two weeks in Vancouver, BC, and the curriculum includes Technology, Entrepreneurship, Wellness, and Tourism.

THE WELLNESS LAB

Healing and transformation can only happen when we bring the mind, body and spirit together. The Urban Camp created THE WELLNESS LAB, a program designed to provide you with the latest techniques in meditation, breath therapy, laugh therapy, fitness and overall well-being habits so that you can achieve optimum health and wellness.

This wellness program takes place every morning in a safe and caring environment where everyone can feel understood, seen and heard. Our body remembers what our mind can’t, so let’s relax, laugh, breathe and Ommm together. We are all a work in progress. Let’s make sure we create a better version of ourselves daily.

Our Morning Routine will activate the body and mind. Because we believe that a healthy mind and body are the foundations for a successful life!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Our entrepreneurship program, Littlepreneurs, is designed to start our Urban Campers in the world of “big ideas”. The program starts with a Superpowers discovery workshop which sets the tone for the week(s) ahead.

We teach our Urban Campers How to Launch a Startup with $20.

In order to test their project’s strengths, we test our students on a real mini hackathon-style event with a real or fictional “secret and undisclosed” problem that we will reveal on the day. Through those challenges, this mini hackathon is meant to test their ability to identify and handle downturns and emergencies that may arise. Urban Campers learn the reality of the complex environment businesses have to navigate. Urban Campers also learn how to think critically.

Since so many brilliant ideas never see the light of day due to lack of funding, we also want to address this issue through the art of pitching. We teach our young entrepreneurs to turn their projects into attractive investments. Through tips and practice, they will gain enough confidence to deliver a pitch so that no investors will want to turn them down.

In this program, expect to collaborate with other Urban Campers on fun, modern and creative projects!

This program is designed to encourage our Urban Campers to grow and cultivate their entrepreneurial mindset while being introduced to the inescapable world of technology.

TECHNOLOGY

Since no entrepreneur can survive without modern technology, we take our Urban Campers on a journey to learn some interesting digital and technical skills and to introduce them to different tools that are readily available for use. This program is part of The Tech hub, which includes topics such as:

  • STEAM SAMPLER (Ages 10-12)

The Design-Make-Play program is full of activities. These activities come in stages that cascade on top of each other following the philosophy of Design, Make and Play.

Activities:

  • Design and build your own fully functional electric piano
  • Participate in a bridge building competition
  • Create animations using digital tools and clay

Program Features:

  • A take home Electric Piano project kit
  • Hours of guidance and instruction of experts in the field
  • VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE (Ages 10-12)

Curious about coding and the future of VR? Explore the world of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Extended Reality (XR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) followed by an introduction to VR Coding.

Activities:

  • Create a VR World
  • Animate one or more objects
  • Create a mini video game in VR

Program Features:

  • URL with your VR World to share with your friends and family
  • Hours of guidance and instruction of experts in the field
  • VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE (Ages 13-16)

Curious about coding and the future of VR? Explore the world of virtual reality through different applied projects guided by experienced instructors. Students will create tags and put applications into the real world using open sources such as AR.js, Three.js, Unity, and/or unreal engines to develop a small game.

Program Features:

  • Access to VR Oculus device
  • Hours of guidance and instruction of experts in the field
  • ROBOTICS TABLE TENNIS (Ages 13-16)

Learn about robotics by building fundamental components in many robotics systems: a linear motion device.

This program follows the thinking process of Learning > Building > Solving
By the end of the week, you will have built your very own linear motion device, learning about the mechanical, electrical, and software design decisions required to complete the project, and then test your creativity by trying to solve challenges using your device with add-on machines of your very own design.

The content of this program has been developed for a high school-aged audience, and no prior knowledge of robotics systems or any of their constituent disciplines is required.

Program Features:

  • A take-home linear actuator project (pong robot)
  • Hours of guidance and instructions from experts in the field
  • Access to equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and more
  • VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE (Ages 17-18)

Curious about coding and the future of VR? Explore the world of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Extended Reality (XR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) followed by an introduction to VR Coding and practice simulations.

Activities:

  • Learn the difference and co-relations between different technologies
  • Create a VR World
  • Animate one or more objects
  • Practice simulations with Smart AI Human Technology
    → Job Interview Simulations: Develop interview skills and confidence through practice. Experience real interview questions asked by Hiring Managers and train these situations in a comfortable setting 
    → Language Practice Simulations:
    Reduce your speaking anxiety and choose from hundreds of different conversations. Practice unscripted conversations with Smart AI Human Technology
    → Public Speaking:
    Coming soon

Program Features:

    • URL with your VR World to share with your friends and family
    • Access to VR Oculus device
    • Hours of guidance and instruction of experts in the field
  • DESIGN CHALLENGE QUAD BOT (Ages 17 -18)

These robots don’t use wheels to get around, but instead, move around like quadrupeds using feet! From a base kit, and taking advantage of the lab’s 3D printers, we will be designing, building, and completing design challenges with our own walking robots! Under the guidance of our experts and instructors, you will get to use 3D printers, laser cutters, servos, Arduinos, and your imagination to design and build a walking robot and then compete in a number of robot challenges: U walk, Sumo Bots, No Terrain No Gain, and more.

Students will be challenged to build the kit, the program, and the walk cycle to get it moving forward before competing in these challenges.

This program will push you technically so get ready! Technical difficulty is at an expert level and no matter what the outcome, our top priority is to have fun and challenge ourselves.

Program Features:

  • Take home swag, a tote bag, and a booklet that shows what you have learned
  • Hours of fun and educational curriculum guided and instructed by experts in the field
  • A project robot to take home
  • CYBERSECURITY (All Ages)

This is a workshop within our camp and covers 3 pillars:

  • How to identify an Attack
  • Following the Data Trail
  • How to Stay Safe Online

Bonus: Our Urban Campers will be able to play a Game on the App in order to learn how to create intelligent passwords!

LIFE SKILLS

During a two-week period Urban Campers will learn different Life Skills such as:

  • Moving out from home: Tips and tricks of moving out from your parents’ home and start an independent life successfully
  • How to survive in nature
  • Conscious living

TOURISM

Living like a local means enjoying the city and its surroundings, rain or shine. So get ready to explore the city, hiking trails, rivers, lakes, parks, suspension bridges, farms, beaches, local neighbourhoods, and everything in between. We will take you to a nearby island and also to a day excursion to Whistler, one of the largest ski resorts in North America.

During your stay in Vancouver, you will be supporting small businesses, strolling hidden streets to find the best shops, and also ordering food from food trucks. Why not?

DURATION

2 weeks

AGE / LEVEL

  • 9-12 (Juniors)
  • 13-15 (Teens)
  • 16-18 (Young Adults)

Who we work with

At The Urban Camp, we work with professionals who are experts in their field/industry. Most importantly, they are active and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and expertise.

We are also happy to introduce you to some of the unique local businesses that we partner with:

Let’s take EVIVE (a smoothie company) and Straws N’ Stuff as examples. Both are Canadian companies that we introduce during the Wellness Lab. We use their stories and mission to educate our Urban Campers on the power of creating a product that answers people’s needs. The best part? Urban Campers will be able to try their products!

We’re always looking for new partners that share our values, so we expect the list of local businesses we collaborate with to continue to grow!

What we include

Our Camps Include:

  • Personalized e-mail account
  • Pre-camp, camp, and post-camp communication
  • Notarized Custodianship Letters
  • 2 weeks of camp. Starting on a Sunday and finishing on a Friday night.
  • Transfer from Vancouver airport (YVR) to your accommodation and from your accommodation back to YVR airport
  • Accommodation in local Homestay or Residence style
  • 3 meals per day (except on arrival and departure days)
  • Medical insurance while at the Camp
  • The Urban Camp Daily News
  • Local transportation
  • The Urban Camp Swag Bag
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Lessons + Workshops + Guest Speakers + The Urban Mini-Hackathon
  • Part-time internship (Covid-permitted)
  • All activities during the camp
  • Full-day excursions
  • 24-hour support by The Urban Camp Team
  • Food truck and food crawl on two special nights
  • Certificate
  • Farewell Party

What we do NOT include ... but could arrange

  • Extra nights fees (could be arranged for a maximum of 3 nights)
  • Unaccompanied minor pick-up/drop-off fee
  • Off-hours transfer fee (1-way if landed between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am)
  • Courier for notary letters
  • Airplane ticket
  • Personal expenses
  • Unaccompanied minor fees charged by airlines
  • Extra paid “super plus activities”
  • The Urban Camp Insurance (example: lost suitcase, lost transit pass, daily incidentals)
  • Laptops, tablets or smartphones
  • Last-minute bookings (14 days before camps start)

FAQs

What's the deadline for registration and payment?

To ensure that all administrative efforts will run smoothly, all camps must be paid in full 4 weeks (28 days) prior to the camp start date.

What happens if I signed up but won't be able to attend?

For cancellation requests that arrive within the timeline stated below, we will issue you the specified refund. All cancellation requests must be received in writing, sent to Edna@theurbancamp.com, and signed by all parties in order to be considered. Refunds owing shall be paid within thirty (30) days of The Urban Camp receiving written notification.

  • 4 weeks: We issue a 100% refund if we receive your cancellation request at least thirty (30) days prior to the camp start date.
  • 3 weeks: For cancellation requests that arrive at least 21 days prior to the camp start date, The Urban Camp will keep a $500 PLUS a 50% “I am in” fee.
  • 2 weeks: For any cancellations that arrive up to 20 days prior to the start date, no refund will be issued.

There are many summer camps to choose from. What makes you different?

You are right. Canada offers hundreds of summer camps. It is essential to ask yourself what you want your children to achieve. It is a reality that your children won’t come out bilingual after 2-4 weeks of summer camp. While other centers only offer English lessons and organized activities that are not always 100% included, The Urban Camp offers to practice English “by doing.” This means your children can practice the English language while learning innovative skills, developing projects and having fun. We carefully curated a program that makes a meaningful difference in your children’s lives. We not only prepare them to be ready and relevant for the “Now” and the “Future,” but we also want them to become good, healthy, responsible citizens.

What differentiates The Urban Camp from the big ESL schools?

Not only the TECH and WELLNESS factor but the fact that our camps operate as a fun-filled multi-day event, adopting a concept of Live Like a Local in Vancouver that certainly includes everyday activities focused on Body, Mind and Healthy eating practices. We support social equality, diversity, inclusiveness, the environment and animal welfare and wish to instill these values in our learners.

Do you also offer English camps only?

While we are NOT an ESL school, we take our clients’ wishes very seriously. That is why we opened camps focusing more on English language learning. We do this differently though, by focusing on an immersive experience rather than the traditional classroom and book environment. Imagine taking the English lesson class to real-life scenarios around Vancouver, using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to practice real conversations and life scenarios, and introducing your children to the magical world of technology, entrepreneurship and wellness.

I don't think my children's English is good enough to attend this camp. Can they still join?

We would love to have your children in our camps. But first, you will have to take a minimum of 20 lessons of English pre-camp with our instructors online. These lessons take place live from Canada and are delivered in a safe and low-key environment, so you can feel free to learn until you feel confident and comfortable joining this unique experience. Don’t worry; we will ensure you reach an A2 level and prepare you for the camp in Canada!

Are my children going to be able to mingle with students from the other camps?

Yes! And this is also where the magic happens. While our more advanced Urban Campers are in the Tech Labs, your children will be taking the English+ experience. They will get together for other workshops, activities and excursions. Even for dinner!

Can students take English+ during winter or any other season?

Yes, but for the time being, we are just hosting school groups outside our summer camps.

I am a mom, and I am interested in sending my three children to your camps. Do we get a family discount?

Yes. As long as you buy the camps directly with us, we can make that happen. You can save up to $1200! Get in touch with us, and we can send you a quote.

I want to sell your camps to my children's friends. Do you have any affiliation programs?

Yes, we do! You can make up to $500 per registered friend. The more, the merrier! Please get in touch with us for more details.

Where do the students stay while in Vancouver?

We have two options: campus student residency (strongly recommended for minors) and Homestay.

I heard you do a culinary tour for dinner. What does this mean?

Great question! After more than 20 years in the industry, we learnt our lesson. Students don’t enjoy the “poor quality” dinner they get while staying with host families. Don’t get us wrong! Some families are better than others. But “host parents” these days both work. They want to be practical and not spend too much time cooking; plus, inflation has gone crazy! When our students stay at the campus residency, we must stop any activity around 4 pm and go back in time for dinner, or we all miss dinner. Therefore we created a program where Urban Campers can learn and taste from other cultures. That is part of a good education and what makes them real connoisseurs. Besides, Vancouver has many cultures and cuisines to discover!

My daughter is more art and design oriented. Do you have any camp that focuses more on the artistic side?

Yes, we do! And she is going to love it. These camps are intensive and four weeks long. She can choose from different studios such as digital filmmaking, animation, game design, communication design, industrial design, architecture + environmental design and much more! Your daughter will stay on campus residency with students from other camps and have organized activities after school. Excursions are included too.

I am a very apprehensive mom. We have overprotected our children and want to send them to Canada. I am scared and nervous.

We hear you. And we are here for you. You are thinking of sending your child to Canada is already a big step. Congratulations! We will guide you through the process until you feel confident. We have a guide full of DOs and DONTs that will help you throughout the process. Rest assured that your child will enjoy, grow and come back more confident and independent.

My teen is very shy, an introvert and has difficulties making friends. Since the pandemic, she has preferred to stay in her room rather than hang out with friends. Will this camp help her?

We completely understand, and we are here to support your family. We have been hosting teenagers with the same difficulties, and the good news is that they arrive shy, some wanting to return to their country two days after arriving in Canada, but after days 3-5, we noticed a significant change. They all start feeling a sense of empowerment and self-esteem. They are aware of their circumstances; we teach them how to live in the NOW, enjoy what they are experiencing, and teach them gratitude. They have been responsible and attend all classes and workshops, and you can tell they make an effort to make friends. By the end of the program/camp, they all feel happy, energized, empowered, secure, accomplished, and of course, they want to stay in Vancouver.