New West has plenty of summer camp options for kids

Theresa McManus

Kids don’t have to travel far to find some cool camps to keep them busy this summer.

Douglas College is offering a diverse range of summer camps in New Westminster this summer for kids aged five to 15. Basketball, badminton, volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, girls’ softball, table tennis and beach volleyball are some of the sports-related camps, while others include dance, acting for film and TV, creative writing, student leadership, digi-art, digital photography, young writers, film production and video games.

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For information about prices or to register, visit

New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation is offering plenty of part-day programs for preschoolers to teens on topics such as arts and crafts, computers, dance, theatre, cooking, science, nature, sports and much more.

If you’re looking for a full-day camp, Club Royale Daycamps serves up all kinds of fun, games and activities for kids aged five to 13. Kids aged five to nine can sign up for Club Royale Junior day camps, which focus on weekly activities and outings such as swimming, bowling, skating and other adventures around town.

Club Royale Kids, which is for kids aged seven to 13, features a weekly theme. Each week, kids will enjoy sports, games, crafts and out-trips – including one trip each week outside New Westminster.

For a full listing of all the camps, pick up the Summer Active Living Guide at one of the city’s recreation facilities or city hall or view it online at

A number of businesses around town are in on the act and offer summer camps, including Red Tiger Martial Arts, which is holding day camps where kids aged six to nine and 10 to 14 can learn some martial arts skills and enjoy other activities and field trips. For info, visit

Boorman Archery is holding a four-day program that features an introduction to archery. During each hour-and-a-half class, kids aged nine to 18 will develop basic archery skills. For information, visit or call 604-524-1674.

On the arts front, Northwest Academy of Performing Arts is offering summer camps for young performers aged six to 12 at its downtown location. NAPA’s offerings include Triple Threat Camp (July 6 to 12), Disney Frozen Camp (July 13 to 17 and Aug. 10 to 14), Hawaiian Summer Camp (July 20 to 24) Disney knights and princesses camp, (July 27 to 31) and NAPA’s got Talent camp (Aug. 3 to 7). For more information, visit

The Stage New Westminster is offering musical theatre camps for kids aged six to nine, during which time they’ll enjoy games, fieldtrips to local attractions, prop making and set painting and more. During the week, kids will prepare a mini musical production that they’ll perform for family and friends at the end of the week.

In addition, the Stage New West is also offering a four-day Stage Explorers camp for kids aged four to six in August. For more information visit

Music Box music and theatre academy in River Market is offering Rock Camp for kids aged eight to 12 from July 13 to 17 and Musical Theatre Camp for kids five to nine years of age form Aug. 17 to 21. For details and registration, visit

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