NIC Youth Academy

NIC Youth Academy camps combine fun and meaningful learning, with a focus on STEM, Fine Art & Interactive Media, Health Sciences and Languages. Our camps allow kids and teens to explore their passions while preparing them for the exciting careers of tomorrow.

Camp registration is currently open. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will follow recommendations made by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) regarding summer 2020. For all camp-related inquiries, please contact Ali Sandholm, Youth Outreach Liaison at Ali Sandholm.

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Ages 9-12 | NICBot Camp - Level 1 | July 20-24 | $190
Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots. No prior building or programming experience required.

Ages 9-12 | NICBot Camp - Level 1 | July 27-31 | $190
Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots. No prior building or programming experience required.

Ages 9-12 | NEW NICBot Camp – Level 1 – Girls Only | July 27-31 | $190
Calling all girls! Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots in an inclusive, hands-on supportive environment. No prior building or programming experience required.

Ages 10-14 | NICBot Camp Extreme - Level 2 | July 20-24 | $190
Expand your Lego Robot skills by learning new programming techniques and working with sensors. Students must have either taken a previous Lego robotics camp or have experience building and programming Lego EV3 robots.

Ages 9-12 | NICBot Camp - Level 1 | July 6-10 | $190
Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots. No prior building or programming experience required.

Ages 9-12 | NICBot Camp - Level 1 | July 13-17 | $190
Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots. No prior building or programming experience required.

Ages 9-12 | NICBot Camp – Level 1 – Girls Only | July 13-17 | $190
Calling all girls! Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots in an inclusive, hands-on supportive environment. No prior building or programming experience required.

Ages 10-14 | NICBot Camp Extreme - Level 2 | July 6-10 | $190
Expand your Lego Robot skills by learning new programming techniques and working with sensors. Students must have either taken a previous Lego robotics camp or have experience building and programming Lego EV3 robots.

Ages 10-14 | NICBot Camp Extreme - Level 2 | August 17-21 | $190
Expand your Lego Robot skills by learning new programming techniques and working with sensors. Students must have either taken a previous Lego robotics camp or have experience building and programming Lego EV3 robots.

Ages 12-14 | Mad Scientist Camp | July 6-10 | $215
Explore optics in physics, forces/strength of material in engineering, gooey reactions in chemistry, wonders of life in biology and the basics of coding.

Ages 12-14 | Mad Scientist Camp | August 10-14 | $215
Explore optics in physics, forces/strength of material in engineering, gooey reactions in chemistry, wonders of life in biology and the basics of coding.

Ages 12-14 | Video Art Editing Camp | July 13-17 | $200
See your imagination come to life in moving pictures Learn how to capture video footage and the basics of video editing (iMovie), stop motion animation and documentary styles.

Ages 12-14 | Coding & Web Page Design Camp | July 20-24 | $200
Learn the coding and design skills to build and personalize a webpage from scratch including design layout, photos, sidebars, widgets and image resolution.

Ages 12-14 | French Language Camp | August 17-21 | $200
Prepare to transition to high school in September with fun, interactive language brush up sessions, games and activities – all in French.

Ages 13-16 | Health Sciences Camp | July 20-23 | $200
Explore the health sciences as you take part in simulations experienced by nurses in training, basic clinical skills, physiology and anatomy labs, fun games on campus and professional panels.

Ages 13-16 | Health Sciences Camp, First Aid add-on | July 24 | $45
This add-on option for Health Science campers gives you certification in Emergency First Aid with CPR-C and AED. Please call 1-800-715-0914 to register for this camp.

Ages 9-12 | NICBot Camp - Level 1 | August 10-14 | $190
Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots. No prior building or programming experience required.

Ages 13-17 | Intro to Digital Art Camp | August 10 - 14 | $215
Explore graphic design using Photoshop, Illustrator and In-Design. You’ll design a professional project of your choosing such as an album cover, t-shirt design or logo idea - the only limit is your imagination. No prior experience necessary.

Ages 13-17 | Advanced Digital Art Camp | August 17 - 21 | $215
Explore exciting concepts in Digital Art such as social media, marketing and branding, web page design and more. Students must have completed the Intro to Digital Arts course, or have prior advanced experience with Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Ages 9-14 | NICBot Camp - Level 1 | August 24-28 | $190
Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots. No prior building or programming experience required.

Ages 9-12 | NICBot Camp - Level 1 | August 4-7 (4-day camp) | $160
Learn how to build, program and control Lego robots. No prior building or programming experience required.

Important Information & Need to Knows

Prior to camp start, participants will receive an email containing the appropriate forms required for participation. These forms will also be linked below when available. Forms must be received by NIC no later than 9am on the camp start date.

There are two documents that need to be received for each participant.

  1. Emergency Contact, Medical Release, and Informed Consent (three forms on one document). Must be completed in full, signed by a legal parent/guardian and received by NIC before camp start date.
  2. Permission to Publish. If you do not wish for your child’s photo to be used for media, marketing or promotional purposes please ensure you communicate this on your form.

How to submit forms

  1. Fillable form (no printing or scanning necessary): Simply fill out on your computer and email to forms@nic.bc.ca.
  2. Printable form: print form, scan, and email to forms@nic.bc.ca. **Please do not mail forms***

Please contact the Youth Outreach Liaison to find out about your options.

If your child has a medical condition please be sure to indicate it on the camp forms and follow up with the Youth Outreach Liaison this way NIC can ensure your child has a safe and positive experience at camp.

All Youth Academy camps are peanut/nut free environments. Youth will be asked not to bring peanut/nut snacks with them to camp and any snacks provided will be peanut/nut free. Please be sure to communicate your child’s allergy and severity of the reaction on your camp forms. If your child carries an epi-pen or special medication please touch base directly with the Youth Outreach Liaison.

Youth Academy does not provide Education Assistants for summer camps. Please communicate directly with the Youth Outreach Liaison, who will be happy to work with you to find a solution that works for your child.

Please send your child to camp with a peanut/nut free lunch and snacks as well as drinks to sustain them throughout the day.

You can register online. Click the link on the camp that you’re interested in to register online.

Online- Payment methods accepted are major credit card. You must pay at the time of registration to hold your spot.

At this time, there are no subsidies or bursaries in place, however please contact the Youth Outreach Liaison prior to registering to find out the most up to date information.

Two weeks prior to camp start day – full refund.

Inside two weeks, no refunds are not provided. Please contact the Youth Outreach Liaison to find out about your options.

A link to camp forms will be provided via email to registered participants no later than June 1. On this date, forms will also be available online at www.nic.bc.ca/youth-academy.

If there is a delay in sending out camp forms, an update will be provided on the Youth Academy website.

Youth Academy camps start at 9 am and end at 3 pm. We currently do not have before or after camp care in place. Please drop off no earlier than 8:45 am and pickup no later than 3 pm.

Please drop your child off at the campus location and room number listed on your receipt. If your camp is taking place off campus ie. Tofino or Sointula, you will be contacted with specific pickup and drop off information.

For camps at all locations, please come with your child into the building to sign them in. There will be a staff member out front the building should you need assistance finding your room number.

Please park in designated parking zones and avoid parking and idling in fire lanes, staff parking and bus areas.

Campus Maps and directions:

If there are further questions about drop off instructions please contact the Youth Outreach Liaison.

Please come into the building to pick up your child and sign them out. If your child is leaving with a friend or on their own, please indicate this on your camp forms. Your child will be responsible for signing themselves out each day and indicating their mode of transport home.

If your child is unwell or injured at camp and cannot fully take part in the group’s activities, the camp leader may determine that a child needs to be picked up. If a child is unwell or injured and medical care is required, camp staff will call first aid first, and then place a call to the parents.

NIC is a closed campus for Youth Academy participants, meaning all campers are not allowed to leave campus alone.

Campers must be signed in and out each day of camp. If a parent is unavailable to sign the child out, alternate plans for pickups at the end of the day must be approved by a parent/guardian.

If for any reason your child will be late, absent or picked up early, please communicate the circumstances to camp staff or the Youth Outreach Liaison immediately. If a child is not accounted for and there is no communicated absence, the parent/guardians will be notified but ultimately it will be the parent/guardian's responsibility to follow up on the child’s whereabouts.

NIC takes its commitment to providing a safe environment for youth to explore their passions very seriously. All Youth Academy participants and staff are expected to treat individuals, equipment and the spaces utilized for camp activities with the upmost respect. Participants are always required to follow safety rules and guidelines. Parents will be notified if behaviour is unsafe or inappropriate. The parent/guardian will be responsible for picking up the child should it be deemed necessary.

Youth Academy has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to behaviours such as bullying, harassment, discrimination, racism, and physical violence of any kind. This policy extends to illegal activities during camp hours such as alcohol, drugs, smoking/vaping and theft. Parents will be notified, and the participant will be sent home without refund.

On the first day of camp parents/guardians must arrive at check in with their child. If your child is arriving alone via bus or on foot, or with another family, please indicate such on their forms. It is the parent/guardians responsibility to ensure that the child is signed in at the beginning of the day.

Items to bring to camp:

  • Wear weather appropriate clothing that can get wet or dirty. Please do not send your child in their favourite outfit that would devastate them if got ruined.
  • Lunch and snacks (NUT/PEANUT FREE)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen, hat, running shoes
  • Closed toe shoes are required for Mad Scientist and Health Science camps.

Please direct all Youth Academy related inquiries to the Youth Outreach Liaison. Student Services is to be contacted for registration and refund request purposes only.

Ali Sandholm, Youth Outreach Liaison
(ph) 250-334-5000 ext 4310
(e) ali.sandholm@nic.bc.ca

Student services and registration: 1-800-715-0914

Youth Academy is seeking confident and enthusiastic individuals ages 16+ to assist camp instructors with summer camp related activities. Camp hours are 9am-3pm Monday to Friday. There are several camps offered across a variety of interest areas. Volunteers may be eligible to receive credits towards high school graduation. Please contact Ali Sandholm, Youth Outreach Liaison ali.sandholm@nic.bc.ca for more information about the opportunities available. We are excited to hear from you!





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