Adventure Day Camps

mini explorers (3-4), Juniors (5-7), kids (8-12) & youth (12-16) can explore the Mountain & have fun in nature's backyard. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are Grouse Camps? 
All our camps are designed to inspire youth to get outdoors, experience ‘only here’ activities, make friends, play, connect with nature and discover our beautiful British Columbia. 

2. Can my child be in the same group as a friend or sibling? 
Camp groups are arranged by age. If friends are registered for the same camp and are of a similar age they will be in the same group. If friends are different ages, we will do our best to move the older child to the younger group. On the first morning of camp please be sure to check in with a camp leader for assistance. 

3. How old does my child have to be to come to camp? 
We welcome campers 3-16 years old.  Grouse Mountain has aligned their age brackets with the Vancouver school board. This means a family can register their child(ren) for Camp if the student reaches the age of 5 years on or before December 31 of the calendar year.  For campers 3-4 years old, please see question #2 in the Mini Explorers Camp FAQ's below.

4. Are camps running on public holidays? 
Yes camps will be operating during public holidays.

5. What should campers bring to camp? 
Each camp option will provide a basic kit list based on the season. For both summer and winter camps we recommend the following: 
  • As Mountain conditions change rapidly, dress your child in layers and waterproof clothing. 
  • We recommend packing sunglasses, sunscreen a hat and extra socks. 
  • If you did not purchase a food during registration, please provide your child with a lunch. A snack is also highly recommended especially for our junior campers. 
  • When there is snow on the ground, we recommend snow/waterproof boots, gloves, and a toque are required. 
  • If you are taking part in our Mountain Venture program please bring a small back pack and sturdy hiking boots.

6. Where do I drop off my child for camp? 
All camps for 5-16 year old children meet at 8:30am at the base of the mountain opposite Starbucks close to the Red Skyride terminal.  For our Mini Explorers Club (3-4 years), children need to be dropped off at the top of the mountain just outside the chalet where the Skyride docks.

7. Where do I pick up my child from camp? 
Parents or guardians can collect their youth or child at the same location as drop-off opposite Starbucks close to the Red Skyride terminal. Pick up time is 3:30pm. If your child is registered for after camp activities, pick up time is 4:30pm. For our Mini Explorers Club (3-4 years), children need to be picked up at the top of the mountain at the Ski Wee building by the bear habitat.  

8. What is the Camp Leader to camper ratio? 
We aim to maintain low camper-to-staff ratios according to ensure the highest quality of programs. Our Mini Explorers Club (3-4 years) have a ratio of 4 campers to 1 staff member.  For our junior camps with campers between 5-7 years old, we have a maximum ratio of 7 campers to 1 staff member. For our campers 8-16, we have a maximum ratio of 10 campers to 1 staff member.

9. My child can’t make camp because they are sick, what options do I have? 
Grouse Mountain will happily invite you back to another day of camp later in the week/month. If a child is sick during the last week/days of camp a camp credit will be recorded. This will give them the option to attend future, summer/spring break camps. 

10. Do Grouse Mountain Camps lend themselves for multiple weeks of camp? 
Yes, particularly as all age ranges of campers have multiple camps to choose from. In the past campers have chosen to repeat several weeks of the same camp because they enjoyed meeting new people or wanted to share the experience with a friend. We do our best to put repeating campers in leadership roles, giving them plenty of room for growth.

11. Does Grouse have an overnight Camp?
Yes, Grouse offers an overnight camp as part of our Youth Venture 2.0. This camp is for campers, 12-14 years old.

12. Can I order lunch as part of the camp?
Yes, we are fortunate to have high quality meal options for our camps participants. Junior lunches are $9 per person, per day. Adventure Camp and Youth Program lunches are $12 per person, per day. Portion size and content varies. Junior Camp lunches are only available to those 7 years and younger. Campers select their lunch option each morning of camp and will choose from the following menu.

Junior Camps
Pizza (cut into 8), side fries, banana/apple, juice box
Hot dog, side fries, banana/apple, juice box
½ Ham & Cheese sandwich, cookie, banana/apple, juice box*
½ Veggie Wrap, banana/apple, cookie, juice box*

Adventure Camps 
Pizza (cut into 6), side fries, banana/apple, juice box 
Hamburger, side fries, banana/apple, juice box 
Ham & Cheese sandwich, cookie, banana/apple, juice box* 
Veggie Wrap, banana/apple, cookie, juice box*

Youth Venture campers are required to bring their own lunch so we can enjoy picnics in the mountains!

*Gluten free options are the Ham and Cheese Sandwich and Veggie Wrap which will be served with a gluten free brownie. Food is not prepared in a nut free environment.

13. Can my children buy lunch on the Mountain? 
No, we provide an option to buy lunch when signing up for camp at either $12 or $9 per day dependent on age. Otherwise, students are welcome to bring their own lunch. 

14. Can my 6 year old and 10 year old be in the same group for camp? 
To ensure youth get the most enjoyment out of their camp experience, Junior Campers 5-7 years and Adventure Campers 8-12 years have very different schedules and age ranges are not mixed. If you have a unique request, please inform our sales team when you book. 

15. Can my child bring a knife along to camp? 
No, we do not allow knives at camp. If a child arrives at camp with a knife, a camp leader will hold on to it and return it at the end of day. Safety is a big priority for all of us at Grouse Mountain. We have lots of other exciting and safe equipment to use at camp.

16. Will my junior camper and adventure camper get to see each other throughout the day?
The Junior Camps and Adventure Camps may cross paths throughout the week but each camp has a different base. That said on Fridays both junior and adventure camps are scheduled to share 2 of the same activities for our BC Cultural day so they will see each other.

17. Will my child get put in a group with children their age? 
We do our best to ensure that groups are matched by age, allowing us to adjusted activities accordingly for maximum fun all-round. 

18. What are the after hour’s activities? 
The After Camp Activities are chosen by those attending. Campers will have both indoor and outdoor activities to choose from. 

19. What if I want my child to leave on the bus? 
This option is available but discouraged for all campers 12 and under. If this is the only option available, parents must sign a release of liability before the first day of camp so the child can sign themselves out.

20. What if my child is apprehensive about taking part in activities because they are nervous of heights?
Some of our camp options include not always having our feet firmly on the ground. Grouse Mountain has a challenge by choice policy; this means that we will encourage youth to participate in all high ropes activities, but ultimately we fully respect a camper’s personal choice. We encourage youth to set a target when rock climbing, even if this is 3 feet from the ground. We do our best to have alternate activities available for those not wishing to take part high rope activities. 

21. Does Grouse Mountain welcome campers with special needs? 
Yes! We love to be as inclusive as possible in all our camps and have a great aide program to help us achieve this goal. Our aide program provides an experienced and dedicated aide to assist full time during camp. Both camper and aide will team up with a camp group and aim to be a part of this group and all activities wherever possible. For both camp and full time aide we have a daily rate of $125 regardless of camp selection. 

Can I provide my own aide? 
Yes, of course! We are more than happy for you to provide an aide of your own. Aides will be welcomed free of charge and your camper will pay our standard camp rates.

Did you know that there are a couple of opportunities to apply for a bursary to help cover this cost? Our local option on the North Shore is the North Shore Disability Resource Centre. Bursary application forms are available online. Click here* for more information. *Note that applications for bursaries are open from Feb 1st for 3 months.

22. I want to know more about Axe Throwing as part of camp.
Junior campers (5-7 years) will be throwing rubber axes. Adventure Campers (8-12 years) will begin throwing rubber axes. If the group completes training, our axe throwing expert will provide the opportunity for campers to throw a real hatchet one person at a time, carefully supervised.

23. Will my camper be carrying their bag all day or do they have a safe place to store it?
All camps have a home base on the Mountain which gives campers a place to drop there bag and enjoy activities to their fullest. Some days of camp require campers to bring their bags with them, for example when we head out on hikes.


Mini Explorers Club FAQ's


1. What qualifications do Mini Explorer Camp leaders have? 
As a minimum, a camp leader for children 3-4 years old will have experience working with children 3-4 years old and have an Early Childhood Educator certification or similar. 

2. How old does my Mini Explorer have to be to come to camp? 
Campers must be 3 years of age, 2 months prior to their first scheduled date of camp. 

3. Where is drop-off for the Mini Explorers Club? 
Parents must bring their child(ren) to meet the Explorer Club leader outside the Peak Chalet 15 minutes prior to the start of camp at either 8:45am or 12:45pm. From here you will complete the check-in process. 

4. Where do parents/guardians get Skyride tickets? 
Instructions on where to collect your ticket will be provided in a confirmation letter sent out the week before camp. If you have an active mountain pass you can use this pass to board the Skyride for camp. 

5. Do parents get complimentary tickets to deliver campers to the mountain for camp? 
Yes, we provide a complimentary escort ticket for each day of camp. 

6. Where do I pick up my child(ren)? 
Our Mini Explorers Club pick up is at the top of the mountain at the Ski Wee building by the Bear habitat. Each camp will end with story time inside this building. Campers will be brought outside to meet parents/guardians for pick up at the end of the program - either 12pm or 4pm 

7. Can my child sign-up for camp if they are still in diapers? 
Unfortunately not, we require all Mini Explorers to be out of diapers for camp. This will allow our camp leaders to focus on delivering the best possible experience for all campers. 

8. How can I help prepare my little explorer for camp? 
We encourage parents to talk about Grouse Mountain, the Skyride, and the weekly camp theme your little explorer is signed up for. These themes are listed on the Mini Explorers Club web page. 

9. Are parents allowed to stay for camp? 
We discourage parents staying with the camp group during camp. 

10. Should I provide a snack for my camper? 
For each camp we provide fruit and a juice box. If your little camper is unlikely to eat the fruit we provide, please be sure to pack something for them instead. 

11. When is registration cut off? 
Registration cut off is 5:00pm the day prior to the camp date, subject to availability. 


Youth Venture 2.0 FAQ'S

 
1. Why are overnight camps so great? 
Overnight camps provide an excellent environment for improving confidence, social skills and independence. What could be better than spending the night in the beautiful North Shore Mountains with your new friends? These new experiences and relationships will create memorable camp memories for a lifetime.

2. Do I have to attend the 5 day Youth Venture Camp in order to sign up for the Youth Venture 2.0? 
No, you can attend just the Youth Venture 2.0. However, priority will be given to campers already signed up for the Youth Venture Camp as we want to give youth the opportunity to make some friends for a lifetime. We feel 2 weeks is enough to set this foundation.

3. Is sleeping equipment provided? 
We encourage campers to bring all their own equipment. This includes tents so campers become familiar with how their tent works. That said, we have tents for all campers if required. On registration, campers will be provided with a kits list. Below is a summary of this list. 

4. What should my camper bring? 
Campers should bring a bag with sleeping equipment, clothing and toiletries. We will get an opportunity to talk about what equipment will be needed with campers in the day camps leading up to our overnight on the mountain.

Sleeping: warm outdoor sleeping bag, small pillow, thermarest sleeping pad 

Clothing: warm clothing, long sleeve shirt, short sleeve shirt, packable small hoodie, jacket, underwear, socks, waterproof rain gear, sturdy shoes, boots, pajamas, towel, hat and sunglasses. Clothing is best if it is quick dry/synthetic/wool. 

Toiletries/Other: glasses/contacts, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush or comb, prescription medication, insect repellent, sunscreen, camera, journal and pen, flash light or headlamp, 1L water bottle

5. What should I leave at home? 
There is no need to bring along matches, electronics, knives or valuables for this camp. 

6. Are nurses or OFA personnel available and what are your medical emergency policies?
Youth Venture 2.0 leaders will be equipped with Wilderness First aid certification and we have the luxury of a fully qualified, on-hill medical patrol team if a medical emergency happened to occur. The tram can be run at any time of the day or night and takes 2-4 min to reach the base if necessary. Ambulances can come right up to the tram docking station. 

7. Will my child have their medication stored and administered if necessary? 
This will depend on the medication type, in most cases we are able to assist. If you have a more specific question regarding this area please feel free to call our guest services team. 

8. What will my camper be eating on the night and morning of the sleepover? 
Campers will have a pizza dinner Thursday evening along with a snack an hour before bed. For breakfast we will provide fruit, oatmeal, yogurt and juice. Water is always available and campers are encouraged to drink water at all meal/snack times. 

9. Can I pack food for my child? 
Yes, please pack snacks each day and for the overnight. Note that Grouse will be providing dinner, snack and breakfast options for the campers. When packing snacks please be mindful of campers that may have severe allergies - such as nuts. 

10. What about allergens and dietary needs? 
We are willing and able to accommodate for most dietary restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free and most other food allergens. Please note that although food is prepared in a nut-free environment, cross contamination cannot be 100% guaranteed. If you have any additional inquiries about our allergy policies contact Guest Services.

11. Where will my camper be sleeping? 
Your camper will learn how to pitch a tent and sleep “under the stars” during the overnight. Our camping location is close to facilities, but far enough away to feel ‘wild’. We will be limiting the number of overnight campers to 16 and will ensure that girls and boys share separate tents. 

12. Are there any wildlife problems? 
Grouse Mountain is home to a number of wild animals, but have never had a problem with encounters. Our on-hill wildlife rangers and qualified staff mitigate the risk of wildlife encounters. We will be sharing these skills with campers and have the appropriate equipment available if necessary. 

13. Who will they sleep with? Can they make requests? 
With small group numbers and 6-8 person tents we are confident that campers can be placed with their friends. However no guarantees can be made, particularly if we see friendship groups of 6+ campers. 

14. What is the ratio of staff to campers on the overnight? 
There will be a maximum of 1 camp leader to 8 campers. 

15. Do the staff sleep near/supervise the campers overnight? 
Yes, a camp lead will be close by in their own tent and on-call throughout the evening. 

16. What type of bathroom facilities does Grouse provide? 
Campers will have access to bathrooms with sinks and toilets, Grouse does not offer facilities to shower.

17. What are your policies on smoking, drugs, alcohol and intimate relationships? 
Grouse Mountain has a zero tolerance policy on smoking, drugs, alcohol and intimate relationships during camp. This policy will be shared with all campers at the start of the week. If this policy is broken campers will be sent home immediately. 

18. Should my camper bring their phone, tablet, or anything valuable to camp? 
In order to provide a unique “only here” experience for camper’s we do not recommend that campers bring phones to camp. If a camper brings their phone and uses it without permission, phones will be looked after by camp leaders and returned at the end of the day/overnight. Phones are distractions and often cause homesickness due to contact with parents. Best just to leave at home where it’s 100% safe. 

19. What should my camper do if they feel home sick? 
Campers can address this concern with any leader at any time and they will be happy to help. We discourage parent involvement once the campers are on-hill. Our team has years of experience managing small conflicts/feelings and will help guide your child to learn how to deal with specific situations and overcome them. 

Although homesickness is typically common with younger children, we understand it still happens often with 12 -14 year olds. Our policy around feeling home sick is to try a few simple mitigation strategies before allowing the child to call home, if necessary we can bring your child down at any time.

20. Can I contact my child if extremely necessary? 
Yes. An emergency number will be provided after registration. Please only call if extremely necessary. 

21. How can my camper find something they have lost? 
(Lost and found) Check in with Guest Services at the base of the mountain the following day. All items should be labelled with camper’s first and last name. Campers are responsible for everything brought on-hill. Grouse Mountain accepts no responsibility, but we will make an effort to help you get it back. 

22. Are there any activities that have minimum age/size requirements? 
Grouse is developing a new activity that may have a weight restriction similar to our Ziplines tours. Once this information is confirmed this will be shared with parents and campers. Grouse provides all necessary equipment with an array of sizes to properly fit your camper (harnesses, helmets, etc.) 

23. What should my camper do if they feel like they are being bullied? What is your bullying/inappropriate behaviour policy? 
Grouse Mountain Camps have a strict behaviour policy of which all camp leaders are fully trained in. Similar to most camp operations, we have a 3 strike system. That said, we reserve the right to immediately send a child home if the behaviour policy is not followed. Camp leaders try to follow the school system model and prevent any incidents of bullying, but this is not always possible and is why we have a behaviour policy in place.