Adventure Day Camps

Juniors (5-7), kids (8-12) and youth (12-16) can explore the Mountain and 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? 
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.

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? 
The meeting area is at the base of the mountain opposite Starbucks close to the Red Skyride terminal. Our camps team will be wearing red jackets. All camps meet at 8:30am at the base. 

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. 

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. For our junior camps with campers between 5-7 years old, we have a maximum ratio of 6 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? 
Not currently, if this is something you would be interested in please inform a member of the sales team. 

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* 

*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. 
 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.