May 7, 2012. Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, B.C. - Kids can shake off the classroom cobwebs this summer and pack their days full of adventure, fresh air and wilderness at the Peak of Vancouver with the arrival of Grouse Mountain's new summer camps. Throughout July and August, Grouse Mountain will be offering a one-of–a kind hands on camp experience jam packed with eye opening activities from hummingbird banding to making fire using only a chocolate bar and a pop can. Campers will also get the chance to be a Wildlife Ranger for the day feeding Grizzly bears, Timber wolves and barn owls.
Starting July 2, the camps will run Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm during all nine weeks of summer. Parents are able to book a full 5-day package or specific individual days. Only a short 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, kids will dive into the wilderness playground that is right here in their own backyard. Grouse Mountain's professional adventure team's mission is to support non-stop fun and life changing experiences while immersing kids in the power and splendour of nature.
“Grouse Mountain is Vancouver's doorstep to the wilderness and each one of our summer camps has been carefully created to teach kids about the world around them, create a love and respect for the outdoors", says Michael Cameron, Grouse Mountain's General Manager. "Our Refuge for Endangered Wildlife provides the perfect platform with unique wildlife such as timber wolves, grizzly bears, barn owls and hummingbirds to help children discover and discuss their planet's future while giving them a once in a lifetime experience".
Grouse Mountain Summer Camps are open to children ages 8 to 14 with an early bird discount of 10% available before June 1st. Book your full week of camps for $220 for passholders / $250 for non-passholders and daily rates of $50 for passholders/ $55 for non-passholders. These prices include Skyride admission and lunch can be supplied at an additional cost.
To book please call Grouse Mountain Guest Services on: 604-980-9311.
Summer Camp Descriptions:
Monday - Wildlife Ranger For A Day
Wolves, bears and feathered friends! Get real life training as a Wildlife Ranger for the day as you feed a wolf or see what the inside of a bear den looks like. Spend breakfast with resident timber wolves - Alpha, Beta and Omega and then jump on the Skyride up to Grinder and Coola’s summertime habitat. From there explore the Mountain from an animal’s perspective. Discover the world of the Cougar, Pine Martin, Bushy-tailed Wood Rat and more.
Tuesday - Wilderness Survival
Did you know you can build a fire from a piece of chocolate and a pop can or that an orange garbage bag could save your life? Come and learn survival techniques from the experts! Interactive activities will prepare you for the wilderness and what to do if you find yourself in a sticky situation. From packing your gear to building a shelter and rope skills this day will implant the skills needed to survive in the wild!
Wednesday - Winged Adventures
Get radical with raptors! Meet Tyto our resident barn owl during an interactive ranger talk and meet his other feathered friends in the Birds in Motion Demonstration. Get lessons from our professional Falconers and find out what these amazing birds really eat. Get hands on participating in a mist netting and bird banding workshop and learn about our hummingbird monitoring network.
Thursday - Mountain Exploration
A day packed full of fun for those with inquisitive minds! Step behind the scenes at Grouse Mountain to find out how the wind turbine runs, go on an eco walk to Blue Grouse Lake hunting for elusive salamanders then head down The Cut to get a behind the scenes and up close look at the mechanics of a snow machine. This is a day for all of those who want to know why and how it happens.
Friday - Uniquely B.C. Adventures.
Our history is one of a kind. Spend the morning with a Squamish elder at the hiwus Feasthouse with songs, dancing, crafts and the art of storytelling. Then spend the afternoon with our lumberjacks learning the fine art behind axe tossing and log rolling. Whether you are an athlete or more of a creative mind this day combines the best of both worlds.