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Western Educational Adventures Victoria BC Outdoor Activities for youth
Western Educational Adventures

Vancouver Island Youth Weekly Outdoor Activity Program


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Outdoor After School Programs
Outdoor After School Programs

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We understand that there is a lack of healthy extra-curricular programming available right now for kids in communities on Vancouver Island like Victoria, Nanaimo, Cumberland, Courtenay, Comox & Campbell River. WEA's outdoor activity homeschool & after school program is designed to give kids exercise, expose them to the outdoors and give them much needed time to socialize with their peers for a few hours each week. Activities include things like trail running, mountain biking, running games, snowshoeing, geocaching, archery, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking & more!

Due to COVID-19 this program is only available to children and youth in Victoria, Comox or Courtenay BC that are in the same social bubble, such as cohorts, families, homeschooling groups, etc. We hope to re-open a general registration program as soon as it is safe to do so. Have a group of homeschool kids, cohort group or other Victoria kids group in mind? Book now!
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Something active and outside for after school and homeschool groups!

Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay & Campbell River BC

AGES GROUP SIZE
5 - 16 4 - 12 youth
COST/CHILD DAYS HOURS
$5 - $20/hr As requested 1-8 Hours

**Cost per hour varies depending on activities, number of weeks, locations chosen, etc.**

LOCATION AVAILABILITY DAY
Victoria All Week
Nanaimo Inquire
Courtenay, Comox & Cumberland Mondays & Fridays
Campbell River Mondays & Fridays
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In a Rush or Have Questions Before You Register for the Vancouver Island Youth Weekly Outdoor Activity Program? Wondering if this program can service your child's school?

Call us now at 250-888-1622 and talk to a real person!! or, if you can't talk now, please click on the following button to take you to the contact information survey (takes 1 to 2 minutes to complete) and we will get back to you within 2-5 business days. If you are inquiring about financial assistance, Click here.

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When & Where

Victoria BC

In Victoria, we offer outdoor activities in the entire Capital Regional District. Most frequently programs occur in Saanich, Langford, Sooke, View Royal, The highlands, Colwood & Central Saanich. We utilize parks and outdoor spaces such as Mount Doug, Thetis Lake, Gowland Todd, Elk Lake, Sea-to-Sea Regional Park (Mount Quimper), Sooke Potholes and several Langford city parks. As Victoria is our hub we can offer programs any day of the week with a recommended length of 2 hours on weekdays with the occasional full day of outdoor activities, perfect for after school or for local Victoria homeschool groups.

Nanaimo BC

In Nanaimo we use various local forest lands and local parks for our outdoor kids activities. As we run the majority of our programs in Victoria and secondarily in the Comox Valley, we have the capability of running programs for Nanaimo families but need to figure out details on a case-by-case basis.

Courtenay, Comox & Cumberland BC

In the Comox Valley we take advantage of all the amazing outdoor spaces like Seal Bay, Strathcona Park, Mount Washington, the Cumberland mountain biking trails, etc. This program is available in the Comox Valley on Fridays & Mondays only.

Campbell River BC

In Nanaimo we use various local forest lands and local parks for our outdoor kids activities. As we run programs in the Comox Valley on Fridays and Mondays, we have the ability to run programming in Campbell River on the same days.


What to bring on an outdoor kids program

It is essential that all children have the proper equipment as the program runs REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER. Exact equipment needed will very depending on the time of year, location, activities, etc. An example packing list can be found by clicking here.


The WEA Advantage

We believe that youth programming should be safe, fun and staffed by the best people in the industry.

WEA Team Members:

  • Have years of experience working with kids
  • Are focused on safety
  • Recognize the value of outdoor play and skills
  • Are committed to making a difference in kids’ lives
  • Are highly qualified, certified & earn living wages
  • WEAdventures Provides:

  • Industry-leading outdoor programs
  • Convenient pick-up & drop-off locations
  • Flexible, exceptional customer service
  • Safety-focused, educational programming
  • High-quality equipment and food (where applicable)
  • Maximum staff to participant ratios of 1:9
  • Financial assistance

  • "My kids had a great time with Landon and his team. Both learned so much about the world around them and the outdoors. often I hear them quizzing each other on outdoor facts."

    -Tanis Nielsen

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    Daily Program Schedule

    There are several options for how this program may look for your child's bubble. From 2 hours every week going trail running and doing nature activities to 3 days a week doing a vareity of activities each day. You tell us what outdoor activities you want, how many kids, what day and we will give you several options to choose from!

    The Outdoor Activity Program Experience

    Above all, our one-of-a-kind outdoor after school care program is more fun than you can imagine! Youth get to experience many different types of activities in amazing outdoor environments! Instead of staying inside every day after school, children get to explore and experience unique natural areas featuring lakes, streams, fields, forests, beaches, fire pits, cooking shelters, archery ranges and many other ammenities! Participants learn about nature, camping skills, leadership and more. The best parts - they don’t even realize they are learning and they are staying active!

    Leadership and Personal Growth

    Modern youth do not get very many opportunities to learn life skills including how to lead others, manage conflict and think for themselves. Western Education Adventure’s after school outdoor program focuses on these skills and other life skills.

    Core Program Activities

    The name of the game is to keep children & youth learning, active, occupied, engaged and having fun. Activities vary depending on the weather, group and on the main focus of the program that day. The types of activities we typically run during our weekly activity program includes:

  • Fire-building
  • Forest ecology
  • Nature walks/exploration
  • Forest games
  • Shelter-building
  • Swimming lessons
  • The animal game/predator-prey
  • Hiking
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor navigation
  • Geocaching
  • Camp cooking
  • Canoeing
  • Trail running
  • Snowshoeing
  • Fitness training
  • Some of the skills your child may learn

    • Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Route Planning • Nature Identification • Nature Appreciation • Navigation • Swimming • Camping Practices • Cooking • Fire building • Knife and Stove Safety

    Safety

    General Safety

    Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

    WEA & Infectious Diseases

    WEA takes sickness and infectious diseases very seriously. Our policies and procedures regarding infectious diseases are science based and reviewed by medical professionals. Click on the button below to view our infectious disease policy.


    In a Rush or Have Questions Before You Register for the Vancouver Island Weekly Outdoor Activity Program? Wondering if this program can service your child's school?

    Call us now at 250-888-1622 and talk to a real person!! or, if you can't talk now, please complete the following contact information survey (takes 1 to 2 minutes to complete) and we will get back to you within 2-5 business days. If you are inquiring about financial assistance, Click here.

    **All personal information provided will not be shared with third parties unless it is relevant to the participants well being or quality of experience**






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