Summer camps at CircusWest are a great way to spend those hot days!
CircusWest is a little bit different during the summer. Our CirKids programs are over and the PNE moves into the Gardens in August – but that doesn’t stop us from having lots of fun!
Not only do we have a session of classes for our Adult & Teen members to keep the summer active, we also have great summer camps at two locations. So while the PNE is having their fun, we don’t have to stop ours.
Throughout the summer, at both the PNE Gardens and Bayview Elementary School, Circuswest hosts summer camps for a variety of ages and skill levels. And even those these camps are held in the Lower Mainland, that doesn’t mean they don’t attract people from all over.
And our summer camps aren’t ordinary – they’re a destination. With participants coming from Saudi Arabia, the United States, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island, there is clearly something special going on here.
Two students, Zoe and Darby have returned to our summer camps program for many years. Though they participate in the same program as the rest of the kids, these girls have to put a little more time into their circus training – in the form of a much longer commute. Zoe travels from Gibsons, BC to attend the camps describing them as, “lots of fun” and something “worth coming back for”. She re-ignited her passion for dance and circus by hopping on a bus and making the trip to CircusWest. Though her journey was long, the summer camps made her realize that, “[she] really, really liked doing circus” and provided her with a way to get involved in circus.
Darby was inspired to join our programs in a different way. Her aunt, who lived in Vancouver, purchased tickets for our annual show. They attended together and were “so impressed that [she] had to come back…to try the camp out”. Since that moment she’s been hooked! She now comes back every summer and has had the chance to develop into a Coach in Training (CIT), which she remembers fondly as one of her favourite moments – besides all the laughs, fun, and performances. Though Darby has trouble picking the single best part of the camps, she recalls that she made so many great memories and gained so much remarkable experience that travelling the distance from Nanaimo was totally worth it.
If those aren’t a reason to come to CircusWest for our summer camps, I’m not sure what is! There is still room in all of our camps and you can register online at www.circuswest.com. We can’t wait to see you this summer!