Youth Book Corner: Summer Camps

July is the month for summer camps and our Outreach Coordinator, Leena Desai, has recommendations for four reading- and writing-related camps that students will enjoy.  

Christianne’s Lyceum

Christianne’s Lyceum has a full roster of fun summer camp activities, some with literary flair. Little ones can learn about the significance of bears in children’s literature and the authors and illustrators that write some of their favourite books. Primary school children can dive even deeper into the Harry Potter books or take a literature-inspired tour of the Lyceum’s faerie garden and teenagers can choose from three workshops to improve their creative and essay writing techniques. The Lyceum even has a Harry Potter sleepover movie night on the weekend of August 15th for all the witches and wizards out there! Grades Preschool-12

Douglas College

Douglas College is offering creative writing summer camps at their New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses for middle-grade and high school students. The creative writing camps are some of their most popular and give students the opportunity to really let their imagination run amok on paper (or their laptops) as they explore more about different forms of writing, including short fiction, poetry, comic book writing. A fun perk is that participants get a summer camp T-shirt. Grades 4-9

Place des Arts

Who doesn’t love tales about magic, dragons, elves and fairies? Among the many summer camp activities being organized by Places des Arts is a creative writing Zoom workshop dedicated, especially, to fantasy stories. In this workshop, students will not just work on their writing, but also use that as inspiration for some drawing exercises. The goal is for students to create a cast of characters and write epic tales about their adventures, from the comfort of their own home. Grades 3-8

Learning Disabilities Society

The Learning Disabilities Society is offering two week-long, in-person summer camps for students with learning disabilities to help them develop new skills. One of their camps is dedicated to getting students interested in creative writing in a fun and engaging way. Students will make bookmarks, go on scavenger hunts, solve crossword puzzles, and of course, do lots of writing. Over the course of the week, they will work with an instructor to pick an idea, develop it, and then share and publish their story with the rest of the summer campers. Grades 3-5


Leena Desai