CTS Youth Society runs programs and camps in four amazing locations throughout the Lower Mainland: Tynehead (Surrey), Burnaby Lake (Burnaby), Pacific Spirit (Vancouver), and Capilano River (North Vancouver) regional parks. With special access to regional parks, each camp has its own charm, ecosystem and camper experience. From educational Weekday Excursion Camps to multi-day Overnight Adventure Camps under the stars, CTS Youth Society gives youth the opportunity to experience nature while staying close to home. Choose your favourite or try them all, you’re invited all summer long!
Did we mention CTS Youth Society camps and programs are completely FREE to all participants?
Weekday Excursion Camps
Weekday Excursion camps are a beginners introduction to the great outdoors, where we focus on getting youth outside, moving and connected with nature and each other. These camps take place Tuesday-Friday at Burnaby Lake Regional Park.
Overnight Adventure Camps
Thanks to a unique relationship with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, our Overnight Adventure camps offers 3-day, 2-night overnight camping experiences. With both tenting and cabin options, our Overnight Adventures run on the weekends (Friday-Sunday) on select weekends at Tynehead, Capilano River, and Pacific Spirit regional parks.
Mish-koop-i-tum (meaning “discover” in Michif) Camps are our new pilot program in collaboration with the North Fraser Métis Association and Stream of Dreams. On select days throughout the summer, participants can enjoy all the usual great experiences of a CTS Overnight, with the added bonus of fun activities involving art, games, food and culture led by Métis leaders from our community. These camps are designed for youth ages 12-14, but open to all teens under the age of 18.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Thanks to our generous supporters and donors, CTS Youth Programs are completely FREE for all participants. We believe that every youth deserves the change to experience summer camp, regardless of their circumstances.
However, there is a $10 administrative fee for late-cancellations.
Overnight and Day Camps are designed for youth ages 12-14, but open to all teens under-18.
The Peer Leader Program and Youth Council are designed for teenagers aged 15-18.
2 Camp Supervisors, 2 Peer Leaders, and up to 20 participants attend each CTS Youth Camp.
That all depends on what camp you register for! Check out our Programs page for specific answers.
Day Camps: Sun hat, water bottle, extra layers for weather and warmth, backpack, bug spray, sunscreen, and sturdy footwear (ideally waterproof), and a bagged lunch with snacks. We’ll take care of the rest.
Overnight Camps: Sun hat, flashlight, water bottle, a fresh change of clothes, extra layers for weather and warmth, backpack, bug spray, sunscreen, sturdy footwear (ideally waterproof), toothbrush, toothpaste, any other toiletries, medications, and a sleeping bag with sleeping pad.
*We provides tents, food, and other essential camping equipment. We can also loan sleeping bags and sleeping pads to those who do not have their own.
The overnight food menu is planned, prepped and cooked by our Peer Leaders under the supervision of Camp Supervisors. We try to incorporate as much from our community garden into meals as possible. Because the food menu varies week to week, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.