Submitted by Lissette Arevalo, Settlement Youth Worker
Summers in Victoria are some of the most beautiful in all of Canada. If you’re a newcomer youth, it can feel, at times, overwhelming learning all of the customs and hobbies Canadians enjoy during the summer months. Youth Services has put together a handy guide on ways to enjoy your summer in Victoria and get to know Canadian summer hobbies.
- Register for a summer camp at ICA
Youth services offers 3 Summer day camp options for various ages during July and August. For ages 7-12 years of age in July, we offered ACE camps. ACE is a buffet of activities that showcase the best of what Victoria has to offer in the summer. Led by our Youth Services facilitators, we took the kids to Beacon Hill Park; explored Willow’s Beach and Elk Lake; and, hiked Witty’s Lagoon. Some of the other highlights included learning about dogs and safe ways to approach and interact with dogs; and, visits from the Saanich Police department at Elk Lake.
- Go overnight camping
For newcomer teens, ICA offers the amazing opportunity to camp overnight for 2 nights and 3 days, thanks to a partnership with Power to Be. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy the starry night without the noise and bustle of the city, overnight camping in the woods is the best Canada has to offer. This year, we were extra spoiled and got to rock climb, run the low ropes obstacle course, and enjoy the serene landscapes in Metchosin, BC.
- Outdoor Education and Leadership
Summer Remix is ICA’s Outdoor education and leadership program for newcomers aged 13-18 years old. This year we offered various adventures and skill-building opportunities including Disc Golf, Downtown tours, Indigenous peoples education, hiking, geocaching, and celebrating new found friendships. It’s always a memorable few weeks.
- Stay cool by the beach
Victoria is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This year, Youth Services explored Willow’s beach, Dallas Road, Witty’s Lagoon, Albert Head Lagoon, Esquimalt Lagoon, and Saxe Point Park. There are countless more beaches to explore! Summer is the perfect time to grab a hat, a chair, and some sun screen and relax.
- Be a tourist
Did you know that Victoria is home to Canada’s older China Town? We discovered cool facts like that during our ACE camps and Summer Remix! We planned tours to China Town, the Royal BC Museum, and conducted an inner harbour scavenger hunt! We also encouraged participants to check out the International Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival! Victoria comes alive with culture during July and August!
- Make new friends and learn English
Looking forward to August, we are offering another year of Culture and Confidence through Conversation, or, CCC for short. This late summer program starts August 8 and runs until August 24 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Come get prepared for school, make new friends, and explore your community all while building your English skills! This program is for youth ages 6-18 years old. Register with Lissette Arevalo, Settlement Youth Worker before August 4, 2017.