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Family Network for Deaf Children 
Deaf Youth Today (our Summer & Teen Leadership Program)

PO Box 50075, South Slope RPO
Burnaby, B.C. V5J 5G3
Cell: 604-684-1860

Deaf Youth Today

Summer Camp 2019 - Ages 8 to 15

Hornby Island Kids Camp

July 7th to 11th, 2019

Time: 9:30 am drop off | 5:15 pm pick up

Meet: Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

Ages: 8 to 15 years (Deaf/HH only)

Cost: $175 before June 23 | Late fee $225 after June 24


HORNBY ISLAND Youth Overnight Camp is back by popular demand!


Proudly hosted by the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society and Deaf Youth Today staff!  Campers will participate in a variety of activities including paddle boarding, kayaking, beachcombing, hiking, climbing, rappelling, high and low ropes, group games, sports, drama/skits, campfire fun, deaf-friendly activities, and interactive workshops.


Parents don’t need to worry because every moment of the day is accounted for and supervised! We have a very high staff to camper ratio. This is a fun, safe and supervised environment! Sleeping arrangements are organized by age. Younger children will be in a separate cabin from older campers.


Cost includes accommodation, meals, all activities and transportation to and from Hornby Island with DYT Staff. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more details. Late registrations (received after June 24th) can’t be guaranteed a spot but will be assessed and accepted according to the individual needs of the camper and our staffing levels.

2D Animation Camp

July 15th to 18th, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Meet:  BCSD (Burnaby South Secondary)

Ages: 8 to 15 years (Deaf/HH only) *

Cost: $250 before June 30 | Late fee $300 after July 1 **


DYT will be working in Collaboration with BYTE CAMP to host this Specialized 2D Animation Camp.  Turn your drawing skills into awesome animation skills on our tablets!  We will show you how to make beautiful animations as wild as your imagination.  Participants will learn storyboard skills and use some advanced animation skills to make their characters really come alive on the screen.  Principles like Squash & Stretch, anticipation and exaggeration will be introduced in fun lessons and students will produce their own animated short film by the end of the week.  Students will present their work to the parents from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 18th.  

*Will open spots to CODA and SIBS 2 weeks prior to the event date


*Please note, that this is a specialized camp and the cost is subsidized.  We are unable to offer any discount on this fee.

Explorations Week

July 22nd to 25th, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Meet:  Provincial Deaf Hard of Hearing Services

Ages: 5 to 12 years (Deaf/HH/CODA & SIBS)

Cost: $80 before July 7 | Late fee $130 after July 8

Explorations Week will offer our campers rich and diverse activities within a dynamic and safe environment.  Our thoughtfully structured program includes a day to explore at Science World, a fishing lesson at Lafarge Lake, art and water activities, as well as play and social time outdoors.

Archery Event

July 26th, 2019 (one-day event)

Time: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Meet: BCSD (Burnaby South Secondary)

Ages: 10 to 15 years (Deaf/HH only)

Cost: $25 before July 12th | Late Fee $35 after July 19th


Join us for an Archery lesson at Boorman Archery centre.


All campers will be taught by certified instructors and learn how to shoot a recurve bow (with the opportunity to try compound and longbows), range safety, equipment set up, scoring, and will develop the skills needed to become a safe and consistent archer.

Deaf Theatre Week

July 29th to Aug 1st, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Meet:  BCSD (Burnaby South Secondary)

Ages:  5 to 15 years (Deaf/HH only)

Cost: $80 before July 14 | Late fee $130 after July 15


MINI THEATRE GROUP (Younger ages): Younger campers will be introduced to fun, interactive drama activities lead by experienced Deaf Mentors.  The camp will allow your child to unleash their creativity through movement, improvisation, ASL, and dance. Acting instruction gives your child will have an opportunity to work with Deaf Actors and Mentors, and as part of the overall theatre experience, campers are often involved in a short live performance at the end of the week.  


*Please note - Campers will be separated by age groups

Adventure Watersports Week

August 6th to 8th, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm  to 7:00 pm 

Meet:  PDHHS (4334 Victory Street)

Ages: 5 to 15 (Deaf/HH)**

Cost: $80 before July 22 | Late fee $130 after July 23

DYT will be working in Collaboration with Windsure at Jericho Beach to introduce the campers to 3 days of Adventure Watersports!  We will be traveling to Jericho Beach each day and campers will receive lessons from Windsure Trained Staff.   


In surfing’s new twist, kids can try Stand up Paddleboarding. They will be taught the proper technique of paddling and gain the skills and confidence in this new and safe environment. All Campers will also have the opportunity to try Skimboarding and learn the proper technique of “Throwing” the board and skimming across the sand.  They will be introduced to maneuvers such as “180’s” and “shuvits”.


Age 12 to 15 year old campers will have an introductory lesson to Windsurfing and learn basic skills on windsurfing stance, uphaul, equipment care, tack to return to shore, steering, landing, basic sailing, and safety standards.  While the older campers try out the Windsurf lesson, the younger campers will experience a fun Canoeing lesson and trip.  This program is suited for anyone with a desire to have fun and try something new.  



*An active on the water rescue team will be on site and available during all lessons. Safety is the main priority at Windsure and DYT.

** This session is for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children/youth only. Siblings / CODA children spot will be open on June 1, 2019. Depending on the number we get from Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children/youth.

Baby Sitters Course

August 9th, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Will have Pizza dinner at the end)

Meet:  Provincial Deaf Hard of Hearing Services

Ages: 11 to 18 (Deaf/HH)**

Cost: $55 before August 2 | Late fee $65 after August 2


DYT is happy to offer the Baby Sitters Certification Course through the Canadian Red Cross.  This course is open to our Counsellor in Training youth as well as any Deaf/HOH youth age 11-18 years.  


The babysitting course has an emphasis on First Aid Skills.  It covers everything from managing difficult behaviours to essential contract on leadership and professional conduct as a babysitter.  Babysitting promises to depend on and enhance the responsibility that older youth feel when caring for younger children.  This updated curriculum, complete with new science, also provides improved learning when it comes to giving the appropriate care in the event of an emergency.

*If you are in our CIT program, please email DYT for a code for free registration

*Manual included in the cost. 

Hero Week

August 12th to 15th, 2019

Times: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Meet: Provincial Deaf Hard of Hearing Services

Ages: 5 to 12   (Deaf/HH only)

Cost: $80 before July 28 | Late fee $130 after July 29


Hero Week will be both on and off-site at Burnaby South.  This camp will introduce campers to a variety of fun activities and education about our local and historic Police Department as well as an introduction to Knighthood and medieval times.  


All campers will have an opportunity to experience what it would be like to be a KNIGHT. Kids will participate in medieval games, swordplay, daggers, and wrestling. Kids will be introduced to sparring (controlled practice sword fights, with protective equipment).  Everyone uses properly weighted and balanced synthetic swords.


Campers will visit the Police Museum and participate in a guided tour with hands-on activities in the Mini Police Academy and “Break and Enter” Event! This program will combine museum discovery scavenger hunt, “show and tell” to introduce campers to policing, dress-up time in police uniforms and art activities.  Opportunities to visit with a police officer, and experience some of the aspects of the Police department including the K9 unit and a Police Jail cell at the VPD.