Are your kids signed up for Summer Cooking Camp yet?
It is no secret that here at Better Together we’re big fans of encouraging kids to get involved in the kitchen. Whether that means simply stirring a pot, helping bake cookies or creating a three course masterpiece, kids benefit in many social and physical ways from being invited into the kitchen. A fun alternative to traditional summer camp, cooking classes and camps are a fantastic way for kids to learn valuable knowledge about food, kitchen safety, and meal prep. If you're curious about signing your kids up, here is a list of cooking-focused camps and classes to explore, happening around BC (with a little something for all age groups, tastes, and budgets). Enjoy!
Students at KidCooks learn how to prepare homemade meals using seasonal ingredients in a classroom setting. They offer day classes on their website. There are a few happening in May and more to come soon. Classes are available for kids as young as four and up to thirteen. Cost: $40/class. Location: Capilano United Church Kitchen, North Vancouver
Young chefs attending the DizzyWhisk summer camps can try their hand at creating breads, soups, starters, mains, sides, and desserts using local and seasonal produce where possible. Summer Camps range from $300–$375 with several sessions happening in July. Location: Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
This camp is gourmet in more areas than one. Newly opened in 2012, The Hungry Oven summer camps boast state-of-the-art, kid-friendly kitchens designed for each age group, induction ovens to prevent burns, and professional chef instructors.
These week-long camps run via the Vancouer School Board at Maple Grove Elementary and are offered to kids in grades 1-7 from schools throughout Vancouver. It runs every week from July 9 to August 24. Cost: $145/week or less for siblings. Learn more here or to register email Marisol Petersen for a brochure and all the details.
Chefs at this camp prepare nutritious locally- and internationally-inspired meals while learning culinary basics. Kids get to show off their new skills at a family reception on the last day and head back home with a great new repertoire of recipes. *This camp series also offers a brand-new vegetarian cooking camp for those who eat meat-free. Location: Capilano University, North Vancouver. All camps run from 9:30am–3:30pm, ages 8–12, starting at $350.
At The Dirty Apron, chef David Robertson leads culinary campers through a hands-on kitchen experience, emphasizing team work, local ingredients, and global flavours. Most summer camps are for those aged 12–17, however there is one Kid’s Cooking Camp designed especially for the younger chefs. Costs: $490/camp. Location: Beatty Street, Downtown Vancouver.
This teen camp series offers hands-on training in knife skills, soups, breads, seafood, vegetables, meats, and pastries. This camp is designed to provide some serious cooking instruction, but doesn’t forget the fun. Students will be treated to a walking tour of Granville Island Market, an Iron Chef Challenge, and a West Coast Buffet Lunch at Bistro 101. Costs: $450/camp. Sessions offered to ages 10–18. Location: West 2nd Ave., Vancouver
This camp, designed for the youngest chefs, mixes kids’ favourite meals, wholesome ingredients, and kitchen safety to introduce children to the basics of cooking. Camps run from 9am–3:30pm and are offered to ages five and six. Cost: $225. Location: St. Georges School, Vancouver.
Victoria & Islands
Cook Culture is unique because it offers both classes and a teen summer camp, providing kids with a progressive and relaxed introduction to cooking. Kids’ classes are usually one-on-one lessons, lasting only an hour. Parents can book a class by appointment for children any age, for $50/class or sign your 10–18 year olds up for Teen Cooking Camp which costs $345/camp. Several locations in Victoria.
This camp touches on every aspect of cooking and meal preparation including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, as well as kitchen safety, techniques, table setting, and even table etiquette. This camp happens in July, is available for ages 9–12 and costs $350. Location: The London Chef, Victoria.
This unique camp brings together rural harvesting, cooking, and visual art for a diverse and fun week on Salt Spring Island. Here, students have the rare opportunity to bring food from farm to table, learning about collecting eggs, harvesting fruits and vegetables, and composting. Between the farm and the kitchen, kids get to spend afternoons working on their art skills. This camp runs in August, is available for ages 7–12 and costs $315. Location: Salt Spring Island
This cooking camp introduces kids to international flavours, aromas, and cooking techniques in a week of full-day kitchen instruction. Camps happen in July and August, runniing from 8:30am–3:30pm. Camps are available for grades 4–6 and the cost is $198. Location: Okanagan College, Kelowna.
Held at rec centres across the Lower Mainland, Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island, this camp gives kids a hands-on opportunity to learn the basics of simple cooking, food choices, and nutrition. Subsidized by Thrifty Foods, this camp is meant to fit any budget. Locations: Around BC.
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