Summer Camps

“All the world’s a stage”, and it’s yours to take!

 

Every summer, kids and teens get on the Bard stages and make Shakespeare their own, coached by professional actors! Whether you’re new to Shakespeare or you know the plays by heart, here’s your chance to bring the language to life with YOUR imagination, YOUR big questions, and YOUR voice.

We enjoyed a beautiful return to Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park for Summer Camps 2022. We hope to have registration updates and a 2023 schedule to share by early December– watch this page, and subscribe to our e-newsletter for announcements!

If you have questions about Summer Camps, please email Katie Johnstone.

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Families can apply for financial assistance through our Bursary Fund. Established in 2009 by the Bard Volunteers, the fund helps make our programs accessible to all.

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Covid Safety

Keeping our participants, staff, and community safe is Bard Education’s top priority. Please read through the full COVID-19 Safety Plan for education programs.

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FAQs





What kind of experience will participants have?

This summer, each camp focuses on a Shakespeare play. Each group will have no more than 16 participants. Together, the group explores the focus play and makes creative decisions about how they’d like to present it. There will be an emphasis on building ensemble, expressing creativity through play and collaboration, and exploring the various performance techniques that professional Teaching Artists incorporate into their own practice.





What skills do these camps foster?

In addition to becoming comfortable with Shakespeare’s language, participants develop skills in teamwork and ensemble building, creativity, self-expression, leadership, compassion, storytelling, communication, collaboration, and performance. 





Will friends and family get to watch the participants perform their play?

On the final day of the camp (the Friday), friends and family are invited into the Festival tent where the group has rehearsed. The group will share what they’ve created on the Bard stage. Please watch your emails for complete details about the Camp Finale.





What does my registration include?

In addition to participation in a summer camp, every participant receives two complimentary tickets to see the production on our BMO Mainstage. They will also receive a Bard Education t-shirt! 





Will participants get a chance to see a Festival production?

Yes, as above, every participant receives two complimentary tickets to see the production on our BMO Mainstage. These complimentary tickets are pre-scheduled so that participants can attend the show on the same day as the others in their camp. If you wish to purchase additional tickets or make adjustments to the complimentary pair, please contact Katie Johnstone.  





What if the camp I want to book is full?

If a camp appears to be full, please put your name on our waitlist. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. 





What if a camp does not meet minimum enrolment?

Minimum enrolment or insufficient registration is determined based on whether we believe the low number will interfere with the quality of programming for the registered participant(s). If minimum enrolment is not met, the camp will be cancelled. Our team reserves the right to make this decision up to one week prior to the camp start date. We will notify families by phone and email and offer the choice of transferring their child to a different camp in our 2022 schedule or requesting a complete refund.  





What is your summer camp Withdrawal Policy?

Please email Katie Johnstone at least 2 weeks before your session begins if you need to release your spot- your registration fee will be refunded, minus a $35 administration fee. If you withdraw without notifying us, we cannot provide a refund. Exceptions are made for cancellation due to illness, for which we’ll provide a full refund. For COVIDrelated concerns, please find more detailed policies here. 





Why can’t you refund late cancellations?

 A late cancellation or no-show makes it impossible for us to give the reserved spot to another young person on the waiting list and alters the experience of those that do show up. If you notify us that you’re releasing your spot at least two weeks before the session begins, you will only be charged the administration fee ($35). 





Do participants need to present official proof of vaccination to join?

Please find the full COVID-19 Safety Plan for Bard Education programs here.