2021 Virtual Camps

All campers from the 2016 adult retreat on the patio of the Bowen Island Lodge with Deep Bay in the background.
All Campers from the 2016 adult retreat. Photo credit: Lorraine Ashdown.

This year we have decided to offer two virtual camp sessions in an effort to support our campers, staff, and volunteers through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We miss you all and definitely want to make the 2021 camp season one to be remembered. The two virtual camp sessions are Virtual Connections and a very special Virtual Music Camp, detailed below. Both programs are open to Canadians who are blind, Deafblind and low vision ages 13 and up from across the country. The social interaction components will be divided by age bracket, into teen and adult groups.

As the world prepares to reopen later this year, we look forward to returning to in-person camps in 2022 and seeing all of our old and new friends at Camp Bowen. In the meantime, let’s go forth and have fun this summer at Virtual Connections and the Virtual Music Camp!

Virtual Connections

Virtual Connections is the first of our two virtual camp offerings this summer. It is a speaker series featuring 4 speaker sessions, each followed by an opportunity to get together with fellow virtual campers and either play games or simply socialize. Each session will feature a different speaker, on topics such as martial arts; how blind people can participate independently in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); and others. Some of our speakers include but are not limited to:

  • Get Together With Technology (GTT) on July 27
  • Johnny Tai from Night Strike Self-Defence on July 30
  • BC Blind Sports and recreation Association on August 3
  • VocalEye Descriptive Arts Theatre Society on August 3
  • and more…

If you cannot make it to a speaker session, no worries. Register anyway as speaker sessions will be recorded and sent to registered participants.

Virtual Connections will take place on July 27 and 30 and August 3 and 6, 2021, each time from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Pacific (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern). It will be open to Canadians who are blind, Deafblind and low vision ages 13 and up from across the country. The social interaction components will be divided by age bracket, into teen and adult groups. Thanks to the generosity of several grantors, Virtual Connections will be offered free of charge, though donations to our Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre capital project are welcome.

Virtual Music Camp

Alex Jurgensen and Matthew Alvernaz stand, facing the camera. Matthew is holding his Saxophone with Alex in the background.
From left to right: Alex Jurgensen (16) and Matthew Alvernaz (13), two friends who met at Camp Bowen. Photo by Stuart Davis for the Vancouver Sun

Do you like exploring new types of music or have you ever wanted to write a song?

The Virtual Music Camp is the second of our two virtual camp offerings this summer. It is an exciting program that will both look at song writing and music exploration. Each of the four sessions will be followed by an opportunity to get together with fellow virtual campers and either play games or simply socialize.

The Virtual Music Camp will take place on August 10, 12, 24, and 26, 2021, with two bonus music trivia sessions on August 17 and 19, 2021. Each session will run from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Pacific (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern). It will be open to Canadians who are blind, Deafblind and low vision ages 13 and up from across the country. The social interaction components will be divided by age bracket, into teen and adult groups. Thanks to the generosity of several grantors, Virtual Music Camp will be offered free of charge, though donations to our Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre capital project are welcome.

Join Us

To join either the Virtual Connections or Virtual Music Camps, you can either use Zoom or a standard telephone.

  • For Zoom users, click here or
  • For telephone users, please call +1 (844) 692-6936 and press extension 8.

We ask that you please register below so that we can properly track who attends the camps. This helps us to get grants in the future and continue to offer services.

Registrations

Zoom and telephone call-in details will be provided to registered participants.

To register, simply fill out the form below or contact us.


Questions

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you all this summer, whether you are an old friend or a new one to us here at Camp Bowen!