Hogwarts Summer Camp
Welcome to Hogwarts West
This experiential camp is for anyone who loves the adventures of Harry Potter and wishes to explore theatre as social action!
Children can expect to make their own wand, create their patronus, taste butterbeer and other magical snacks, participate in lessons of Magic and Sorcery, discover their house and much, much, more!
About Harry and UU:
“Harry and UU” is a Unitarian Universalist social action curriculum written for grades 4-5 based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. Copyright 2014, Karen Hager, Blacksburg, VA. Our Vancouver Unitarian Professors are combining the structure and tools of this curriculum with theatre and improv to create a unique and engaging summer camp experience.
Harry and UU is not authorized, approved, endorsed, nor licensed by J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc, the Scholastic Corporation, Raincoast Books, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., nor by any other persons, entities, corporations or companies claiming a proprietary interest in the Harry Potter books, movies, or related merchandise.
Dumbledore’s Army Sections
DA Explorers–Ages 7+
Register for DA Explorers to take Hogwarts classes. Explore the magic of water, learn theatre games, and play within the Hogwarts theme. Quidditch and Dueling Club are arranged between classes. Final day sharing directed by DA Leadership.
DA Creators–Ages 10+
Register for DA Creators to take advanced classes in water magic, script writing, and interactive theatre. Create and perform in Friday’s interactive performance for family and friends. We may create and film a public service announcement to share what you have learned.
DA Leadership–High School Volunteers
Love the Wizarding world and want to build volunteer hours and leadership experience? Apply to be a prefect and help our Professors oversee the DA sections, coordinate club and Quidditch games, and maintain order and safety in the grounds. You may create your own character and help direct the DA Creators production.
Youth who apply should have or plan to get Red Cross First Aid training before camp begins. To apply send an email to Kiersten Moore with a description of your leadership experience, goals and purpose for wanting this position.
Camper Code of Conduct
We have three simple rules that everyone from Heads of House to new students are expected to follow. These rules are created in the spirit of our 7 Unitarian Universalist principles and are:
- We make sure every living being is cared for, respected, and safe.
- We respect the work of others.
- We take care of what we use.
The Camp Director (Headmistress) reserves the right to remove a camper from activities out of concern for safety and respect. If a camper cannot return to right relations with the group, a parent/guardian will be asked to remove them from camp.
Witches and Wizards who attend Harry Potter camp participate in living theatre to form a chapter of Dumbledore’s
The DA fights Horcruxes—which we frame as ills in the world—such as illiteracy, poverty, animal cruelty, environmental harm, etc.
Social Justice themes
In 2018 our Hall became Hogwarts. We held a sorting ceremony, classes in potions, herbology, charms, and muggle Quidditch. Imaginations evolved a truly magical week. We explored the Horcrux of Waste and how to move towards zero waste living and we carried this theme through the year in our Unitarian Children’s Program and Youth group project.
For 2019 our social justice focus centred around water inspired by the national Canadian Unitarian Ripple Effect project. We identified two local water issues for the children to explore and learn about. The DA Creators will created a theatre as social action piece to fight our Horcrux. It becomes a week of living theatre, social justice, and a unique summer camp experience for Vancouver children and youth.
Families and friends are invited to a final performance and picnic at the end of the week.
Camp Fees and Policies (2019)
Date and time: August 12-16, 9 am – 4 pm
Camp fee: sliding scale $100–$390
Before and After Care
Early drop-off 8:30 am–$5/day
After Camp 4 pm – 5:30 pm—includes a snack–$10/day
Combined Before and After care—includes afternoon snack–$12/day
Full-week extended care for multiple children: Deduct $15 from the 2nd and subsequent children’s extended care fees.
About Sliding Scale Pricing:
We follow the Canadian Unitarian Council’s lead on making our program as financially accessible as possible. Sliding scale fees are designed to allow participants to choose how much they are able to pay for registration. If you are unsure how much you should be paying, here are a few words about sliding scale to think about:
“When I pay more, I know that I am helping others to access the event. When I pay in the middle, I know I am helping the organizers cover costs. And when I pay at the bottom, I know I am letting my community hold me and support me. All of these are wonderful and acceptable ways of participating.”
“Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities.” (Source: Sliding Scale Why, How, and Sorting Out Who)
Use this “Green Bottle” chart from “Worts and Cunning” to help you figure out on which end of the scale you should be paying (click to enlarge):
The Unitarian Church of Vancouver intends to be inclusive and accessible to everyone. If the lowest end of the camp fee still presents a barrier to your participation we provide camperships. A campership may include before and after care, public transportation, and lunch if requested. Applications will be processed on an ongoing, first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. A deposit in good faith of an amount you can afford is requested to hold your spot. The deposit will be refunded if available campership funds do not meet your needs and you decide to release the spot. Once you accept the campership, the deposit is nonrefundable.
Donations to our Campership Fund are tax deductible and ensure that all children are able to attend camp with us, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Click the link above to send a secure donation by credit or debit card. Cheque donations to The Unitarian Church of Vancouver with “HP Summer Camp Donation” in the memo can be submitted using the Sunday morning donation envelopes or mailed to:
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Attn: HP Summer Camp
949 West 49th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2T1
Cancellation and Refund Policy
All requests for refunds must be submitted to the Program Director, by e-mail (email@example.com). Requests for refunds receive a full refund less a 15% administrative fee per registrant. If less than one week’s notice is given 50% of the fee will be refunded. If notice is given on or after the start date of the program, no refund will be given.