Welcome to Hogwarts West July 20-24–Registration is Filled: waitlist available
How do witches, wizards, and magical creatures face a pandemic? With you …
Students (ages 8-12+) who attend Harry Potter camp participate in living theatre to form a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army. We create a week of living theatre, social justice, and a unique summer camp experience for Vancouver children and youth.
The DA fights Horcruxes—which we frame as ills in the world—such as illiteracy, poverty, animal cruelty, environmental harm, illness etc. Our Hall becomes Hogwarts. We hold a sorting ceremony, classes in potions, herbology, charms, and muggle Quidditch. Imaginations evolve a truly magical week.
In 2018 we explored the Horcrux of Waste and how to move towards zero waste living.
For 2019 our social justice focus centred around water inspired by the national Canadian Unitarian Ripple Effect project. We identified two local water issues to explore and learn about.
This year Hogwarts West is developing programming consistent with BC Public Health Guidelines around COVID-19 for schools and childcare. We plan to open for the week of July 20th to 24th assuming BC is moving into Phase 3 of re-opening. If we have to cancel due to Public Health restrictions, any registration fees paid will be refunded.
This experiential camp is for anyone who loves the adventures of Harry Potter and wishes to explore theatre as social action!
Dumbledore’s Army Sections–2020 Waitlist
DA Explorers–Registration Full
Register for DA Explorers to immerse yourself in Hogwarts classes. Choose a Horcrux to fight, learn theatre games, and play within the Hogwarts theme. Quidditch and Dueling Club are arranged between classes. Classes, work, and play through the week may be incorporated into the DA Creators movie for sharing with families. Aimed at multi-age 8+ (completed grades 2-7)
DA Creators–Registration Full
Register for DA Creators to focus on creating theatre within the Hogwarts world. We will create a drama around the chosen Horcrux focus for the week. To minimize physical contact we will film throughout the week and create a movie to share with families. We will aim to create a movie to share publicly if students so desire. Aimed towards upper elementary students–completed grades 4 and up
DA Leadership–High School Leadership Development
Love the Wizarding world and want to build 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, ages 14+, 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, or resume, goals and purpose for wanting this position. Position comes with a stipend.
Apply to be a Hogwarts Professor or Assistant in 2020!
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.
Camp Fees and Policies (2020)
Date and time: July 20-24, 9 am – 4 pm
Camp fee: sliding scale $100–$390 for one camper, $50–$290 for 2nd or more campers in same family
Before and After Care
Early drop-off 8:30 am–included
After Camp 4 pm – 5:30 pm—includes a snack–$10/day or $40 for the week.
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.
Cancellations due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or medical advice to self-isolate will be refunded in full. If Vancouver Unitarians need to cancel the camp due to Public Health order or new restriction guidelines we cannot meet, then all campers will receive a full refund of fees paid.
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.