Summer is here!

It’s sloooowwww dowwwnnnnn time on our beautiful island! Summer on Bowen means that the Cove gets populated mainly by tourists, visiting family and friends and summer residents, many businesses start running at fuller than full-tilt and locals get busy in the great outdoors, one way or another. But let’s face it- we take on the best version of ourselves in this glorious season as our smiles soften, eyes twinkle just a bit brighter and shoulders drop as we enjoy the warmer weather, not wearing socks for months and enjoying evenings and mornings outside. Take it in for what it’s worth – time for relaxation and truly appreciating our home and community…see you outside!

The Many Benefits of Summer Camp

Every parent wants to find the best way for their children to spend their free time during summer and school breaks. There’s a single destination where kids can get outside, have fun and learn lifelong skills. It’s called CAMP.

Camps have many benefits, from learning life lessons outside the classroom and free play with peers to appreciating nature and building confidence and leadership skills. In 2010, the University of Waterloo’s Healthy Communities Research Network spearheaded the Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, a Canada-wide study on the effects of camp on kids. The results were that camp provides a safe place for children to learn freely, grow and develop their capabilities. Summer camp fosters emotional intelligence (EQ), self-confidence, independence, healthy living habits, environmental awareness, leadership and other skills that will benefit children for the rest of their lives. Not to mention, great memories and friendships!

Collaborating Brings New Opportunities 

What happens in the Rec Den, you may ask? In addition to the day-to-day management of programs and activities, registrations, coordinating with instructors and dreaming up new and exciting program ideas for our amazing community, we collaborate with YOU! Thanks to Andrea Layzell and the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club for working with us to bring Field Hockey for kids to Bowen. Practices went for an hour once a week all Spring and the program was extremely well received from the on-island coaches, parents and participants, now field hockey players!

If you are interested in bringing a new recreational sport, program or activity to Bowen, BICR would love to work with you and try to help as much as we can. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your ideas by emailing us or calling the Rec Den at 604-947-2216 or coming into the office during work hours.

Click below to register for some of our newly added programs.