Rise summer camps

In summer 2022, LDS is bringing back our small group, safe, specialized RISE Summer Camps. In 2021 & 2020, our team designed special programming and activities that were delivered safely in-person to exceed health and safety guidelines.

Our customized and creative week-long Vancouver summer camps focus on helping students with learning differences develop new skills through fun, hands-on camp programs with high instructor and camp counsellor to camper ratio.

** Partial bursaries are available for families in demonstrated need.**


Our summer camps are designed around two themes:

Tell Your Story


Your child will get creative and explore the many exciting ways to tell stories through written word, oral histories, plays, graphic novels, poetry, online storyboarding and more. Each camper will work closely with our language team to learn the skills to create their own story to share and publish with the group at the end of the week!

Please find the weekly activity schedule here (PDF).

Discover Your World

Your child will develop and use various detective skills to solve all sorts of problems, including puzzles, science games, educational team games, outdoor scavenger hunts (if possible), and more.

Please find the weekly activity schedule here (PDF).

What families are saying

Here are some of our testimonials from RISE Summer Camps 2020.

“My child can’t wait to come to camp each morning. The inclusive environment that LDS creates allows my child to express themselves and feel confident with who they are and one where they don’t feel judged or excluded. We are excited about LDS and can’t wait for Fall 1:1 instruction where my child can continue to grow and feel confident.” – mother of a grade 5 student

“Thank you so much!  I am emotional right now because I have never seen [my daughter] this way, how happy she is during the camp. Actually, during our prayer time, she always mention how grateful she is going to LDS. She always have a story to tell soon as I pick her up from LDS. With these 2 weeks that she won’t be joining, she feels sad and that she will miss you guys!  I can’t thank you enough.  One day, I will be able to give back to the organization. God bless you all!!!” – mother of a grade 6 student

“My daughter enjoys the program and she said the instructors are very nice. Thank you for giving my daughter the opportunity to experience this educational camp. I am looking forward to her improvement and confidence in learning.” – parent of a grade 5 student 

Why are LDS RISE Summer Camps the best choice for you and your child?

Our Vancouver summer camp programming follows the same high standards as our tried and tested one-to-one instruction. Our Research-Informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) program focuses on drawing from collective expertise to customize a program that is right for your child, wherever they are in their learning journey. We are applying these standards within our summer camp programs, where each group will be no larger than 10 students.

The customized programming of our RISE & Tell and RISE & Solve summer camps will respond to the campers’ individual needs and will include key learning principles for students with suspected or diagnosed learning differences in:

  • reading, processing, writing, written expression;
  • computation and problem solving; and
  • executive functioning / self-regulation, organizational and time management skills

Each day will include fun indoor and outdoor activities to build on the summer camp themes and encourage teamwork, personal health and safety, social skills, outdoor exploration, and games. Every student will receive focused assistance on projects taking place within the summer camp (e.g. writing tasks).

Group instruction will be provided by LDS instructors who have specific training and many years of experience in teaching and remedial education for children with learning differences. Additional supervision and guidance will be provided by other trained camp mentors who will assist with group activities. All summer camp staff have criminal record checks (or equivalent for minors who are camp mentors), training in working with vulnerable populations and all leaders and instructors have first aid training.

Who should apply to attend?

Students from grades 3 to 6 are the best fit for our RISE summer camps.

If you’re not sure of an age or ability fit, please start by filling out an application form and we’ll discuss it with you in a follow up call (in 1-2 weeks).

Non-LDS students will need to complete an intake interview. Once approved, you can secure their spot in the summer camp by making a deposit.

Where do camps take place?

The camps will be held at our spacious indoor location that will be adapted to ensure dedicated personal space and supplies for each child:

In East Vancouver, summer camps will be held at our Learning Centre at 3292 East Broadway and Rupert and use surrounding green and parkway space.

When do camps run?

Summer 2022 camps are currently scheduled during the following weeks (may be subject to change):

  • July 4–8; 25–29
  • August 8-12; 15-19; 22-26

Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Additional one-to-one instruction is also available during the summer – Apply now for Summer Tutoring.

* Dates may vary depending on interest, staffing needs and physical distancing needs.

    Our week-long, full-day summer camps provide not only engaging and educational programming for our campers, but also convenient scheduling for working families.

    Registering more than one camper? Or one camper for more than one week? Any two weeks of camps is 10% off the total cost of all camps.

    We’re pleased to offer bursaries to families who can show demonstrated financial need. We can give you more information after you’ve filled out the initial application form.

    Our camps will offer specialized social skill development and therefore we understand they are eligible for Ministry Autism / ASD funding.

    Once your camper’s intake (if required) is approved by our staff, your spot will be confirmed.

    Note that sending an application through the form is not a guarantee of a spot or of a theme or week request. 


    for a one-week camp

    Monday to Friday
    9:00am – 4:00pm

    Partial bursaries available for families in demonstrated need.

    * Spots are limited; an application does not guarantee a placement.

    Please indicate on the application form your preference for week(s), themes and location.

    Our staff will follow up quickly to arrange an intake, or if your child is a current LDS student, then we will follow up to confirm registration.


    Email us or call us at 604-873-8139


    Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and third-party funders who make it possible for us to provide bursaries and affordable summer camp programs to students.

    We thank CKNW Kids Fund and Canada Summer Jobs grants for their specific support during summer 2021.

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