We offer an inclusive environment for all families. Sorrento Centre creates a dynamic opportunity for families to take a step away from the daily routine. Children can participate in their special program, while parents have the choice of enrolling in a course see here » or enjoying “Rest and Relaxation” see here »
Our Children and Youth Program provides an opportunity for young people to be part of a community that encourages and nurtures the development of Christian faith in an environment that is safe and fun. All of this takes place in the unique setting of Sorrento Centre and the beautiful Shuswap Lake.
Children and youth activities run in the mornings and evenings. This leaves the afternoons free for family activities. Afternoons are often occupied with naps, time at the beach or visits to local sites and attractions.
- See typical summer day at Sorrento Centre here »
Our Children and Youth Programs are grouped according to age, providing activities and projects suitable to each level:
The “0-4 Program”
The “0-4 Program” is for children up to four years of age. Our Summer Youth Staff is trained to offer our youngest guests special care and attention. This program has both an indoor and a fenced outdoor area for activities and play. Daily tactile activities that stimulate the senses are centered on early development, safe play, and experiencing God’s love.
The “5-13 Program”
The “5-13 Program” has been designed for guests from ages five to thirteen. This group of children and youth meets in the portables and breaks into two groups based on age. We plan many high-energy activities for this program because these are the members of our community who are looking for maximum play! Our Summer Youth Staff works to create diverse opportunities based on age, interest, and abilities.
“Generation Next” is for all guests who are fourteen to eighteen years of age. Because teenagers are not children, we have created “Generation Next” as a program that empowers teenagers to explore ideas around faith, community, and friendship. This program integrates learning, discussion, playing, working, and praying, all within a safe environment that encourages participants to engage with their community. “Generation Next” participants often continue their path at Sorrento Centre to attend LEAP (Leadership Experience Adventure Program) see here ; some eventually become Summer Youth Staff members details here ».
For more about youth programming, see here »
Summers at Sorrento Centre call for time spent outside! Our programming unplugs from the technology of our world and allows us to spend time outdoors surrounded by the wonders of creation. Activities during a typical week include beach time, water games, sports, wide games, hikes, and free play.
Arts and Music
Arts, crafts, and music allow participants to creatively connect with God and their inner selves. Our program employs diverse artistic mediums such as tye-dye, bead work, painting, and sculpture. Theatrical elements include games and skits, music making, and the sharing of songs.
Faith is central to our programming. Each week’s program is planned around a theme and grounded in scripture. We integrate themes into our daily activities in creative ways that are fun and engaging, allowing children and youth to explore their relationship with God as they feel comfortable. Faith is one of the links that ties our community together and we are dedicated to creating a safe place for young people to explore their faith through spiritual practices, discussion, activities, worship, and sharing.
Community gatherings are important at Sorrento Centre. For young and old alike, these gatherings include daily worship, variety night, campfire, water games and the Friday closing Eucharist and dance. These events bring our intergenerational community together, creating memorable experiences for everyone to share.
The Children and Youth Program is run by our Summer Youth Staff members who are trained and equipped at the beginning of the summer to meet the needs of our children and youth, and to carry out summer programming. We are privileged to have these amazing young adults come to us from across Canada.
Members of Summer Youth Staff work alongside a qualified leadership team and are supported by all the staff at Sorrento Centre. Our goal is to guide children and youth throughout the summer, providing leadership, support and friendship. More about Summer Youth Staff here »
Children and Youth Program fees for 2018 are $85/child, after 2nd sibling $55/child.