Improvcamp is a week-long sleep away camp held at Camp Fircom (Gambier Island, BC) where young improvisers ages 13- 19 receive comprehensive instruction in improvisational theatre by professionals from all over North America. Campers will be organized into ensembles that will travel from workshop to workshop, gaining skills and learning about their craft. There are performances each night, and many summer camp favourites like canoeing, field games and campfires—a great way to meet other young improvisers from across Canada!
This year camp has expanded our age range so that people who missed out last year can still come!
Improvcamp is a Summer camp run by the Canadian Improv Games. A truly memorable and exciting experience for high school students who love the art of improvisational theatre, and, thanks to our Leadership Program, it’s also a place for recent grads to expand their skills.
For over a decade, Improvcamp has created exciting, life-changing programming through the use of improvisation. Improvcamp uses improv as a learning tool to foster skills like positivity, leadership, commitment and teamwork. Improvcamp was created in 2002 as an opportunity to further promote the lifelong skills and artistic expression within young improvisers. Not surprisingly, it has done so—and then some!
ALL campers, staff, volunteers, and counsellors that attend Improvcamp MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Masking will not be enforced (or possible) while at camp so we want to make sure everyone on the island as safe as possible. When filling out your camper registration form please submit your vaccination records. PLEASE note this BEFORE registering for camp!
The camper program is the ultimate combination of outdoor activities and the best improvisational training Canada has to offer. Each day at Improvcamp, campers take intensive workshops from some of the most talented instructors from across Canada and beyond, which cover all facets of improvisational theatre. They also participate in camp-wide games, swim, lounge at the beach and work together on performance projects. At night, Improvcamp becomes a venue for improv theatre and entertainment. Each evening there are performances by the campers, as well as campfires, beach-party extravaganzas, and numerous other surprises. And dance parties. So many dance parties. This program is for improvisers of all skill and experience levels.
The leadership program is designed for young people who are ready to take the next step, both as improvisers and youth leaders. The members of the leadership program take workshops to grow their improvisation skill set, but they also take seminars designed to enhance their abilities as leaders and mentors. This program is both challenging and rewarding, and vital for those improvisers who are interested in assisting in the growth of the next generation. We ask that individuals who wish to apply for the Leadership Program fill out our application form. The deadline for applications is June 15th, we will select candidates for the program on July 1st, 2022.
Our Leadership Program is for current Grade 12 students (as of September 2021) and recent high school graduates (graduated in Spring of 2021 or 2022).
A leadership application will be sent out once campers have registered!
All campers will take a water taxi to get to Gambier Island. There’s a drop off near Horseshoe Bay Public Docks in North Vancouver. Full drop off information will be sent out in the Welcome Package once you’ve registered.
For campers arriving from out of town, there is an additional fee of $40 for bus transport from the airport or bus terminal to the docks. We will be coordinating pick up and drop off after registration is complete!
Registration for Improvcamp is $799+GST. Because everything at camp is precisely budget refunds will not be given unless under very specific case-by-case circumstances to be decided by the Board of Directors.