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. The children can participate in their special program, while parents have the choice of enrolling in a course or enjoying Rest and Relaxation.
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 a safe and fun environment. 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 attractions.
The Children and Youth Programs are grouped according to age, providing activities and projects suitable to each level:
Our 0-4 Program is for children up to four years of age. Our Summer Youth Staff are trained to offer our youngest guests special care and attention. The 0-4 Program has a fenced outside play area as well as many indoor activities and toys. Daily tactile activities that stimulate the senses are centered on early development, safe play, and experiencing God’s love.
Our Children and Youth Program is for all five to thirteen year olds. 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 the Children and Youth Program because they 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 fourteen to eighteen year olds. Teenagers are not children and 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 the LEAP program and some eventually become Summer Youth Staff members.
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. Outdoor 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 self. Our program employs diverse artistic mediums including tye-dye, bead work, painting and sculpture. Theatrical elements include games and skits, music making, and the sharing of songs, which bring us all together.
Faith is central within 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. These gatherings include: daily worship with the inclusion of children and youth, variety night, campfire, water games and the Friday closing Eucharist and dance. These events bring our intergenerational community together and create memorable experiences for everyone to share.
Our 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 the children and youth, and carry out summer programming. We are privileged to have these amazing young adults come to us from across Canada. Our Summer Youth Staff work alongside a qualified leadership team and is supported by all the staff at Sorrento Centre. Our goal is to guide children and youth throughout the summer, providing leadership, support and friendship.