Programs and Events

Recent RDN Youth-sponsored events in Oceanside.

Youth Week Community Events

Youth Week Community Events

May 1-7, 2017

Youth week is a national celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun, interaction and celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities. To find out what’s happening check out the calender or contact Kelly Valade, 250-248-3252 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to



NEW $2 Friday Night Teen Swims

NEW $2 Friday Night Teen Swims

Effective April 7 - June 30

Take advantage of the new reduced rate $2 Teen Swims for youth age 13-18 yrs

  • Ravensong Aquatic Centre
  • Fridays, Apr 7 - Jun 30
  • 7-9pm
Leaders In Training (LIT)

Leaders In Training (LIT)

Be part of something amazing this summer!

This popular youth leadership program will develop your skills in group leadership, child management, and community engagement.

  • Do something AMAZING this summer
  • Get hands on leadership experience
  • Get great training in transferable skills
  • Volunteer for 45 hours and receive a certificate and a job reference letter
  • To register or to find out more go to

Complete 21 training hours over 3 full-day workshops onWed-Fri Jul 5-7 from 9am - 4pm.

$80 includes a  manual and T-shirt. To register call 250-248-3252 or 250-752-5014 or register online.


RDN Summer Employment Opportunity

RDN Summer Employment Opportunity

Junior Leader Positions


The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has a number of summer employment opportunities for junior summer camp leaders in District 69 (Parksville/Qualicum Beach and surrounding areas).

General responsibilities will include assisting with implementing programs; supervising and ensuring the safety of children; leading daily program activities; providing excellent customer service; interacting with parents and community members; maintaining program supplies, equipment and facilities; and other related duties as required.

General qualifications include leadership (paid and/or volunteer) experience working directly with children in recreation and child care settings or other related services. Current first aid (Emergency First Aid or Standard First Aid or Emergency Childcare First Aid) and CPR B or C certifications are required, as well as excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, and a general knowledge of recreation programming and safety issues for children, along with strategies for dealing with children’s behaviours. Please note employment in this position is subject to the receipt of a satisfactory criminal record check (current within 6 months). A completed criminal record check is required to be provided at the time of the interview.

NOTE: All summer employment is dependent upon program registration numbers. Where possible, positions will be combined to maximize number of hours of employment. Preference will be given to students 16 years of age or older to meet swimming pool ratio requirements at summer camps.

Contract positions available:

Junior Leaders:

Working with children (3-13 yrs.) in day camp settings assisting Summer and Recreation Leaders. $12/hr. Variable hours (6hrs-30hrs/wk) up to 9 weeks.

For further information, please contact Kelly Valade, Recreation Programmer, at 250-248-3252. Please submit cover letter and resume outlining qualifications/experience and positions you are applying for, to: Senior Secretary, RDN Recreation and Parks Department 830 West Is. Hwy, Parksville BC, V9P 2X4, Fax: 250-248-3159, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday April 19, at 4:00 pm.

Thank you for your interest in these positions. Only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.




Spring Express Camp Calendar

Spring Express Camp Calendar

March 20-24, 2017

  A truly unique experience that is unmatched on the island. Jump in the RDN van with our specialized youth leaders for an experience you will never forget; we will be swimming, rock climbing, skating, going to the movies, WildPlay and Airhouse Trampoline. A 10% discount is applied when you register all 5 days. Limited to a maximum of 12 youth. Register earlier to avoid disappointment.

To register go to

Errington World Music Youth Camp

Presented by the Errington War Memorial Hall Association

Have fun learning music and dances from Africa and Brazil for one or two weeks at the 7th annual Errington World Music Camp starting August 8. All instruments are provided. There are just a few spaces left so don’t miss out!

Beginners age 8 and up who are new to marimba and drumming are encouraged to take the program in Week One from August 8-12. The program includes African marimba songs, gum boot dancing, and Brazilian samba percussion and movement. Participants who complete Week One and are at least 10 years old are eligible to attend Week Two.

Young musicians age 10 and up with prior experience are invited to take Week Two from August 15-19. Participants will compose their own marimba songs, play traditional West African rhythms in a drum circle, and learn dances especially choreographed for the camp by instructor Nadjema Soro.

Each week ends with an evening recital for family and friends at the Errington Hall. Following the second week's recital, Kumbana Marimba will play a free dance for all camp participants and their guests.

To register contact Val Dare at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOS School Nite Out

SOS School Nite Out

FREE Youth program for Grades 7,8,9 at the SOS

School Nite Out for Grades 7, 8 & 9

Games, field trips, music, creative projects and dinner are all offered in safe, friendly and nurturing environment.

Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 pm

Drop ins welcome

Call 250-248-2093 ext 232.


SOS Teen Nite

SOS Teen Nite

FREE youth program for Grades 10, 11, 12 at the SOS

Teen Nite

Grades 10, 11 & 12

Old and new friends get together for dinner, creative projects, games, outings and so much more!

Thursdays 3:30 – 7:30 pm







SOS Teens in Transtition (TNT)

SOS Teens in Transtition (TNT)

A FREE program for teens and older youth who are out of school

TNT (Teens In Transition)

Teens and older youth who are out of school.

Positive support, life skills and resources to help youth transition into adulthood.

Call or drop in for an appointment.



Breathe Parks and Trails Guides

Check out the new 2014 Breathe guide

RDN Regional Parks and Trails Guide image

The 2014 Regional Parks and Trails Guide is now available online and at public locations across the region. Use this guide to navigate your way to your next adventure along the Island’s east coast.

In this 2014 edition of Breathe, check out new material under Moorecroft Regional Park, Lighthouse Country Regional Trail, Parksville- Qualicum Beach Links and Mount Benson Regional Park.

SOS Gradwear

SOS Gradwear

Graduating? $5 and you're good to go


2017 Graduates choose from a large selection of beautiful dresses, shoes, purses and more. There are formal suits, ties, shoes and shirts for the guys. Find your dream dress or grab an awesome tux for your big day. For only $5.00, grads receive:

  •     formal clothing
  •     accessories
  •     make-up

It’s all yours to keep! Gowns and suits are gently used and teen-approved – these are NOT your grandma’s dresses – come check them out!

Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 232 to book your private shopping spree. SOS is always gratefully accepting gently used, or new, formal clothing for this program.


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