Looking for camp for summer, March break, winter break or P.D. days? Consider an affordable choice at one of our community centres, parks or facilities.

Summer camp registration is now open!

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On this page:

  1. Summer camps
  2. COVID-19 safety measures
  3. School year programs
  4. Camp readiness
  5. Leisure support
  6. Leisure access
  7. Camp locations
  8. Parent information

Summer camps

Camp registration for summer 2021 is now open. Use the links below to register on ActiveNet:

At our neighbourhood camps, our first aid certified, trained camp team will provide quality programming that fosters belonging, promotes personal growth and helps your child be active, have fun and create happy memories! All camps will have COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Register for camp on ActiveNet

Teen Zone

This weekly, registered, in-person program for youth aged 12 to 17 includes activities like sports, arts and crafts, group games, board games and so much more! As part of this program, youth will help choose the games and activities they want to do and will hang out with other teens in a supported space.

Register for Teen Zone

Creative Kids Arts Camp

With a focus on fun, imagination and creativity, Creative Kids Arts Camp is a welcoming program that fosters a sense of achievement and builds self-confidence. Participants are invited to explore their creativity through artistic expression, as each day will includes a variety of safe activities with a focus on visual arts, drama, music, movement, and song. 

Join us to explore, imagine, create, and develop your talents.

Cost: $107, all supplies are included

Location: Downtown Community Centre

Ages:

  • 6 to 9 years old: weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7
  • 9 to 12 years old: weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8

Register online

Camps for children and youth with disabilities

We also offer specialized camps for children and youth with disabilities:

Age requirements

Campers must be older than a certain age or grade level before the first day of camp.

For all 2021 summer camps, campers must be at least four years old by December 31, 2020. Specific age requirements vary.


COVID-19 safety measures

Our programs will ensure compliance with current regulations as set by the Province of Ontario and Waterloo Region Public Health and are subject to change. Some pandemic-related changes that will be in place include:

  • field trips will be limited to nearby locations like neighbourhood parks
  • there will be no offsite trips that require the use of vehicle transportation
  • each camper will get their own art and supply kit that will not be shared with others
  • campers need to bring and wear a mask and practice safe hand washing practices which includes frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer, which will be provided by the camp
  • campers will be required to complete daily COVID-19 screening (details on this will be shared before the start of program)
  • for the safety of our campers, their families and our staff programming will adhere to current health and safety measures, including reduced class sizes and cleaning protocols
  • some campers may need support or an accommodation to adhere to safety measures, such as masking or social distancing
    • camp staff supporting these participants will be provided with all appropriate personal protective equipment

School year programs

We offer camps during these breaks:

  • winter holiday break
  • Easter Monday
  • March break
  • P.D. days

We also offer after-school programs. Find a virtual program on our COVID-19 programs page.

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Camp readiness

All campers must be program ready. To be program ready, a camper must be able to:

  • take direction and instruction from a staff person
  • interact and participate within the camp environment (based on the camper’s abilities)
  • interact and participate in a way that is safe for themselves and others
  • attend school successfully (if school-aged)

Some campers may need more support to help them be successful at camp. With support from Every Kid Counts or another program, campers must be able to show that they are program ready.

If a camper is not showing that they are program ready, they may be removed from the program.

Age requirement

Campers must be older than a certain age or grade level before the first day of camp.

For all 2021 summer camps, campers must be at least four years old by December 31, 2020. Specific age requirements vary.


Leisure support

If you or your child has a disability and needs support to attend camp, apply on our leisure support page.


Leisure access

Visit our leisure access page to apply for lower registration fees. Our goal is to make city-run programs accessible to everyone.


Camp locations

We offer summer camps at these facilities:

  • Community centres
  • Kitchener Market
  • Huron Natural Area
  • Budd Park
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Don McLaren Arena
  • Cameron Heights pool
  • Grand River Recreation Complex
  • City-run golf courses

Most holiday, March Break and P.D. day camps are held at community centres.


Parent information by camp location

 Breithaupt Centre
  • Parents/guardians are to sign campers in between 8 - 9 a.m. in the solarium. (Entrance to the left of the main doors.)
  • Parents/guardians are to sign campers out by 5:30 p.m. Note: There will be a charge of $1 per minute for late pick-ups.
  • Running shoes are required.
  • Bring a water bottle, two snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, swimsuit and towel. (All snacks and lunches must be peanut/nut-free.)
  • Lunches can be bought at the sign-in desk daily.
  • There will be a daily afternoon swim for each camp group. (Supervised by qualified lifeguards.)
  • An activity calendar will be provided on first day of camp.

For more information email Rita Hoch or call 519-741-2502.

 Budd Park
  • Parents/guardians are to sign campers in at the main floor lounge at 9 a.m. (unless registered for extended care.)
  • Parents/guardians are to sign campers out at the main floor lounge at 4:30 p.m. (unless registered for extended care.)
  • Running shoes are required.
  • Bring a water bottle, lunch with snacks, sunscreen and hat. (All snacks and lunches must be peanut/nut-free.)
  • An activity calendar including daily themes will be provided on first day of camp.
  • A 100 per cent refund will be given if you withdraw your child from a summer camp program by June 30, 2020. For later cancellations, refunds will be given for exceptional circumstances as approved by the program coordinator.
For more information contact 519-741-2200 ext. 7389 or email Janice Ouellette.
Neighbourhood camps
  • Parents/guardians are to sign campers in and out of program.
  • Running shoes are required.
  • Bring a water bottle, lunch with snacks, sunscreen and hat. (all snacks and lunches must be peanut/nut-free.)
  • An activity calendar including daily themes will be provided on first day of camp.
  • A 100 per cent refund will be given if you withdraw your child from a summer camp program by June 30, 2020. For later cancellations, refunds will be given for exceptional circumstances as approved by the program coordinator.
For more information, contact 519-741-2200 ext. 7389 or email Janice Ouellette.
Stanley Park Community Centre
  • Campers are to sign in at 9 a.m. and sign out no later than 4 p.m.
  • Running shoes are required.
  • Bring a water bottle, lunch with snacks, sunscreen and hat. (all snacks and lunches must be peanut/nut-free.)
  • An activity calendar will be emailed to campers in advance of the start date and will be available on the first day of camp as well.
  • There will be planned outings and special guests with the interests of participants in mind. Special considerations (i.e. swimsuit and towel for outings) will be communicated before the first day of camp.
For more information, contact the Inclusion Services Coordinator at 519-741-2200 ext. 7228 or send us an email.