Looking for a summer program? Consider an affordable choice at one of our community centres, parks or facilities.

On this page:

  1. Register for a summer program
  2. Camps for children
  3. Youth programs
  4. Camps for those with disabilities
  5. Swimming camp
  6. Mobile skatium
  7. BYLD program
  8. School year programs
  9. Camp readiness
  10. Accessibility and support
  11. Camp information for parents and guardians

Register for a summer program

Subscribe to this page to get an email when we add registration information for 2023.


Camps for children

Subscribe to this page to get an email when we add camps for children for 2023.


Youth programs

Every night of youth drop-in is different. Program participants hang out in a supported space with our staff and engage in activities that youth help decide on such as sports, arts and crafts, cooking, group games, board games, fun challenges and more! Bring your ideas to help us plan a fun, active summer full of great memories and connections.

You can register at the door for this free program.

  • dates: Monday to Friday from July 4 to August 19
  • time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • age: 12 to 17 years old

Locations:


Camps for those with disabilities

We offer specialized camps for children and youth with disabilities:


Swimming camp

Subscribe to this page to get an email when we add information for 2023.


Mobile skatepark

Visit our mobile skatepark page to find the skatepark schedule and more information.


BYLD program

Our Building Youth Leadership Development (BYLD) gives young people aged 12 to 15 the opportunity to learn leadership skills, responsibility and self-confidence.

Learn more and register on our BYLD program page.


School year programs

We offer these programs during the school year:

  • after-school programs
  • weekend programs
  • winter holiday break camp
  • Easter Monday camp
  • March Break camp
  • P.D. day camps

Learn more about school year programs.


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

For all 2022 summer camps, campers must be at least four years old by December 31, 2021. Specific age requirements vary.


Accessibility and support

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

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


Camp information for parents and guardians

The City of Kitchener is committed to delivering fun and safe programming. We're excited to welcome back our campers for the 2022 season and are taking all measures to ensure for the best camp experience possible. By reading and understanding the parent information below, you're helping us keep everyone safe.

Open the accordions below to find information for parents. You can also download a printable version of this information.

If you have any questions, send us an email.

How to contact us

Prior to the start of camp, we want to answer all your questions and help you and your child feel informed and totally comfortable with what to expect at our neighbourhood camps. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the program supervisor with questions at camp@kitchener.ca or call Janice Ouellette, Supervisor of Children and Youth Services at 226-750-1517.

During Camp weeks but outside of camp hours or if you need to reach someone urgently, please email camp@kitchener.ca or call 226-751-6403.

During Camp Weeks during camp hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) - If you have any questions or information you would like to share about your camper (e.g. you are dropping them off late or picking them up early or they will be absent or lost an item etc.), you can connect with the Summer Camp Coordination staff at the appropriate site by email or by calling the centre:

Program hours

Program will be delivered between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. Drop off can occur any time after 8:50 a.m. Pick up must take place by 4:30 p.m.

Before care (8:30 – 9 a.m.) and after care (4:30 – 5 p.m.) will be available at Full Day Neighbourhood Camps sites. Before and After Care is a separate registration – you must be registered for the week of camp to register for before and aftercare for that week; before care drop off would begin at 8:30 a.m. and aftercare pick up would be required by 5 p.m. 

What should I bring to camp?

Morning snacks, lunch and afternoon snacks.

  • Sharing of snacks and lunches is not permitted. Please make sure to pack enough food to eat for 3 different times each day.
  • Nuts are not allowed.

Please also bring a refillable water bottle!

  • Drinking fountains are closed. However, campers can refill their water bottles using the touch free water refill stations, located on site.

Hats, sunscreen, bug spray (optional), extra sets of clothing, water and running shoes!

  • It is important that campers wear running shoes for indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc. (any items to make your child feel happy, protected and safe at camp).

Clearly mark all items brought to camp with your child’s name (backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc.) Although every effort is made to keep items safe, loss and thefts do occur. 

Camp staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Labelling items is particularly important this year to ensure each child only handles their own personal items.

Allergy alert - no nut products please!

Some campers have life threatening allergies. Please read labels on food packages.

If a package says “may contain trace amounts of nuts or nut products”, the food item will not be allowed to be opened at camp.

Look for packages that are clearly marked “nut free” and produced in “nut free factories. Staff will be checking snack packages to ensure the safety of all campers.

What should I leave at home?

Please do not bring these items to camp:

  • Cell phones/electronics
  • Personal toys, games, stuffed animals, etc. (please let us know if these items are needed and we will accommodate)
  • Flip flops, sandals and crocs (except for on Water Days!)
  • Latex items (example: balloons)
  • Peanuts and peanut products
Sun protection and bug spray

Some programming will be happening outside every day, weather permitting. Please apply sunscreen at home before coming to camp, and additional sunscreen should be sent with your child so they can re-apply as needed throughout the day.

Please send a hat with your child to be worn while playing outside. You may wish to send bug repellent as appropriate for your child’s age.

Please ensure that your child is prepared to apply any sun protection and/or bug spray without physical assistance so campers and camp staff can respect physical distancing guidelines.

Medical information and medications

The only medications given at Neighbourhood Camps are for life threatening conditions such as epi-pens and inhalers. All other medications should be given before or after program. For any other necessary arrangements, please contact the coordination team at your site.

Epi-pens and inhalers may only be carried by your child if they are in a waist pouch. If your child does not have a waist pouch Epi-Pens and inhalers must be carried by the camp staff.  

As part of registration, parents/ guardians are asked if their child has any medical concerns, allergies or medications. If you answered yes to this question, you will receive an email the week prior to camp with a link to our medical information form that MUST be completed before participation in the program.

Transportation to hospital

The safety of your child is our primary concern. In the event of a life-threatening condition or injury, Neighbourhood Camp Staff will call an ambulance to transport your child to the hospital and will then contact you to meet your child at the hospital. In a non-life threatening situation, you will be contacted and asked to take your child to the doctor, clinic or hospital.  

COVID related information

The City of Kitchener Children and Youth Services programs and program staff will be adhering to all public health measures as directed by the Province of Ontario and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  We are anticipating further direction on this and will reach out to families via email when all of these directions are finalized. The health and safety of our participants and our staff are our priority.

What does a week of camp look like?
  • Each day, parents/guardians will drop their children off at the program room and have the opportunity to speak to program staff. We will have signage and staff helping to direct the way.
  • On the first day of camp, a camp leader and the parent/guardian will ensure that all paper work and required information for the camper is complete. Staff will hand out the calendar for the week.
  • Each week of camp will have a theme. Games and activities will revolve around that theme.
  • Each day will start with quiet games, circle game, get-to-know-you games.
  • Each day will also include active running games, outside play (weather permitting), and an arts and crafts and/ or science activity.
  • Each week will also include one water day (outside water play), and a special activity such as a scavenger hunt or talent show or special guest. (There will be no off-site bus trips this summer).

Example of a general day schedule:

  • 9 – 9:30 a.m.: get everyone signed in and play some get to know you games
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: active and quiet games
  • 10:30 – 10:40 a.m.: snack
  • 10:40 a.m. – noon: outside activities
  • noon – 12:30 p.m.: lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.: circle games, gratitude project,
  • 1 - 2 p.m.: arts and crafts activity
  • 2 – 2:15 p.m.: snack
  • 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.: active running games
  • 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: outside activity
  • 4:15 - 4:30 p.m.: tidy and collect items for going home, circle activity
  • 4:30 p.m.: pick up
Program readiness guidelines

To support the success and safety of all participants and staff, it is important that the participant is “program ready.” To assist in determining if a participant is program ready” the following criteria have been developed: 

  • Participant is able to take direction and instruction from a staff person 
  • Participant is able to interact and participate within a recreational program environment (participation, interaction and inclusion in program is based on the individual abilities) 
  • School-aged participants are able to attend school successfully and use the restroom independently 
  • Participant is able to interact and participate in program in a manner that is safe for themselves and others, including following physical distancing guidelines relating to COVID-19 safety measures and procedures  

Some participants may require additional support to assist them in being successful in program. With support from Every Kid Counts or support arranged through alternate means, participants must be able to demonstrate that they are “program ready”. Participants that are not demonstrating that they are “program ready” may be withdrawn from the program. More information on Leisure Support and Every Kid Counts can be found on our website.

Behaviour expectations

The City of Kitchener Community Services Department camp staff is dedicated to providing your child with a safe, creative and innovative program that will peak their interest and keep them enthused. We have fun, play fair and show respect for ourselves and others.  

The rules of camp participation will be clearly outlined to campers: 

  1. Keep your hands and feet to yourself
  2. Speak nicely and positively
  3. Touch only what belongs to you
  4. Stay within the activity area
  5. Listen to your leaders
  6. Do not share your food, water bottle, toys or craft supplies with others
  7. Always tell a leader if you feel sick

It is the intention of staff to provide a fun and safe camp environment for your child. Camp staff has been trained in a variety of techniques for promoting positive behaviour in camp. In the event that a camper’s behaviour does not contribute to the wellbeing of the camp program, parents will be informed and included in the decision process regarding consequences.   

Program Readiness Logs will be used at all City of Kitchener program sites – ask camp coordination staff to see a copy of it.