Camps

Suburbs

The City of Kitchener is excited to offer modified summer day camp programs for children and youth. While following Provincial and Regional health and safety guidelines, our staff have created a fun, inclusive and safe experience your camper is sure to enjoy!

Camp programs will maximize outdoor spaces while physical distancing and include:

  • active and quiet games
  • activities that encourage social connections with new friends
  • opportunities to be creative

Each camper will receive their own art and supply kit that will not be shared with others.

Summer camps are available at these community centres:

  • Country Hills
  • Forest Heights
  • Stanley Park
  • Victoria Hills

We are excited to provide children and youth with a safe, affordable and fun experience this summer. You can register online using ActiveNet, and there are spots available for many age groups!

Registration information

Camp registration is open to children and youth between the ages of 4 and 11. Campers will be divided into age groups, available on ActiveNet.

There is no limit to how many weeks a camper may register for.

Each week of camp has a maximum of seven campers per age group to help maintain physical distancing.

How summer camps will be different from previous years

All previously scheduled summer day camps have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

This year, staff have adapted programming to maintain physical distance between campers. Each group will be separated into different areas at each site with no more than seven campers and three staff per group. All staff and campers will be screened before entering the facility.

Activities are carefully planned to respect physical distancing and all public health recommendations around health and safety and cleaning protocols. Our program will maximize use of outdoor programming spaces and include a variety of games, activities and social opportunities for participants while maintaining physical distancing. Each camp day will include active and quiet games, activities that encourage social connections with new friends and opportunities to be creative and use their imaginations. Field trips will be limited to travel by foot (no swimming trips, water days or special guests). Each child will receive their own art and supply kit that will not be shared with others.

Safety precautions

The health and safety of campers, staff, parents and the community remain our top priority. Aligning with Provincial and Regional health guidelines, a number of procedures are in place for the safety of all participants. 

This includes daily screening of all staff and camp participants, a non-sit policy, daily record keeping, enhanced cleaning, strategic placement of hand sanitizer, and physical distancing.

Extra hand-washing stations will be in place and hand sanitizer will be available for use. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned more frequently. The safety of our campers, their families and our staff remain our top priority.

Masks and gloves

When a participant needs staff intervention (such as personal care or are hurt/in danger) and physical distance cannot be maintained, staff will wear eye protection and a mask. If physical contact is required, gloves will also be worn.

Limited community centres

To reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in the community, community centres will not be hosting multiple programs and services. Select community centres will be limited to providing essential space for only a single function, such as a summer day camp, cooling centre, food distribution, or another service.

Before and after care

The City of Kitchener has made changes to its summer camps to meet Provincial and Regional Public Health guidelines. The Province requires that cohorts or groups of 10 people, including children and staff, must stay together throughout the day and cannot mix with other groups. City of Kitchener camp staff are assigned to one group and cannot not mix with children from other groups to provide before and after care.

Camp Information Package

Please read the Camp Information Package for information on camp, safety protocols, what to bring and what not to bring, times for drop-off and pick up and more.

DIY summer camp activities

The City of Kitchener understands some families are hesitant to have their children take part in certain social settings this summer. So, we’re bringing summer camp fun to you!

The City is excited to offer children in our community three “do-it-yourself” summer camp activities that bring camp fun right to families in their own home or local park.

Rent-a-Camp-Counsellor sees two City of Kitchener camp staff lead an interactive, fun and entertaining camp program for two hours for up to eight children between the ages of four and 11. Staff will bring supplies and activities for a nature, sports or variety themed program at a select location. The nature theme will take place at Huron Natural Area.

Camp in a Box offers families four exciting options that bring classic camp programming right into their home. Choose between a Super Science Box, an Amazing Art Box, a Neat Nature Box or a Creative Combo Box, each containing all materials and instructions for 10 projects that will challenge children to think outside the box.

Virtual summer camp gives children live interactive instruction on any electronic device led by two trained City camp leaders on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Campers will participate in games and physical activities from the comfort of their own home.

You can register for Rent-a-Camp-Counsellor and virtual summer camp, and purchase a Camp in a Box on ActiveNet.

If your camper requires an accommodation in order to participate, our Inclusion Services team can help. Please email Nadine McNeelands.

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