Our camp programs focus on building an environment that is safe, welcoming and engaging for all children. A wide variety of activities are offered during school breaks and throughout summer at our recreation facilities and the Cambridge Centre for the Arts

Summer Camps

Registration for summer camp 2024 is scheduled to open on February 1, 2024 at 8:30 a.m

Camp information is now posted for viewing on our CORAL registration site and this webpage below.

School Year Camps

Registration Now Open for March Break and P.D Days!

Register now!
Camp ready?

Participants are ready for a program if they are: 

  • Able to take direction and instruction from a staff person 

  • Comfortable and able to interact in a group environment 

  • Able to participate in the program. Participation in programs is based on the child’s individual needs; however, it is asked that participants can demonstrate an ability to participate in at least 50% of the program 

  • Able to interact and participate in the program in a way that is safe for themselves and others 

To support the success, safety and inclusion of all participants, all children need to be “Program Ready” when participating in City run programs, either independently or with additional support. 

We have updated our process for requesting additional support at camp in 2024. Please visit our Support and Accommodations page for information and instructions on how to register.

If your child engages in behaviours at camp that may pose a safety risk to themselves or others, you will be contacted by City of Cambridge staff to discuss support options. This may include providing your own qualified support person to attend camp with your child.

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HIGH FIVE Quality of Play

We are a committed member and accredited organization of HIGH FIVE—a province-wide quality assurance program designed to support the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children in sport and recreation programs.

Recreation Camps 2024
Week 1: July 2 - 5 (4 day week)

Theme: Superheroes Assemble

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12
  • Learn to Swim - Ages 6-8
  • Junior Leaders - Ages 10-12
  • Sunblast/Imagination Station - Ages 4-12 (adapted camp)

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Swing & Splash - Ages 6-12

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Sport & Archery - Ages 8-12
  • Video Game & Minecraft - Ages 6-12
  • Xplore the Outdoors - Ages 8-12

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12
Week 2: July 8 - 12

Theme: STEM-tastic

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12
  • Water Sports - Ages 6-12
  • Sunblast/Imagination Station - Ages 4-12 (adapted camp)

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Swing & Splash - Ages 6-12

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Sport & Archery - Ages 8-12
  • Xplore the Outdoors - Ages 8-12
  • Robotics Lego Space Journey - Ages 6-10

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12
Week 3: July 15 - 19

Theme: Ready, Set, Game!

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12
  • Learn to Swim - Ages 6-8
  • Leader in Training - Ages 13+
  • Sunblast/Imagination Station - Ages 4-12 (adapted camp)

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Sport & Archery - Ages 8-12

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Swing & Splash - Ages 6-12

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Crafty Creatures - Ages 6-10
  • Xplore the Outdoors - Ages 8-12

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12
Week 4: July 22 - 26

Theme: Ooey Gooey Messy

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12
  • Water Sports - Ages 6-12
  • Sunblast/Imagination Station - Ages 4-12 (adapted camp)

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Sport & Archery - Ages 8-12

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Swing & Splash - Ages 6-12

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Video Game & Minecraft - Ages 6-12
  • Xplore the Outdoors - Ages 8-12
  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12
Week 5: July 29 - August 2

Theme: Olympics!

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12
  • Learn to Swim - Ages 6-8
  • Sunblast/Imagination Station - Ages 4-12 (adapted camp)

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Sport & Archery - Ages 8-12

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Swing & Splash - Ages 6-12

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Focus on Nature Photography - Ages 8-12
  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12
Week 6: August 6 - 9 (4 day week)

Theme: Wild West

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12
  • Water Sports - Ages 6-12
  • Crafty Creatures - Ages 6-10

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Swing & Splash - Ages 6-12

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Focus on Nature Photography - Ages 8-12
  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Sport & Archery - Ages 8-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-5
  • Introduction to Hockey - Ages 6-10
Week 7: August 12 - 16

Theme: Carnival

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12
  • Bronze Star Aquatic Leadership - Ages 9-12
  • Lego Robotics Wild Animals - Ages 6-10

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore the Outdoors - Ages 8-12

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Learn to Swim - Ages 6-8

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Crafty Creatures - Ages 6-10
  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Sport & Archery - Ages 8-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-5
  • Introduction to Hockey - Ages 6-10
Week 8: August 19 - 23

Theme: Around the World

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12
  • Learn to Swim - Ages 6-8
  • Crafty Creatures - Ages 6-10

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore the Outdoors - Ages 8-12

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9
  • Bronze Star Aquatic Leadership - Ages 9-12

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Video Game & Minecraft - Ages 6-12
  • Pre-Season Hockey Conditioning - Ages 8-12

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Sport & Archery - Ages 8-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12
Week 9: August 26 - 30

Theme: Sprit Week

John Dolson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior - Ages 8-9
  • Xplore Senior - Ages 10-12

Dickson Arena:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9

WG Johnson Centre:

  • Xplore Kinder - Ages 4-5
  • Xplore Tykes - Ages 6-7
  • Xplore Junior/Senior - Ages 8-9

Hespeler Arena

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12
  • Video Game & Minecraft - Ages 6-12
  • Pre-Season Hockey Conditioning - Ages 8-12

Fountain Street Soccer Complex

  • Xplore Ultimate Sport - Ages 6-12

Cambridge Sports Park

  • Sport & Skating - Ages 4-12
Cambridge Centre for the Arts 2024
Week 1: July 2 - 5 (4 day week)
  • Claymation & Lego Animation - Ages 7-12
  • Video Game Programming & Design: Pixel Art & Animation - Ages 8-13
  • Young Artists: Wonderful Wire and Perfect Paper! - Ages 8-12
Week 2: July 8 - 12
  • From Sketch To Finished Coloured Page In Photoshop - Ages 9-14
  • Welcome to Mr. McGregor's Crafty Garden - Ages 6-9
  • Young Artists: Paint, Draw, Print! - Ages 8-12
Week 3: July 15 - 19
  • Digital Art: Draw, Paint, Animate - Ages 6-9
  • Young Artists: Multimedia Extravaganza - Ages 8-14
Week 4: July 22 - 26
  • Digital Design: Graphics, Websites & 3D - Ages 8-12
  • Watercolour, Acrylic & Oil Pastel Creations - Ages 9-14
Week 5: July 29 - August 2
  • Digital Art: Draw, Paint, Animate - Ages 6-9
  • Digital Art: Cartoon, Manga, Superheroes - Ages 8-12
Week 6: August 6 - 9 (4 day week)
  • Filmmaking 101 - Ages 8-14
  • Musical Theatre - Peter Pan - Ages 8-12
  • Video Game Programming & Design: RPG - Ages 9-13
Week 7: August 12 - 16
  • Film Making: Music Video - Ages 8-14
  • Video Game Programming & Design: Arcade & Platform - Ages 8-12
Week 8: August 19 - 23
  • Claymation and Lego Animation - Ages 7-12
  • Creative Coding: Animation, Game Design & 3D - Ages 7-12
  • Young Artists: Multimedia Adventure
Week 9: August 26 - 30
  • Filmmaking 101 - Ages 8-14
  • Young Artists: Paint, Draw, Print! - Ages 8-12
  • Lego Robotics: Dinosaurs, Alligators and More! - Ages 6-9
  • Traditional Drawing and Painting and Digital Photobashing - Ages 9-13
More Information
 Hours and Before & After Care
Regular camp hours: 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m
  • Drop off from 8:30-9 a.m
  • Pick up from 4-4:30 p.m

Before and after care hours: 7:30-8:30 a.m & 4:30-5:30 p.m

  • Before and after care is available as an add on during registration for an additional fee ($18.33 each per week)
 Day Camp Leader Qualifications

City of Cambridge Recreation Day Camp staff are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR C & AED, HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development, Behaviour Management Techniques and receive training on emergency procedures, safety and program planning. They are normally high school and university students who have an interest in working with children. Specialty camp activities are led by trained specialists and partnering organizations. For more details on the instructors for specialty camps please read the activity description carefully.

 

Centre for the Arts camps are developed and lead by artists, performers and arts educators with education in their arts specialty, experience delivering programs for children and HIGH 5 PHCD training. University or college students with arts backgrounds and children’s programming experience, assist the artists and children in camp, and supervise extended care and lunch times. They have Standard First Aid and CPR/AED, PHCD training and participate in behaviour management, emergency and safety procedures training.

 

Interested in becoming a Camp Leader in 2024? Check out our current opportunities page to apply!

 Leader In Training Camp

Leader in Training camp is a registered camp program for youth ages 13-16, where participants will spend 1 week in classroom training and 2 weeks in placement. Participants have the opportunity to receive three certifications: HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development, Emergency First Aid and Safe Guard.  

 

This is an excellent opportunity for our Youth as not only are they receiving the hands-on experience, they are now are receiving knowledge and experience needed when applying for Aquatic or Camp positions. This program is designed to assist in succession planning, and really help our “up and coming youth” to excel!

 

For more information please visit our Cambridge Online Registration for Activities & Leisure (CORAL) site

Volunteer
If your child is between the ages of 13-16 and would like to volunteer for camp, they are welcome to email youth@cambridge.ca to apply. Successful candidates will then be able to volunteer for at least 2 weeks throughout the summer pending a successful evaluation and space evaluation. 
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to get a refund?

Should the City of Cambridge cancel camps for any reason, a full refund will be provided. If you are choosing to withdrawal your child from camp programming, 5 business days must be provided to be eligible for a full refund.

For more information on our refund policy, please review our refund policy.
Will my child be attending trips or travel off-site?

Yes! Our recreation camps have many exciting opportunities off site, in addition to many guests and presentations on site.  Some include the Idea Exchange, Core Climbing Gym, Wedges and Woods, Riverside Park and more.

 

Cambridge Centre for the Arts camps do not participate in offsite trips
Will my child be participating in swimming activities?

Yes! Campers ages 6 to 12 years old participate in swimming in recreation camps 2-3 times per week.

Campers aged 4 and 5 do not swim due to ratio requirements, but will participate in water-based games and activities throughout the week.

Cambridge Centre for the Arts camps do not participate in swimming.

Can I request support and accommodation?

If your child requires additional support to be successful at camp, please visit our support and accommodation page for information on what support options are offered including 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1 support, Sunblast/Imagination Station Adaptive camps, and providing an external support worker. 

 

Staff will assist in selecting the appropriate level of support for your child including 3:1, 2:1, or 1:1 support, and/or Sunblast/Imagination Station camp.

 What can I expect for drop off and pick up?

Drop off:

You are welcome to drop off your child between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at each facility.  Your drop off location is identified in your welcome to camp email received on the Wednesday before each week.  Staff will be ready to welcome your child to camp in a well labelled area. Parents/Guardians will not be permitted into programming space.

Pick up:

Pick up is always the same location as drop off between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you are arriving early for pick up, please let the camp staff know ahead of time (preferably at drop off).  In addition, if the camp is off site, a phone number will be listed on the outside of each facility for you to call prior to arrival indicating the camp is on an adventure.

During pick up a staff will ensure your child has all their belongings, and escort them outside of program areas to meet you. Photo ID is required daily to pick up your child, in addition anyone picking up must be listed as a contact on City of Cambridge registration information.  To update this please email camps@cambridge.ca or call (519) 623-1340 ext. 4554. For Arts Centre camps please email artscentre@cambridge.ca

I didn't receive a welcome email?

Welcome emails are normally sent to families on the Wednesday before each camp week. Please ensure you have updated your email address, as well as added your families email to your child’s account in our CORAL system. 

If you have not received an email by the Friday before the start of the camp week, please reach out to camps@cambridge.ca for recreation camps, and artscentre@cambridge.ca for Cambridge Center for the Arts Camps for the email to be sent to you.

Can I request an age exemption?

In compliance with new legislation, all children must be a minimum of four years old or a program's specified minimum age requirement by the first day of the program. 
What is your policy on allergies, inhalers and other medical conditions?

Please provide any relevant medical information when you register your child for a program. If your child has a severe allergy or must use an inhaler during program hours, you must submit the Emergency Participant Allergy Alert form and an EpiPen Release form. These forms provide information needed to ensure you child is well cared for.

If your child needs to take any oral medications during program hours, a Medication Consent Form must be completed and submitted prior to the first day of camp.

 

Please be aware that we are a nut free camp.
Can I get fee assistance for the cost of camp?

The City of Cambridge is committed to providing assistance for the cost of City-run recreation programs for families and individuals who can't afford to participate in these activities.
Camp Payment Plan

The Camp Payment Plan is designed to provide families affordable access to recreation and is available for all camps. During the registration process checkout, the camp payment plan can be selected. Monthly equal payments based on the registration total will then be deducted from the credit card provided. Credit cards must be valid until September if the camp year.

Activities for Less

The Activities for Less Program is for permanent Cambridge residents only.  Eligibility is based on total household income. 

Fee assistance must be approved before registering and may not be applied after, apply now.

We handle all inquiries confidentially.  If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the application, please contact Recreation and Culture Department at (519) 623-1340 ext.4531.

JumpStart Program

To learn more about the Jumpstart program, apply for funding, or make a donation Jumpstart or call 1-844-YES-PLAY

Region of Waterloo - Childcare Subsidy Programs available for camps

The Region of Waterloo offers a camp subsidy program which families can apply through the Region of Waterloo website. Once completed and submitted, ROW staff will evaluate and determine approval on a case-by-case scenario. For more information or to apply, please visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding City of Cambridge camp programs, please reach out today. 

Recreation camp - Recreation Coordinator, Child & Youth at camps@cambridge.ca
Cambridge Centre for the Arts camp -  Arts Coordinator at artscentre@cambridge.ca