2022 Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

The safety of our campers and staff is our top priority. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, camp programs adhere to the health guidelines that have been set by Waterloo Region Public Health, and the Province of Ontario. These guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, encouraging physical distancing, mandatory health screening, and enhanced facility cleaning.

Our traditional style day camps will offer outdoor recreation activities, active and quiet games, and arts and crafts for those aged 4-12. Specialty camps are also offered including archery, skating, hockey, swimming, gaming, robotics, art, animation, film making, dance and drama.

City of Cambridge camp staff are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR C & AED, HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development, Behaviour Management and receive training on emergency procedures, safety and program planning.

Camp schedules and off site information is provided for select camps.

If you have any questions regarding City of Cambridge recreation camp programs, please contact the Recreation Coordinator, Child & Youth at camps@cambridge.ca. Inquiries regarding Cambridge Centre for the Arts camp programs can be made at artcentre@cambridge.ca

We offer 1:1 Support and Accommodation in an integrated environment. Our support and accommodation requests have reached its maximum capacity. Further registrations requiring support and accommodation will be placed on a waitlist. For more information, please contact camps@cambridge.ca  

If you're unsure whether your child is ready for camp, please complete the Program Ready Form to help determine your child's readiness to participate.

HIGH FIVE Quality of Play     HIGH FIVE Logo

The City of Cambridge is a committed member of HIGH FIVE and we are ecstatic to announce that we have become an accredited organization. HIGH FIVE is a province-wide quality assurance program designed to support the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children in sport and recreation programs.

2022 Summer Camp at a Glance

Our 2022 Summer Camps at a Glance is now available.

Camp Payment Plan

The City of Cambridge offers a camp payment plan to assist families with the financial commitment for summer camp. Equal payments are deducted from the client's credit card on the 1st of each month. The number of payments is determined on when the registration occurs. We ask that your credit card is valid until September 1 to prevent any missed payments.

 

If you register from April 1 - 30, four payments will be deducted from May 1 - August 1.

If you register from May 1 - 31, three payments will be deducted from June 1 - August 1.

If you register from June 1 - 30, two payments will be deducted from July 1 - August 1.

Before & After Care

The City is pleased to now be able to offer a modified re-implementation of Before & After Care. 

For the 2022 season, summer camp programs will operate between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Families will be able to drop-off their child(ren) as early as 7:30 a.m. with pick-up being extended to 5:30 p.m.

 

Before & After Care will be available for $15 per week ($3/day).

 

Registration for Before & After Care will be begin on Monday, April 4 at 8:00 a.m. Please visit our registration page to sign-up.

 

2022 Summer Camp Themes
 June 28 - 30
 O'Canada
 July 4 - 8
 Operation Splashdown
 July 11 - 15
 Ooey Gooey Messy
 July 18 - 22
 Minute to Win it
 July 25 - 29
 Calling All Sport Fans
 August 2 - 5
 Carnival
 August 8 - 12
 Calling All Gamers
 August 15 - 19
 Super Hero Showdown
 August 22 - 26
 The Amazing Race
 August 29 - September 2
 Wet N Wild Week

 

John Dolson Centre

The John Dolson Centre offers multiple age groups for all 10 weeks of camp. Camp operation hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants age 6+ will swim multiple times each week. NEW this summer will be an opportunity to register for Robotic/Stemotic Camp, Learn to Swim Camps and Bronze Star Swim Camps here throughout the summer. Traditional recreational camps will be offered each week for the following age groups:

 

Kindercamp ages 4-5

Tykes ages 6-7

Juniors ages 8-9

Seniors ages 10-12

Dickson Arena
Dickson Arena offers multiple age groups for all 10 weeks of camp. Camp operation hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants age 6+ will swim multiple times each week. Traditional recreational camps will be offered each week for the following age groups:

 

Kindercamp ages 4-5

Tykes ages 6-7

Juniors/Seniors ages 8-12

Hespeler Arena

Hespeler Arena offers specialty camps for all age groups. Camp operation hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants age 6+ will swim multiple times each week. NEW this summer Esports Gaming Camp, Robotics/Stemotics and Pre-Season Conditioning Hockey Camp.

Back by popular demand: Summer Sport and Archery Camp, Summer Sport and Skating Camp, Focus on Nature Photography Camp, Xplore the Outdoors and Ultimate Sports Camp.

W.G. Johnson Centre
The W.G. Johnson Centre offers multiple age groups for all 10 weeks of camp. Camp operation hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants age 6+ will swim multiple times each week. NEW this summer will be an opportunity to register for Learn to Swim Camp and Bronze Star Swim Camp here throughout the summer. Traditional recreational camps will be offered each week for the following age groups:

 

Kindercamp ages 4-5

Tykes/Juniors/Seniors ages 6-12

Cambridge Centre for the Arts
The Cambridge Centre for the Arts offers a variety of specialty dance, arts, culture camps for children age 6-12. Camp operation hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (drop-off 8:00-9:00 a.m. & pick-up 4:00-5:00 p.m.) NEW this summer Digital Design: Drama, Paint & Animate; Film Making: Music Video; Dance: STEAM. For more information on CCA camp programs, please refer to the Camps at a Glance Chart and www.cambridgecentreforthearts.ca
LIT & Volunteer

The first stream is the Volunteer stream.

If your child is between the ages of 13-16 and would like to volunteer for camp, they are welcome to complete and submit an application.

All candidates will be notified to sign up for a Learn to Lead session, as well as will be scheduled for an interview.

Successful candidates will then be able to volunteer for weeks throughout the summer pending a successful evaluation.

You can submit a volunteer application through www.cambridge.ca/volunteer starting on April 1, these applications are due by May 31.

 

The new stream, and 2nd stream is our Leader In Training Camp.

This is for those aged 13-16.

This camp is a registered camp, and has a fee of $257.60 as the participant will receive two certifications, HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development, and Standard First Aid with CPR C.

Registration opened on Tuesday February 1 at 8 a.m.

Participants will spend 1 week in classroom training and 2 weeks in placement.

The first week will be facilitated at the John Dolson Centre from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Participants will be taught two certification courses; a two day Standard First Aid and CPR C course as well as a 1 day HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development course.

The other two days of in classroom training will consist of safety, program planning, and camp policies and procedures.

Participants will have an option of up to 2 different location sites where they will spend the next two weeks, where they will work more closely with our camp staff and assist with activities, games, crafts, and program planning.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for our Youth as not only are they receiving the hands on experience, they are now also receiving two certifications, which are also mandatory 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!

If you would like to register for the LIT program or for more information, please visit www.cambridge.ca/register

Frequently Asked Questions

How to register?
Beginning February 1, families can register online through www.cambridge.ca/coral. Spaces will be very limited to comply with the safety guidelines and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will I be able to get a refund?

Should the City of Cambridge cancel camps due to COVID-19, 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.

What will a day in camp look like?

Our Recreation Camps will have a strong focus on outdoor play, mixed with arts, crafts, and more.
Will my child be attending trips or travel off-site?

Unfortunately due to the COVID regulations that the Province of Ontario has implemented, off-site trips will only be permitted for the Xplore the Outdoors camps where participants will travel twice per week to an outdoor location. Trips will be confirmed in the Spring once locations have determined their operating hours for the summer.  

Will my child participate in swimming activities?
Yes! Private camp only swims will be available to all age groups with the exception of kindercamp due to ratio requirements.
Will you be offering one-on-one support?

We offer 1:1 Support and Accommodation in an integrated environment. Our support and accommodation requests have reached its maximum capacity. Further registrations requiring support and accommodation will be placed on a waitlist. For more information, please contact camps@cambridge.ca  

Will I be required to submit additional documentation prior to camp?
Yes. Additional documentation will be required this year, prior to entering camp. Using our online tool, parents/guardians will be required to complete a daily COVID-19 screening for each participant entering camp. In addition, a Camper Readiness Form, and a Hand Sanitizer Permission Form will be required for each child(ren) in your care.
I am in need of extended care, how do I register?
We have created an all-inclusive day from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at all facilities. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer further hours of care outside of the current offering. Extended care fees will not be in addition to camp fees. Your registration fee is inclusive of these additional hours.
What time should I drop off my child?
You are welcome to drop off your child between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at each facility. Staff will be located outside of each facility, ready to welcome your child to camp. Parents/Guardians will not be permitted indoors.
I need to pick up my child early, what do I do?
A phone number will be provided to you, as well as will be listed on the outside of each facility for you to call prior to arrival. We will happily ensure your child has all their belongings, and escort them outside to meet you. Please remember that photo ID is required daily to pick up your child. 

Additional Information

Age requirements
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. All children must be fully toilet trained and be able to take care of their own bathroom needs.
Support and Accommodation

For more information on support and accommodation, please visit our support and accommodation page.

 

Severe allergies, inhalers and 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 Administration Form must be completed and submitted prior to the first day of camp.

Please be aware that we are a nut free camp.

Fee Assistance

Activities for Less Fee Assistance

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

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

Eligible programs - Programs run directly by the City of Cambridge, Parks, Recreation and Culture Division which include:

  • aquatic lessons (private/semi-private lessons are ineligible)
  • individual memberships for youth, student, adult and senior (some exceptions
  • registered program

Ineligible charges - fee assistance cannot be used for manuals, exam fees, program supplies or administrative fees

Apply for Activities For Less

  1. Complete, sign and date the fee assistance application form.
  2. Attach copies of current  tax year Revenue Canada, Income Tax Notice of Assessment for all adults in the household (copies only)
  3. If income is $0 you must still provide a copy of Revenue Canada, Notice of Assessment
  4. If the Assessment does not show your current address please provide proof of same

Please note - If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter in the mail (allow 15-20 business days). Incomplete applications will be returned.

Applying for fee assistance does not guarantee approval.

Fee assistance must be approved before registering and may not be applied after.  You must apply annually for Activities for Less.  Fee assistance starts from the date of approval for one full year.  Subsequent applications are accepted no earlier than 3 weeks prior to the expiry of current approved fee assistance.

We handle all inquiries confidentially.  If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the application, please contact Zita Tavares at tavaresz@cambridge.ca

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