2021 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 camp will offer outdoor recreation activities, active and quiet games, and arts and crafts for those aged 4-12.

City of Cambridge camp staff are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR C & AED, HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development 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

We have reached our full capacity to offer 1:1 Support and Accommodation in an integrated environment. Please contact Danielle Ciccarelli, Recreation Coordinator - Child & Youth at ciccarellid@cambridge.ca to discuss additional options.

The Cambridge Centre for the Arts offers engaging visual and performing arts camps with arts activities designed and led by artists and performers who are children's program specialists. Supported by trained post-secondary student staff. Drawing, painting, printmaking, stop motion animation, drama and dance, video game design and more! Regular outdoor breaks and lunches. Contact 519-740-4681 ext. 4376 for more information.

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.

2021 Registration Information

Camp Payment Plan 

Back by popular demand, the City of Cambridge is offering a payment plan for camp registration. When registering between March 1 to June 30, families are eligible to selecting the camp payment plan upon check out. Equal payments will be deducted from your credit card on the first of each month pending when registration is complete. For all registrations, the last payment will be August 1. Credit cards must be valid until September 2021 for authorization to be completed.

 

For example:

If the registration is completed between March 1 and March 31, five equal payments will be deducted.

If the registration is completed between April 1 and April 30, four equal payments will be deducted.

If the registration is completed between May 1 and May 31, three equal payments will be deducted.

If the registration is completed between June 1 and June 30, two equal payments will be deducted.

 

Failed or missed payments could result in withdrawn registrations. 

Camps at a Glance

A full listing of our Recreational Camps is now available.

A full listing of our Cambridge Centre for the Arts program is now available.

Weeks and Themes
June 28 - July 2 (No camp on July 1)

Theme: O'Canada

July 5 - 9
Theme: Aloha to Summer
July 12 - 16
Theme: Animal Planet
July 19 - 23
Theme: Ooey, Gooey, and Messy
July 26 - 30
Theme: Game On!
August 3 - 6
Theme: Carnival
August 9 - 13
Theme: Calling All Sport Fans
August 16 - 20
Theme: Fear Factor
August 23 - 27
Theme: Operation Splash Down
 August 30 - September 3

Theme: Au Revoir Summer 2021

John Dolson Centre

Available age groups include:

KinderCamp - Ages 4-5 (please note the participant must be 4 years of age by program start date)

Tykes - Ages 6-7

Junior - Ages 8-9

Senior - Ages 10-12

 

Participants in Tykes, Junior and Senior age groups will swim on site during a private camp only swim two times per week. Unfortunately, due to ratio requirements the kinder age group will not be able to swim however will engage in fun outdoor water games and activities.

W.G. Johnson Centre

Available age groups include:

KinderCamp - Ages 4-5 (please note the participant must be 4 years of age by program start date)

Tykes - Ages 6-7

Junior - Ages 8-9

 

Participants in Tykes and Junior age groups will swim on site during a private camp only swim two times per week. Unfortunately, due to ratio requirements the kinder age group will not be able to swim however will engage in fun outdoor water games and activities.

Ultimate Sports Camp - Hespeler Arena

Available age groups include:

Junior - Ages 6-8

Senior - Ages 9-12

 

X marks the spot on our newly modified creative camp experience for campers who love sports. This traditional style day camp will offer outdoor recreation activities, active and quiet games, with a strong focus on a wide variety of sports, and sport based activities. Participants will swim at the W.G. Johnson Centre during a private camp only swim two times per week and will travel by foot, weather dependent.

Summer Sport and Archery Camp - Hespeler Arena
The City of Cambridge has partnered with Triggers and Bows to offer this unique and engaging camp. Each morning, participants will receive professional archery lessons. The afternoons will consist of a variety of sport focused activities and games. Participants will swim at the W.G. Johnson Centre during a private camp only swim two times per week and will travel by foot, weather dependent.
Summer Sport and Swim Camp - Ages 6-8 - Hespeler Arena
Campers will participate in a morning and an afternoon instructional swim lesson each day facilitated by lifesaving swim instructors for a total of two hours per day. Participants will travel by foot, weather depending to the W.G. Johnson Centre each day. When not in the pool, participants will engage in a wide variety of sports, and sport related activities.
Summer Sport and Swim Camp - Ages 9-12 - Hespeler Arena

Have you ever wondered what it was like to participate in a LSS swim patrol program camp style?

This newly developed summer sport and swim camp will have participants in the water for an a.m. and p.m. session facilitated by a lifesaving swim instructor daily. Participants will be assessed, learn new skills, and receive a LSS award seal based on their swimming ability and level. When on dry land, participants will engage in a wide variety of summer sport activities led by camp staff. Participants will travel by foot, weather dependent to the W.G. Johnson Centre each day.

Camp Xplore the Outdoors - Hespeler Arena

This newly modified camp is a spin off of our famous Pack and Go camp.

Participants will travel two times a week to an exciting outdoor adventure. When on site, they will engage in a wide variety of art, crafts, games and sport activities.

The schedule is as follows:

July 5 - 9 - Canoeing on the Grand & Valens Conservation

July 19 - 23 - Canoeing on the Grand & Disc Golf/Outdoor Swim at Soper Park

August 16 - 20 - Canoeing on the Grand & Valens Conservation

August 30 - September 3 - Canoeing on the Grand & Disc Golf/Outdoor Swim at Soper Park

Summer Sport and Skating Camp - Hespeler Arena

Available age groups include:

Junior - Ages 4-8

Senior - Ages 9-12

 

Led by a professional skating instructor and with the assistance of our camp staff, participants will receive on ice skating instruction each day. Skate and helmets are available for rental use if needed at no extra charge. When off the ice, this traditional style day camp will offer outdoor recreation activities, active and quiet games, with a strong focus on a wide variety of sports, and sport based activities. Participants will swim at the W.G. Johnson Centre during a private camp only swim two times per week and will travel by foot, weather dependent.

CCA Summer Camps

Engaging arts activities designed and led by artists and performers who are children's program specialists. Supported by trained post-secondary student staff. Outdoor breaks. 

Fees, full descriptions and registration available by following activity code link or at CCA Summer Camps

 

JUNE 29-JULY 2 (3 day week, no program Mon, June 28 or Thurs, July 1) 

Create Your Own Comic Books and More! – Ages 7-11 - Activity Code: 23455

Stop Motion Animation: Lego and Claymation – Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23962

 

JULY 5-9 

Digital Art: Cartoon, Manga, Superhero & Fantasy Illustration – Ages 7-10 - Activity Code: 23473

Stop Motion Animation: Lego – Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23472

 

JULY 12-16 

Young Artists: Paint, Draw, Print! Ages 6-10 - Activity Code: 23467

Video Game Design and Programming: Arcade & Platform – Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23459

 

JULY 19-23 

Young Artists: Paint, Draw, Print! Ages 6-10 - Activity Code: 23476

Film Making (Live Action) – Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23458

 

JULY 26-30 

Young Artists: Paint, Draw, Print! Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23838

RPG Video Game Design and Programming – Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23479

 

AUGUST 3-6 (4 day week, no program Mon, Aug 2)  

Stop Motion Animation: Claymation – Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23460

Disney Delights: Drama, Dance and Art – Ages 6-10 - Activity Code: 23456

 

AUGUST 9-13 

Art & Science Lab – Ages 6-10 - Activity Code: 23454

The Magic Bus: Drama, Dance and Art – Ages 6-10 - Activity Code: 23475

 

AUGUST 16-20 

Young Artists: Take Flight! Ages 6-10 - Activity Code: 23462

Video Game Design and Programming: Animation - Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23963

 

AUGUST 23-27 

Young Artists: Paint, Draw, Print! - Ages 6-10 - Activity Code: 23477

Video Game Design and Programming: Pixel Art - Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 24017

 

AUGUST 30-SEPT 3 

Film Making (Live Action) – Ages 8-12 - Activity Code: 23471

Young Artists: Paint, Draw, Print! - Ages 6-10 - Activity Code: 23478

Sunblast/Imagination Station Camp - W.G. Johnson Centre

This program is designed for children with exceptionalities to come to camp solo or with siblings and/or friends. Programming is delivered by specially trained inclusion facilitators to best support the needs of each participant. A Participant Information Form (PIF), All About Me Form, and a Program Ready Form will need to be submitted after registration. For more information on support and accommodation, please contact Danielle Ciccarelli, Recreation Coordinator - Child & Youth at ciccarellid@cambridge.ca

 

 

Leader In Training Camp (L.I.T)

Ages 13 - 16

This camp is a registered camp, and has a fee of $250 as the participant will receive two certifications: HIGH FIVE Principals of Healthy Child Development and Standard First Aid with CPR C. Participants will spend one week in classroom training and two weeks in placement. The first week will be facilitated at the John Dolson Centre, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Participants will have the option to select which location they would like to complete their placement. All placement hours can go towards their community service hours and will be provided with a completed hours form.

Volunteer

Ages 13 - 16

Applications to become a volunteer will be accepted from March 15 - May 31. To apply to become a volunteer, please visit www.Cambridge.ca/volunteer All applicants will be notified to sign up for a learn to lead session on either June 13 or June 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to register?
Beginning March 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.

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?
Please refer to 'Camp Xplore the Outdoors' as this is the only camp program that will travel off-site.
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 have reached our full capacity to offer 1:1 Support and Accommodation in an integrated environment. Please contact Danielle Ciccarelli, Recreation Coordinator - Child & Youth at ciccarellid@cambridge.ca to discuss additional options.

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