Introducing our summer 2020 modified camp lineup

X marks the spot on our new, creative camp experience for campers aged 4-12, Camp XPlore. This traditional style day camp will offer outdoor recreation activities, active and quiet games, and arts and crafts.

We will be offering our modified summer camps from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting on Monday, July 13 at our following facilities:

  • W.G. Johnson Centre
  • Hespeler Arena
  • John Dolson Centre

Starting Monday July 20, we will also be offering camp programs at:

  • Cambridge Centre for the Arts

Please note, our camp locations will only be open to those registered in our new Camp Xplore programs or specialty arts camps.

Registration opens on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00 a.m. Please register through our online registration system CORAL at Recreation and Culture facilities remain closed, in person registration is limited to City Hall, Service Cambridge counter, located on the 1st floor.

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.

Please note that off-site trips, and special guests are not permitted under the safety guidelines, and all staff and participants will remain on site for the 2020 camp season. We are eager and excited for this new adventure, and we look forward to welcoming your child back to camp this Summer!

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Frequently asked questions for 2020 summer camps

How to Register?
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday June 30, families can register online through or in-person at the Service Cambridge Desk located on the 1st floor in City Hall. 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, water games, and more.

Our CCA Camps will be facilitated by a Professional Artist who will engage participants in a theme specific experience based on the camp program being offered.

Will my child be attending trips or travel off-site?
Unfortunately, due to the Provincial and Regional Guidelines, we are not permitted to attend any trips nor will we be travelling off-site this summer.
Will my child participate in swimming activities?
Unfortunately, our pools will have a condensed and limited schedule, and Camp Swims will not be taken this summer.
Will you be offering one-on-one support?
Yes. Support and accommodation is available, and is limited. Please contact Danielle Tanner at should your child require one-on-one support for camp.
I already had a space in camp prior to COVID-19. Am I guaranteed a space in the new camp programs?
We recognize that working remotely is not an option for everyone and that Cambridge families will require child care options. We plan to support the community as much as capacity allows. Spaces will be very limited to comply with the safety guidelines and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Will I be required to submit additional documentation prior to camp?
Yes. Additional documentation will be required this year, prior to entering camp. For example, a weekly health declaration, and a daily participant pre-screening, 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 a.m. – 5 p.m. at all facilities for this summer. 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 this summer. 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 – 9 a.m. at each facility. Staff will be located outside of each facility, ready to welcome your child to camp. 
I need to pick up my child early, what do I do?
As facilities will be closed to the public, 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. 
Are you offering online camps?
Yes! We are offering online video game design and programming camps. Visit the Cambridge Centre for the Arts website for more information.

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 Recreation Coordinator, Child and Youth at (519) 623-1340 ext 4554.

For information on arts camps, please contact Cambridge Centre for the Arts (519) 623-1340 ext. 4376.

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.

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HIGH FIVE Quality of Play

The City of Cambridge is a registered organization and committed member 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.

Registration 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 Accommodations

Please note that the 2020 summer camp accommodation and support is on a first come first serve basis. A Participant Information Form (PIF) and an All About Me Form are required to be completed and submitted prior to Monday June 1, 2020.

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.  Subsequesnt 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 T. at the Parks, Recreation & 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