Winter Break Camps   HIGH FIVE Logo

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.

We will be offering our winter break camps (December 21, 22 & 23) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the John Dolson Centre. 

To view a full list of camp programs, please select the link below.

View recreation camps

Frequently asked questions for 2020 camp programs

How to Register?
Beginning September 23, families can register online through or in-person at the Service Cambridge Desk located on the 1st floor in City Hall, W.G. Johnson Centre, John Dolson or Cambridge Centre for the Arts. 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?
Will my child participate in swimming activities?
Yes! Camp only swims will be offered daily during the winter break.
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.
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. 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 – 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. 

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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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.

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

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 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