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About YMCA Day Camps
Camping is for everyone, and the Y offers a variety of programs at 45 locations to ensure we meet the needs and interests of your camper. Programs range from creative arts and cooking, film making to science programs, swimming lessons, outdoor adventure and more!
Summer Day Camp offers new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — in conservation and urban settings while allowing campers to return home each evening. Busing and extended hours is available across the city to support your family's busy schedule!
For help with our registration process, check out our new registration how-to video!
About YMCA Summer Clubs
Conveniently located in community schools across the GTA, YMCA Summer Clubs are licensed and regulated programs for kids aged 4 to 12 years old, led by Registered Early Childhood Educators. Featuring a wide range of engaging and interactive activities, Summer Clubs help children develop new skills and have fun through group games, sports, arts and crafts, field trips, and much more!
Fun and Exciting Programs
With over 65 different programs to choose from, we are sure to have a camp that captures your child’s interests! All camps fall under the following categories:
- Arts & Culinary Arts
- Media Arts
- Science & Academics
- Swimming Lessons & Junior Lifeguard Club
- Variety (Traditional Camp Programs)
- Leadership (Ages 12 – 16!)
- At YMCA Day Camps, value beads play an important role as a sign of character and personal achievement. As a form of recognition, beads at camp promote positive behaviour, and are worn as a constant reminder of what we value as a camp community. Throughout the week, beads are awarded to individuals for demonstrating our YMCA core values of responsibility, respect, inclusiveness, caring, health and honesty, and achieving success in specific program areas. Ask your camper how they achieved their beads!
- Find out more about our value beads.
- This program is designed for campers that love the water! Campers receive a daily one-hour swimming lesson with a certified YMCA Aquatics Instructor and a one-hour recreation swim to play and practice their new swimming skills. To ensure quality instruction, campers are registered by YMCA swim level; Otter, Seal, Dolphin/Swimmer and Star 1-4. Campers will receive a report card and an award if the level is completed. Campers must be 6 years old by the start of the program.
- Click here to learn what swim level your camper belongs in.
Our Safety Pledge
Keeping your campers safe is important to us. We are continuously looking for ways to ensure that our spaces are safe both physically and emotionally. Here are a few ways in which we achieve this goal:
- YMCA Camp Staff are a minimum of 17 years of age, and most are college and university students or recent graduates.
- All staff must have their current Standard First Aid and CPR “C” certification as well as a clear criminal reference check on file.
- All staff have a certification from High Five for the completion of the Healthy Childhood Development training.
- YMCA Camp Staff receive a minimum of one week of pre-camp training each spring, which works out to about 40 hours of training. Senior staff receive approximately 90 hours prior to each camp season!
In order to provide a safe environment for everyone, please read and understand our Camper Code of Conduct:
- The safety of each individual in the program is of the utmost importance to the YMCA. Each registrant must recognize a personal responsibility to learn and follow at all times the safety and other rules established by YMCA staff. I hereby agree that any behaviour of the registrant that places him/herself or others at risk may result in the registrant’s immediate dismissal from the program. Further, if dismissed from the program, I agree to cover any expense(s) arising from such dismissal. I hereby acknowledge and agree that no refund will be granted for dismissal or removal of the registrant at his/her request before the end of a program session. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals participating in the program, the YMCA reserves the right to alter the program at any time without notice or compensation to the Registrant.
To give our campers the opportunity for individual growth and development, we limit our Day Camp group sizes. This allows for campers to participate in group activity, while allowing for everyone to be supervised at all times. Our group sizes are as follows:
- 8 campers for the discovery age group (4-5 years old)
- 10 campers for the Jr. age group (6-8 year olds)
- 12 campers for the Sr. age group (9-12 year olds)
- 15 campers for the Youth age group (12-16 year olds)
*Group sizes may fluctuate slightly due to availability
In addition to a counselor in every group, every site will be supported by a number of Program Heads, Behaviour Support Staff, an on-site Director, Senior Directors, and the Day Camp Managment team!
YMCA Day Camps are commited to making our spaces safe for your campers. Here are a few measures we've put in place to ensure this is a reality:
- Child Protection Training
- Caring for your campers is our primary focus!
- Mandatory for all staff every year, this training delves into how to keep your campers safe from harm, both physically and emotionally. It is then re-visited and practiced throughout the summer.
- Training topics include, but are not limited to: identifying and reporting signs of abuse, camper supervision, transfer of care procedures (moving campers from one place to the next), managing group dynamics, and many more child-focused topics.
- YMCA Bracelet Program
- Your camper will receive a YMCA wristband at the beginning of each camp session. Please keep this on!
- We use this system to identify YMCA campers from other children when in our public spaces.
- We also mark these bracelets in a way that allows us to know if your camper is able to swim without a personal flotation device.
- If the bracelet does manage to come off, don’t worry, we’ll replace it when your camper arrives to camp!
- Sign In/Sign Out Policies and Automated Absence Calls
- All campers must be signed in and out by a parent, guardian, or anyone listed as an emergency contact by the primary account holder for that registration.
- You will be asked to provide proper identification when signing your camper out from camp, please have it with you when coming into the day camp office. We’ve put this in place to ensure that our campers get home safe.
- After everyone has been signed in for the day, we will send an automated absent call home to notify you that we have confirmed the absence.
- We aim to send this call out between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Please keep in mind that if you drop your camper off around that time, the call may be on its way already. That being said, please never hesitate to contact the director for confirmation.
- Facility Standards
- Although the majority of our programs run in permitted spaces, we ensure that these locations provide a safe space for your campers to grow.
- For camps located in schools, all doors will be locked for the safety of our campers. Keep in mind that if you are visiting a camp, you will need to call the director so they may let you in! Not sure where to go? When arriving to any one of our day camp locations, keep an eye out for signs that will guide you to our camp office or the phone number to reach our camp director!
- Campers located in any one of our 9 centres of community are surrounded by YMCA staff of all levels. Campers at these sites will spend anywhere between 50-90% of their days in program areas located inside the facility!
- All sites, including our outdoor sites, receive daily site checks before the day begins to ensure that there aren’t any harmful objects in the areas your campers will be playing in.
- YMCA Day Camps are OCA Certified, meaning we have met, and in many cases exceed the standards set out by the Ontario Camping Association. Find out more.
- YMCA Day Camps are High Five certified participants, meaning we have met, and in many cases exceed the standards set out by the High Five organization. Find out more.
- YMCA Day Camps are Shape Up certified meaning we have made a commitment to achieving improved physical literacy, as well as being purposeful about including physical activity in every one of our programs. Find out more.
YMCA summer programs provide families with meaningful experiences. Here are a few examples:
- How Marcellus Learned and Grew at YMCA Day Camps
- Winter Fun at Cedar Glen
- Developing New Skills at Summer Camp
- 4 Tips for preventing summer learning loss
- Why Choose Y Day Camp?
For more YMCA Day Camp stories, visit our YMCA Blog
We Make Things Convenient!
We offer 65 exciting Day Camp programs at 45 locations across the GTA.
Toronto Region Day Camps
York Region Day Camps
|Aurora St. Jerome Y Day Camp||Richmond Hill Lake St. George Y Day Camp
|Markham Fairgrounds Y Day Camp||Stouffville Bruce's Mill Y Day Camp
|Markham Legacy Y Day Camp||YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
|Markham YMCA Blvd. Rudy Bratty Y Day Camp|
Peel Region Day Camps
Halton Region Day Camps
|Acton Park Avenue Y Day Camp||Milton Hitherfield Y Day Camp|
|Georgetown Silver Creek Y Day Camp||Milton Kelso Y Day Camp|
|Milton E.C. Drury Y Day Camp|
Additional Summer Options:
Conveniently located in community schools across the GTA, YMCA Summer Clubs are licensed and regulated programs that offer kids aged 4 to 12 years old a way to stay active, build friendships, and have new and exciting learning experiences. The programs are led by Registered Early Childhood Educators and provide a wide range of engaging and interactive activities where children will develop new skills and have fun through group games, sports, arts and crafts, field trips, and much more!
- Little Critters Day Camp is an outdoor, action packed, weekday program where our youngest campers will experience everything we can pack into the week! This program takes place at YMCA Camp Pine Crest in Muskoka, ON and is ideal for families with cottages in the local area.
- Activities include:
- Daily swimming
- Canoeing and kayaking
- Boogie boarding and themed activities
- Download our information guide to learn more about Little Critters, and programs offered at Pine Crest.
- Our Integration Program is available to campers who require additional support to fully participate in camp programming. We do our best to ensure that every child is placed in a camp that best supports their needs.
- Not all of our camp locations are fully accessible, please speak with our Integration Support Team to find a site that best suits your camper’s needs.
- Spaces are allocated on a first come, first serve basis and our Integration Support team works closely with your family to review your child’s needs. In order to be considered for the 2018 day camp season, all applicants must be received by May 31, 2018.
- The YMCA may decline applications based on the level of training and/or expertise required to support the camper safely. The camper must not pose health risks to themselves or others, the camp setting must be suitable for the campers needs, and support staff and campers must not be put at risk due to undisclosed behaviors.
- In addition to the camp program fee, there is an additional fee of $305 per week to participate in our Integration program.
- To get in touch with our Integration Support team and discuss if camp is the right fit for your camper, please complete the online Inquiry Form
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