Day Camp Programs & Locations
Looking for the right day camp experience for your child? Look at your options below to select the appropriate camp based on age and indoor/outdoor locations. Want more information on what each program has to offer?
- Camp Chippewa
- Specialty Programs at Camp Chippewa
- L.I.T. Program
- Indoor Camps
Located in the majestic surroundings of Christie Conservation Area, Camp Chippewa includes spacious playing fields, a beautiful wooded area for supervised explorations, and a safe waterfront setting.
Campers will have the opportunity to experience a combination of traditional day camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, archery, canoeing (children are required to wear a lifejacket), wilderness / environmental, science pursuits adn weekly themes.
Throughout their stay, campers will have the opportunity to cahllenge themselves and develop skills in these camp activities.
- Arts & Crafts
- Field Games
Specialty Programs at Camp Chippewa
Campers will learn about their environment as well as the world around them through exciting activities and wilderness games. These activities will focus on nature education, science and outdoor games that promote learning through fun.
This program will provide campers with canoeing skills. Instructors will develop fun activities which will emphasize safety and the basic fundamentals of canoeing. Campers will also have the opportunity to develop other camping skills through traditional camp activities at Camp Chippewa. Children must wear a life jacket while in a canoe. Campers will receive a skills assessment at the end of the 1 week session. Staff to Camper ratio is 1:8.
This program will provide campers with kayak skills. Instructors will develop fun activities which will emphasize safety and the basic fundamentals of kayaking. Campers will also have the opportunity to develop other camping skills through traditional camp activities at Camp Chippewa. Children must wear a life jacket while in a kayak. Campers will receive a skills assessment at the end of the 1 week session. Staff to Camper ratio is 1:8.
Camp FUN-damentals allows campers to experience the magic of the outdoors and to learn valuable camping skills in a fun-oriented environment. Offered at Camp Chippewa, Camp FUN-damentals provides a wonderful occasion for campers to experience the outdoors and to spend time with new friends. Camping skills, such as an introduction to orienteering and a variety of survival techniques will be introduced. During the sleepout, campers will have the opportunity to plan their own dinner, lunch and breakfast and share stories while a staff person cooks meals over a crackling fire.
The Leader in Training (L.I.T.) program is a fun program designed for participants to acquire camp-related skills (canoeing, archery and large group leadership) while learning how to work as a team player. Participants will receive an introduction to the YMCA and its core values as well as:
- Planning and delivering a "new" group game
- Special needs integration
- Observing campers in various age groups
- Debriefing about observation experiences
- Job search skills
- Asset building
- Plan a Them Day Activity as a group
- Youth Gambling Prevention
The Leader in Training program (Level 2) enhances the learnings of Level 1. While canoeing, swimming and playing sports, participants will also learn the following skills through fun, creative sessions and hands-on experiences:
- Team Building
- Trust and Support
- Conflict Resolution
- Healthy Child Development
- Youth Gambling Prevention
- Behaviour Management Techniques
- Special Needs Integration
- Assisting with daily camper routines
- Safety Awareness at camp and in programs
- Debriefing about placement experiences
- Placement within 2 different camper groups
- Individual planning of an activity for Theme Day
- Planning and delivering 3 new and different skill-building group games
L.I.T. campers will be guided through these sessions by our professional staff. An evaluation will be done based on performance. A final report will be given to each participant.
Level 3 - FREE
The L.I.T.s will have the opportunity to improve their skills by volunteering at an indoor camp. During the program the L.I.T. will complete one placement in Hamilton, Burlington or Brantford at an indoor location. Each placement will last 4 weeks. The L.I.T.s will be responsible for observing an indoor camp program and during the last week they will be responsible for delivering a large group game, a Low Organized Game (LOG) and an arts and crafts activity.
Junior Counsellor (J.C.)
Junior Counsellor positions will introduce L.I.T. graduates and other individuals between the ages of 16 and 17 years of age to a camping experience at a camp counsellor level. Junior Counsellors must attend a one week pre-camp training session, co-facilitate a group of campers with other staff members, and focus their resources on developing camp-related skills throughout the summer. Applicants who complete the L.I.T. courses and demonstrated the competencies and skills for becoming a Junior Counsellor will receive first consideration. Positions are limited.
Tansley Woods / Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA / Brantford Family YMCA
A fun-filled program that allows young campers to play, learn and discover in a safe and supervised setting. Stepping Stones is an age appropriate full day program with a 1:8 staff to camper ratio. Activities include arts and crafts, songs and music, Theme Days, and (indoor) swimming (lifejackets provided).
Sports Camp programs focus on participation and fair play, fitness and team spirit using a combination of traditional sports and innovative activities. Activities include an introduction to swimming, soccer, basketball, team games, arts and crafts. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.
KidVenture lets campers explore their creativity in a safe and fun environment. Activities include arts and crafts, swimming, co-operative games, outdoor play and Theme Days. On Campers will be engaged by a guest speaker who will deliver a special program based on the week's theme.