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Summer 2020 Guide

Find full program details in the YMCA Day Camps Summer 2020 guide.

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At YMCA Wanakita, the health and safety of our campers, families, staff and volunteers is our top priority. We are responding to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation and have temporarily closed YMCA Wanakita and cancelled Spring programs. Read our Letter to Camp Families.

Monday, March 23rd - Like many others, our phone lines are currently experiencing connection issues. Our provider is aware of the issue. If you are trying to reach us and cannot connect, please keep trying.

At the YMCA, the health and safety of our participants, staff and families is our number one priority. We are responding to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation including the closures of YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics centres and YMCA Child Care Centres until April 5, 2020.  For the latest updates about cancellations and closures, please visit: Covid-19

Hello Camp Families,

We want to acknowledge that these are unusual times. We hope that you and your family are staying safe and taking the necessary precautions as recnded by public health. Although we have made adjustments to our current programming and facility closures, we remain hopeful and are continuing to prepare for our summer camp programs.

The health of our staff, volunteers, participants, and broader community members is our priority, therefore all summer camp registrations will only be available to be completed online via the camp registration portal starting March 23, 8:30am.

Families in receipt of Regional Subsidy are still able to register online and find the instructions for this process here.

For families registering with Helping Hands, Christina Wood will be following up with families about registration if you have not yet heard from her this week.

Please email any questions to We are not staffing the camp office as we regularly would, but are committed to responding to all emails and messages as soon as we can.

Admittedly, it feels strange to open camp registration during these unknown times, however we have made a commitment to our families to open next week and want to push forward with positivity as we plan to be here for you and your family in the future.


Jordan Bowker
Day Camp Manager

Tons of Summer Fun for Kids Aged 4 - 13

Keep your kids active and happy this summer while helping them grow and learn!
YMCA Summer Day Camps offer kids age 4-13 fun-filled days of activities like swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and games.
Watch their confidence grow as they make new friends, have fun and develop lifelong skills.

2019 Tax Receipts will not be issued to families; however, you can sign into your CampBrain account and print off your invoice. If you received Regional Subsidy, YMCA Strong Kids Financial Assistance or your child was registered in Helping Hands for camp 2019, please contact the Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA by phone at 905-317-4929 or by email at to receive your invoice.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to YMCA facility closures, Day Camp registrations will only be accepted online until we reopen our doors to the community.

Canoe Camp

Canoe Camp is a specialty camp at Camp Chippewa for campers who want to specialize in developing canoeing skills as part of their camp experience. Instructors create fun activities that emphasize safety and the fundamentals of canoeing. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities. Children must wear a life jacket while in the canoe. Campers will receive a...

Camp Chippewa

Enjoy a traditional outdoor Day Camp experience at Camp Chippewa located at Christie Conservation Area. Our site includes spacious playing fields, a beautiful wooded area for supervised explorations, and a safe waterfront setting. Throughout the week, campers will have the opportunity to swim, hike, play field games, and participate in arts and craft, archery, canoeing, and...

Camp Fundamentals

In Camp Fundamentals you will experience the magic of the outdoors and learn valuable camping skills in a fun environment at Camp Chippewa. Campers learn to set-up a campsite, build and start a fire,cook over a fire,no-trace camping, and a variety of survival techniques. Sleepouts are held once a week on Thursday (weather permitting). Sleepouts include dinner and snacks on Thursday, and breakfast...


Located at Camp Chippewa, campers will learn about the environment and the world around themthrough fun activities and wilderness games. Activities focus on nature education, science and outdoor games that promote learning through fun. Weekly themes include: air, water, weather, animal tracks and eco-systems. Campers will also enjoy a full camp program, including camp classics such as swimming,...

Day Camps (Haliburton)

For campers residing or visiting Haliburton in the summer, YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is a wonderful option. Day campers participate in both land and water-based programs and have the opportunity to go on an overnight during each one-week session. It's a fabulous YMCA Wanakita adventure for those who are staying nearby.

Kayak Camp

Kayak Camp is for campers who want to specialize in developing kayaking skills as part of their camp experience at Camp Chippewa. Instructors create fun activities that emphasize safety and the fundamentals of kayaking. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities. Campers must wear a life jacket while in the kayak. Campers will receive a skill assessment...

KidVenture Camp

YMCA KidVenture Camp provides your camper the opportunity to explore their creativity in a fun and safe environment. Activities include: arts and crafts, drama and dance, swimming, co-operative games, outdoor play and theme days. Each week, campers have a special activity, such as a guest speaker. Staff to camper ratio is 1:10 (age 6) and 1:12 (ages 7-13). Register Now

Sports Camp

YMCA Sports Camp keeps kids focused on sportsmanship, participation, fair play, fitness and team spirit. Your camper will learn basic fundamental movement skills through fun and interactive activities including swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, football, team games and arts and crafts. Staff to camper ratio is 1:10 (age 6) and 1:12 (ages 7-13). Register Now

Stepping Stones

YMCA Stepping Stones is a fun-filled indoor camp where your young camper will play, learn and discover in a safe and supervised setting. Your little ones will begin to learn basic movements such as throwing, hopping, running and kicking a ball. Activities include arts and crafts, songs and music, and theme days.Please note: Children will not swim in a pool, they will participate in water-based...

Laurier Brantford YMCA Camp

Jointly operated by Wilfrid Laurier University and the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington| Brantford, Stepping Stones Camp, Kidventure Camp, and Sports Camp are all provided at the brand-newLaurier Brantford YMCA. For additional information on the new Laurier Brantford YMCA location, please contact Shannon Davis at 519.512.4891 ext 3133 or Location: Laurier Brantford...

Helping Hands

Helping Hands offers 1:1 support for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities so they can enjoy a summer camp experience alongside their peers. All children deserve the opportunity to make new friends, try new things and enjoy the exciting opportunities that are part of a summer experience. As a camper attending one of our Day Camp programs, your child can receive 1:1 support from...

Additional Information 

The YMCA offers Summer Day Camps at seven locations in Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford. We also offer a Day Camp at YMCA Wanakita, our camp in Haliburton, which can be found here.

Learn about:

Busing Services to Camp Chippewa
Financial Assistance

Helping Hands Special Needs Integration


Registration, Medical and Change of Status Forms 

Contact Us

Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA
Day Camp Administrative Office
79 James Street South
Hamilton, Ontario  L8P 2Z1
Phone: 905-317-4929

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