Kids running into the lake.
Dec 26 - All YMCA Health Fitness & Aquatics Centres are temporarily closed due to the Provincial lockdown. All active memberships have been placed on hold for the duration of the lockdown. For complete info please read our Updates to Members.

May 22, 2020
Dear YMCA Day Campers...
With this week’s announcements that schools would remain closed for the balance of the school year, we know families need clarity on what our approach will be to YMCA Day Camps this summer.

Our number one priority in delivering camp programs has always been the health, safety and protection of our campers, staff and volunteers. Last week, we shared that we would need to adjust our original plan.

Based on the safety guidelines that will be required to deliver a safe day camp program, we have decided that we will be cancelling our planned YMCA Day Camp program this summer. Registered families will be refunded for the full balance of their YMCA Day Camp fees over the next four weeks.

We know that as our communities and local economies continue to re-open this summer, families will need our help.

We are examining opportunities to deliver an alternate summer program that can effectively incorporate public health measures to reduce the risk of virus spread, including physical distancing, smaller group sizes, daily health assessments with enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.

Registration and more details about this alternate YMCA summer program will be announced once the Province is able to safely remove restrictions on day camps, and the YMCA is adequately prepared for opening. Preparations will include identifying locations, readying facilities, examining possible timing of program, hiring and training of staff, and implementing any site-specific modifications. Registration for any alternate YMCA summer programs will be shared via our YMCA website and our social media channels later next month.

We know how much children look forward to their summer camp experience and how important this support is to families. We appreciate your understanding as we make these changes and we will share information about revised summer program plans with families as soon as they are finalized.


Nicki Glowacki
Chief Operating Officer

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.

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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