All YMCA before and after school programs will remain closed following the April Break due to the provincial order to close schools to in-person learning. All YMCA School Age Child Care payments will be suspended at this time, with the exception of outstanding payments.
All YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facilities remain temporarily closed due to the province-wide stay-at-home order. All active memberships will be placed on hold as of April 3rd and no membership payments will be collected. For complete info please read our Updates to Members.

Ages 6-13

Day Camp 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 trained YMCA Helping Hands staff. This support enables your child to be included in all aspects of regular camp programming. The YMCA Helping Hands staff are trained to attend to the unique needs of children with physical or developmental disabilities including personal care and safety -- while facilitating friendships, skill development, independence and fun!

  • Cost is $379 per week  / $303 (Week 5). This fee covers the camp program and the 1:1 Helping Hands staff support.
  • You can register your child for a maximum of two weeks. (Registration is limited to give summer Day Camp opportunities to more children. Additional weeks may become available throughout the summer.)
  • Please note, Helping Hands will be offered exclusively outdoors at Camp Chippewa this summer.
As regulations and protocols continue to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will adhere to our local Public Health guidelines and this may impact registration. If interest in Helping Hands, please complete the Helping Hands Interest Form (available April 26th) and a member of our Inclusion Team will respond confirming space or placement on the waitlist. 

If you have any questions about Helping Hands, please contact:

Christina Wood
General Manager of Inclusion Services for Children
79 James Street South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 2Z1
p. 905.317.4907