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YMCA Summer Day Camp

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, throughout Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford as well as YMCA Wanakita in the Haliburton Highlands. Watch their confidence grow as they make new friends, have fun and develop lifelong skills.

We are looking forward to delivering a safe camp experience. 

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Day Camp Programs

Camp Chippewa (Christie Conservation Area) 

Ages 6-13 

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 wilderness/environmental pursuits. 

Staff to camper ratio is 1:10. Campers will be grouped according to age.

 

Camp Chippewa Activities 

Throughout the week, campers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and develop skills in these camp activities. 

Swimming: Safe and fun water games will be provided for all who attend camp. Everyone will be tested to determine swimming capabilities before doing an water-based activities. Campers swim once per day (weather and water permitting), and must pass a swim test to enter the deeper area. 

Field Games / Initiatives: These activities blend traditional and wacky games using a team approach. 

Hiking: Children will explore hiking trails, ponds, and boardwalks with their group. 

Arts & Crafts: Campers will use various mediums to explore their creativity. 

Archery: Campers will learn how to use a bow and arrow, as well as observe and participate in safety procedures. 

Canoeing: Campers will learn the basics of paddling and canoe safety. While canoeing, all participants must wear a life jacket and adhere to all safety regulations. 

 

What does a typical day at Camp Chippewa look like?

9:00-9:30am  Bus arrival / Games with bus group 
9:30-10:00am  Flagpole (camp gathering) 
10:00-10:45am   Hiking 
10:45-11:00am  Snack / Sunscreen Application 
11:00-12:00pm  Low Organized Games / Outdoor Field Game / Team Building Initiatives (e.g drumming, capture the flag) 
12:15-12:45pm  Lunch.  Low Organized Games / Outdoor Field Game / Team Building Initiatives (e.g drumming, capture the flag) 
12:45-1:00pm  Transition to Swimming 
1:00-2:00pm   Swimming 
2:00-2:15pm Transition from Swimming 
2:15-2:30pm  Snack / Sunscreen Application 
2:30-3:30pm  Canoeing / Arts & Crafts / Archery 
3:30-4:00pm  Flagpole / Bus Lines / Departure 

 

Camp Chippewa
1000 ON-5 Highway West 
Hamilton, ON L9H 5E2 
P: 905-317-4929  
E: HamBurl.Daycamps@ymcahbb.ca 

 

 

Canoe Camp  

Ages 8-13 

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 skill assessment at the end of the week. 

Staff to camper ratio is 1:10. Campers will be grouped according to age. 

Fundamentals Camp

Ages 10 - 13 

In Fundamentals Camp 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. Campers will prepare snacks, sing songs by the campfire, and experience Christie Lake Conservation area at night. Campers also enjoy camp classics such as swimming, archery, arts and crafts and canoeing. Includes lunch and snack on Thursday and snack on Friday.

Staff camper ratio is 1:10. Campers will be grouped according to age.
 
Due to COVID-19, we will not be operating the sleepout for Camp Fundamentals. 

Eco-Explorers Camp

Ages 8 - 11 

Located at Camp Chippewa, campers will learn about the environment and the world around them through 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, archery, arts & crafts and canoeing. 

Staff to camper ratio is 1:10. Campers will be grouped according to age. 

Kayak Camp  

Ages 10-13 

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 at the end of the week. 

Staff to camper ratio is 1:10. Campers will be grouped according to age. 

KidVenture Camp 

Ages 6 - 13 

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 
 
Laurier Brantford YMCA  
 
Queen Victoria School (7 weeks)
 
Tansley Woods Community Centre 

Sports Camp  

Ages 6 - 13 

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 
 
Laurier Brantford YMCA
 
Tansley Woods Community Centre
 
Queen Victoria School (Weeks 1 - 7)

Stepping Stones

Ages 4 - 5

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 activities.

This summer we will be collaborating with the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Artasia Program. Artasia is a project of Culture for Kids in the Arts that engages children and youth in visual arts and led by a professional arts educator and arts instructor, in cooperation with the YMCA. 

Staff to camper ratio 1:8.

Laurier Brantford YMCA (7 Weeks)

Queen Victoria School (8 Weeks)

Tansley Woods Community Centre

Helping Hands 

Ages 4-13 

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 $383 per week / $306 (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 consecutive weeks. (Registration is limited to give summer Day Camp opportunities to more children. Additional weeks may become available throughout the 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 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 
E: christina.wood@ymcahbb.ca

Leader in Training Level 1 

Age 14 (in calendar year) 

In YMCA Leader in Training Level 1, your camper will develop camp-related skills such as canoeing, archery and large group leadership, while learning how to work as part of a team. Your child will also learn to promote YMCA core values: caring, honesty, respect, belonging and responsibility throughout their camp experience.  

Leaders in Training Level 1 includes: 

  • 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 

  • group planning a theme day activity 

  • youth gambling prevention 

Prerequisite: Turning age 14 in the program year. 

Staff to camper ratio is 1:15.

 

Leader in Training Level 2 

Age 14 (in calendar year) 

Your camper will build on the skills they learned in Level 1 through fun, creative sessions and hands on experience.  

Guided by our skilled staff, Leaders in Training Level 2 will develop skills in: 

  • team building communication, trust and support 

  • conflict resolution 

  • YMCA Healthy Child Development and safety awareness at camp 

  • behaviour management techniques 

  • special needs integration 

  • assisting with daily camper routines 

  • placement with camper groups and debriefing of experience 

  • planning and delivering three new and different skill-building group games.  

LIT Campers will be guided through these sessions by our trained staff. A certificate outlining the LIT campers' achievements will be awarded to each participant. 

Prerequisite: Leader in Training Level 1 and campers must (at minimum) turn age 14 in the program year. 

Staff to camper ratio is 1:15.
 

Leader in Training Level 3

Age 14 or 15 (in calendar year)  

In Leader in Training Level 3 your camper will improve their skills by volunteering at an indoor camp and preparing for Junior Counselor positions the following year. They will continue to build skills in a 4-week placement at an indoor day camp site, observing and shadowing a camp counsellor. During the last week they will deliver a large group game, a low organized game (LOG) and an arts and crafts activity. 

Leader in Training Level 3 is free; however, participants are still required to register. Participation can be documented and verified for school or extra-curricular requirements. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. 

Prerequisites: Level 1 and 2.  

If interested in having a LIT 3 placement with children who have special needs please call 905-317-4907.