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Summer Camps and Activities

Camps

Announcement: 

Summer Camp Registration is now LIVE! www.recreationwoodstock.ca

Summer Camps at a Glance

Our 2022 summer camps at a glance is now available.

*By selecting "summer camps at a glance" above, you will be re-directed to a PDF version of all of our recreation summer camp programs. 

2022 Theme Weeks

July 4-8: Let the Summer Begin - Wet n' Wild Week

July 11-15: Survivor

July 18-22: Ooey Gooey & Messy

July 25-29: Minute to Win It

August 2-5: Carnival

August 8-12: Mission Impossible

August 15-19: Superhero Showdown

August 22-26: Down on the Farm

August 29 - September 2: Operation Splashdown

 

2022 Summer Trip Schedule

Trip Schedule
Camp ProgramJuly 4-8July 11-15July 18-22July 25-29Aug 2-5Aug 8-12Aug 15-19Aug 22-26Aug 29-Sept 2
Kinders (Reeves & Cowan) African Lion Safari Gallery Cinema Southside Park Cowan Park City Wide Camp Carnival Jax Jungle Story Book Gardens Clover Mead Farm African Lion Safari
Juniors (Reeves & Cowan) African Lion Safari Gallery Cinema Southside Park Rock Climbing City Wide Camp Carnival Bingeman's Water Park Story Book Gardens Clover Mead Farm African Lion Safari
Seniors (Reeves) African Lion Safari The Factory African Lion Safari Emerald Lake City Wide Camp Carnival Bingeman's Water Park Canoeing on the Grand Earl Haig East Park
US - Juniors East Park The Factory African Lion Safari Rock Climbing City Wide Camp Carnival  Archery*  Canoeing on the Grand Ear Haig  East Park 
US - Seniors East Park  The Factory African Lion Safari Rock Climbing  City Wide Camp Carnival Archery*  Canoeing on the Grand  Earl Haig  East Park 
DIY Camp n/a  Crock a Doodle Whisk n Roll Bakery n/a   n/a Art Gallery & Museum Crock a Doodle   n/a  n/a
Explore the Outdoors East Park  n/a  n/a n/a n/a   n/a Canoeing on the Grand  n/a African Lion Safari 
Learn to Swim East Park n/a Bingeman's  n/a  n/a Bingeman's  n/a Earl Haig n/a 
Life Saving Sport Swim   n/a The Factory  n/a n/a  n/a  n/a Canoeing on the Grand  n/a African Lion Safari

Please note that trips may be subject to change based on weather. We will communicate any changes through this chart, please refer back or prior to the week of camp. All trip locations take place in the City of Woodstock, Cambridge, Brantford or London. 

 

Trips will take place every Thursday. If there is inclement weather forecasted for Thursday we will communicate which day of the week we have identified as an alternative. *days are subject to change based on availability

 

Participants will be supervised by all members of the camp team, including supervisors, in addition will be supported by camp volunteers who have been trained in City policy and procedures. 

 

Participants will travel via city bus for in-town trips as well as chartered bussing for out-of-town trips.

Summer Sport & Learn to Skate Camp

Led by a professional skating instructor and with the assistance of our camp leaders, participants will receive on ice skating instruction each day. Whether your child is a novice or an experienced skater, our program will help participants learn and excel! Skate and helmets are available for use if needed at no extra charge. When off the ice, this traditional style day camp will offer outdoor recreation activities, active and quiet games, with a focus on a wide variety of sports, and sport based activities.

Summer Sport & Learn to Skate Camp

Pack & Go - NEW!

For those aged 8-12. Participants will travel off-site daily on a new and exciting excursion. Trips could include visits to: Gallery Cinema, Bingemann's Waterpark, Woodstock Museum, Mini Golf, Lions Outdoor Pool, Adventures on Wonderland, and more!

 

Pack & Go Trip Schedule
 July 11-15July 18-22July 25-29Aug 8-12Aug 22-26
Monday Crock A Doodle & Lions Outdoor Pool Coast to Coast Mini Golf & Lions Outdoor Pool Crock a Doodle & Lions Outdoor Pool Fleetway Crock a Doodle & Lions Outdoor Pool
Tuesday Woodstock Museum & Lions Outdoor Pool African Lion Safari Emerald Lake SuperSplash - St Mary's FORE! Oxford Golf
Wednesday Fleetway Bowling & Lions Outdoor Pool Whisk n Roll Bakery & Lions Outdoor Pool Canoeing on the Grand The Next Level Virtual Reality
Thursday The Factory Bingeman's Gallery Cinemas Bingeman's Earl Haig
Friday Gallery Cinemas Gallery Cinemas Rock Climbing Gallery Cinemas Emerald Lake

Please note that trips may be subject to change based on weather. We will communicate any changes through this chart, please refer back or prior to the week of camp. All trip locations take place in the City of Woodstock, Cambridge, Brantford or London.

 

Participants will be supervised by all members of the camp team, including supervisors, in addition will be supported by camp volunteers who have been trained in City policy and procedures. 

 

Participants will travel via city bus for in-town trips as well as chartered bussing for out-of-town trips.

 

Pack & Go

 Summer Sport and Learn to Swim Camp - NEW!

For those aged 6-9. In this brand new and unique camp, participants will dive, splash, and cannon ball into a daily swim session. The first 30 minutes of each swim will be a learn to swim instruction taught by LifeSaving Society instructors followed by 30 minutes of leisure swim to practice their skills further. When on dryland, participants will engage in a wide variety of sports, and sport related activities.

Learn to Swim

 LifeSaving Sport and Swim Camp - NEW!

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals offers participants a recreational introduction to lifesaving sport skills. The program also teaches team building, fair play, ethics in sport and responsibility. Participants will spend the week building their endurance in the pool as well as practicing numerous lifesaving sport skills. They will also end the week competing together against other clubs in the province in the Ontario TeleGames!

Life Saving Sport and Swim Camp

Stemotics/Robotics - NEW!

Minecraft Coding - Do you have a child who loves Minecraft? Remote in further with specialized Minecraft instructors as they take participants into a new world of coding.

 

Lego WeDo - Learn robotics with LEGO Education WeDo. Build snapping alligators, race cars, and spinning robots, then program them with the WeDo visual drag-and-drop programming software.

 

Stemotics and Robotics

Recreation Camp - KinderCamp, Juniors & Seniors

Formally called Lil Adventurers or Adventurers, this recreation based camp focuses on all things camp including crafts, games, activities, and more. KinderCamp participants will travel to Southside Wading Pool where they will engage in water activities, while Juniors & Seniors will swim at Southside Aquatic Centre. 

Reeves Recreation Camps

 

Cowan Recreation Camps

Explore the Outdoors - NEW!

Do you love to explore, hike, learn, and the outdoors? This brand-new camp has all of this and more! Join us as we travel throughout Woodstock walking and embracing our local trails and parks. Learn about history, trail safety, navigation, and more. Some excursions include Vansittart Woods, Hickson Trail, and Burgess Park. Participants will spend the morning travelling and exploring, and the afternoon swimming at Southside or Lions Outdoor Pool mixed in with various camp activities and games. 

Explore the Outdoors

Cycle Camp - NEW!

Bring your bike and helmet to camp and cycle alongside our camp staff through our trails and parks. This camp is designed to teach participants about road and trail safety, as well as bike maintenance, all while enjoying the outdoors! Participants will also swim 3-4 times per week and engage in a wide variety of camp activities and games. 

Cycle Camp

Ultimate Sports Camps - NEW!

For those aged 6-12. Participants will learn a variety of 2-3 new sports daily as well as swim at Lions Outdoor Pool 3-4 times per week. Participants will also travel once to an off-site sport related trip each week. 

Ultimate Sports

DIY Camp - NEW!

DIY Camp is the place to be for the creative camper who loves to design and create new things. Participants will spend each day developing and creating their own versions of the proposed activities. Some examples include bird houses, picture frames, tye dye pillowcases, and more! Participants will swim 3-4 times per week and will engage in a variety of camp activities and games throughout the day.  

DIY Camp

BMX and Scooter Camp - NEW!

Join us in this fun-filled, action-packed camp as we grind, stunt, and ride in Southside Park. Please bring your own BMX and/or Scooter along with your helmet each day. We also highly recommend elbow and knee pads. Participants will swim 3-4 times per week and engage in a wide variety of camp activities and games in Southside Park. 

BMX and Scooter

 Frequently Asked Questions

 
 How do I register?

We encourage families to register online at www.recreationwoodstock.ca or alternatively you are able to register by phone 519-539-2382 ext. 2701.

I need to cancel a week of camp. Will I get a refund?
If you are choosing to withdrawal your child from camp programming, 5 business days must be provided to be eligible for a full refund. If you are outside of the refund policy scope, a medical note must be provided to receive a full refund. Please note that a $25 administrative fee will be applied to process the refund. 
 Will my child be attending trips off-site?

YES! We are so excited to re-introduce camp trips weekly into our program plans. ALL camps will go on an adventure either locally or out-of-town. For a full trip schedule please visit 2022 Trip Schedules above. 

Please note that it is our intention to have all participants back to their home facility by 4 p.m. when travelling in or out-of-town. We have created our programming to ensure we have allotted time for traffic, construction, accidents, etc. Should a bus be experiencing delays that will affect the arrival time back at the facility, camp staff will call families to make them aware. 

 Will my child participate in swimming activities?
YES! For those aged 4-5 years, participants will splash away at the Southside Wading Pool. For those aged 6-12 will either swim at Southside Aquatic Centre OR Lions Outdoor Pool. 
What time can I drop off my child?
As we are an all inclusive camp, drop off can occur anytime between 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. & pick up is encouraged between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Please refer to your child's camp schedule, provided on the first day of camp on location and expected times to be back at their home facility should they be out on an excursion, or swimming at the pool. 
What are the ratio's of summer camp?

Ages 4-5 - 1:8 ratio

Ages 6-12 - 1:12 ratio

 Will you offer one-on-one support for children who require support & accommodation? 
YES! We have limited Inclusion Facilitators available, who are ready to support your child's exceptionalities. This program is a first-come first-serve basis, and the request can be completed during the registration process. 
What does a camp day look like?

Great question! Each camp is unique to it's title, and will look different on day-to-day activities. Camps will have a strong focus on safety, outdoor play, and FUN! When signing in, groups will be participating in inclusive activities as new and old friends join in. Once all participants have arrived they will begin their day via a detailed program plan including activities, crafts, sports, swimming, and special guests OR trip adventures!

When picking up your child please don't forget your photo identification!

 

What do I need to pack for my child to attend camp?

It is encouraged to pack the following items:

1. A nut free lunch and snacks (similar to what you may pack for school)

2. A refillable water bottle

3. Sunscreen and hat are strongly recommended. *Please note that staff will not be putting sunscreen on your child, however will direct them and guide them on the how to. We encourage families to go through the process of how to put on sunscreen, so participants understand and can apply the sunscreen themselves. 

4. Comfortable, loose fitted clothing, as well as closed-toe shoes, such as running shoes.

5. A swimsuit and towel

6. Any extra items for a specialty camp you have registered for that requires you to bring your own equipment such as a bike, scooter, helmet, etc. 

What are the COVID regulations for this Summer?

As of April 30th, the Province of Ontario has removed all COVID regulations from the Day Camps guidelines. Mask wearing is no longer required in City facilities, however, if you and/or your child prefers to wear a mask while indoors, they are more than welcome to do so. Frequent handwashing will be incorporated into the program plans to help reduce the spread of germs, as well as frequent touch point cleaning by operations staff will also still occur.  

I have children of various ages; can they be in the same age?

We strongly encourage families to register for camp programs that reflect their child’s age, as we strive to deliver quality, safe & developmentally appropriate programs.

Do you offer Financial Assistance?

YES! The Fee Assistance in Recreation - FAIR program assists City of Woodstock residents living in low income with the opportunities to participate in recreation and leisure activities provided by the City. 

How to Apply

  • Complete this Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) Application Form
  • Upload proof of residence (ie. driver's license, property tax bill or utility bill)
  • Upload last year’s Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) Notice
  • If you are not able to find the CCB and OCB Notice, upload last year’s Notice of Assessment from the Canadian Revenue Agency to cover the entire family. If you are not able to find last year’s Notice of Assessment you can call the Canadian Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281 to obtain a copy of the “Income Tax Return”-Information Regular (which shows line 150)

What training and qualifications do camp staff have?

Our camp team consists of a variety of both post-secondary and secondary students. All camp staff and camp volunteers are trained in the following:

1. Standard First Aid & CPR C

2. HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development

3. Behaviour Management Systems training

4. Safeguard - Aquatic Training

5. City of Woodstock policies and procedures

HIGH FIVE Quality of Play

HIGH FIVE logo

The City of Woodstock is a committed registered member of HIGH FIVE, Parks Recreation Ontario.

HIGH FIVE is a nation-wide quality assurance program designed to support the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children in sport and recreation programs.

City of Woodstock Culture Camps:

Please select the below links to view what programs/camps are being offered at our Art Gallery & Museum:

Woodstock Art Gallery Camps

Woodstock Museum Camps

Leader in Training - Call for Camp Volunteers

Our call for summer camp volunteers has closed. To volunteer next Summer, please check back in March 2023.

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Contact Us

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Phone: 519-539-1291
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