Finally after a long cold winter it seems like spring is trying it's best to make an appearance. After spring comes glorious summer, when bedtimes aren't as important, homework doesn't have to be done, getting everyone up and out the door isn't as hetic. But there is one phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of all parents, that shatters this magical time. That pharse is " I'M BORED, THERE IS NOTHING TO DO".
The Town of Oakville has a wide variety of camps for every interest and every age. Below is just a sample of the summer camps available this year.
Families know an active and rewarding summer is important for their kids. That’s why so many families choose Town of Oakville camps. With nine weeks of camp programs available, kids can be active all summer long!
Open a copy of the 2014 Summer Camps Guide (pdf, 3.75 MB) for information about programs, busing, Before and After Care, and more.
For full program descriptions and availability, click on the links provided or browse Summer Camp programs in IRIS, the online registration system. You can also browse through program options by location online. Click on Find Programs from the IRIS start page, then select the Camps category, and select the desired Complex in the top right corner.
The Summer Camps Parent Handbook (pdf, 88 kB) has been prepared to provide you with information regarding staff, program standards, daily camp activities/routines and policies and procedures related to summer camp and to get your camper ready for a summer of fun.
Each week of Pack and Play (ages 10-14) is filled with full- or half-day adventures and activities throughout the GTA. Run out of the River Oaks Community Centre, staff and buses leave each morning and return at day’s end. Before and after care is available for an additional fee.
Leadership skill-building programs
Build your leadership skills with us! Is there a camp leadership job in your future? Looking to take on a little more responsibility? If you’re a go-getter that thrives on independence and leadership, then look no further! These leadership programs will put you on the path to success.
Oakville Museum camps
Explore your community from the days of pioneers to the present in Mini Hands – Explore Oakville (ages 4-6). Learn to make butter the old fashioned way, visit a restored pioneer farm house and participate in special community activities.
Little ones will enjoy making puppets, listening to stories, and playing nursery rhyme themed games in Mini Hands – Nursery Rhymes (ages 3-6). Go beyond the pages of your favourite stories as you re-enact familiar nursery rhymes throughout historic Erchless Estate.
Discover the world of art at your local museum! In Mini Hands – Take Part Museum Art (ages 4-6), we’ll experiment with different mediums including drama games, painting and sculpture. Dress for a colourful mess!
There’s great chemistry in our Edible Science (ages 9-12) lab of oozing, dripping, delicious fun! Trade in your lab coat for an apron as we use everyday foods to learn and test basic science concepts and occasionally eat your results! Includes a blend of traditional camp activities with a science theme to round out the daily camp experience.
Looking for an outdoor water sport that is both physical and fun? Try sprint canoeing and kayaking on Sixteen Mile Creek! Canoe Kids [C] (ages 8-12) is a half-day program with instruction by the Burloak Canoe Club. Participants must hold the Red Cross AquaQuest 7 swimming award, or LSS Swimmer 5 award, and must supply their own life jacket
This year we’ve expanded our full-day, week-long summer camp options for children ages 4-12. With HIGH FIVE trained staff, our Summer Sizzlers camps offer a safe environment for learning, laughing and exploring.
Each unique week offers entertaining theme days, crafts, sports, PLUS an on-site special guest or off-site excursion. Campers will swim three times per week at all Summer Sizzler locations except River Oaks Community Centre and St. Joan of Arc school.
Visual and Performing Arts camps
Learn the basic elements of drama through games, mime, improvisation and storytelling in Art of Acting Camp – Junior (ages 7-9) or Intermediate (ages 10-12). Instruction includes the difference between stage and film acting; creating and producing individual scripts; and the use of props, costumes and sets. Family is invited to attend a performance in the last class.
Youth summer programs
As well as Summer Studio and Weekend Warrior Workshops, a variety of programs are offered for youth during the summer. Click on a link to find out more:
- Digital Arts: Digital Photography – Youth (ages 13-17)
- Drawing and Painting – Youth (ages 13-17)
- Rock Climbing – Youth (ages 13-16)
- Sculpting Clay – Youth (ages 13-16)
- Spincycle – Youth (ages 13-17)
- Tennis – Youth Level 1 and Level 2 (ages 12-15)
Sports camps for youth include: Squash (ages 12-15) and Swim, Bike, Run – Wanna Tri? (ages 11-14). Check out the Leadership skill-building programs, too! During the summer, Town of Oakville youth centres are open for extended hours.
For a complete list of all the camps please go to the link listed below.