YMCA Summer Day Camps

20 Grosvenor Street Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2V5 Locations: Oshawa, Roncesvalles Village, Toronto Islands, Pickering (view map)

Ages:
4 to 16 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$245 to $455
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)

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YMCA Summer Day Camps
 

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is thrilled to be operating 55 Y Day Camps across the GTA in 2019. Our programs are for children and youth aged 4 to 16, and range from arts, to media arts, science, sports, swimming lessons and more! In addition, our outdoor camp locations offer an opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural world through archery, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fire building and more exciting activities. Camp runs 9am - 4pm, however we offer extended hours at many locations, and operate 65 buses daily with over 200 stops across the GTA to fit your busy schedule! Learn about the Y Day Camps in your community at DayCamp.YMCAGTA.ORG. 


The Our Kids review of YMCA Summer Day Camps

 

You really can’t go wrong with a YMCA camp, and there are a few very good reasons for that. The Y has been fully invested in camp programs since Taylor Statten first developed them for the Y in 1902. In the years since, the programs have grown and diversified, including day sessions, for which the Toronto YMCA has consistently lead the charge. The culture of camps has grown as well, and the organization now has an embarrassment of riches, from top-level administration to program staffing. Everybody involved is here because they want to be here, and have demonstrated a passion and ability to work with kids through the core tenets: mind, body, spirit. For parents, that brings a lot of confidence and peace of mind. Further, because of the extent and breadth of the operations, the standards are set extremely high. It can be frustrating, at times, to fill out all the online registration forms, but, nevertheless, they are testament to how everything is run: professionally, with care, experience, and expertise. If you want to see how day camps should be run, look no further than the YMCA of Greater Toronto Summer Day Camps. The wealth of programs locations throughout the city, and extensive busing, too, add to the efficiency for families and resources available for programming.


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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 4 - 16
Traditional (multi activity) $245 to $450
St James Town,ON
20 Grosvenor Street
Jul 22-26 $245 - $450
St James Town,ON
20 Grosvenor Street
Jul 29-Aug 02 $245 - $450
St James Town,ON
20 Grosvenor Street
Aug 06-09 $245 - $450
St James Town,ON
20 Grosvenor Street
Aug 12-16 $245 - $450
St James Town,ON
20 Grosvenor Street
Aug 19-23 $245 - $450
St James Town,ON
20 Grosvenor Street
Aug 26-30 $245 - $450
Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Pottery/ceramics |Technology|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Architecture|Engineering|Nature/Environment|LEGO|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Canoeing|Football|Gaga|Golf|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Lacrosse|Mountain Biking|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Track and Field

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20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ontario
Other locations: Oshawa, Roncesvalles Village, Toronto Islands, Pickering

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Leigh Coffey, Manager

We are thrilled to have your camper join us at YMCA Day Camp this summer! We are super excited to be operating 45 YMCA day camp locations across the Greater Toronto Area this summer, and to offer new programs to ensure we have a program that meets the interests of your camper. We are thrilled to begin the process of hiring over 900 exceptional child-focused staff to start preparing for another unforgettable camp season!  Looking forward to welcoming your camper to camp with an official YMCA Day Camp bead!


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Cost: $245 to $455 /week

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Discount if paid early 10%

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Y Day Camp Hidden Gems expand

In the 2017 summer season, YMCA Day Camps is offering an amazing 60 programs at 51 locations across the Greater Toronto Area. In addition to popular camp programs like swimming lessons and creative arts, dance & drama, we also offer a range of exciting and unique camp experiences. Here are three special “hidden gems” in our Day Camps programming that are sure to broaden your child’s horizons this summer:

Shaw Street Arts Programs (6 – 12 year olds)
Pottery, Silk Screen and Print Making! 
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Our Shaw Street Day Camp’s two pottery programs are perfect for budding artists. In Junior Pottery, campers aged 6 to 8 learn hand-building techniques and let their creative juices flow as they create vases and other functional and decorative ceramic pieces to take home. The Senior Pottery program, for 9-12 year olds, is a more advanced, two-week camp that includes hand building, decorating, and glazing application techniques. They even get to try a pottery wheel!

Sr. Silk Screen and Print Making is another program designed to please your camper’s artistic side. Campers are introduced to the art and techniques of silk screen and print making, then put these skills to use with hands-on workshops where they make their own cards and shirts to take home.

Camp Scholar (6 – 12 year olds)

YMCA Cedar Glen Day Camp, for various grades throughout the summer
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Curbing learning loss this summer can have many benefits for your camper. In this program, children will work with an Ontario Certified Teacher in grade-level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) designed to help campers focus on honing their academic skills, all while having fun in a supportive camp environment.

 

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Youth Leaders Blossum at Y Day Campsexpand

Fostering youth leaders is a core component of many YMCA of Greater Toronto programs. In honour of Youth Week in Toronto, we’re shining the spotlight on Summer, a YMCA day camp staff member whose experience as a junior leader, advanced leader, and then as a camp counselor exemplifies youth development.

Summer’s camp leadership journey began four summers ago in the youth leadership program. “Every year I changed,” she remembers. “What was difficult for me one year, became comfortable the next.” Her journey was one of gaining confidence in her abilities, with the support of Day Camps staff. Summer says that, whenever she or another youth leadership program participant felt hesitant to try something new, “it was a team effort in helping everyone feel supported and comfortable.”

According to a recent internal survey, youth like Summer who join our leadership camp programs experience a significant increase in their teamwork skills, independence, and their ability to set and attain goals. What’s more, 68% of campers said this program had a positive impact on their health. Best of all, though, participants learn leadership skills by example. “To be a good leader, you need to know what a good leader looks like,” Summer says.

The results of this work are evident for Summer: “Less than 2 years ago I was a youth leader,” she says. “Now, I have been a camp counselor at the Toronto Island YMCA Day Camp and I have worked at the Cooper Koo Family YMCA in Child Minding and have filled in for a dance instructor position for some time. I know that without the program, I would not have had the opportunities I have had this past year with the YMCA.”

Find out more about Leadership Day Camps.

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How Marcus Learned and Grew at YMCA Day Camps!expand

Coping with change can be a tough experience for many kids, so when Marcellus learned that he was moving to a new day camp, he was understandably concerned. Marcellus had made lots of friends at his old camp, and was extremely proud of all the Values Beads he had collected. “He holds the bead bracelet close to his heart,” explains Melissa, Marcellus’s mother. But this doubt and nervousness quickly turned to excitement when Marcellus met “Wiki,” the director of his new day camp: Hampton Enniskillen.

Located in a conservation area in Hampton, Enniskillen’s program meant Marcellus and his fellow campers got to explore the wooded areas, grassy fields, creeks, ponds, and trails, as well as utilize the Education Centre Classroom facilities. “He learned very quickly that Enniskillen was just as much fun as his old camp,” says Melissa.

Marcellus’s interest in camp peaked when their group began learning about different types of knots and their uses — especially after he discovered he could earn a bead for mastering this new skill. Wiki describes Marcellus as “constantly hungry for knowledge,” and reports that he was the first camper to use knots to build a shelter, would help counselors set up rope barriers for certain games, and even took time to teach other campers how to do the knots he had learned.

Melissa noticed that attending YMCA day camp expanded Marcellus’s curiosity. A highlight for her was that every day Marcellus would jump of the bus and into her car with a “Hey mom, guess what?!?” and proceed with story after story of what he learned at camp that day.

Wiki identifies Marcellus as “a leader” at camp last summer. Marcellus himself is already thinking about taking a leadership role at a camp one day. He says he wants to “be a counsellor, because I like being a leader and it looks like a lot of fun.” We are excited to see what Marcellus can achieve this summer, and to hear all about his “Hey Mom, guess what?!?” stories.

Have a “Hey Mom, guess what?!?” story of your own? Let us know on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. To register for YMCA Day Camps, visit our online eGuide.

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