Summer Camps offer the perfect opportunity for kids to learn life lessons while exploring new environments. Thanks to a wide-range of uniquely structured day camps available in the area, you don’t have to travel far to find a quality summer camp experience. And don’t delay – many of these camps are booked early, so the time to do your research is now.
KETTLEBY VALLEY CAMP
This 60-acre property nestled amongst forests, fields and a waterfront, offers the amenities of a northern summer camp without the long drive. Days are filled with canoeing, swimming, archery and cross bow, a climbing wall, bouldering, arts and crafts, and more. Register at www.kettlebyvalley.com
KING DAY CAMP
Located at Seneca College in King City, this fun, innovative, outdoor day camp has something special for all age groups, from the Field Mice program for 4-year-olds, to the Voyageur Trailblazers program providing leadership activities and survival skills for 14-year-olds. Discover more at www.kingdaycamp.com
MINI MEDICS SUMMER CAMP
Hosted at NewMakeIt by local First Aid and CPR training company HELPgta, this summer camp encourages kids to learn, explore and experience what it might be like to work as a doctor for a week. Register at www.HELPgta.com/camp
CROSSFIT SPORTS AND LEADERSHIP CAMP
This action-packed camp experience for kids ages 8 to 12 is dedicated to challenging campers’ physical, social and mental development through game play, skills sessions, workouts and cool downs. Learn more at www.crossfitauroracentral.com
Whether your child is a serious dancer or a beginner looking to try something new, there are a wide-range of summer camps for dancers. Check out the camp itineraries at Irish Dance Studio
(www.irishdancestudio.com), CDA Dance Academy (www.cdadanceacademy.com) and York Dance Academy (www.yorkdanceacademy.com).
ART CAMPS AT AURORA CULTURAL CENTRE
Kids will explore a wide-variety of both classic and non-traditional art materials (think bubbles, baking soda, sticks, and flour paste) through weekly themes such as drawing, painting, sculpture, collaboration and exploration. Visit www.auroracultueralcentre.ca for more info.
Here’s a chance for aspiring young golfers to develop a range of skills through one-on-one coaching, while experiencing game play on different courses. Head over to www.cardinalgolfclub.com to register.
TOWN OF AURORA SUMMER CAMPS
With a variety of options in Pre-School Camps, Education Camps, Swimming Camps, Active/Sports Camps, Arts Camps, Leadership Camps, and Exploration/Technology Camps, the Town of Aurora offers a memorable program for every child. Learn more at www.aurora.ca/camprograms.
TOWN OF NEWMARKET SUMMER CAMPS
Music and drama lovers can try out Glee Camp or Theatre Camp (for both junior and senior age groups), and aspiring athletes can join Soccer Camp or Sports on the Turf (featuring a range of field sports). And Camp Extreme offers adventures through skateboarding, rock climbing, trampolining and more. Visit www.newmarket.ca/camps to learn more.
by Charlotte Ottaway