Camps

The YWCA provides a healthy and safe way for children to have fun on their days off.  Children will thrive in our two school settings and in an environment where they gain a sense of well-being and explore how to belong, engage and express themselves.  Days off will be fun and full of adventure!  We look forward to having your children with us in our Camp Programs!

PA Day Camps

PA Day Camps are offered at designated sites to children who are currently enrolled in a School Age Program.  Acceptance to the Camp is based on ability to provide appropriate support and on a first come, first served basis.  Children will experience a variety of activities that may include off site excursions, special guest presentations, indoor and outdoor play, fun and adventure, and two healthy snacks.

Dates: To be announced (Fridays)

Holiday, Spring Break and Summer Camps

Holiday, Spring Break and Summer Camps are offered at designated sites to children who are currently enrolled in a School Age Program with the YWCA.  Acceptance to the Camp is based on ability to provide appropriate support and on a first come, first served basis.  If space allows, the camp will be opened to general public. Children will experience a variety of activities that may include off site excursions,  special guest presentations, indoor and outdoor play, fun and adventure and two healthy snacks.

Spring Break Camp 2022 – to be announced

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Summer Camp 2021

For new families seeking registration:

Please apply through OneHSN and you’ll be provided with a unique Registration Form for new families.

SUMMER CAMP UPDATE:

Thank you to all the families who have registered for our Summer Adventure Childcare Camps. Our blackout period has ended however all camp weeks are currently full. Those on the waitlist will be contacted as spaces become available.

Want to start the Registration Process?

Follow these steps:

  1. Create an account and apply for your program(s) within the City’s One HSN Childcare Waitlist system.
  2. We are notified and will contact you via email with requests for additional information.
  3. Once all information is collected, we will notify you of acceptance into the program of choice OR if you are placed on our waitlist.

Questions? Please complete form below.

Hours of Operation

7:30am to 5:30pm

Two Locations to Serve You

Mitchell Hepburn P.S.

95 Raven Ave, St.Thomas

McGregor P.S.

204 John Street, Aylmer

Want to learn more?

Review the current Parent Handbook to learn more about our YWCA Summer Adventure Camps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child attend YWCA Camp?

We provide camps to our registered B&A families and will open up registrations to others if space, staffing and safety considerations are all met. Our camps are for children in JK to 12 years of age.

What will my child being doing all day?

In a warm, safe and nurturing environment, your child can expect to have tonnes of fun!!! Our camps are flexible and cater to the growth and development of each child. The curiosities of children direct the planning and approaches and to add to the fun we plan for theme days and events. Children will have access to play, creative arts, drama, music and language arts. Children will play and learn in groups as well as individually. Each camp has ample outdoor play, two healthy snacks, as well as planned special guests and/or outings.

Are you a licensed Camp?

Our Camps are all licensed with the Ministry of Education. We adhere to the rules and regulations as outlined in the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA). We practice Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years – How Does Learning Happen?

Who will be looking after my child?

Your child will be cared for and nurtured by our team of Educators, Coordinators and Summer Students. Our Educators and staff all have a strong desire to assist in the growth and development of children. Each staff member has a valid First Aid and CPR, as well as an updated Immunization Record. Prior to starting each staff member must have a Vulnerable Sector Police Check and complete a thorough orientation and training process. Staff members are required to complete 3 Professional Development trainings throughout the school year as well as any other trainings identified by the YWCA. Our staff are highly competent and capable of providing quality care which is testament to our Before and After School program that has been operating for many years.

What are some examples of previous special guests and outings?

At past Camps our campers have enjoyed trips to Galaxy Cinema, East Park Waterpark, Kusterman Berry Farm, community parks/pools and/or splash pads, Clovermead Adventure Farm and Storybook Gardens.
Our Special Guests have been local Artist Chris Cherry, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and Drumfit.

I no longer require my child to attend camp. How do I withdraw my child and is there a penalty?

We know that care situations change for families. We do require 2 weeks written notice prior to the day your child was to attend camp, as well we do charge a small administrative fee of $20.00 for the cancellation of this service. Failure to provide the written notice in the required time frame, will result in the full camp fee being billed to you. Please email childcare@ywcaste.ca 

When should I register for Camps?

Holiday Camp – to be determined

March Break registration will open early January.

Summer Camp registration will open at the end of March/early April. (COVID restrictions allowing)

PA Camps fill up quickly, please let us know of your needs when you apply for Before and After School care. Once accepted, changes can always be made with two weeks notice. You are welcome to apply at any time throughout the school year Camps, knowing there may be a waitlist.

For the most up to date registration information follow us on Facebook. 

Do I have to register for Camps every year?

Yes, you do. We treat each school year separate from the previous year. Be watching for when Registration periods open and go live. Apply through your OneHSN account. All applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

How do I apply for Childcare Subsidy?

You can inquire about subsidy on your OneHSN account. A representative from the City’s Children Services Department will then contact you about your eligibility.

How do I access my tax receipts?

Your annual childcare tax receipt will be sent to you at the end of January via the email we have on file. If you have a change in your email prior to this, please notify us at childcare@ywcaste.ca 

How can we help you?

Contact us today at (519) 631-9800 or fill in the form below.

Please note inquiries will be reviewed within 2-3 business days.

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