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.

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 2025 – dates to be determined

Holiday Winter Camp 2024– dates to be determined

Summer Camp 2024 – fun themes each week!
July 2 – 5: Animal Kingdom
July 8 – 12: Camp Wonder
July 15 – 19: Around the World
July 22 – 26: Shark Week
July 29 – Aug 2: Disney
Aug 6 – 9: Messy, Muddy, and Colourful
Aug 12 – 16: Carnival
Aug 19 – 23: Ultimate Gamers

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
City of St.Thomas OneHSN Registration

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.

Summer Camp Flyer 2024

Summer Camp

Click here for printable pdf

Summer Camp Themes 2024

Summer Camp Schedule

Click here to learn more about the exciting weekly themes and camp dates we have planned.

Summer Camp Guide 2023

Want to learn more?

Review our Summer Camp Handbook to learn more about camps and rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child attend camp?

Our registration is currently open! Our camps are for children in JK to 12 years of age.

What will my child be 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, lots of fun water play, two healthy snacks, as well as planned special guests.

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 care for 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, Safe Food Handlers certificate, 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 special guests?

At past Camps our campers have enjoyed special guests such as 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 

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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