Day Summer Camps

The following information is provided to assist families with identifying camps that are specialized for children with disabilities, or inclusive camps that are welcoming to all abilities and may provide additional supports to children with special needs.  Families are encouraged to contact the camp directly to discus your child’s unique interests and support needs to determine if the program will be a good fit for your child.  

Arts Abound (St. Jacobs)  

Who:  Ages 4-teen
Format:  Inclusive day camp
Description:  Arts Abound programs help children discover and develop their creative side, whatever their ability!  Day camp programs integrate music, dance, drama and visual arts.
Support:  Arts Abound is founded on principles of inclusion.  Contact us to discus your child’s support needs.  
Contact:  519-206-2787 or Email  
Registration:  Visit the website for updates

Arts Express (Waterloo)   

Who:  Ages 6-14 with special needs
Format:  Day camp for children with special needs and their siblings/friends
Description:  Program ON HOLD for 2021.
Arts Express provides an inclusive arts experience for children with special needs, their siblings, and friends. This camp is run by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Music Therapy program in partnership with KidsAbility, Conestoga College's ECE program, University of Waterloo, and Carousel Dance Centre.  This camp is hosted at KidsAbility’s Waterloo site with a final performance taking place at WLU on Friday afternoon for friends and family.  This program runs for one week each summer.  
Support:  camp volunteers available to provide 1:1 support.  Support workers welcome.  
Contact: Contact Emily at WLU at 519-884-0710 x2658 or Email for more information.  
Registration:  Program on hold for 2021

 

Bulldog Interactive Fitness  (Guelph) 

Who:  Ages 3 ½ - 13
Format:  Inclusive Day Camp
Description:  All weeks include sports, games, music/drama, arts and crafts, cooking and science.  Each weeks activities will be geared towards a camp theme.  Kids pick their favourite activities throughout the day.  We always offer options so no child is doing an activity they don’t like.    
Support:  Contact the centre to discus your child’s support needs, staff are ‘Camps on TRACKS’ trained
Contact:  519-836-3838 or Email  
Registration:  Summer 2021 registration is open

 

Camp Brebeuf (Rockwood)

Who:  ages 5 - 12  (day camp)
Format: Inclusive day camp (overnight camp options available)
Description:  Adventure.  Faith.  Unplugged.  C. Y. O. Camp Brebeuf is operated by the Catholic Youth Organization of Hamilton, and offers both day camp and overnight camp options for children ages 4-12, plus leadership training opportunities for teens.  Programming includes arts and crafts, drama and music, high ropes, pool, canoeing, faith, adventure skills, sports, and nature/camping.  
Support: Inclusion program available to provide 1:1 or 2:1 support for both day campers and overnight campers; Option to bring your own 1:1 support
Registration:  Opens January 15th
Contact:  519-856-4671 or Email
Registration:  Summer 2021 registration will open January 15, 2021

 

Format:  Inclusive day camp
Description:  Camp Kummoniwannago welcomes, with open arms, all children to flourish as individuals and as a team, regardless of ability,  to a fun outdoor experience in God’s natural environment, providing a deep love and respect of the earth.  We do this by showing respect for each other, providing opportunities for friendship, fellowship, and belonging, leading to a sense of community and fostering a shared experience.  Accredited by OCA.  
Support:  Inclusion program provides 1:1 support to campers with special needs.  Five Inclusion spots available each week.  
Contact:  519-578-4430 or Email  
Registration:  Summer 2021 registration will open March 1st

Camp Pride (Kitchener) 

Who:  Ages 6-12 with and without special needs, ages 13+ with special needs
Format:  Inclusive day camp ages 4-12, specialized day camp ages 13+
Description:  Camp Pride is a fully integrated day camp open to children ages 6-12 with or without special needs.  The program is designed to ensure that each camper has an active, challenging, and fun summer camp experience.  The camp day includes a morning riding lesson with the horses, and during the afternoons campers will participate in exciting and stimulating camp activities including arts, crafts, sports, games, and horsemanship activities.  
Support:  Staff and horses are experienced with children with special needs, contact Pride Stables to discus your child’s support needs. Personal Support Workers welcome.  
Contact:  519-653-46686 or Email  info@pridestables.com
Registration:  Summer 2021 registration is open

Camp Sunrise (Puslinch) 

Who:  Ages 5-13+ with and without special needs
Format:  Inclusive Day Camp
Description:  Sunrise is proud to offer inclusive day camps for children and youth aged 5 – 13+. We provide structured programming and theme days throughout the summer. One of our camp sessions has an Interdenominational Christian theme. Our welcoming family atmosphere places an emphasis on teamwork and respect for others.
Sunrise provides a safe and friendly atmosphere along with:
Ontario Camp Association accreditation
Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association certified instructors
Certified lifeguards
Low ratio of counsellors to children (1:6 ratio plus each group will have a Leader-in-Training)
Mature, experienced staff with First aid and CPR training
Support:  Low ratio (6:1) with experienced staff (and horses!)
Contact:  519-837-0558 or Email 
Registration:  Check the website for updates

Carousel Dance Centre  

Who:  Ages 4-12, Ages 10-25 with special needs
Format:  Inclusive day camp, specialized day camp for ages 10-25 with special needs
Description:  We believe that all individuals should have the opportunity to experience dance and we have developed a unique program which builds a repertoire of movement technique adapted to meet the needs of children and adults with both physical and developmental disabilities.  Our co-ed program fosters creative and artistic expression within a socially interactive environment and encourages enjoyment of dancing through participation.  In addition to our specialized programming for children with disabilities, we also encourage integration within both our full year programs and our summer dance camps.  
Support:  Carousel has a long history of running inclusive and specialized programs.  Contact the centre to discus your child’s support needs.  
Contact:  519-746-8877 or Email   
Registration:  Check the website for updates

City of Cambridge (includes Sunblast camp) 

Who:  Ages 4-12
Format:  Inclusive Day Camp, specialized day camp
Description:  A traditional style inclusive day camp that offers outdoor recreation activities, active and quiet games, and arts and crafts for those aged 4-12.  Sunblast/Imagination Station Camps are designed specifically for children with exceptionalities.  Programming is delivered by specially trained inclusion facilitators to best support the needs of each participant.  
Support:  Inclusion Facilitators are available to provide support and accommodation to campers including 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, ratios of support
Contact:  519-623-1340 x4554 for camp information or 519-623-1340 x4554 or Email for Inclusion Support information  
Registration:  Will open for summer 2021 March 1st