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 discuss your child’s unique interests and support needs to determine if the program will be a good fit for your child.


AIM KW School Camp Program (Waterloo)

Who: Campers ages JK- Grade 8, students with special needs who need frequent breaks, have non violent behaviours (ie crying or hiding under desks,) students who need time to adjust to routine, transitions, movement breaks, extra support, individually catered activities, quiet rooms, etc.
Format: Individualized day camp
Description: Learning math and language through interactive games and activities catered to each student's needs. Afternoon engineering and STEM projects - robots, hydraulic claws, pinball machines etc.
Support: Low ratio 10:1 with additional volunteers. Experienced staff who are able to support transitions and facilitate breaks, help manage emotional regulation for non-violent outbursts.
Contact: 519-208-7300 or email
Registration: Contact the school at 519-208-7300


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: Registration opens February 15, 2022


Arts Express (Waterloo) - Program on hold for 2022

Who: Ages 6-14 with special needs
Format: Day camp for children with special needs and their siblings/friends
Description: 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: Emily at WLU at 519-884-0710 ext. 2658 or email
Registration: Program on hold for 2022

Beechwood Brainery (Waterloo and Cambridge)


Who: 
Ages 4-14
Format: Inclusive day camp, specialized day camp
Description: Beechwood Brainery offers an exciting theme-based summer camp filled with games, crafts, and art activities for children at both our Cambridge & Waterloo locations. Campers will have the opportunity to learn new skills, try new activities, and build lasting friendships in an inclusive and welcoming environment. We take pride in knowing that our activities and experiences are challenging, inspiring, and, most importantly, fun!

SupportLow ratio, family-provided workers are welcome.
Contact519-624-8728 or email info@bbrainery.ca

Website: www.bbrainery.ca
Registration: 2022 registration is open currently, spaces are limited.


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 Bulldog Interactive Fitness to discuss your child’s support needs. Staff are ‘Camps on Tracks’ trained.
Contact: 519-836-3838 or email
Registration: Summer 2022 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.
Contact: 519-856-4671 or email
Registration: Summer 2022 registration will open January 15, 2022


Camp K (Waterloo)

Who:
Ages 5-15
Format: Inclusive day camp
Description: Camp K 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 2022 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
Registration: Summer 2022 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. 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 4-10, Ages 10-25 with special needs
Format: Inclusive day camp, specialized day camp for ages 10+ 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: Summer 2022 registration now open. Dance for EveryBODY Camp will run August 2-5 (Ages 10+)


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 ext. 4554 for Camp Information or email for Inclusion Support information
Registration: Summer 2022 registration opens February 1, 2022


City of Guelph

Who:
Ages 4-12, and ages 13-21 for campers with special needs
Format: Inclusive day camp, Specialized day camps for ages 13- 21 with special needs
Description: Our camp programs are filled with exciting games, sports and art activities targeted to each age group. We take pride in knowing that our activities and experiences are challenging, inspiring and, most importantly, fun!
Support: One to one Support staff are available to provide 1:1 or 1:2 support for day camps. Specialized camps for youth with special needs offer low ratios of 1:3 for Youth on the Move (ages 13-21) or Kids on the Move (ages 4-12)
Contact: guelph.ca/camp or recenroll.ca or 519-837- 5699
Registration: Summer 2022 registration will open March 9, 2022


City of Kitchener
 

Who:
Ages 4-12, Ages 10-17 with special needs
Format: Inclusive day camp, Specialized day camps for ages 10-17 with special needs
Description: A fun, inclusive and safe experience your camper is sure to enjoy! Camp programs will maximize outdoor spaces and include active and quiet games, activities that encourage social connections with new friends, and opportunities to be creative.
Support: Inclusion facilitators available to provide 1:1 or 1:2 support for inclusive day camps. Campers may register for two weeks of camp with Inclusion Support. To access the Inclusion Support program, campers must have an inclusion membership, which can be completed here: https://www.kitchener.ca/en/recreation-and-sports/inclusion-support.aspx Campers with an Inclusion membership will then be able to register for the Inclusion Support program for the week(s) that corresponds to their camp.
Specialized camps for youth with special needs including YOUth Sense (Ages 10-14) and All About YOUth (Ages 13-17) offer low ratio programming (1:3 staff to camper).
Contact: 519-741-2200 ext. 7229 or email
Registration: Summer 2022 registration will open March 1, 2022


City of Waterloo

Who:
Ages 4-14
Format: Inclusive day camp
Description: The City of Waterloo’s number one priority is the safety of our campers and staff, while creating an enjoyable experience for our campers.
Support: Inclusion facilitators available to provide 1:1 or 1:2 support for inclusive day camps. Campers may register for two weeks of camp with Inclusion Support. To access the Inclusion Support program, campers must have an inclusion membership, which can be completed here: https://www.kitchener.ca/en/recreation-and-sports/inclusion-support.aspx Campers with an Inclusion membership will then be able to register for the Inclusion Support program for the week(s) that corresponds to their camp.
Contact: 519-886-1177 ext. 27280, Camp information. Inclusion Support Information
Website: Visit website for updates
Registration: Summer 2022 registration will open March 9, 2021


Engineering Science Quest (Waterloo)

Who: Children entering grades 2-9 (entering grades 2-7 for virtual camps)
Format: Inclusive day camps – STEM and Tech, both in-person and virtual only options will be available for summer 2022
Description: Our camp participants explore the world of science, engineering and technology through participation in hands-on projects. Each year, our staff of engineering, science and education university students develop exciting new activities for their camp that explore:

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • biology and health science
  • civil engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical and computer engineering
STEM: These camps will focus on a variety of activities that explore science, technology, engineering and math.
Tech: These camps are more focused on using technology to explore STEM. They will focus on coding and using different hardware to design and solve problems.
Support: Engineering Science Quest strives to ensure that all campers have the support they need to be successful in camp. Our Program Support helps children who have special needs attend our program. Our Program Assistants will provide support and facilitate the accommodations for children with special needs into the ESQ Summer Camp program. The Program Assistants receive in-depth training in preparation for this position. With this program we are able to offer limited "low ratio Program Assistants" and "as-needed" support.
There are a limited number of Program Assistants available each week, however every effort will be made to ensure that every child will receive the support they need. Program Assistants are assigned based on the degree of the need and on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Contact: 519-888-4856 or email
Registration: Registration for our Summer 2022 in-person Day camps starts Monday, January 24th, 2022! 


Greenway Chaplin (Cambridge)

Who:
Ages 4-12
Format: Inclusive day camp
Description: Inclusive neighbourhood camp
Support: Family provided workers are welcome
Contact: 519-623-4220 or email
Registration: Summer 2022 registration will open April 15th


Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp (New Hamburg)


Who:
Ages 6-15 (Overnight camp), ages 16 - 35 (Supported Young Adults Overnight camp)
Format: Inclusive overnight camp, specialized overnight camp, day camp options available
Description: Hidden Acres is a summer camp and retreat centre located in the rolling hills of Perth Country between Stratford and Kitchener-Waterloo. Hidden Acres focuses on the development of the whole person – physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. To ensure that as many campers as possible can have a fantastic experience at camp, an Inclusion Program has been providing extra staff support to campers with special needs since 1974.
Support: 1:1 & shared support available
Contact: 519-625-8602 or email
Website: Visit website above for updates
Registration: Summer 2022 registration will open February 1st, 2022


Kerry’s Place Autism Services – Camp Connection (Guelph)


Who:
Children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Format: Specialized day camp, both virtual and in-person options available for summer 2022
Description: We are pleased to offer a summer day camp experience for children with autism. Children will participate in an exciting and educational program facilitated by trained counselors to encourage and support your child while at camp. This camp is designed for individuals who are able to participate with minimal support. The individual may need some prompts to stay on task, and is able to communicate wants and needs effectively. The individual does not require a lot of behavioral redirection. Should you require extra support to participate in the activities you are welcome to join with the support of your own 1:1 worker.
Support: Low ratio programming by professional staff, families welcome to provide worker
Contact: 1-833-775-3779 or email
Registration: Registration for Summer 2022 will open the first week of March

KidsAbility Camps (Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge) - Program on hold for 2022

Who:
Ages 4-12 with special needs, high school aged with special needs, siblings often welcome
Format: Specialized day camps, therapy camps
Description: Recreation Camps will not run in 2022. A variety of day camps designed to meet the needs of KidsAbility families. All camps begin with a focus on fun, and then build learning and practice opportunities into the camp programming for campers to achieve their therapy goals – social skills, communication skills, physical skills, independent living skills, and recreational skills.
Support: Low ratio programming, families are welcome to provide a support worker
Contact: 519-886-8886
Website: Visit website for more details
Registration: Program on hold for 2022


KW Gymnastics Club (Kitchener)

Who: Ages 6+
Format: Inclusive day camp
Description: Crafts, Outdoor Play, and Gymnastics.
Support: Contact the club to discus your child’s support needs
Contact: 519-743-4970 or email
Registration: Registration for summer 2022 will open February 22nd. Campers with special needs are asked to register to the waitlist for the Adaptive Camp. KW Gymnastics will then reach out to arrange a registration meeting to determine eligibility and placement.


Playsense Activity Centre (Guelph)


Who:
Ages 6 and up with special needs
Format: Specialized day camp
Description: Playsense is a fully accessible play center for individuals of any age with developmental disabilities. Diverse play activities & specialized adapted equipment promote fun, creativity & movement exploration, maximizing the physical, cognitive, and social development of individuals with special needs. Fun outings into the community complement the fun and festivities found within the walls of PLAYSENSE. Separate summer camps are offered to youths, teens and adults. We believe everyone deserves the right to play. PlaySense is a fully-accessible recreation center that addresses the physical and educational needs of disabled people of all ages and ability levels. The PlaySense program includes camps, PD day recreation, evening programs, and more
Support: Low ratio, family provided workers welcome
Contact: 519-780-5052 or 226-820-6933 or email
Registration: Visit website for updates

Rainbow Day Camp (Guelph)

Who: Children’s camp 4-12, LIT program 10-14, Teen Camp 12- 18
Format: Inclusive day camp, Leader in Training program and specialized Teen Camp for youth with special needs
Description: Rainbow Programs for Children offers Guelph and the surrounding area a summer recreational day camp experience for children and youth, providing quality programs in a caring and open environment which embraces diversity and encourages personal growth, according to each individual’s uniqueness, strengths, needs, and abilities.
Support: Inclusion Counsellors available to provide 1:1 support or occasional extra support for camper. Low ratio and 1:1 programming available for specialized Teen camps.
Contact: 519-837-0387 or email
Website: rainbowdaycamp.com
Registration: Summer 2022: Early registration (for campers requiring support at camp) March 7th, 2022 and General registration March 21st, 2022. Registration can be completed on our website. Teen and Youth Programs.


Soaring Back to School Camp (Waterloo)

Who:
Ages 5 to 10 with special needs
Format: Therapy day camp
Description: Need help getting your kids ready to leave summer behind and go back to school? The high ratio of counsellors/therapists to children allows for unique programming designed for children of all abilities including those with ASD or ABI by an Occupational Therapist! The camp is targeted for children in the age range of 5 to 10 years. Along with many creative activities that promote physical activity and motor skills, this camp allows your kids to socialize in a safe, comfortable environment!
Support: Low ratio, individualized programming and support
Contact: 519-954-5026 or email
Registration: Visit the website for updates


Steckle Heritage Farm (Kitchener)

Who:
Ages 5-12
Format: Inclusive Day Camp
Description: Steckle Heritage Farm is dedicated to educating children and youth about the importance of agriculture, caring for plants and animals, and respecting the natural environment. From preschool to teens, we have programs that help children and youth learn essential agriculture-based skills such as planting, harvesting as well as cooking food from the farm, feeding and caring for farm animals, and developing leadership skills in a hands-on heritage farm environment.
Support: Contact us to discus your child’s support needs. Families are welcome to provide a worker.
Contact: farmedmanager@stecklehomestead.ca
Registration: Summer 2022 registration opens early February


Sunbeam Centre (Kitchener)

Who:
Ages 4-18 who are medically fragile or technologically dependant (MFTD), Ages 18+ with developmental disabilities
Format: Specialized day camp
Description: Come join in the fun at the Summer Day Camp for Children and Teens at Sunbeam Community and Developmental Services (Kingsway Dr. location). This camp specializes in assisting children and teens who are medically fragile and technologically dependent. We are a diverse organization that provides services to people with different abilities. We offer an exciting theme-based program for children and teens aged 4-18 years old that includes crafts, swimming, Snoezelen room, community outings, physical fitness and games in the gym. All activities are geared towards having fun and making new friends.
Support: Low ratio programming provided by experienced staff including an RPN
Contact: 519-893-6200 ext. 239 or email
Registration: Summer 2022 registration will open March 1, 2022


Township of Centre Wellington

Who:
Ages 5-12
Format: Inclusive day camp
Description: This series of one-week camps are designed around various themes each week. Activities include outdoor fun, trips to the splash pad, arts & crafts, active games, swimming, sports such as tennis, basketball, and soccer. The staff ratio is 1:8. You must register in person at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex for the day camps.
Support: Contact to discuss your child’s support needs
Contact: 519.846.9691 ext 903 or email
Registration: Check website for updates


Woolwich Township Camps

Who:
Ages 5-12
Format: Inclusive day camp
Description: Make it an unforgettable summer! Camp leaders are bringing their creative ideas and amazing energy to plan a fun summer for all campers. A typical day runs from 9am-4pm and includes games, crafts, indoor and outdoor play. Our weekly themes help guide planning of our activities, games, crafts, outings and special guests. The camp day also include non-themed portions.
Support: We strive to integrate all campers into our summer camp programs. The Inclusion Facilitator is available to respond when campers or staff require additional support for inclusion. At this time one to one support is not available, however volunteers or support workers provided by the family are welcome.
Contact: 519-669-1647 ext.7005 or email
Registration: Visit website for updates. Summer 2022 registration will open on March 8, 2022


YMCA Three Rivers (Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo)

Who:
Ages 4-12 with and without special needs
Format: Inclusive day camp
Description: The YMCA of Three Rivers (YTR) offers a safe and inclusive summer day camp experience for campers 4-12 at 8 locations across Stratford-Perth, Waterloo Region, and Wellington County. Campers will have the opportunity to be outdoors, learn new skills, try new activities, and build lasting friendships in an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Support: Please call the camp office if your camper requires additional support or accommodations and could benefit from additional supervision and care through our Camper Access (CAP) Program. YMCA Day Camps have a limited number of supportive, low ratio camp spaces available. CAP Counselors are trained to provide the following supports:

  • Work in partnership with camper families throughout the summer to develop strategies and individualized program accommodations.
  • Facilitate camper to camper connections to ensure successful integration into the camp community.
  • Adapted communication methods i.e. visual and non-verbal communication.
  • Additional coaching building routines, learning activities, and during transitions.
  • Quiet time for sensory breaks and emotional regulation when escalated or overstimulated.
  • Adapted activities that are developmentally appropriate for campers with special physical and learning needs.
  • Additional safety and supervision measures for campers who may flee or wander.
  • Enhanced care for campers with health needs such diabetes, or seizures.
Supports that are not provided by the CAP Program: Personal services such as toileting, diapering, feeding, or dressing. CAP counsellors are not trained to manage repeated or ongoing aggressive behaviours towards campers and/or staff. Campers who require this level of support are welcome to attend camp with a pre-approved external support worker set up by the family.
Contact: 519-699-5100 or email
Registration: Summer 2022 registrations open January 24, 2022. Visit website for updates. 

YWCA Cambridge

Who:
Ages 4-12
Format: Inclusive day camp
Description: YWCA Cambridge Summer Day Camps have been an essential summer destination for girls and boys in Cambridge and the surrounding area for over 52 years. Taking place at Shade’s Mills Conservation Area, our camps focus on a diverse array of outdoor activities designed to help campers explore our environment and foster a connection to our natural world. YWCA Cambridge Summer Camp at Shade’s Mill will take your camper on an adventure that will teach new skills, build confidence and create lasting memories.
Support: An Inclusion Facilitator is available to ensure that children who need a little extra support can enjoy camp. Please note, we are unable to provide 1:1 support
Contact: 226-220-6285 or email
Website: Visit website above for updates
Registration: Summer 2022 registration will open February 1, 2022