Summer Day Camp

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Looking for something fun & engaging for your child? Day camp is available during school holidays and throughout the summer for children ages 4 to 12 years old. Here are some of the benefits:

Registration for Summer Day Camp Opens April 1st 2024 at 8:00 a.m. 

✔ Walking excursions to playgrounds, trails and parks ✔ Age-appropriate activities & crafts
✔ Physical activities, including sports and cooperative games ✔ Swimming ✔ Spirit Days and special events ✔ Science and educational activities ✔ Nut-allergy sensitive environment
✔ Sun safety ✔ Municipal subsidy program available

Kids jumpingWe've got something for every camper: Summer Day Camp or Specialty Camp

Our Summer Day Camp runs the entire summer on a weekly basis.  In addition to Day Camp, Specialty camps are available on select weeks.

Summer Day Camp Weekly Themes

We will have a new and exciting camp theme each week. Specific games, activities and special activities are created to match the themes so each week is a totally new adventure!

Week One

  • Theme: Beach Bash
  • Dates: July 2 to July 5, 2024

Week Two

  • Theme: Treasure Hunters
  • Dates: July 8 to July 12, 2024

Week Three

  • Theme: Fun & Fitness
  • Dates: July 15 to July 19, 2024

Week Four

  • Theme: Stories, Magic, and Disney...Oh My!
  • Dates: July 22 to July 26, 2024

Week Five

  • Theme: Futuristic Fun
  • Dates: July 29 to August 2, 2024

Week Six

  • Theme: The Amazing Race: Camp Edition
  • Dates: August 5 to August 9, 2024

Week Seven

  • Theme: Medieval Times
  • Dates: August 12 to August 16, 2024

Week Eight

  • Theme: Superhero Training Academy 
  • Dates: August 19 to August 23, 2024

Week Nine

  • Theme: The Best of the Best
  • Dates: August 26 to August 30, 2024

 Specialty Camps

Counselors in Training

This year the previously separate Counselors and Leaders in Training have been combined into 1 two-week program designed to develop skills essential to working with children. Now called the CIT program, participants will learn day camp procedures, HIGH FIVE fundamentals, program planning and how to work with campers in a fun and interactive environment. This program helps build teamwork and communication skills, supporting youth in becoming more well-rounded leaders.
To gain the certificate of completion, participants must attend the full 2 weeks, actively participate, and act as a role model within the camps. Additionally, a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service is required to be completed before the end of this years summer day camp season.

Kids in the Kitchen

A week full of delicious kitchen creations! Camp staff will leads children through the need-to-knows of kitchen safety, and help to spark their food creativity with a variety of delicious recipes - new and old favourites.

Sports Zone

A fun filled, action packed week of sports! With the guidance of our experience Camp Counselors campers will learn the fundamental movements, rules, and gameplay for a variety of sports throughout the week. Mornings and afternoons will be dedicated to a variety of specific sports experiences including soccer, basketball, tennis, and more. Campers will also have an opportunity to go swimming and enjoy traditional camp games.

Camp Riverside

A week full of outdoor adventures and learning! Everyday is a new location with new and wonderful opportunities to learn and explore the wonders of nature in their very own backyard!

Outdoor Explorers 

A week full of outdoor adventures and learning! Join us in Ward 2 - Garden Hill for lots of new and wonderful opportunities to learn and explore the wonders of nature in kid's very own backyard!

Junior Frontline Responders 

Join us and get a special inside look into the jobs of our local frontline services. Campers spend the week with the local Port Hope Firefighters and Port Hope Police Services with special visits from the Northumberland Paramedics and get to learn about a variety of emergency situations, the equipment it takes to do their jobs, and what it takes to be a leader in a variety of situations. Led by program staff and firefighter, police, and EMT volunteers.

Junior Lifeguard

Become a Jr Lifeguard! This camp takes components from the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star and Bronze Medallion courses to teach children lifesaving and lifeguarding skills. Campers will participate in a variety of games and activities as well as deep water drills and competitions, in a fun and safe environment. Participants need to be strong and competent swimmer, with a minimum requirement of Level 4 swim kids.

Camp Create!

A week full of creative creations! Camp staff along with special guests will bring out your child's creative side through various forms of art including painting, sculpting, drama, dance and more.

Tennis Camp

Tennis camp is offered in partnership with the Port Hope Racquet Club. A fun camp for beginner and intermediate level kids. This camp teaches kids to rally, serve, play points, and learn the rules and etiquette of tennis. The emphasis is on developing a love of the sport, and the essential tennis and athletic fundamentals to provide participants the opportunity to pursue tennis recreationally. Coaches may incorporate other activities that benefit the skill development of tennis. Registration for Tennis camp will be managed through the Port Hope Racquet Club as a membership is required for this year for utilization of Trinity College courts.
  • Ages: 7 to 12 years old
  • Dates: July 8 to 12, 2024 and July 22 to 26, 2024
  • Times: 1/2 day option only from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trinity College Tennis Courts
  • Cost: $166 plus a membership with Port Hope Racquet Club is required this year

Registration is now open!


What you need to know about Summer Day Camp

We're all about camp! Here are some of the important details at a glance. 

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2024 Weekly camp fee: $166.09.

Extended Care Fee (AM or PM) per child: $15.91.

Specialty camps have different fees and will be listed in their individual descriptions.

We offer multi-child discounts: second child 5% off, each additional child 10% off. This discount is not applicable for Youth Leadership camps or Tennis camp.

Please contact us with any questions regarding our subsidy program. 

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Campers can be from ages 4 to 12 years for our Day Camps. Specialty camps have different ages and will be listed in the description.

All children must be toilet trained to attend camp. 

Camp groups will be determined by registration and age appropriate activities are planned.



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Camp Dates

Summer Day Camp runs the following weeks:

  • July 2 to 5
  • July 8 to 12
  • July 15 to 19
  • July 22 to 26
  • July 29 to August 2
  • August 5 to 9
  • August 12 to 16
  • August 19 to 23
  • August 26 to August 30
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Camper Newsletter

The camper newsletter will be emailed to you the week before camp starts and will be available at drop-off on the Monday.  Please ensure you read the newsletter as it pertains important information and we don't want your child to miss out on any of the fun!

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Hours of Camp

Summer Day Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Extended hours will be offered for an additional fee. Please request when registering. 

  • Mornings: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Afternoons: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Specialty Camp Hours: Specific camp hours for specialty camps are listed in their description. Please note that extended care is not offered for specialty camps. 

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Camp Locations

Summer Day Camp will run out of Town Park Recreation Centre as well as the Jack Burger Sports Complex.

For Specialty Camp locations, they will be added under the description.

Backpack iconCamper safety and what to bring 

We want our campers to remain safe here at camp. Read our safety requirements and what you should and shouldn't bring to camp below. 

What you need to know about Summer Day Camp

Sunscreen and Hats

All campers and staff are required to wear sunscreen and hats when outdoors. Parents are asked to apply sunscreen to their child before they arrive at camp. Campers will have to apply their own sunscreen without assistance. Parents must provide a labeled bottle of sunscreen for each child and a hat with their name in it.

Special Needs and Integration

The Municipality of Port Hope, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture invites people of all abilities to participate together in our programs and services. We strive to include everyone in the activities of an individual’s choice to enhance the quality of life for all. If your child has any individual needs please email us to discuss options.  While we strive to meet the needs of all campers we have a ratio of staff to campers to maintain and are not able to provide 1:1 assistance for a camper.

Camper Behaviour

All camp staff are trained in Behaviour Management. Campers will be expected to engage in acceptable behaviour while at camp. Parents of campers that are unable to comply with camp rules and acceptable behaviour will be contacted and may be asked to pick their child up from camp. Please ensure that someone is able to pick up a camper if required within 30 minutes.

Nut-Sensitive Environment

Due to nut allergies, we ask that NO NUTS or other nut-added products be brought to camp. If a camper arrives to camp with a lunch containing nuts, a parent will be called to replace the lunch. If a camper has a snack with nut products it will be removed by camp staff and returned to parents labelled at the end of the day. 

Bee Kind

The Municipality of Port Hope’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture puts a focus on campers to be kind. Resources are implemented from the HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development to problem solve and to treat one another with respect. Staff and fellow campers encourage each other to do kind things for one another and emphasize kindness throughout the day.


If a child requires prescription medication on a regular basis that is to be administered at camp, please note the following procedures for sending medication to camp. 

  1. Parents must indicate at registration the type of medication, dosage and optimal time of dispensing.
  2. Only send the correct dose for each day.
  3. All medications must be in its prescription bottle with the child’s name and dosage.
  4. Staff are not permitted to administer any medication to campers. If your child is unable to administer the medication on their own, an adult must come to camp assist.
  5. Non-prescription drugs are not permitted at camp.

Please email us for inquiries about medications. 

Camper Sign In and Out

It is required that campers be signed into and out of camp each day. Photo ID will be requested upon sign out. The camper may only be signed out by the authorized pickup listed with the Municipality.  Please ensure you include parents names in the authorized pick up list. Please understand that staff take the security and protection of campers seriously and can't be expected to identify each campers parents. Please ensure you provide up to date information at the time of registration or notify us of any changes.

Sick or Absent Campers

Please do not send your child to camp if they are displaying signs of illness. If your child is not attending camp on a day they are registered for, please call 905-885-7908 or email the Recreation Program Coordinator for inquiries about absent campers.

Weather Traffic Light

Check each day for our daily reading! Our weather traffic light indicates when it is safe to be outside for longer periods of time. Based on Environment Canada’s guidelines and taking into consideration heat, humidity and UV Index, readings are posted daily and activities altered accordingly.

  • GO! Be sun smart when outside wear a hat & sunscreen.
  • THINK! Be cautious when outside. Wear a hat & sunscreen, have lots of water and rest in the shade.
  • STOP! Use extreme caution. Wear a hat & sunscreen, have lots of water and stay in the shade. It could be very dangerous to be the sun for a long time.

 What to Bring to Camp

Please send your child with these items every day:
  • Nut-Free Lunch and Snacks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Hat and Sunscreen
  • Indoor Shoes (weather permitting)
  • Backpack to carry everything

It is encouraged that all personal belongings are labelled to avoid getting lost or left behind. 

The Municipality of Port Hope is encouraging campers to bring a litter-less lunch as we work towards being more environmentally friendly. Please pack your child’s lunch using reusable containers without any packaging or garbage. 

These items are not encouraged to come to camp:

  • Electronic Devices such as phones or tablets
  • Toys
  • Cameras
  • Money
  • Personal or sentimental items children would be sad to lose or break

Registration Details

Day Camp Registration details to follow. Register up until the Thursday before camp week. Weekly registrations only, no daily options.

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Register Online

Register online using our ActiveNet system.

Anytime starting on our registration date. 
• Pay by credit card only.

Please be advised that a small service charge will be applied to all applicable online transactions.

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Register by Phone

Call in and register by phone.

• Monday to Friday
• 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Pay by credit card only.

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Register in person

Register at: Town Park Recreation Centre or Jack Burger Sports Complex.

• Monday to Friday.
• During Facility Hours.
• Pay by cash, cheque, debit or credit card.

Make cheques payable to the Municipality of Port Hope ($30 charge for NSF cheques).

 Summer Day Camp FAQs

Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding camp.

When can I register my child for camp?

First day for registration is Monday, April 1, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. You can register up until the Thursday before the camp week your camper is attending, pending availability.

Can I make a changes or cancellations after registration?

Changes/cancellations to registrations will be subject to a $17.25 administration fee. Refunds requested after the start of a camp are subject to prorating based on classes completed at the time of request. The only exception is for refund requests that are accompanied with medical proof and then the fee will be waived.

Do you offer subsidy support and assistance?

If you are faced with financial barriers and would like your child to have a great camp experience, please email the Supervisor of Recreation and Culture at the Town Park Recreation Centre to discuss assistance options. The Municipality of Port Hope, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is a recognized service provider for Northumberland County Children’s Services. Those in receipt of Ontario Works Child Care Benefit can choose our programs.

What happens if my child is Sick or Absent?

If your child is displaying signs of illness please do not send them to camp for the consideration of other campers and staff. If your child becomes ill during the camp day a guardian will be required to pick up the child within an hour. If your child will not be attending camp on a day that they are registered, please call the Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908 or e-mail us to notify staff.

Will my child go swimming? 

Swimming is available on Wednesdays at Jack Burger Sports Complex for children registered in our Day Camps. Please note that not all Specialty Camps have a swim option. Please remember to send a swimsuit and towel every day with your child, even if it is not a swim day as we participate in water activities, walk to the splashpad and depending on the child's age, they will go to the beach.

Is there a pizza lunch option? 

Yes! Fridays will be pizza day for all camps except Tennis camp. An order form and money is required to be sent in by the Wednesday of each week in order to have a pizza lunch. 

Will I be contacted prior to camp? 

Yes! You will receive either an email or phone call from one of our staff the week prior with information regarding the camp. This will include a reminder of locations, times, as well as weekly themes, events and more. If you would like to receive an email, please ensure an updated email address is attached to your child's profile. 

Are the campers separated by age? 

Yes. Campers will be separated into groups based on their age. This is for the safety of the campers but also for enjoyment. Children grow and develop at different stages and different activities and games are planned with that in mind.