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:

  • 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 2023 details to come.  

 Summer Day Camp Weekly Themes

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

Week One

  • Theme: Coming Soon
  • Dates: July 3 to July 7, 2023

Week Two

  • Theme: Coming Soon
  • Dates: July 10 to July 14, 2023

Week Three

  • Theme: Coming Soon 
  • Dates: July 17 to July 21, 2023

Week Four

  • Theme: Coming Soon
  • Dates: July 24 to July 28, 2023

Week Five

  • Theme: Coming Soon
  • Dates: July 31 to August 4, 2023 

Week Six

  • Theme: Coming Soon
  • Dates: August 7 to August 11, 2023

Week Seven

  • Theme: Coming Soon
  • Dates: August 14 to August 18, 2023

Week Eight

  • Theme: Coming Soon
  • Dates: August 21 to August 25, 2023

Week Nine

  • Theme: Coming Soon
  • Dates: August 28 to September 1, 2023

Specialty Camp 

Specialty camps are focused on skill development, team building, problem solving and new friendships with others of the same common interests.
Check back soon for Summer 2023 Specialty Camp information. 

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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Cost

Weekly camp fee: $161.26

Specialty camps have different fees and will be listed in the description.

We offer multi-child discounts: second child 5% off, each additional child 10% off.

Please contact us with any questions regarding our subsidy program. 

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Ages

Campers can be from ages 4 to 12 years. 

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 3 to 6
  • July 10 to 14
  • July 17 to 21
  • July 24 to 28
  • July 31 to August 4
  • August 7 to 11
  • August 14 to 18
  • August 21 to 25
  • August 28 - September 1
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Camper Newsletter

We promise to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our campers and staff.  The camper newsletter will be emailed to you the week before camp starts. 

Learn about camper safety

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Hours of Camp

Summer Day Camp HoursComing Soon.

Extended hours will be offered for an additional fee. Please request when registering. More information is coming soon. 

Specialty Camp HoursComing Soon. 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. More information coming soon.

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. This year unfortunately, we do not have a designated Resource Staff to assist with integration needs, and behaviour monitoring. If you have individual needs please email us to discuss options.


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.


Nut-sensitive Environment

Due to nut allergies, we ask that NO NUTS or other nut-added products be brought to camp.


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.


Medications

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 non-prescription drugs 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 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
  • 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 games
  • iPods
  • Toys
  • Cameras
  • Money

Registration Details

Registration information is coming soon. 
Register up until the Thursday before camp week.

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Register Online

Register online using our ActiveNet system.


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


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.

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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 common questions for camp registration.

When can I register my child for camp?

Registration date is coming soon. 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 parent or 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 select days at Jack Burger Sports Complex. 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 and walk to the splashpad.