A diverse group of youth listening to music outside

The Municipality of Port Hope offers many youth programs in the community. From health and wellness programs to creative art programs, there is a program for everyone.

Ontario is in Step 3 of the Reopening Roadmap, with COVID-19 public health measures in effect for all Ontarians. All Municipal administrative buildings remain closed to the public, but outdoor recreation facilities and select indoor recreation programs are open for use, with modifications.

Visit the COVID-19 page for details. 

Registration is open for Summer Day Camp, Aquatic Leadership courses and Outdoor Fitness.   Reservations are currently open for Swimming and  Pickleball reservations opens July 22.

Youth Programs

Our registered youth programs provide opportunities to build self-confidence, learn new skills, and build new relationships. You can register for youth programming online. You can learn more about registration dates and payment options on our register for a program webpage.

Cell phoneYouth Need Project: Survey

The Municipality of Port Hope has been selected by Toronto-based non-profit Community Researchers to participate in the first intake of a new research initiative this summer that will help inform the direction of youth programming for the Municipality. We want to hear from youth ages 12 to 18 years to help us examine the current landscape of sport and recreation within Port Hope. Please fill out the survey to help us improve the current programming and future initiatives. 

Complete the Youth Survey

Focus Groups - Our researcher will be conducting focus groups with youth to help guide the future of recreation in Port Hope and make positive change.  This is a great opportunity for youth to engage with their community and develop skills, knowledge and enhance confidence and self-esteem.

For questions about participation, please contact Caroline Hummell or Leanne Clarke

Meet Caroline Hummell
Caroline Hummell is a member of Community Researchers and doctoral student within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. As a former university athlete and coach, her research interests revolve around positive youth development, youth engagement, and the role of evaluation within the sport and recreation sector. She is overseeing the Youth Needs study to help examine barriers to participation within youth recreational programming in Port Hope.

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Youth events on our calendar

Many youth events are offered throughout the year. Past events included the skate park kick off, national youth week, and the youth Halloween dance. Please check back for upcoming events or stay up-to-date with our event calendar.

Browse our event calendar

 Youth Activities 

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Skills and Drills

A fun and engaging program for youth ages 10 to 14 to participate in Physical Activity. Youth will develop skills for a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball and more. Physical distancing will need to be maintained and masks must be worn when entering the building. Masks can be removed when participating in vigorous activity. Occurs at the Town Park Recreation CentreMondays 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Skate Park at Town Park in Port Hope
Port Hope Skate Park

The Port Hope Skate Park was a new addition to the Town Park in 2010. The park is open to anyone and has been a great addition for all riders in our community and other communities around us.

For more information, visit our parks page for more information about the Skate Park.

Youth playing games at the Youth Centre in Port Hope
Youth Drop-in Activities

Youth are a valuable part of our community. Our youth drop-in activities provide a safe space for youth to come and play and hang out with their friends. Youth can participate in open gym time, socialize at the youth centre or participate in some of our drop-in style programming. Equipment is available to be signed out from the front desk.

Parks, Recreation and Culture staff have put together a list of fun activities you can do with your family for any season. Make sure you check out our Seasonal Activities page. 

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Youth working together at the Jack Burger Sports Complex in Port Hope
Youth Action Committee

The Youth Action Committee is composed of driven and enthusiastic leaders from ages 12 to18 who strive to see positive development toward youth recreation and culture throughout the Municipality of Port Hope.  Contact the Child and Youth Program Coordinator today for more information.

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Recreation Volunteer

Looking to get involved in your community? You can volunteer at the Town Park Recreation Centre. We are always looking for extra help with special events and children’s programs. It's a fun way to give back to your community. Email the Child and Youth Program Coordinator for a volunteer application.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

It is proven that being active helps youth:

  • Improve self-confidence
  • Do better in school
  • Learn new skills
  • Feel happier
Physical activity recommendations for youth 12 to 17 years

It is recommend by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology that youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. This should include vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days per week. Moderate-intensity activities include bike riding and skating. Vigorous-intensity activities include running and rollerblading.

It is also beneficial to include activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days per week. 

Youth Friendly Community

Youth Friendly logo - Platinum Level

The Youth Friendly Communities recognition award is a program of Play Works, an Ontario partnership for youth. The program outlines criteria for communities to support engaged youth and highlights the investments the community makes to youth play. Promising practices for youth engagement are highlighted and celebrated. The award recognition is a community collaboration and involves youth to complete the submission. The Municipality has been recognized as a Platinum Youth Friendly Community since 2008.

 What is a Youth Friendly Community?

A Youth Friendly Community encourages play for youth in their community. Play is any non-school activity that has elements of choice, leads to satisfaction, and encourages progressive learning and enjoyment. Activities can include - but are not limited to recreation, sport, leisure, arts, drama, dance, civic engagement, youth activism, volunteerism, social clubs and youth leadership.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture recognizes and appreciates the many community partners it works with to create opportunities for youth play.