Summer Camps

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Families know an active and rewarding summer is important for their kids. That’s why so many families choose Town of Oakville camps. With ten weeks of camp programs available, kids can be active all summer long!

Programs are offered to children ages 4-14 in various areas of interest. All Town of Oakville camp leaders are trained in the HIGH FIVE principles of healthy child development, Standard First Aid and CPR.

Open a copy of the 2016 Summer Camps Guide (PDF, 1.54 MB)

The Summer Camps Parent Handbook (PDF, 417 kB) has been prepared to provide you with information regarding staff, program standards, daily camp activities/routines and policies and procedures related to summer camp and to get your camper ready for a summer of fun. Please take time to read this guide carefully with your child and to keep it on hand for easy reference throughout the program.

Here’s to a great summer experience for all!

Payment plan for summer camps

For your convenience, a pre-authorized payment option is available for our summer camps! Here’s how it works — 50 per cent payment is due when you register and then the remaining 50 per cent will be automatically deducted from your credit card on June 1 (for July camps) and July 1 (for August camps).

When registering online, please check the schedule box to confirm your pre-authorized payment. Questions? Contact registration staff at 905-338-4250.

The department also offers financial assistance to qualified individuals who are unable to afford town recreation and leisure services. Visit the Subsidy Programs page for more information.

Before and after care

Before and after program care is provided for Town of Oakville recreation camp programs only. A separate registration (and fee) is required.

For information regarding Before and After Care for participants with special needs, please go to the Campers with Special Needs section.

Busing to QEPCCC

In order for campers to take advantage of specialty camps at QEPCCC, bus transportation is available to participants for an additional fee. Pre-registration is required.

Summer Camp staff can be identified by their white Town of Oakville branded shirt or hooded sweatshirt. Two staff will be at each bus stop and travel on the bus with campers. Staff will be at bus locations at 7:30 a.m. and will stay with the campers until 6 p.m.

Pick-up details

Please note: Bus departure times are FIRM to ensure timely arrival for start of camp. Indoor facilities are available during inclement weather.

Campers with Special Needs

Programs and services offered by the Recreation and Culture department strive to be accessible and inclusive to all members of our community. For our purposes, "special needs" includes intellectual or physical disabilities, attention and behaviour difficulties, vision and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, allergies, medical conditions and medication use.

To ensure staff are aware of special needs such as allergies and medical conditions, complete the Participant Profile Form and submit it with your registration.

The following information is intended for participants who require one-on-one support.

Staff support for participants with a special need or disability is offered for select summer camps. Camp activities include indoor and outdoor programming in larger group settings, a number of program transitions, and travel.

There are times when a child requires more support than our program ratios are able to provide. In addition, support staff is limited in the level of personal care they are able to provide. We strongly recommend consulting us about our support options.

General Guidelines for Support at Camp

Does your child need one-on-one support at camp? Please assess your needs using the following criteria:

  • Extra support is needed in school.
  • Additional support or assistance is required for basic care.
  • A physical, developmental and/or learning disability exists that affects the safety of the participant or that of other program participants.
  • The participant is currently associated with a support agency.

Before registering, contact Carol Gall at carol.gall@oakville.ca or 905-845-6601, ext. 3153, to confirm the accessibility of the program location, special requirements you may have, if a support person is required, and the suitability of the camp.

The number of support staff is limited. If no support is available, families will be required to bring their own worker. There is no additional charge for that worker, however an additional participant profile will be required. Behaviour management strategies and procedures will be reviewed prior to the start of the program.

Registration fees include leadership support, plus the camp program fee. For more information regarding specific summer programs, please refer to the applicable section on this page.

Before and After Care

If a camper with special needs requires before and after care, register separately for that service at the location you will be attending. One-on-one staff will provide support during the camp program but not extended hours. Staff with expertise in special needs will be on site but may not be your designated support person. The Summer Integration Coordinator will contact you in June to confirm your camp location and arrange for a meeting with the camper and their support staff.

One-on-one support for Summer Sizzlers

Summer Sizzlers – Special Needs One-on-One Support (ages 4-12) program codes specifically register the participant for camp with staff assistance and accompaniment at your preferred location. The camp registration fee is included in this price. Staff will contact you to complete and discuss the participant profile and camp procedures.

One-on-one support for QEPCCC specialty camps

QEP Special Needs Specialty Camps One-on-One program codes specifically register the participant for camp with staff assistance and accompaniment in your preferred program. Only select specialty camps at QEPCCC are eligible for the one-on-one support program. These include:

  • Art Smart Junior (ages 7-9) and Senior (ages 10-12)
  • Carpenter’s Apprentice
  • Dance camps
  • Little Picasso
  • Little Splinters
  • Science camps
  • Shutterbugs Junior
  • Robotics
  • Strikers Soccer
  • Summer Reptile Camp Junior and Senior, and
  • Ultimate Sport

Staff will contact you to complete and discuss the participant profile and camp procedures.