Day camps

The City of London offers a limited number of modified day camps seasonally at select community centres. We are currently gearing up for our 2022 summer day camps and neighbourhood playground programs!  You can find all the program details below.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team at 519-661-5575.

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COVID-19 safety measures

Health and safety protocol will be updated regularly in alignment with current direction from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the Province of Ontario, and the City of London.

Families will be assigned a drop-off time and pick-up time and will be required to adhere to their assigned times to avoid mixing with other cohort groups. Staff will be keeping daily records of anyone (e.g., program participants, staff and essential visitors) entering the program setting who stays for 15 minutes or longer to allow for contact tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak.

Physical distancing within cohort groups will be enforced to the greatest extent possible, with the exception of staff interventions for behaviour management and issuing first aid. 

Per guidance from the Province of Ontario, all campers must wear masks when indoors. This applies to indoor program spaces at our day camps as well as facility entry for washroom access at playground sites. Participants with respiratory conditions, or those with special needs who may experience difficulty wearing a mask for extended periods, may be exempt from this. Masks are strongly encouraged but not mandatory for this population.

Many other strategies will be in effect to meet provincial guidelines and public health regulations. The safety measures listed above are just the general considerations for day camp .

Protocols will be in place if a participant begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in their registered program, including immediate notification to the parent or guardian and the need for immediate pick-up. The registered participant will await in an isolation area, with a staff member, until pick-up. A parent, guardian, or emergency contact will be required to pick up the ill participant within one hour of receiving notification.​​​​​​

Summer programs

We are offering more day camp sessions at new locations! Registration for these new 2022 summer day camp sessions will go live on Wednesday, April 20 at 8:30 a.m. You can find all the new locations and dates under the ‘summer day camp locations’ drop-down below. Please visit Play Your Way online or call 519-661-5575 to register on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please refer to the ‘Day camp inclusion support’ section below for information related to inclusion spots.

Please note that due to the anticipated registration volume on this day, our customer service team will only be processing registration requests on April 20. If you already have a participant(s) registered in a camp and are looking to try and change locations, you will need to register for these new programs first on April 20. Then, beginning Thursday, April 21, you will need to contact customer service to request any withdrawals or transfers from camp spaces you no longer require.

Summer day camps

The City is offering a limited number of modified summer day camps across London beginning Tuesday, July 5 that will operate until Friday, September 2. Neighbourhood day camps are available at select community centres for children aged 4 to 12. Core program hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with assigned parent or guardian pick-up and drop-off times. Extended care beyond core camp hours will not be available this year. 

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Summer day camp locations

Summer day camps for children aged 5 to 12 will be offered at 12 sites for a period of nine weeks, with select sites (*) offering programs for children aged 4 to 12. Please see the list of current locations:

  • Boyle day camp (530 Charlotte Street)
  • Byron day camp (1308 Norman Avenue)
  • Carling day camp (675 Grosvenor Street)
  • Earl Nichols day camp (799 Homeview Road)
  • East Lions day camp (1731 Churchill Avenue)*
  • New: Glen Cairn day camp (53 Frontenac Road)
    • Registration available on April 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Kinsmen day camp (20 Granville Street)*
  • Lambeth day camp (7112 Beattie Street)*
  • Medway day camp (119 Sherwood Forest Square)
  • New: Oakridge day camp (767 Valetta Drive) 
    • Registration available on April 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Nature camp (625 Springbank Drive)
  • New: Northridge day camp (25 McLean Drive) 
    • Registration available on April 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • North London day camp (1345 Cheapside Street)
  • South London day camp (1119 Jalna Boulevard565 Bradley Avenue)
  • New: Stoney Creek day camp (1335 Nicole Avenue)
    • Registration available on April 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Stronach day camp (1221 Sandford Street)*

For information related to Storybook Gardens' day camps, please visit their day camps webpage. 

Please note these sites are not confirmed, and subject to change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If new sites become available, information will be posted on our webpage.

Summer day camp weeks
  • Week 1 (July 5 - July 8) *4-day week*
  • Week 2 (July 11 - July 15)
  • Week 3 (July 18 - July 22)
  • Week 4 (July 25 - July 29)
  • Week 5 (August 2 - 5) *4-day week*
  • Week 6 (August 8 - August 12)
  • Week 7 (August 15 - August 19)
  • Week 8 (August 22 - August 26) *Last week of summer surprise day camp*
  • Week 9 (August 29 - September 2) *Last week of general day camps*
Summer day camp cost
  • The 5-day camp fee is $140 per week for summer day camps
  • The 4-day camp fee is $112 per week for the weeks of Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, July 8, and Tuesday, August 2 to Friday, August 5
Summer day camp offerings

Senior Camp

For campers aged 7 (entering grade 2 in 2022-2023 school year) to age 12.

Offered at the following locations:

  • East Lions Day Camp
  • Kinsmen Day Camp
  • Lambeth Day Camp
  • Stronach Day Camp

Junior Camp

For campers aged 4-7 (entering grade 1 in the 2022-2023 school year). Campers must be “school ready” to register for camp, including being toilet trained. No age exceptions for this camp; no 3-year old’s are permitted.

Offered at the following locations:

  • East Lions Day Camp
  • Kinsmen Day Camp
  • Lambeth Day Camp
  • Stronach Day Camp
Summer day camp activities

Each camper group will participate in activities completely independent of others, which will include active and quiet games, arts and crafts, nature-based activities and outdoor activities when space and weather permit. Each group will be assigned its own space for defined activity periods, with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in between groups, and counsellors will stay with the same group of children all week.

As per Provincial guidelines, campers will not be participating in field trips, activities that require group transportation, cooking activities, or hot lunches. For some groups, a walking trip to a nearby park may be possible. In these instances, parents or guardians will be notified ahead of time to grant permission for their camper to participate. Our camp coordinators are also excited to share fun on-site options like virtual field trips and virtual fitness activities. If this situation changes, updates will be posted to our webpage and communicated to registered families, accordingly.

Surprise day camps

Surprise day camp is a specialized summer day camp program to support youth between the ages of 12 to 21 years old with special needs. These programs operate in a 1:3 staff to camper ratio. Surprise day camp staff can support lifts/transfers, feeding, changing, and toileting. We cannot support GI tube needs.

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Participants partake in several activities, such as crafts, movies, nature exploration, board games, and more! Seasonally, and COVID-19 permitting, participants may also attend trips to local pools, splash pads, and other fun field trips. Core program hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with assigned parent or guardian pick-up and drop-off times. Extended care beyond core camp hours will not be available this year. Campers that are 12 years or older are required to show proof of double vaccination, including all participants involved in the surprise camp program.

Surprise day camp locations

Summer surprise day camp for youth aged 12 to 21 years old with special needs will be offered for a period of 8 weeks at the following location:

  • East Lions Community Centre (1731 Churchill Ave)

Please note this site is not confirmed, and may be subject to change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If new sites become available, information will be posted on this webpage.  

Surprise day camp weeks
  • Week 1 (July 5 - July 8) *4-day week*
  • Week 2 (July 11 - July 15)
  • Week 3 (July 18 - July 22)
  • Week 4 (July 25 - July 29)
  • Week 5 (August 2 - 5) *4-day week*
  • Week 6 (August 8 - August 12)
  • Week 7 (August 15 - August 19)
  • Week 8 (August 22 - August 26)
Surprise day camp costs
  • The 5-day camp fee is $168 per week for summer surprise day camps.
  • The 4-day camp fee is $134 per week for the weeks of Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, July 8, and Tuesday, August 2 to Friday, August 5

Neighbourhood playground programs

Check here for updates about our neighbourhood playground program sessions. More information will be provided by June 2022.

Day camp inclusion support

The City of London is pleased to provide inclusion staff and adapted program options to campers who require additional support. To be eligible for 1:1 designated inclusion support, your camper must meet at least one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Your camper is prone to running away from supervision/into danger/not following instructions to stop and/or prevent this behaviour.
  2. Your camper has a history of acting aggressively toward themselves, their peers, and/or their caregivers/guardians/teachers, etc.
  3. Your camper requires assistance with personal care and hygiene such as toileting, eating, dressing, etc.
  4. Your camper works with and/or is supported by an educational assistant at school.

If your camper is between the ages of 4 to 12 years old and meets one or more of the four criteria listed above, you are encouraged to participate in the inclusion intent to register process. Click the 'inclusion intent to register (summer 2022)' drop-down below to submit your preferences. 

Types of inclusion supports

The City of London offers three different designated inclusion support options at our group day camp locations.

  1. 1:1 support is available for up to two weeks of camp.
  1. The City will accommodate and pay for a family’s support person for up to two weeks of summer camp and to attend any location (limited spots available). Some restrictions may apply; please contact our Camp Recreation Supervisors for details.
  2. If families are providing their own support worker, they can attend as many weeks of the summer as they would like at any location (dependent on ratios permitted and COVID-19 restrictions). Some restrictions may apply; please contact our Camp Recreation Supervisors for details.
Inclusion intent to register (summer 2022)

The intake process for 1:1 designated inclusion support campers will be completed in three steps for summer day camp programs in 2022. Please note that 1:1 spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis based on the time of your survey submission. If the spaces are available, you will receive a phone call from our Camp Supervisors regarding placement opportunities. If the spaces are available, you will receive a phone call from our camp supervisors regarding placement opportunities. If the spaces are unavailable you will be notified via email that you have been placed on a waitlist.

1. The intent to register process has now closed, and all spots have been filled. Please email inclusiondc@london.ca if you would like your camper to be placed on the waitlist. In this email, please indicate the site(s) and week(s) you would like your camper to be enrolled in, if a spot were to come available.

2. If assigned a space, families must complete the financial transaction and formal registration process with a member of our customer service team.

Please note: Families will be required to complete and submit a recent All Kids in Camp Form once registration is complete.

All Kids in Camp Form

Fall and winter day camps

Please visit Play Your Way online or call 519-661-5575 to register for a winter program. If you require financial assistance, please visit our child care fee subsidy program page.

Day camps are a safe and fun way for kids to stay active and make friends. We are offering modified day camp programs that adhere to provincial guidelines and follow COVID-19 safety measures.

We will be offering single day PA day programs to support school-age children throughout the academic year. Registration for winter day camp programs will be announced in November. At this time we will not be offering 1 to 1 inclusion support during our fall and winter day camp programs. If this changes, updates will be found on our webpage, as well as in our camp registration.

Please be aware that these dates are subject to change based on local COVID-19 restrictions and decisions made by the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board.

PA day camps

Friday, March 4, 2022 (registration opens on Wednesday, December 8, 2021)

  • Locations: Kinsmen Recreation Centre and Boyle Memorial Community Centre
  • Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, June 3, 2022 (registration opens on Wednesday, March 9, 2022)

  • Locations: Kinsmen Recreation Centre and Boyle Memorial Community Centre
  • Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Day camp programs will also be offered during 2021 winter break and 2022 March break. Registration dates and program locations will be confirmed a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the program start date and updated on the website accordingly.

March break camp (registration now live)

Day camp programs are offered during the March Break holiday that aligns with that of the Thames Valley District School Board, and London Catholic District School Board. These programs involve crafts, spring-themed activities, outdoor play, and more! Registration for these programs will close March 7, 2022.

When will March Break camp be offered?

  • March 14 – March 18, 2022 (must register for all 5 days due to camper cohort guidelines)

Where will March Break camp be offered?

  • Boyle Memorial Community Centre (General Day Camp)
  • East Lions Community Centre (General Day Camp)
  • Kinsmen Recreation Centre (General Day Camp)
  • South London Community Centre (General Day Camp)

Please visit Play Your Way online or call 519-661-5575 to register for our PA day and winter camp programs. Day camp FAQ information can be found at the bottom of the page.

If you require financial assistance, please visit our child care fee subsidy program page.

Leader in Training program

The leader in training program is a three-tier program that focuses on building leadership in our teen community members, while also preparing them for child and youth recreation leadership opportunities.

Please visit Play Your Way online for details regarding locations and offerings. 

Leader in Training 1

This program is the first step in the Leadership Training continuum. It consists of 14 classroom hours and 6 to 8 hours of placement experience in a City of London children’s program (experience will be COVID-19 dependent). Some topics covered are communication skills, leadership styles and child development. Placement hours can be used towards high school volunteer hours. Participants MUST attend ALL classes in order to receive certification.

  • Cost: $81
  • Age: 13 to 18 years old
  • The Leader in Training 1 program is a pre-requisite for Leadership in Training 2
Leader in Training 2

This program is the second step in the Leadership Training continuum. It consists of 16 classroom hours and 15 to 20 hours of placement experience in a City of London children’s program (experience will be COVID-19 dependent). Some topics covered are program planning, organizational skills, and teamwork. Placement hours can be used towards high school volunteer hours. Participants must attend ALL classes in order to receive certification.

  • Cost: $144
  • Age: 14 to 18 years old
  • The Leader in Training 2 program is a pre-requisite for Leadership in Training 3
Leader in Training 3

This is the final step in the Leadership Training continuum. It consists of 20 classroom hours and 15 to 20 hours of placement experience in a City of London children’s program (experience will be COVID-19 dependent). Some topics covered resume writing, interview preparation and certification in HIGH FIVE. Placement hours can be used towards high school volunteer hours.

  • Cost: $189
  • Age: 15 to 18 years old

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What are the hours of operation for camp?

Core program hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with assigned parent or guardian pick-up and drop-off times. Families will be assigned a 15-minute drop-off time between the hours of 8 to 9 a.m. and a 15-minute pick-up time of between the hours of 4 and 5 p.m. and will be notified of their designated time via email one week prior to camp begins. No extended care will be offered at this time. 

NOTE: Please ensure your Play Your Way Online registration account includes an email address you check frequently. 

Will I have the opportunity to speak to a staff member prior to the camp? 

You will receive an email one week prior to the program start date with forms you will need to fill out, instructions on our drop-off and pick-up procedures, other program details and guidelines that you and your child need to be aware of as well as general information about the program. If you still have questions after reading through the information, the email will include an option to have a phone conversation with the Coordinator prior to the program start date. As our staff are busy with preparations and training, we ask that you wait to ask questions until you receive this email.

NOTE: Please ensure your Play Your Way Online registration account includes an email address you check frequently. 

What are the staff ratios this year?

Our staffing model will be one leader for each group of eight to ten children, with additional staff present for planning, oversight, coordination and cleaning. Siblings and members of the same household will be included in the same group as much as possible.

I have an urgent question. Who can I contact?

Urgent questions can be forwarded to recreation@london.ca. We will reply as soon as possible.

Last modified:Monday, May 02, 2022