In keeping with Provincial regulations, as of September 22, the City of London will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain City recreation programs, services and facilities.
Our summer day camps and neighbourhood playground programs are now closed for the season. Please check back in early 2022 for details on future summer program offerings.
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 programs to support school-age children throughout the academic year. These will be available during the scheduled PA days for both the TVDSB and LDCSB school boards. Registration for fall day camp programs will open on Tuesday, September 7 at 8:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Registration for winter day camp programs will be announced in November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Participants will be screened for symptoms upon arrival, which will be recorded on the sign-in sheet and kept on record for purposes of contact tracing. The sign-in process will take place outside and physical distancing will be enforced.
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.
Campers will be screened for symptoms upon arrival, which will be recorded on the sign-in sheet and kept on record for purposes of contact tracing. The sign-in process will take place outside and physical distancing will be enforced. Families will be assigned a drop-off time and pick-up time, and will be required to adhere to their assigned times in order to avoid mixing with other camper groups. Staff will be keeping daily records of anyone (e.g., camp 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.
Staff will be required to complete a daily health screening and will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as required by guidelines. 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, the Middlesex London Health Unit and in alignment with the City of London Mandatory Face Covering Bylaw, 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.
General day camp information
The City of London is offering a limited number of modified day camps at select community centres throughout fall 2021 and winter 2022.
Day camps will be available at select community centres for children ages 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.
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.
Surprise day camp
Surprise day camp is a specialized program to support youth between the ages of 12 to 21 years old with special needs. 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.
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 of the following criteria:
The City of London offers three different designated inclusion support options at our group day camp locations.
The intake process for 1:1 designated inclusion support campers will be completed in two 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 unavailable you will be notified via email that you have been placed on a waitlist.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
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 this year.
NOTE: All campers must be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian aged 16 years or older who can attest to the camper’s health. Campers will not be allowed to sign themselves in or out.
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.
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.
Urgent questions can be forwarded to . We will reply as soon as possible.