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Day camps and holiday programs

 
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Kids at day camp
Day camp fun!
 

Keep the kids happy and active with our award-winning day camps and holiday programs. We offer a variety of fun, challenging and educational programs including swimming, sports, arts and more.

Day camps are offered during summer break, school holidays (Christmas, Spring Break), Professional Days and Teachers' Convention. Available at locations across Calgary for children ages 3 – 17.

Program registration dates

Program registration
Register now for Fall 2014 (Sept - Dec) programs
Nov 17, 2014 Winter 2015 (Jan - Mar) program registration begins
Feb 23, 2015 Spring/Summer 2015 (Apr - Aug) program registration begins (including summer day camps)
To find programs check out our Online Recreation Program Guide.
Day Camps Recreation Program Guide

Day camps

To find day camp programs available right now, see Recreation's Day Camps Program Guide or build your custom program guide with My Rec Guide.

Parks also offers a number of nature day camps throughout the year.

Arts camps

We offer Arts Ventures programs for children during school breaks, winter holidays and summer holidays.

To find arts camps check out the Arts Centres program guide, build your own guide with My Rec Guide, or search the Arts - Visual section of the Online Recreation Program Guide.

Soccer Centre Day Camps

The Calgary Soccer Centre is offering day camps this summer! Check out our new sport camps that will keep your kids active all day long.

Questions about registration? 

Visit registration for recreation programs.

Safety and supervision

Strict guidelines and supervision are provided in all day camp programs. To ensure the health and safety of participants, the programs have the following standards in place:

Young girl at day camp
Arts and crafts at a summer day camp
 
  • Day camp staff are selected on the basis of experience, ability to relate to children, and leadership skills. Staff receive training and are certified in Standard First Aid, CPR, and the High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development.
  • Lower ratios are in place for preschool and some speciality programs.
  • All participants MUST be the appropriate age by the first day of the program.
  • Most camps include swimming. A secure area is provided to store participant belongings while in the pool. All participants are required to wear lifejackets (provided) and/or successfully complete a swimming ability check.
  • Children aged two years DO NOT need to be toilet trained. There is no swimming included in these camps.
  • We do not recommend full day participation for 2 – 4 year olds as camps are very active and there is no rest time.

Children with disabilities are welcome

Our day camps welcome and include children with disabilities. Please make us aware of any disabilities or behavioural needs that may affect your child's participation. While our goal is inclusive participation, there are times when a child requires more support than our current ratios are able to provide and day camp supervisors reserve the right to request an aide. If required, it is the parent's responsibility to arrange for and provide the aide. Please contact the day camp supervisor to obtain the Aide Expectation Information.

Pre-care, post-care and lunch supervision

City of Calgary Recreation - winner of the 2011 Calgary's Child "Parents C​​hoice Award" for best children's day camps.
City of Calgary Recreation - winner of the 2012 Calgary's Child "Parents C​​hoice Award" for best children's day camps.
 

Pre and post care is offered at most facilities for an additional fee. Pre-care at the Leisure Centres and Aquatic and Fitness Centres begins at 7:30 a.m. and post-care ends at 5:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required so it can be appropriately staffed.

  • For the Leisure Centre camps only: daily pre and post care registration is permitted and registration is not available online. Please call 403-268-3800 or visit a Leisure Centre to register. Online registration is not available at the Leisure centres due to those locations offering both a daily and weekly registration option. 
  • Golf Camps: Pre and post care is not available
  • Art Centres: Pre care begins at 8:30 and post care ends at 4:30.  Pre-registration is not required.
  • Lunch supervision is free for those children who are in two half-day camps or one full-day camp; no registration is required. Supervision is provided for all day camp participants during the lunch hour.

Pick-up and emergency information

To save time on the first day of camps, we recommend that the Day Camp Participant Information Form be filled in, signed and ready to hand in on the first day. This will ensure we have all your current important information on hand, and will save parents time on the first day. For the safety of all participants, authorized pick-up persons may be asked to produce photo ID. Please read your City of Calgary Recreation Receipt to ensure you have completed all the required forms for your child’s specific program.

Need a reminder? Sign up for an e-mail reminder to bring your forms before your program starts.

Day Camp FAQ’s

1. What’s the ratio of children to leaders?

The ratios are different at each facility but do not exceed 1:15

2. Can my child be with their friend?

If the friend is the same age and registered in the same program, then yes, your child can be with their friend if possible.  Sometimes groups have to be separated for different activities. The final decision will be left up to the programming staff.

3. What are the exact activities during the camp? 

The activities vary in each camp.  The camp description found in the Recreation Program Guide or on-line is the best indicator of which activities will be included in each camp.

4. What should the children bring to camp? 

Please refer to the day camp handbook for details on what children should bring with them to camp.

5. Should kids bring their own towels for swimming?

Yes most facilities can loan a towel to a child but they are expected to provide their own.

6. How much time is spent in the pool and at what time do they go into the pool? 

This varies by facility and program.

7. Does the whole group go in for swimming lessons together? 

Where possible yes.

8. How much time is spent with outdoor activities? 

This varies by facility, program and weather.

9. What the off location trip is for the camps? 

The off-trip locations for all camps is indicated in the Recreation Program Receipt that is emailed to all registrants.

Village Square Leisure Centre was awarded Most Inclusive Organization in 2011 by Between Friends Calgary as a direct result of the inclusion workers who staff their summer day camps.