YMCA Summer 2021 Programs

This summer, shine a light on fun, friendship, and adventure! The Y offers a variety of interactive programs to keep children busy and safe all summer.

Go to the Summer Y Guide!

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Summer Programs

Keeping You Safe

Registration

FAQs

Summer Programming

The Y offers a wide variety of interactive programs to keep children busy and safe this summer break. In one of our enriching licensed Child Care, Day Camp or Virtual Programs, your child will enjoy fun activities and engage in exciting learning experiences while creating life-long memories with new friends. We also have fun outdoor adventures for the whole family to enjoy.

Choose your YMCA Summer Break program

Full-day Licensed Child Care

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  • for ages 4 to 12
  • conveniently located in over 100 locations throughout the GTA
  • programs led by Registered Early Childhood Educators
  • extended care is included in fee

Go to the Summer Y Guide to select your child care location!

Go to the Summer Y Guide!

Day Camp

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  • for ages 4 to 12
  • offered at over 30 locations
  • 1:1 Support available through the YMCA’s Integration and Accessibility Program
  • extended care and bussing available at additional fee
  • there are 15+ programs for your child to enjoy

Find more information on our locations and programs below:

Location Address
Ajax Lester B Pearson Y Day Camp 21 Coughlen St, Ajax
Brooklin Chris Hadfield Y Day Camp 160 Carnwith Drive West, Brooklin
Oshawa Mary St. Y Day Camp 99 Mary Street North, Oshawa
Oshawa Maxwell Heights Y Day Camp 1100 Coldstream Dr, Oshawa
Pickering Petticoat Creek Y Day Camp 1100 Whites Road South, Pickering
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Acton Park Avenue Y Day Camp 30 Park Avenue, Acton
Georgetown Trafalgar Road Day Camp 11643 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown
Milton E.C. Drury Y Day Camp 255 Ontario St. South, Milton
Milton Hitherfield Y Day Camp 2439 10th Side Road, Milton
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YMCA Camp Pine Crest 1090 Gullwing Lake Rd, Torrance
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Brampton Heart Lake Y Day Camp 10818 Heart Lake Road, Brampton
Brampton Union St. Y Day Camp 20 Union St., Brampton
Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd. Y Day Camp 325 Burnhamthorpe Rd. West, Mississauga
Port Credit Blyth Academy Y Day Camp 850 Enola Ave, Mississauga
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Downsview Park Blyth Academy Y Day Camp 75 Carl Hall Rd, Toronto
North York Y Day Camp 567 Sheppard Ave. East, North York
Toronto Broadview Avenue Y Day Camp 515 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Toronto Central Grosvenor St. Y Day Camp 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto
Toronto Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. Y Day Camp 461 Cherry Street, Toronto
Toronto Fieldstone Y Day Camp 2999 Dufferin Street, North York
Toronto Island Y Day Camp 9 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Toronto Leslie Street Y Day Camp 65 Curzon Street, Toronto
Toronto Roxborough Drive Y Day Camp 159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Ct. Y Day Camp 230 Town Centre Court, Scarborough
Toronto Shaw Street Y Day Camp 180 Shaw Street, Toronto
Toronto West End College St. Y Day Camp 931 College St., Toronto
Toronto Wineva Avenue Y Day Camp  140 Wineva Avenue, Toronto
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Markham YMCA Blvd. Rudy Bratty Y Day Camp 101 YMCA Blvd, Markham
Richmond Hill Swan Lake Y Day Camp 1229 Bethseda Sideroad, Richmond Hill
Stouffville Bruce's Mill Y Day Camp 3291 Stouffville Rd, Stouffville
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre 13300 Concession 11, Nobleton

Virtual Parent Information Nights
Available from March - May! To register, e-mail us at: Daycamp.Infonight@ymcagta.org

Date Time
March 24, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm
April 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm
May 26, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Virtual Programs

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  • for ages 4 to 12
  • online and interactive

Virtual Programs are delivered right to your home and lead by highly trained YMCA staff. Children will engage with peers, develop fundamental skills, have opportunities to learn, all in a safe virtual environment. 

In these 90-minute dance workshops, kids will learn foundational moves and grooves so they can dance confidently and have fun over the March Break. Each workshop will include warm-ups and dance-specific conditioning, and teach cross-style dance moves and cool choreography.

This 45 minute program will have your little ones starting their March Break right! This fun and active program will have preschoolers moving and grooving through the use of stories, songs, dancing and fun active games.

This certification program in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross will teach youth ages 9-13 the basics of staying home, being responsible, preparing for the unexpected, and so much more, including an introduction to First Aid. The program includes a workbook and certification along with 5 hours of online programming.

This live, interactive program is led by YMCA Day Camp Staff in a secure online platform. Campers will receive a Y-Camp in a Box containing all the materials they will need for their five days of camp, a values bead kit, and of course a piece of Y-Swag! Y-Camp in a Box will be delivered to your home the Friday before the program starts.
Jr. Virtual Creative Arts & Science Program (ages 6-8): 9:00am – 10:30am
Sr. Virtual Creative Arts & Science Program (ages 9-12): 11:00am – 12:30pm
Note: This program requires a secure internet connection and access to a tablet or laptop with webcam. Additional shipping charges for materials may apply outside of the GTA.

This interactive curriculum-based program is led by Ontario Certified Teachers and teacher candidates in a secure online platform. Participants will be grouped by grades 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6 to participate in engaging activities based around their Math curriculum.

  • Math: 9:00 - 12:30am
  • English: 11:00 - 12:30pm

Note: The Virtual Scholar Program is meant to compliment your child’s current curriculum and is not a replacement for it. This program requires a secure internet connection and access to a tablet or laptop with webcam. Participants must provide a Gmail address when registering.

Youth Leadership Programs

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  • for ages 12 to 16
  • 2 week Day Camp Programs or Multi Week Trips
  • Offered at Toronto Island and YMCA Camp Pine Crest

Toronto Island

We are now offering the Youth Leadership 1 & 2 at Toronto Island! Find more information below:

Leadership 1 develops foundational leadership skills through team building, trust, communication and initiative-based activities that will build strong confident leaders. Participants will take advantage of the Toronto Island location and enjoy canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding as well as archery, orienteering and cruising the waterfront trails by bike. During the session youth will give back to the Toronto Island community by planning and implementing a service-learning project. Every Thursday night youth are encouraged to stay until 8pm for a cook-out dinner and campfire where they will further their outdoor skills. Note: Staff will meet youth at the ferry dock on Wards Island daily at 9:15am. (Ferry is not included or supervised by YMCA staff)

Cost $600 per session

Dates Here are the following dates we have for our 2 week sessions:

  • July 5 - 16
  • July 19 - 30
  • August 9 - 20
  • August 23 - Sept 3
Register here!

Leadership 2 further develops leadership skills through workshop-based topics such as personality inventory, conflict resolution, camp program development and group facilitation that will build strong confident leaders. Youth will also discuss topics such as physical & mental wellbeing and inclusion. Participants will take advantage of the Toronto Island location and enjoy canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding as well as archery, orienteering and cruising the waterfront trails by bike. During the session youth will give back to the Toronto Island community by planning and implementing a service-learning project. Every Thursday night youth are encouraged to stay until 8pm for a cook-out dinner and campfire where they will further their outdoor skills. Note: Staff will meet youth at the ferry dock on Wards Island daily at 9:15am. (Ferry is not included or supervised by YMCA staff)

Cost $600 per session

Dates Here are the following dates we have for our 2 week sessions:

  • July 5 - 16
  • July 19 - 30
  • August 9 - 20
  • August 23 - Sept 3
Register here!

Camp Pine Crest

YMCA Camp Pine Crest, located in Muskoka Ontario, provides leadership programs to teens aged 13-16! The following programs still have space this summer. Don’t miss out on the trip of a lifetime this summer and register today!

Program & Location 4 Week JLIT Algonquin Provincial Park

Dates July 3 - 30

Cost $4,200

Register here!

Program & Location 4 Week JLIT Coulonge River

Dates July 3 - 30

Cost $4,560

Register here!

Program & Location 4 Week SL French River

Dates August 3 - September 3

Cost $3,290

Register here!

Program & Location 4 Week SL French River

Dates July 3 - July 30

Cost $3,290

Register here!

Keeping You Safe

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of your children and our staff. Safety measures in all our Summer programs follow the latest public health directions, including:

  • screening all staff and children daily
  • keeping the same children and staff together
  • cleaning and disinfecting rooms, toys, and equipment frequently

For more details on the range of preventative measures we take in each program to reduce the potential of COVID-19 spreading, see below.

The Full-day Licensed Child Care safety programs follows the YMCA Child Care Guidelines for COVID-19. These guidelines are approved by the Ministry of Education Child Care and Early Years Licensing Branch and local Public Health Units and follow the most current recommendations provided by the Ministry of Health. All YMCA Child Care staff are trained to implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For full details on how the YMCA is making March Break safer for your family, see below:

Ministry of Education’s Guidance during COVID-19

This document outlines the new health and safety measures for child care operators in Ontario.

YMCA Child Care Revised Parent Handbook for COVID-19

This document outlines the revised health and safety measures in place at all YMCA Child Care centres.

Watch this short video to see how we’re making our licensed child care programs safer for you.

Camp programs follow the YMCA Summer Day Camp Guidelines for COVID-19 which are approved by the Ministry of Education Child Care and Early Years Licensing Branch and local Public Health Units, and follow the most current recommendations provided by the Ministry of Health. All YMCA camp staff are trained to implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For full details on how the YMCA is making summer safer for your family, see below:

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COVID-19 FAQs

Yes, Day Camps will be operating this summer and the first week of summer camp is July 5. For more information visit the Summer Y Guide.

Safety measures have been set by Public Health. For an in-depth look at the current safety measures please click here. In terms of Overnight Camp the government has yet to release regulations and we are closely monitoring their pending release to ensure we resume operations safely. .

Before participating in a Camps & Outdoor Education program, all participants and staff are screened with questions provided from Public Health that are designed to screen for illness.

All YMCA Camps & Outdoor Education staff are required to wear a mask. Masks are not required when eating or drinking. Staff that are facilitating the screening for staff and campers will wear a face shield and gloves.

All campers and participants will be required to wear masks and/or face coverings while at camp and in program. The only time masks are NOT required is when campers and partcipants are eating and drinking. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing their child(ren) with masks. If children are given disposable masks, we advise providing extra daily in case of contamination. As regulations continue to evolve, YMCA Camps & Outdoor education will follow the guidance of local public health units and provincial regulations.

At all times while campers, participants and staff are in program, physical distancing will be encouraged. All program offerings will be done in a safe manner with respect to physical distancing.

All locations will have thorough cleaning and disinfecting measures in place. There will be staff to dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting to ensure that this is being done. There will be limited shared spaces and equipment, and in the case that supplies are shared, there will be thorough cleaning between use.

Camp FAQs

Yes, we are providing busing to a number of Day Camp locations this summer. You can choose the bus stop and route that is best for you (if applicable) by going to the YGuide.

Unfortunately not. Full-week registration is required for Summer Break programs.

Yes, you will receive a full refund for any fees you have paid for any days that are cancelled.

Yes. In the event we are not able to operate at a location, we will communicate and work with those families affected.

Yes, you will receive a full refund for any fees you have paid for any days your child is absent due to COVID-19 symptoms.

Registration for Early Bird savings will continue until March 31, 2021.

Yes, you must first complete your registration and check out of your camp programs before registering for Extended Hours. Please note AM and PM individual options are no longer available and you will be registered for both. Spaces are limited.

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the YMCA Program Registration Office via email to register@ymcagta.org. Cancellation requests received at least 10 days before the start of camp will receive a refund minus an administration fee of $30 per program being cancelled. Cancellation requests received with less than 10 days’ notice will receive a refund minus an administration fee of 50% of the cost of the program being cancelled. Refunds will not be issued after the start of the program. A doctor’s note is required for cancellations due to medical reasons. Refunds are not granted for inclement weather. Refund requests received after September 3rd, of the current camp year will not be granted. Refunds take 2-3 weeks to process.

Registration

Register Online:

  1. First, visit the Summer Y Guide to build your family's custom summer schedule.

  2. If you know exactly what you want, you can visit YMCA eConnect registration portal directly

  3. Click the Login button and enter your Login ID and PIN

  4. Click the Programs tab to browse, then select ‘Add’ to register

  5. Check out from My Basket to make payment with a major credit card and receive an immediate confirmation of registration through email

Go to the Summer Y Guide!

Register by Phone:

647-439-6611 and 1-877-303-2267

Integration and Accessibility Program 1:1 Support

Available to families with children who require additional support while in YMCA programming. We do our best to ensure that every child is placed in a program that best supports their needs. Some sites are not fully accessible.

To register, please complete the online inquiry form. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2021.

Complete the Inquiry Form

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