Counsellor and Day Camper

Now Hiring for Day Camp Summer 2017

We hire counsellors who are energetic, skilled role-models that believe that camp experiences should stay with you for life. If this is you, download our YMCA Day Camp Employment Package now.

YMCA Day Camp Family Night

Day Camp Family Night

Calling all campers and families! You're invited to attend our Annual Summer Day Camps Family Night at Camp Chippewa. Join us for games, activites, food, and a chance to canoe or hit a bullseye.

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Summer 2017 Guide

Find full program details in the YMCA Day Camps Summer 2017 guide.

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Keep your kids active and happy this summer while helping them grow and learn! YMCA Summer Day Camps offer kids age 4-13 fun-filled days of activities like swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and games. Watch their confidence grow as they make new friends, have fun and develop lifelong skills.

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Day Camp Administrative Office
79 James Street South
Hamilton, Ontario  L8P 2Z1
p. 905-317-4929

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Canoe Camp

Canoe Camp is a specialty camp at Camp Chippewa for campers who want to specialize in developing canoeing skills as part of their camp experience. Instructors create fun activities that emphasize safety and the fundamentals of canoeing. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities. Children must wear a life jacket while in the canoe. Campers will receive a...

Camp Chippewa

Enjoy a traditional outdoor Day Camp experience at Camp Chippewa located at Christie Conservation Area. Our site includes spacious playing fields, a beautiful wooded area for supervised explorations, and a safe waterfront setting. Throughout the week campers will have the opportunity to swim, hike, play field games, do arts and crafts, archery, wilderness and environmental pursuits and canoeing....

Camp Fundamentals

In Camp Fundamentals you will experience the magic of the outdoors and learn valuable camping skills in a fun environment at Camp Chippewa. Campers learn to set-up a campsite, build and start a fire,cook over a fire,no-trace camping, and a variety of survival techniques. Sleepouts are held once a week on Thursday (weather permitting). Campers will prepare snacks, sing songs by the campfire, and...


Learn about the environment and the world around you through fun activities and wilderness games. Activities focus on nature education, science and outdoor games that promote learning through fun. Weekly themes include: air, water, weather, animal tracks and eco-systems. Located at Camp Chippewa. Campers will also enjoy a full camp program, including camp classics such as swimming, archery, arts...

Kayak Camp

Kayak Camp is for campers who want to specialize in developing kayaking skills as part of their camp experience at Camp Chippewa. Instructors create fun activities that emphasize safety and the fundamentals of kayaking. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities. Campers must wear a life jacket while in the canoe or kayak. Campers will receive a skill...

KidVenture Camp

YMCA KidVenture Camp provides your camper the opportunity to explore their creativity in a fun and safe environment. Activities include: arts and crafts, drama and dance, swimming, co-operative games, outdoor play and theme days. Each week, campers have a special activity, such as a guest speaker. Staff to camper ratio is 1:10 (age 6) and 1:12 (ages 7-13). Register Now

Sports Camp

YMCA Sports Camp keeps kids focused on sportsmanship, participation, fair play, fitness and team spirit. Your camper will learn basic fundamental movement skills through fun and interactive activities including swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, football, team games and arts and crafts. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12. Register Now

Stepping Stones

YMCA Stepping Stones is a fun-filled indoor camp where your young camper will play, learn and discover in a safe and supervised setting. Your little ones will begin to learn basic movements such as throwing, hopping, running and kicking a ball. Activities include arts and crafts, songs and music, theme days and swimming. (Life jackets provided.) Through an exciting collaboration with the Hamilton...

Helping Hands

Helping Hands offers 1:1 support for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities so they can enjoy a summer camp experience alongside their peers. The YMCA is here to make it possible for your child with special needs to make new friends, try new things and enjoy the exciting opportunities that are part of this experience. As a camper attending one of our YMCA Summer Day Camp...

Day Camps (Haliburton)

For campers residing or visiting Haliburton in the summer, YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is a wonderful option. Day campers participate in both land and water-based programs and have the opportunity to go on an overnight during each one-week session. It's a fabulous YMCA Wanakita adventure for those who are staying nearby.

The YMCA offers Summer Day Camps at eight locations in Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford. We also offer a Day Camp at YMCA Wanakita, our camp in Haliburton, which can be found here.

View the Day Camp Summer 2017 brochure

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