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Are you trying to make summer plans for your kids? Here's our 2012 Summer Camp Guide full of fabulous camps from across Durham Region and the GTA! Whatever your child's interest (from hockey to art to dance and tennis and much more), we've got you covered.



Summer Riding Camp at Wake Robin Farm:
The Country Life Experience Camp includes 2 rides per day, horsemanship, small animal care, gardening, theme days, lunches provided, Thursday Night Camp Out and much more. 5021 Vivian Rd, Stouffville 416-526-1298

N.A.S.C. Hockey 3rd Annual Summer Skills Program at the Oshawa Legends Centre starting July 3rd
for eight weeks. Cost is $240/player
Session #1 - 6:15pm (2006 - 2008)
Session #2 - 7:15pm (2003 - 2005)
Session #3 - 8:15pm (1999 - 2002)
For information visit

Durham College Sports Camp Providing fun opportunities for your child to try a variety of sports, or improve on fundamentals and game strategy of one sport. Camps are taught by top instructors who provide the highest quality of care. Basketball, baseball/softball, badminton, volleyball, soccer, golf and multi-sport!

Live and breathe horses, cattle and ranch life at Horse Wish Summer Camps! Learn to jump and rope. Develop your riding and horsemanship skills in small-group lessons. Engage in fun ranch crafts and games, swim, and make new friends!

Protege Dance Company in Ajax is offering a 4-WEEK Summer Dance Program, ACRO Intensive and our annual SUMMER HEAT DANCE INTENSIVES for students of all ages and levels (3 yrs and up). Dance is a fantastic way to stay fit and have fun! For more info call 905-231-2111 or email

CG SwimSchool in Whitby, indoor swim lessons available year round. Contact Cathy at 905-430-6765 or Certified Red Cross/Royal Lifesaving programs. NCCP certified competitive swim strokes/skills improvement classes also available upon request.

Ajax Acros Fun and exciting GYMNASTICS and TRAMPOLINE camps! Over the summer we offer recreational camps for participants aged 3- 10+ yrs. Circuits, games, crafts and much more! Sign up to join us this summer!

Canlan Ice Sports in Oshawa offers a variety of summer camps including: Learn to Skate Camp, Bunnies Ringette Camp, Lacrosse Camps, Olympic Spirit Week, Wacky Water Week and many more.

Summer Skate Camps are offered full and half days...before and after care available. Skating Lessons, Arts & Crafts, Games (great for kids starting Hockey or Ringette this fall) at Laurie's Learn to Skate in Pickering. Evening and weekend summer classes also available.

Pickering Athletic Centre Join us this summer as we take a Trip around the World in anticipation of the Olympics. Each of our camp weeks we will explore a different country through Gymnastics, Trampoline, Crafts and Games.

Summer Tennis Camps in Whitby with MATCHPOINT TENNIS. For Juniors of all skill levels, ages 5-16. Full day & half day programs with camps running weekly, extended care is available. For more information please check our website: or call 905-924-2700

Mill Run Golf Club, Uxbridge - Summer Junior Development Camp (Ages 8 to 15) Your child will acquire all the skills needed to take their golf game to the next level. Instruction, fitness & games are part of each day. At least 9 holes will be played each day. Please click here for further details.

What a fantastic experience for a child! Sportball camps focus on the eight core Sportball sports, arts and crafts, snack time, stories, music, co-operative games and theme days. Camps are run indoors and outdoors, depending on the location and weather.



Mad Science Camps offer sensational, hands-on science along with all kinds of indoor and outdoor fun for 5-12 year olds. With 8 locations in the GTA and 6 different themed camp weeks to choose from. Countless amazing, daily take-home activities like Rockets, Birdhouses, Space Shuttles, Chess Sets, Telescopes and more!

Creative Math & Music Summer has never been so cool! Our popular summer music camps are filling up fast! At our camps, the children learn to play musical instruments, form a band, write and record songs, produce a rock video and perform at a final concert.

GLAMA GALS The Place for Tweens this Summer for trendy Glam Fun. GG Camp is Awesome! It will entertain & educate! Created by moms, estheticians, teachers and tweens! Unbelievably GLAMALICIOUS -- we Pinky Promise! Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 3rd - August 30th. Register early - avoid disappointment.

Ontario Science Centre Summer Day Camp Discover and explore with hands-on science activities, an IMAX film and exclusive access to exhibit halls. This year's weekly camps: Circus Science and Planet Science. Tel: 416-696-3256 Email:

Pickering Music House offers Summer Music Camp for 3-10 yr olds. This year it's Musical Pirates, where we will sing, play, create, dance, learn and have fun! Daily music lessons, crafts, drama, outdoor activities & stories will ensure your little pirate has a blast.

Ceramics Canada offers half day and full day summer camp programs for ages 6 and up loaded with creativity and choices. Handbuilding & Pottery Wheel with clay, pottery painting and glass fusing will all help with skills development, fine motor skills as well as critical and creative thinking.

Bricks 4 Kidz camps are a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their school break! With specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz models, LEGO games galore, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun!

Interprovincial Music Camp programs include orchestra, band, musical theatre, jazz, rock, glee, songwriting and event production- challenging and inspiring young musicians from Grades 7 - 12. Campers fine-tune their skills, develop friendships, and forge a life-long love of music.

A Gift of Art Summer Camp for Kids (ages 4?10). Kids will learn painting, sculpting, and many other art techniques. Outdoor activities, reading and stories, snack times and more will be included throughout the day. Special workshops for 11-14 year olds. Check website for details. 905-987-2264

A new school year can be exciting but also overwhelming and challenging if not prepared! Is your child prepared for the high school MATH courses? Sign up today for SMART Academy's Summer Success MATH program! Visit our website for more details.

Tutorwiz Education Centre - Computer Camp. Students 6 to 14 years old including those with special learning needs. Create computer games, business cards, and PowerPoint presentations. Learn to operate a computer by voice and Assistive Technology applications (Kurzweil, WordQ, Smart Ideas, etc.). 100% fun and educational.

Spend your summer at The Second City! Play fun improv games, meet new friends! Improv accesses creativity, boosts self-confidence, develops spontaneity, playfulness. Watch our family revue! Perform in your own showcase! 1 & 2 week camps. Register today! 416-340-7270



Camp Diamond offers Family Camps and Girls programs throughout the summer. Enjoy the great outdoors while participating in an array of activities include Archery, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Canoeing, and much more.

The City of Oshawa offers you an unbeatable choice of 19 different camps to keep your child active and engaged this summer. A few of our featured camps are Mad Science Camp, Young Voyagers and Sport Specific Training Camp. To register or for more information, visit

Discovery Day Camp in Richmond Hill offers your child a hero's journey with endless opportunities for exploration, in a world of creativity, culture and socialization. Activities include photography, robotics, science, dance & beach volleyball. Out-door heated pool for daily swimming instructions. Hours are 9am-4pm with extended care available.

'Skills Work!' Camp: Calling grade 7 & 8s! Do something different this summer by checking out careers in the skilled trades & technologies! Try hands-on activities at this unique day camp at Durham College in Whitby from August 13-17. A potentially life-changing experience!

Children's House Montessori School in Port Perry offers camp programs for children age 2-12 years. The programming is a mixture of arts, sports & games as well as French and includes day trips to museums and natural settings as well as music.

The Municipality of Clarington provides 37 summer camps for children 4 to 16 years. Our camps include such favourites as Outdoor Adventure, Trip, Sports, Dodgeball, Arts, Jr. Chef, and multiple weeks of French Camp!

Not keeping your child's brain active during the summer can cost them 6 weeks of progress in the new school year. Don't wait and see how your child will do in September. Help prepare them for success with a summer at Oxford Learning! Inquire today about our many summer program options!

Girls Inc. of Durham summer day camps offered in Pickering, Whitby & Oshawa are uniquely designed to empower girls ages 6 to 12 with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to help achieve her full potential. Fun and engaging confidence building games, sports, activities, crafts, and field trips designed just for girls!

Great Beginnings Montessori School / Durham Elementary Private School Offering Excellence in Education Since 1984.Register now for Summer Camp!
Toddler Program (18 mos. - 3 yrs.)
Montessori Program (3 yrs. - 6 yrs.)
Extended Daycare. Elementary Program - Enhanced Ontario Curriculum Gr. 1-8. Specialized Teachers, Tutoring, After School Programs.

Adventure Valley Day Camp is Durham's Premier Summer Day Camp for children 2-15 years old! Located on a private site of 20 acres, with amazing sports facilities and an abundance of nature, this small day camp is an oasis for children and parents alike. Daily swim instruction and hot lunch service is all included in our camp program.

NYQUEST offers two unique opportunities for family vacations: Family Camp (Aug 30-Sept 2 in Haliburton) and Grandparent Camp (Oct 26-28 in Muskoka). Each program is geared towards deepening & strengthening the connections between all family members and creating a strong sense of community through the shared experience of camp.

Columbus Private School in Brooklin / North Oshawa, offers an Educational Day Camp for children 2.5 - 8 years! A fair balance between academic and camp activities! Exciting Themes Daily, Sports, Dance, Music, French, Art, Special Guests, Field Trips and more!!

Hatch House Montessori School Summer Camp. NEW exciting weekly themes for children 3-8 years of age. Science With Us, Sports-a-thon, Jungle Safari, Dance Around the World. Space is limited!!! Located in Whitby.

Money Smarts 4 Kids offers a day camp for your 9 - 14 year old exploring the value of money and how to EARN, SAVE, SHARE and INVEST. The iSave summer camp is loaded with fun, and lots of games and group exercises. Don't miss the Eary Bird Special!