Creative, Computer, Sports, Spy and Much More
There are specific camps out there for each child of any age, whether your camper is a future sports star, a budding artist a burgeoning scientist or a thrill seeker ready to leave the nest for the summer.
Camp is not just about singing around the campfire and making friendship bracelets. There are a lot of choices out there. Summer with a great camp can create a memory of a lifetime.
To foster the creative juices
The Nepean Creative Arts Centre and the Nepean Visual Arts Centre offer a variety of creative camps for your budding artists. Both full day and half day camps are offered for children ages six to 12 years old, as well as complimentary childcare before and after camp. These specialized camps include: Digital Camera Stop Motion Animation, Print Making and Photoshop and Summer Student Theatre. www.ottawa.ca/arts
Ottawa School of Art Summer Camp is host to themed camps for kids ages six to15 years old. Campers have the experience to test out all types of artistic mediums like: papier-mâché, silk screening, animation, photography, sculpture and mixed media. The Ottawa School of the Arts has a base downtown and one in Orleans. www.artottawa.ca
Arts by the Lake Camp at Long Bay Camp is located in Westport, not too far from Ottawa. This overnight camp offers specialized camps in visual arts, drama, music and dance for children and teenagers. The camp program involves drawing, painting, mask making, sculpting, photography, and theatre and these programs are all taught talented art teachers who are specialists in their specific field of study. Along with the camper’s choice in arts, campers experience the more traditional facets of overnight camp, including swimming, canoeing, campfires and themed events. www.longbaycamp.ca
5 Star Fine Arts Camp focuses on a different medium each week. The camp is designed to lead campers through activities and exercises that sharpen their drawing and painting skills resulting in a finished piece of work. Some weeks focus on oil painting, some sculptures, papier-mâché, or ink. 5 Star Camp also offers Music Camp and Dance Camp. In the afternoons your budding artist will take part in the adventure and sport camp activities too. www.5starcamps.ca
For the curious learner
Adventures in Engineering and Science at the University of Ottawa are perfect for the most curious of kids. A week long camp, dedicated to support kids to discover, learn about and create science and technology. The camp is run on the University of Ottawa’s campus, led by engineering and science undergraduate students. Campers get the chance to explore the university labs, run experiments and dissect bugs. Adventures also has a bursary camp for families in financial need and travels to numerous communities like Boys and Girls Clubs and Aboriginal Friendship Centres to offer fully subsidized weeks to kids in need. www.adventures.uOttawa.ca
At Spy Camp your little camper will become spies-in-training. At this camp located in the Diefenbunker, seven to 12 year olds have the opportunity to learn how to break codes, develop a disguise, use gadgets and go on scavenger hunts, at this authentic Cold War bunker. Going undercover all week long will have your camper return home with the mastered skills of a real secret spy. Each week has a different focus and theme, so the more weeks your child attends the better spy skills your child will develop. www.diefenbunker.ca
Does your little camper love planes? Do they want to learn to fly? At Canada Aviation and Space Flight Camp girls and boys from ages six to twelve have the opportunity to fly over the city. Throughout the week campers take part in games, historical tales of aviation adventures, crafts and science experiments. All of which help to develop a better understanding of flight, Canadian history and Canadian pride. www.aviation.technomuses.ca
CKCU Radio Camp is a truly unique camp experience. It’s the only camp in Ottawa that teaches kids between the ages nine and 12 to be a live radio star. CKCU Radio Camp has been taking place during March break and summer camps since 2001. The camp ends with a 2-hour broadcast made by the kids that includes live interviews, camper’s music selections, radio plays, weather and much more. You can hear your camper’s creative broadcast on 93.1 FM. www.ckcufm.com/radio-camp
For the active kid
Rideau Canoe Club Summer Camps is a great day camp option for the kids that love the outdoors. It’s a week long camp with a focus on safe paddle sports. There are options for your camper depending on their paddling experience. Canoe Kids Camp is a week long camp that focuses on all aspects of paddling, while Regatta Ready is a 2-week pre-competitive camp for young paddlers. There is also a full day summer long competitive camp for those who have mastered the paddling sport. Campers will be able to try canoes, kayaks, war canoes and dragon boats. www.rideaucanoeclub.ca
Carleton University Sports Camp really lets the kids try it all. The camp makes full use of the university’s unrivaled indoor facilities. Campers get to test out: basketball, fencing, soccer, tennis, squash, hockey, volleyball, Ultimate, European handball, rugby, softball, field hockey, badminton, ringette, arts and crafts. The Sports camp includes the chance to learn 5 sports a week, swimming lessons at Carleton Pool, a full cafeteria lunch, t-shirt and end of day recreational swim. They also offer specialty camps to give young athletes a more intense training experience, with Carleton’s elite athletes to support the up and coming stars. www.carleton.ca/camps
Spring Action summer camp will teach your child to fly! This camp offers trampoline and circus day camps for children as young as three and up to 15 years. With an emphasis on the trampoline, this camp also teaches juggling, stilts, unicycle, trapeze and more. The venue has six Olympic size trampolines, a bungee harness system and circus equipment. The camp can be scheduled for one or two week periods. All instructors have extensive training in the sport of trampoline and are trained coaches by the National Coaching Certification Program. At the end of the session older campers will perform in a Grand Finale Circus Show to show off their newly acquired skills. www.springaction.ca
The Ottawa Senators Hockey Camps provides top instruction on and off the ice. The camp uses ice time and off ice high tempo drills to maximize the physical and mental development of each play. The Senator hockey camps are designed for all ages and abilities as they include Elite Camps, Non-Competitive Camps and a Start Right Camp for beginners. No matter your camper’s skill level, they’ll leave feeling like a hockey pro. www.bellsensplex.ca/programs-summer-hockey-camps.php
Compiled by Michelina Teti.
Editor’s Note: This article is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all camps available to readers. If you’ve had a great experience with a camp not listed here, then drop us a line and give us the details.