Welcome to Today’s Family Camp Programs!
Today’s Family is open for play all year round. We engage children and families with fun and innovative camp programs throughout the neighbourhoods we serve. Our programs are built around emergent curriculum following “How Does Learning Happen?” pedagogy. We believe that learning happens best through play, with engagement, expression, belonging, and well-being at the centre. Our camp programs provide opportunities for children to meet new friends, explore their communities, and have a lot of fun!
Are you thinking about joining us this summer? Learn more about our camp programs and take a look at what we have planned this summer on this page. If you have any questions, please connect with us!
Contact our Day Camp Team at [email protected]
SUMMER BREAK CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. STAY TUNED FOR WINTER CAMP 2022/23 REGISTRATION LAUNCHING IN FALL.
Locations for 2022 Summer Camps
Camps will take place each week, July 4 through August 26, 2022 at locations below.
More information on week to week activities will be shared soon!
|Region||Costs per week|
|Hamilton||Kinder – $ 227.50
Adventure/Extreme – $220.50
|Halton||Kinder – $ 230
Adventure/Extreme – $230
|Haldimand -Norfolk||Kinder/Adventure – $195|
Frequently Asked Questions
When does Camp run?
March, Summer and Winter breaks, and on P.A Days
Do we have to sign up for the entire summer?
You can sign up on a week-by-week basis.
Are you peanut-free?
We enforce a strict “nut free” policy. And more than that, we are also “allergy aware,” meaning that certain foods will be prohibited at certain centres based on the needs of the children at that centre. Please contact your local program supervisor for more information.
Does Summer Camp run on holidays?
Summer Camp is closed for all Canadian statutory holidays, including Canada Day and the August long weekend.
What should my camper bring to camp each day?
- A healthy, nut-free lunch
- Swim suit and towel
- Sun protection (a hat, personal sunscreen)
- Refillable water bottle
- Comfortable shoes and clothing
Are electronics allowed?
We ask that campers not bring any valuables to camp. This includes: cell phones, electronic devices and games.
Is financial assistance available?
Qualifying families may be eligible for subsidy through the Social Development and Early Childhood Services Child Care Fee Subsidy Office. For further information, please call:
City of Hamilton: 905 546 4870
Halton Region: 905 825 6000
Haldimand Norfolk: 519 426 6170
What do I do if my camper is not a strong swimmer?
We have many protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety during their time at camp. All of the Kinder Campers are kept within arm’s reach of a staff member at all times and will not enter water beyond waist deep. Kinder Campers will only be visiting pools and lakes with gradual entry overseen by certified lifeguards.
Regardless of age, should your camper require a lifejacket, please bring one along. If this is not possible, all of the locations that we visit offer the use of life jackets for the day.
What COVID protocols are in place to ensure safety?
At Today’s Family we believe in the importance of vaccination in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 within our program environments. In order to maintain safety and well-being of children and families we:
- Ensure that all of our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19
- Follow the advice of local public health officials
- Enhance cleaning and disinfecting
- Encourage mask use and physical distancing
Ensure that individuals self-screen every day before attending program using the provincial screening tool. All individuals must follow the monitoring and isolation advice outlined in the screening tool.
Hot Weather Policy To ensure the health and safety of all, camp staff will modify activities to accommodate for hot weather. There will be more indoor time and less strenuous activities with more frequent water breaks. This will allow all campers to enjoy even the hottest days.
Volunteer and Student Supervision Policy Safety and well-being of children is our top priority. Only Today’s Family staff will have the direct responsibility for the supervision of children in the camp programs. Please note: Volunteers and students are not considered part of the staff / caregiver-to-child ratio.
Nutrition Policy Today’s Family provides snacks in accordance with the Canada Food Guide. Menus are posted and copies are also available to families. Please be sure to alert us of any allergies or food restrictions. If possible, we will try to provide an alternative. Please bring a nut-free lunch and refillable water bottle every day.
Guiding Behaviour Today’s Family uses re-direction and positive behaviour guidance techniques appropriate to the child’s age to promote self-discipline and healthy relationships with each other and their environment.
Serious Occurrences Serious occurrences that happen in your child’s Camp Program are posted at the program location for your information.
What is so great about Today’s Family Summer Day Camps?
They are run by Today’s Family. Although we don’t usually toot our own horn, it’s true that we are one of the leading providers of early learning and child care in Ontario with more programs than you have fingers or toes. With over 40 years’ experience in play, we are a non-profit, charitable agency serving more than 4,000 children (and their parents and caregivers) in Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand-Norfolk and surrounding areas.
They are peanut-free And healthy, too! All of our snacks are vegetarian as well, and we try to avoid all the common allergens.
We explore the natural world. Our camp programs take full advantage of local parks and play spaces throughout our communities. In partnership with the children, we engage in outdoor play that helps build meaningful relationships with nature.
We explore your community. Our programs belong to the community. Throughout the week, our camp programs make connections to community spaces (e.g swimming pools and libraries), events, and partners that help to enhance opportunities for play and allow for children to build a strong sense of belonging within their neighbourhoods.
We encourage children to lead. We believe that learning happens best through play. Working in partnership with children, we invite them to express and pursue their interests. We encourage children to be curious, ask questions, and express their ideas.