Welcome to Today’s Family Summer Camp Programs!
As you probably know, Today’s Family is a non-profit charitable agency servicing children and families in and around Hamilton, Halton and Haldimand-Norfolk. We offer a wide range of early learning and child care programs, as well as parental support programs to help you and your child every step of the way. It’s professional, caring support that makes a real difference in the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children.
Available on a first-come, first-served basis, you can register for Today’s Family Summer Camps in the following ways:
- In person
- By mail: Today’s Family Camp Central Administration Office, 44 Greendale Drive, Hamilton, ON, L9C 5Z4
- By email: Download a registration package on this web page or email us at [email protected]
It’s not only about where we go… It’s also what we do when we get there.
Today’s Family programs are built around the Emergent Curriculum, which means our activities are always driven by your child’s interests and passions.
So when it comes to trips to exciting new places, our job as a camp is to plan where to go. What actually happens after we get there, though, is up to your child. That means no fixed schedule, no counselors making plans based on what they think your child will like; your child is king (or queen)! For example, if we go to the zoo and our campers want to spend all day watching the tigers, that’s what we do. And if we go to a water park and our campers want to skip the slides and spend all day in the wave pool, then we wave bye-bye to line-ups and spend the day getting washed away. It’s all good.
We offer four opportunities for your kids to have the time of their young lives: Kinder camp (4-6 years); Adventure Camp (7-9 years); Extreme Camp (10-12 years); and Leader-In-Training (13-16 years). Let us introduce you to each one, one at a time:
Kinder Camp, Ages 4 – 6 years
Our Kinder Camp is our youngest camp, for children aged 4-6. Kinder Camp’s curriculum fits its tiny campers, with an emphasis on play-based learning and exploration. Our Kinder Camps are well stocked with a myriad of art supplies as well as games, puzzles, and books.
That’s not to say that our Kinder Campers usually stay inside; our little bundles of joy can often be seen bouncing around a splash pad, singing songs, and chasing one another around trees. It’s never too early to learn about our community! Kinder Campers are also found exploring local libraries, fire stations, farmer’s markets and much more!
Our Kinder Campers enjoy the great outdoors. Introductory swimming lessons are offered, and they also have the opportunity to venture off on a weekly trip to farms, zoos, conservation areas and other exciting destinations.
Adventure Camp, Ages 7 – 9 years
Our largest camp by far, Adventure Camp is our camp for children aged 7-9. Adventure Campers engage in a variety of experiences such as community exploration and weekly excursions while interacting with their peers in a play-based learning environment. Adventure Campers also go on weekly trips. These trips are the highlight of the week and are included in the camp registration fee.
Extreme Camp, Ages 9 – 12 years
Our camp for our oldest age group, is for children aged 9-12. Extreme Campers come together for a summer of activity and fun. Extreme Camp is a bit different from our other programs: Extreme Campers still get dropped off at their local centres, but are then off for an adventure filled day.
When the sun is out, we’re out, going on hikes, swimming in creeks, learning to skip stones and catch frogs. If there’s any camp that is ‘Go, Go, Go!’ all the time, it’s Extreme.
Extreme Campers also go on trips together every Wednesday. These trips are the highlight of the week and are included in the camp registration fee.
L.I.T. (Leader-in-Training), Ages 13 – 16, Hamilton Only
Do you miss the “good old days” of camp? Want to help run a camp at your local centre? Then you should be a Leader in Training! L.I.T.s work alongside our trained staff and ease themselves into leadership and care-giving roles. Our 13 – 16 years Leader-in-Training Program provides a great opportunity for teens to develop communication skills in a team environment. Participants also learn how to supervise young children as they program/plan activities for them to learn and grow.
Registration Forms and Daily Guides (Schedules)
Frequently Asked Questions
When does Camp run?
During Summer months.
Do we have to sign up for the entire summer?
No, you can sign up on a week-by-week basis.
Are you peanut-free?
Although we’re ‘nuts’ about kids, all of our programs camps are very allergy-aware and Camp is no different! 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?
No, 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
Are electronics allowed?
In a word, ‘no.’ 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.
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 Only Today’s Family employees 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 parents and 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 use re-direction and positive behaviour guidance techniques appropriate to the child’s age to promote self-discipline and respect for others 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 30 years’ experience, 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 go swimmingly For all of our campers, getting wet is pretty much a daily occurrence. Don’t forget your bathing suit!
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 love the outdoors and we go on trips (lots and LOTS of trips!) Exciting trips to water parks, parks, conservation areas… the list goes on (and on)! Trip costs are included in your child’s registration fee.
We explore your community We want children to become valuable members of their communities, and so we introduce them to the best your neighbourhood has to offer!
Kids learn that reality is even cooler than virtual reality We love technology as much as anyone, but your child will learn that there’s way more to life than what is on his or her screen. Instead of hunching over a device all day imagining themselves in some virtual existence that doesn’t exist, your child will discover a real world full of wonder. Imagine that!