COVID Alert: A variety of aspects for 2021 Summer Camps have been modified, and may continue to change without notice as provincial guidance changes. Please check or subscribe to this page regularly for updates.

Registration Opens: Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

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Summer Camps

En Plein Air - Nature-Based Oil Painting Camps

The Imagination Studio 

A NEW WAY FOR YOUR CHILD TO FILL THEIR CUP!

Summer Oil painting with Ashley is a series of nature-based painting classes. Kinda like the group of seven for kids!

Mornings feel magical as we ground into our easel space, close our eyes and notice the sounds of nature all around us. The world is beautiful. Our creativity is so moving. Now it’s time to reach for the stars and become the young painters our hearts feel called to be.

Together in our painting community, we will learn [real deal] painting techniques, colour theory, self-expression and all the fancy artsy things that will help unlock your child’s creative potential. Each day we will create an entirely new painting, starting fresh each morning. Students will be guided through specific painting compositions and bit by bit we will transform a blank canvas into beautiful expressions of landscape/nature inspired paintings. Art that lasts a lifetime. And yes! Your kids will create beautiful oil paintings in these workshops!

Each week of Oil Painting with Ashley offers different painting compositions, so if you child just loves to paint, they can join in on multiple camp weeks if they want! These are carefully curated painting experiences so we can maintain a cohesive learning rhythm and problem-solve collectively.

Three day camps are awesome because it gives families total weekend and long weekend flexibility without missing a day of camp!

WHAT'S INCLUDED: 

  • Access to artist quality oil paints, specific oil brushes, wooden palettes, oil mediums and spirits, artist canvas and substrates and supplies 
  • Aprons will be provided for use during classes 
  • Guided instruction, mindful leadership, an inspiring young painting community, intuitive play time, friendship and memories that last a lifetime

Tuesday July 6 - Thursday July 8 (3 days): Beautiful Joe Park 

Tuesday August 10 - Thursday August 12 (3 days): Memorial Park

  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
  • Ages 6 - 10
  • Early Bird: $210
  • Regular: $240
Tennis Camp

Paul Cornfield & Cliff Johnson 

Learn how to play tennis like a pro at Tennis Camp! This learn to play program is perfect for kids looking for an introduction to the sport or to further develop their skills. It's perfect for beginner to intermediate level kids. Coaches Paul & Cliff will have you serving aces almost like Serena Williams by the end of the week! 

Participants should bring their own tennis rackets. Please contact camp@meaford.ca if you do not have a racket. 

  • Monday July 5 - Friday July 9 (5 days) 
  • Meaford Tennis Courts 
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
  • Ages 6 - 12 
  • Early Bird: $125
  • Regular: $155
 Mountain Bike Camp - KINDER
For our Kinder camps, participants must be off training wheels and able to ride a two-wheeler on their own.

The main focus is building confidence on a bike — and having a ton of fun! We teach: proper riding techniques, trail etiquette, basic bike mechanics, road and trail safety, nature and forest values. Our focus is on the joy and thrill of riding, in a fun, supportive and safe environment. All of our programs and camps combine a mix of activities which support overall health, wellness and fitness, including forest lessons, fort building, scavenger hunts, and field games among others. 

Due to the small groups and participant-driven curriculum, kids can join multiple weeks and learn new and different skills each week.

Camp will run rain or shine!

Register for Mountain Bike Camp

  • Monday July 26 - Friday July 30 (5 days)
  • Tuesday August 3 - Friday August 6 (4 days)
  • Monday August 9 - Friday August 13 (5 days)
  • Beautiful Joe Park 
  • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Ages 4 - 6
  • Camp Fee: $260
 Mountain Bike Camp

RAD Adventures

The main focus is building confidence on a bike — and having a ton of fun!

We teach: proper riding techniques, trail etiquette, basic mechanic skills — from how to put a chain back on to how to fix a flat tire, use tools and adjust components — use of equipment, road and trail safety, nature and forest values, and that mountain biking is a sport that will keep them healthy, happy and strong their entire lives. Our focus is on the joy and thrill of riding, in a fun, supportive and safe environment.

All of our programs and camps combine a mix of activities which support overall health, wellness and fitness, including swimming (with lifejackets), paddle-boarding, forest lessons, fort building, interpretive conversations, and field games among others.

Due to the small groups and participant-driven curriculum, kids can join multiple weeks and learn new and different skills each week. Each day our coaches teach the students new skills on their bikes. Participants will also explore Meaford's nearby town-trails and forests.

Participants will have the opportunity to create courses for each-other in the field and build dirt jumps.

Camp will run rain or shine!

Register for Mountain Bike Camp

  • Monday July 26 - Friday July 30 (5 days)
  • Tuesday August 3 - Friday August 6 (4 days)
  • Monday August 9 - Friday August 13 (5 days)
  • Beautiful Joe Park 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Ages 7 - 11
  • Camp Fee: $348
 Swim Camps

Join our seasonal camp and aquatic staff for a week at the Blue Dolphin Pool! Kids participate in daily swim lessons and public swimming with a variety of activities in between! Campers will also receive a special lunch on Fridays! Full lessons provided. Passing is not guaranteed.

Swimmers unable to successfully complete the facility swim test for public swimming will be required to wear a lifejacket for the duration of public swims, despite swimmers ability. 

Due to COVID-19, parents/guardians/caregivers 13+ years of age or older are required to enter the water with their camper for swimmer's Level 3 and under. Swim lessons for these levels are 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

  • Monday July 12-Friday July 16 (5 days)
  • Monday August 16-Friday August 20 (5 days)
  • Monday August 23-Friday August 27 (5 days)
  • Blue Dolphin Pool (rain location Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre) 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Ages 6 - 12
  • Early Bird: $235
  • Regular: $265
 Mini Chef Camp

Under current Ministry of Health guidance, camp activities where campers are preparing food are not recommended. At this time registration for this camp is closed, but will open should guidance change. 

Gilles Haché 

Join experienced Chef Gilles Haché, from Chez Gilles for a delicious week of cooking! Campers will have the opportunity to create simple and complex dishes including main courses, sides and desserts. Let your kids serve you dinner this week! 

  • Monday July 26 - Friday July 30 (5 days) 
  • Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre 
  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Ages 6-12 
  • Early Bird: $190 
  • Regular: $220
 Free Spirit Forest & Nature School

Free Spirit Forest & Nature School 

Spend a week exploring the wonders of Forest and Nature School this Summer!  Children lead the way with their interests and ideas at the forefront, while being guided through a specialized week of Forest and Nature School with a focus on nature-based adventure, building outdoor skills and free play as a core component.  Free Spirit Forest and Nature Camp will excite your child’s love of the outdoors, as we play, create, share and explore together.

Register for Free Spirit Forest and Nature School

Forest School Weekly Camp Schedule

  • Monday July 19 - Friday July 23 (5 days) 
  • Beautiful Joe Park 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Ages 4-12 
  • Early Bird: $300 by May 1
  • Regular: $330
 Creative Craft Camp

Karen Dueck

Join award-winning fibre artist, Karen Dueck for a week of creative arts and crafts! This camp has been to designed to teach and encourage fine motor skills, creative expression in many art forms, focus on the environment by upcycling and repurposing items from around the house. This camp is perfect for budding environmental conscious artists! 

  • Monday July 19 - Friday July 23 (5 days) 
  • Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Ages 6-10 
  • Early Bird: $320
  • Regular: $350
 Big Canoe Camp

Big Canoe Project

Get set for a week of adventure, history, beaches and wildlife! Campers have the opportunity to hop aboard the big canoe for waterfront tours of Meaford and the surrounding areas. We'll be taking water quality readings to help out with citizen science initiatives, learning how to turn a big canoe on a dime and discovering why they're the perfect craft for the Bay. Daily float plans will be available and customized daily to take into account wind and weather. All adventures meet at the Meaford Harbour and will further afield as the week progresses and paddlers' skills improve. 

Camp will be cancelled due to inclement weather. (Rain dates will be available) 

All guides are certified with the Ontario Recreational Canoe & Kayak Association (ORCKA), First Aid, CPR & the operation of VHF radio.

  • Monday July 5 - Friday July 9 (5 days) 
  • Meaford Harbour
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Early Bird: $210
  • Regular: $240
 Baking Camp

Under current Ministry of Health guidance, camp activities where campers are preparing food are not recommended. At this time registration for this camp is closed, but will open should guidance change. 

Marjennys Cakes

Mini bakers are taught hands on what it takes to be a true cake boss! Bakers take home cakes, loaves, pastries break, biscuits and SO MUCH MORE! This camp requires one take home project. Aprons provided. 

  • Tuesday August 3 - Thursday August 5 (3 days) 
  • Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre 
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Ages 8 + 
  • Early Bird: $190 
  • Regular: $220
 STEM Camp - Harry Potter

STEM Camp

With this summer’s Harry Potter theme, campers will be transported to the Wizarding World where they will be engaged in exciting and magical hands-on activities. Campers will have the opportunity to experience life as a witch or wizard attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by completing decoding challenges in our Arithmancy class. Campers will also tackle engineering projects, including building structures or homes for magical beasts like, Aragog, Hagrid’s giant spider friend! And of course, the most exciting part of all … magic! Campers will discover the magic of science and use their abilities to walk through walls, make items move all on their own, and much, much more! All of these hands-on summer camp activities combined with computer-based building and coding programs makes for one exciting STEM filled week! S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Alarte Ascendare, Arithmancy Class, Bird Bones, Build Aragog’s Web, Code a Marauder Map, Defense Against the Dark Arts with Edison, Horcrux Hunt, Magical Movement, Triwizard Tournament: Blind Coding, Walking Through Walls, and more …!

  • For more information or register, visit the STEM Camp website!
  • Monday July 12 - Friday July 16 (5 days) 
  • Meaford Public Library 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Early Drop-Off & Late Pick-Up Available) 
  • Ages: 5-13
  • Camp Fee: $200
 STEM Camp - Minecraft

STEM Camp 

STEM Camp’s In-Person Minecraft program brings the Minecraft world to life by combining traditional hands-on STEM summer camp activities with computer-based coding programs and building challenges. Campers will learn how to survive in the wild like Steve using their knowledge of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to construct survival tools including sun stills, sundials, and shelters. Campers will also be engaged in hands-on engineering challenges to build strong and stable structures from the Minecraft world including toppling towers and bridges. In summer 2021, campers will have the opportunity to even complete building challenges, coding programs, and engineering tasks in the Minecraft game itself! 

Battle Mobs, Bubbling Lava Buckets, Can You Move Your Minecart?, Cross the Minecraft Ravine, Follow the Programmer, IF-THEN Coding, Ozobots: Survival Mode, Solar Stills: Survival Science, Sundials: Survival Science, Toppling Towers, and more …!

  • For more information or register, visit the STEM Camp website!
  • Monday August 16 - Friday August 20 (5 days) 
  • Meaford Public Library 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Early Drop-Off & Late Pick-Up Available) 
  • Ages: 5-13
  • Camp Fee: $200
 Jr. Lifeguard Camp & Competitive Swim Camp

Cheryl Blay & BDP Lifeguards

Does your child have a love of water? This camp is filled with real lifeguarding experience, a taste of competitive swimming, lifesaving measures and a full day hanging out at the Blue Dolphin Pool! With Coach Cheryl and BDP Lifeguards your camper will increase their aquatic skills and abilities! 

  • Monday August 23 - Friday August 27 (5 days)
  • Blue Dolphin Pool 
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Ages 10 + 
  • Early Bird: $235
  • Regular: $265

Summer Camp Program Information

 Registration
For most camps registration opens on Tuesday April 13 at 9:00 a.m. 

Register early to receive discounted rates on camp! USE DISCOUNT CODE: CAMPEARLYBIRD

Early Bird Discount ends: Friday, May 28 at 12:00 PM (Noon) 

Register Online via PerfectMind

Some camp partners offer their own registration, check the camp details for direct links.

Credit Cards Only  

Register In-Person

Meaford Hall Box Office, 12 Nelson Street, East, Meaford, ON

Cash, debit and credit accepted. 

Camper Information Forms MUST be completed at the time of registration. 

 Waitlists
Waitlists work! Due to lower capacities and ever-changing guidelines additional spaces may open up. We encourage you to put your child’s name on the waitlist. 
 Camp Hours
Camp hours vary camp to camp. Be sure to review your Registration Confirmation found on your PerfectMind Account and Camp Emails for your camps start and end times. 
 Locations

Our camps operate at various locations within our municipality. Double check where your camp is prior to attending camp. Locations are subject to change.

Locations
NameAddress
Beautiful Joe Park  162 Edwin Street West, Meaford
Blue Dolphin Pool 57 Richmond Street, Meaford
Meaford Public Library  11 Sykes Street North, Meaford
Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre 151 Collingwood Street, Meaford
Meaford Tennis Courts 200 Eliza Street, Meaford
Memorial Park 179 Grant Ave, Meaford
Meaford Hall  12 Nelson Street East, Meaford
 Subsidy
Check out our Recreation Fund program for funding for recreation programs and activities including Summer Camp! 
 Refund & Cancellation Policy 

Refunds will be available for customers within the first 14 days after registration. 

If registration occurs less than 14 days before the start of the program or activity, refunds will not be available.

Cancellations received after the 14 days, but more than 14 days before the start date of the program or activity can transfer their registration to an alternative program or activity. If not alternative is available, or if the cancellation is for exceptional reasons, a credit can be applied to the customer's account. The credit has no expiry.

Cancellations occurring less than 14 days before the start date of a program or activity will receive no refund or credit.

In the case of swimming lessons or summer camp, if the space is resold to another customer, then the customer will receive a credit on their account.

For programs and activities cancelled by the Municipality of Meaford, refunds will be issued.

Cancellations and refund requests should be received in writing to recreation@meaford.ca
 What to Bring to Camp

Each camper should bring:

  • Their own sunscreen (sunscreen cannot be shared)
  • Refillable water
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Hat
  • Comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes
  • Any additional items specific to your camp, i.e. bathing suit and towel
  • Toys and electronic devices are not permitted at camp.  
 Late Fees
There is a late pick-up fee of $15 for every 10-minute period after the end of camp. Please ensure you double check the end time of your camp. All outstanding balances must be paid prior to attending the next week of camp. 
 Safe Arrival & Dismissal Policy 

Our Safe Arrival & Dismissal Policy ensures that children are only released into the care of their parent/guardian or into the care of an individual designated by the parent/guardian at the time of registration. (Emergency Contacts)

Families may add individuals to the list at any time by contacting the Summer Camp Coordinator, summercamp@meaford.ca.

Parents, guardians and caregivers must show Photo I.D. when picking up their camper daily to ensure campers are released to the appropriate caregiver. 

 Participant Code of Conduct 
Every camper has the right to feel safe in any municipal recreation program. When behavior issues arise or challenges present themselves, we resolve them on an individual basis. All campers are responsible for conducting their selves in accordance with our Participant Code of Conduct:
  • Show respect and consideration for staff, instructors, leaders in training, volunteers and other participants in the program
  • Be  cooperative and willing to participate in programs with the understanding that all participants have varying abilities
  • Respect the rules and regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants
  • Include others in activities when possible.
  • Play without bullying or teasing others
  • Use equipment safely and appropriately
  • Use appropriate language
  • Adhere to a “hands-off” expectation by not touching or making physical contact with other participants, staff, instructors, leaders in training and volunteers.

Behaviours that are not tolerated:

  • Physical aggression – behavior causing or threatening physical harm towards others
  • Damaging property – deliberate behavior aimed at destroying, altering or defacing property and/or public spaces
  • Inappropriate language – language that is considered to be impolite, rude or offensive
  • Social behavior – any behavior that aims to use social power over another program participants, staff, instructors, leaders in training and volunteers. 
The Municipality of Meaford, its instructors and partners reserve the right to dismiss a participant without warning if, in their opinion the participant compromises the physical and emotional safety of themselves, other participants, staff, instructors, leaders in training and volunteers or has failed to cooperate with any rules or code of conduct. 
 Nut-Free Program
While we cannot guarantee all facilities are nut-free, our Summer Camps are nut-free.
Please ensure your campers lunch and snacks are nut-free. 
 Updates & Reminders
Email reminders will be sent one week prior to the start of your camp.

It is important to keep your PerfectMind account up to date! Should you not receive your email please contact the Summer Camp Coordinator, summercamp@meaford.ca 

Updates and reminders can also be found here and on our Facebook page!

COVID-19 Summer Camps Guidelines & Requirements 

We have established protocols for operations during this time, and are taking the appropriate precautions to ensure we are keeping campers, staff and instructors safe. Based on the guidelines provided by the Grey Bruce Health Unit and provincial health guidelines, we have established lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, screening and enhanced facility cleaning. Protocols have been established based on the Ministry of Health’s Guidance for Summer Day Camps.

These protocols are subject to change, as the situations continues to evolve.

 Camp Forms
At the time of registration parents/guardians will be required to complete our regular Camper Information Form and a Declaration of Health Rules Form. The Declaration of Health Rules Form is to educate parents/guardians and campers on the new rules in place for camp to protect them and others from COVID-19. 
 Camp Cohorts
Camp group sizes have been reduced to create cohorts of 10-15 campers. Cohorts will not interact with other camps. 
 Screening
 Each day, screening will be conducted for campers and the adult accompanying them to drop-off.
  • Families are encouraged to complete screenings electronically and prior to arriving to camp
  • We encourage only one parent/guardian to complete drop-off and pick-up wherever possible
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to enter any facility. Staff will escort campers to their program area 
Should you arrive outside of your camp drop-off or pick-up times please: Call 519-538-0463 or email summercamp@meaford.ca.
 Play
 Emphasis will be placed on independent activities, where campers can physically distance and outdoor play. 
 Enhanced Cleaning
 All current infection prevention and control practices will be adhered to. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Ensuring all toys and equipment are made of material that can be cleaned and disinfected or are single use.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of shared toys, equipment and frequently touched items at a minimum of twice daily.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces at a minimum of twice daily.
  • Promotion of frequent hand washing and hand-washing schedule
    • Campers will receive personal hand sanitization bottles to affix to their person
Cleaning logs to track cleaning and sanitization. Log book follows camps. 
 Exclusion from Camps

Campers who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been in contact with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19, will not be allowed to attend camp. The Grey Bruce Health Unit will be contacted for any suspected case or any camper showing symptoms and further steps will be taken with direction from them.

Campers who become symptomatic at camp will be taken to a designated sick room/area. Parents/guardians will be contacted and asked to pick up camper within one (1) hour. Campers will be permitted to return to camp with a doctor’s note or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Campers with seasonal allergies are permitted to attend camp. If symptoms of allergies are greater than normal, the camper will not be allowed to attend the program. These allergies should be indicated on the Camper Information Form as well as frequent symptoms of the allergy.

Should a staff member deny entry to camp based on screening symptoms, a refund will be given for the day of denial and any following days as deemed necessary for the safety of the other campers. If a camper is sent home early due to the onset of above normal symptoms, a refund will also be processed for any missed days.

Other Sickness

If your child becomes sick with anything other than COVID-19, regular communicable disease protocol will be followed. Depending on the sickness, a doctor’s note or clear Daily Health Screening will be accepted. Refunds will not be processed.
 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) 
Staff & Instructors

All staff and instructor will wear non-medical face masks/face coverings and gloves when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Campers

Masks are not mandatory for campers, however we ask that you send your child with a mask. In the event it becomes difficult to physically distance, masks/face coverings may be mandatory in certain settings. 
 Considerations Prior to Registration 
Is my child able to physically distance?

Physical distancing is a safety guideline during camp. Campers will be placed in groups of 10-15 campers and will be required to keep 2m apart. 

Will my child be able to adhere to new health standards and practices?

Frequent hand washing and daily screening of campers will take place. These items must be completed under the provincial guidelines. If a camper is unable to meet these guidelines they will not be able to attend camp. Additionally if a child becomes sick at camp they will be placed in a separate room, until a parent/caregiver is able to pick them up. We understand that these practices may be challenging for some campers. 

Does my child have a pre-existing health condition that makes them higher risk?

Certain health conditions place your child at a higher risk of both contracting COVID-19 and/or becoming seriously ill should they contract the virus. Please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-stop-spread for more information on this.

Although we will do our very best to ensure the safety of your child, it is important to note that nothing can be done with 100% certainty to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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