Camps are offered at Brooklin Community Centre and Library (BCCL), Cullen Central Park (Cullen), and Iroquois Park Sports Centre. Get to know your leaders! View the Summer Camp Staff Bios. Please refer to the Spring/Summer Activity Guide for a complete listing of all Summer Camps.
Kinder Camp age change effective 2016.
Kinder Camp and half-day Kinder Camp will now only be offered for children ages 4 and 5. The change in age is required to comply with the new Provincial legislation under the Child Care and Early Years Act. This legislation applies to all camp programs across the Province.
For further information, please visit Ontario.ca/childcare.
Camps are offered for pre-school aged children up to teenagers. Programs include arts and crafts, sports, drama, and educational activities. All camp leaders are certified in First Aid and CPR and have previous experience with children and youth. Counsellors also have training in special needs inclusion and integration, child development, emergency response, and curriculum and program development.
Complete the mandatory camper information form and the online camp registration. The mandatory camper information form must accompany your child on the first day of the camp.
Parents, please use this fun and easy checklist to ensure you and your children are fully prepared for the first week of camp.
Register for camp online and get your mandatory camper information form.To assist you when registering, please review the registration procedures.
Read the Camp Information Guide for a list of frequently asked questions. Whitby Camps offer inclusion services which may be of interest to participants with special needs.
If you would like to apply for additional staff support for your child to attend camp, please call 905.430.4300 x6520 or complete and submit the Inclusion Services Participant Information Form and the Consent to Care Form.
Camp fees have increased in 2018 to help offset the impacts of the increase of minimum wage as approved through Bill 148.
Brooklin Community Centre and Library and Cullen Central Park
Camps begin Monday, July 3 and end on Friday, September 1, 2017. The camps operate Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a different theme offered each week. There are no camps offered Monday, August 1. Extended care is available for all full-day camps for an additional fee of $35.35.
The half-day Kinder Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
All camps, except Kinder Camp, half-day Kinder Camp, Critter Kinder Camp and Day Trippers will participate in a swimming trip on Wednesday afternoons at the Whitby Civic Recreation Complex. Campers are required to bring a bathing suit and towel for this trip.
Cullen Day Trippers 2017 Trip Locations
Trip locations are subject to change due to weather and availability.
Trip Week A
- Putting Edge/Landmark Theatre
- Cedar Park
- Black Creek Pioneer Village
- Toronto Zoo
- Lazer Quest
Trip Week B
- Crock A Doodle
- Cedar Park
- PC Cooking School (The Real Canadian Superstore cannot guarantee a nut free environment)
- Ontario Science Centre
- Cobourg Beach
Trip Week C
- Cedar Park
- Cobourg Beach
- Lakeridge Extreme
- Iroquois Park Skate and Swim (not included during the week of August 8-11)
Iroquois Park Sports Centre
Multi Sport Summer Camp and Multi Sport CIT (Counsellor-in-Training) begin the week of Monday, July 3, 2017 and end on Friday, September 1, 2017, operating daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no camp session from Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11. Extended care is available for an additional fee of $35.35.
Campers and CITs swim on Monday and Wednesday at the Anne Ottenbrite Pool and skate on Thursday. All campers and CITs are required to bring and wear a helmet.
Community and Marketing Services welcomes children of all abilities to participate in the Town of Whitby Summer Camp Programs located at the Brooklin Community Centre and Library, Cullen Central Park, Iroquois Park Sports Centre and Fire Headquarters. All programs and services are integrated, but the Town of Whitby recognizes that some individuals may require the provision of Inclusion Services.
If an Inclusion Services Camp Counsellor has been determined to be necessary after the completion of a needs assessment and the eligibility criteria has been met; the provision of an Inclusion Services Camp Counsellor will be offered to Whitby residents as needed.
If you would like to apply for Inclusion Services for your child to attend camp, please call 905.430.4300 x6520 or complete and submit the Inclusion Services Participant Information Form, and the Consent to Care Form and the External Personal Support Worker Release Form (if required).
The eligibility criteria for the provision of an Inclusion Services Camp Counsellor is as follows:
- The child must be a Whitby resident.
- The child has a physical, developmental and/or learning disability affecting mobility, communication, comprehension and/or interaction that could affect their safety or the safety of other campers
- The child requires extra support/assistance at home for basic care such as dressing or toileting
- The child requires extra support at school
- If the Town of Whitby's Inclusion Services Program is at capacity, the Town of Whitby is pleased to assist families in seeking an External Personal Support Worker to attend camp with their child. All External Personal Support Workers will be required to meet the requirements of the Town of Whitby and complete an External Personal Support Worker Release Form.
The following resources are available in the community:
The CIT program offered through Whitby Camps is available at the Brooklin Community Centre and Library and the Iroquois Park Sports Centre. Participants will receive training and develop skills associated with leadership, team building, safety and communication. Participants will also become certified in First Aid and CPR. Upon completion of the CIT program, participants will receive a certificate and also be given the opportunity to volunteer at Brooklin, Cullen or Iroquois camps to gain further experience and community service hours.
Summer Playground Program
The Town of Whitby is happy to announce that we will once again be offering Free Playground Programs throughout Whitby. This year the Summer Playground Program is being sponsored by RBC, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Community Connection and CAPREIT. The program will be offered at 8 different parks, 5 days a week, for 2 sessions. The program will run at 4 local parks in the morning from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 4 different local parks in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Whitby residents aged 5-12 years are permitted to register at one park location per session, due to the growing demand for the program. Registrants may attend program on a "come and go as you please" basis.
Program will not run on statutory holidays and may be cancelled due to inclement weather and extreme heat.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pringle Creek Park
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Community Connection Camps
Ormiston and John Dryden Public Schools
Camps begin on Monday, July 3 and end on Friday, August 18, 2017. The camps operate Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a different theme offered each week. There are no camps offered Monday, August 7. Extended care (7:30-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.) is available for all full-day camps for an additional fee of $35.35. Register for all 7 weeks and save $90 (excluding Young Chefs' Camp). Please call 905.666.1991 x6440 for this option.
All full-day camps (Day Camp, Sports Camp, Arts and Crafts Camp, Kinder Camp), will participate in swimming on Tuesday afternoons at the Whitby Civic Recreation Complex. Campers are required to bring a bathing suit and towel.
The Counsellor in Training course is offered in three separate two-week sessions. The second week will count as their Secondary School mandatory 40 hour Community Involvement Credit. Registrants will participate in swimming on Tuesday afternoons.
The Young Chefs' Camp is offered from Monday, July 3 until Friday, August 18, 2017. Those campers cooking in the afternoon can choose to go swimming on Tuesday or remain at John Dryden to cook.
Can-Bike Kidz Camp
Can -Bike Kidz Camp will run during the week of July 24-27 at the McKinney Centre. The Camp will run daily from 9:00-4:30 p.m. for children ages 9-13. Campers will learn how to avoid road hazards, steer, signal, change gears, ride on residential streets and more. Participants must already know how to ride a bike and will be required to bring their bike, equipped with a bell or horn, helmet and bike lock to camp each day.
Skateboard and Scooter Camp in partnership with Evolve Skate
Skateboard and Scooter Camp will run at the McKinney Centre during the weeks of July 17-21 and August 14-18. The camp will run daily from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for ages 6-13. Campers will spend time both indoors and outdoors at the Skate Park.
Fire Department Headquarters
Junior Firefighter Program begins Tuesday, July 4, 2017 and ends Friday, August 18, 2017, operating daily from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no camp offered Monday, August 7, 2017.
Camp Information Guide
Accidents and Incidents
All of our camp leaders are trained in First Aid and CPR. If your child is injured, camp leaders will use first aid as required. In an emergency, leaders will call 911 and accompany your child to the hospital. You will be contacted and asked to meet staff at the hospital.
The Town of Whitby advises all program registrants suffering from allergies and/or medical conditions, documented or otherwise, that they register at their own risk. The Town of Whitby, and its employees, servants, agents, officials, and contractors make no representations and accept no liability regarding the presence or absence of allergens at facilities where the camps take place. We do inform all attendees of camp to avoid bringing peanut or nut products to camp, but we are unable to guarantee all patrons within the public buildings and facilities follow this advisory as well.
Arrival and Departure
Parents must sign their child in and out each day. If someone other than a parent is picking up your child, you must provide a written notice identifying who has permission to do so, and give the notice to the camp leader. Parents can sign a consent form allowing their child to be released on their own at the end of the day, if their child is 10 years of age or older. Parents are expected to pick up their child on time. Parents can register for Extended Care before the camp sessions begin.
Clothing and Personal Items
Children should be suitably dressed for the weather and camp activities, as camps are held indoors and outdoors. Children in the Kinder Camp program are expected to be toilet trained. Camp staff is not able to change children who have toileting accidents. You will be called and asked to either come to the camp and change your child or take your child home.
Please label your child's items. We ask that your child leave any valuable items at home as we cannot assume responsibility for lost articles.
Extended care is available at all full day camps between the hours of 7:30am-9:00am and 4:00pm-6:00pm for a flat rate fee for the entire week. Extended care must be registered for prior to the beginning of the camp week.
If a field trip is planned as part of your child's camp, you will be required to sign a consent form. Children participating in field trips are required to bring the necessary items listed on the weekly newsletter.
Parents are expected to provide a packed lunch and snacks for their child. We cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment, but we ask that you do not send peanut butter or nut products because of possible severe allergies.
Hot Lunch Program
The hot lunch program is available at the Cullen, Brooklin, and Iroquois locations, but excludes the following two camps (Half Day Kinder Camp & Cullen Day Trippers Camp) The lunches are provided by First Brands for a fee for the week. All Campers must register for the hot lunch program prior to the beginning of the camp week. The Hot Lunch program is not available for campers with food allergies.
Medication and Illness
Camp staff will hold prescription medication only as directed on the label, providing parents sign the necessary consent forms. Parents should provide the exact dose required. The child is required to administer the medicine himself/herself. Please hand the medication to staff daily and pick it up at the end of the day. If your child becomes ill during the day or is unable to participate in camp activities, you will be contacted and asked to pick him/her up immediately.
Parents will be asked to sign a consent form for the camp to use their child's photograph. If you wish to take a photo of your child at camp, please include only your child in the picture.
Parents are asked to provide sunscreen for their child. Please do not send sunscreens that contain nuts. All campers are reminded throughout the day to reapply sunscreen. We suggest that each child wear a hat. Kinder Camp children should arrive with sunscreen already applied. Camp staff will only apply sunscreen on your child if permission is given on the pre-camp form.