COVID-19 Recreation Updates
Summer Camps and Recreation Programming
All Town of Whitby, Community Connection, and Station Gallery summer day camps, as well as the recreation programs and activities found in the 2020 Spring/Summer Activity Guide, have been cancelled. This includes swimming lessons, general interest programming, 55+ programs and the Junior Fire Camp offered by Whitby Fire and Emergency Services.
The Town is issuing full refunds for all payments received to date. Refunds will be issued to each partcipant’s Active account and can be used toward future programs, a membership, or activity payment. Participant’s can request a refund to their original credit card or by cheque by emailing their full name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that refunds may take up to four weeks to process due to volume.
The Town continues to monitor the situation. As restrictions from the Province and Public Health are lifted, the Town will explore modified day camp and recreation program opportunities, where possible, in accordance with all guidelines and health and safety protocols.
Full details of the media release
Town of Whitby Summer Camp Updates
On Tuesday, June 9, the Ontario government announced the ability for summer camps to resume as a part of Stage 2 with strict guidelines in place to help ensure the safety of staff and campers. Camps can only reopen in accordance with Provincial guidelines and public health advice.
As a Town, we are currently reviewing this announcement and what it means for Whitby's summer camp programs, which were cancelled earlier this month. The health and well-being of our campers and staff is our top priority. That's why we need to take some time to assess how our camps could run, should we reopen them this summer.
For ongoing updates on what is closed, cancelled or reopening, or for more information on future recreation registration dates, visit whitby.ca/reopening
Register online or in person, and 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.
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 905.655.2889 or complete and submit the Inclusion Services Participant Information Form and the Consent to Care Form.
Town of Whitby Camps
Camps are offered at Brooklin Community Centre and Library (BCCL), Cullen Central Park (Cullen), and Iroquois Park Sports Centre. Please refer to the Spring/Summer Activity Guide for a complete listing of all Summer Camps. 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.
Brooklin Community Centre and Library and Cullen Central Park Camps
Camps begin Monday, June 29 and end on Friday, September 4, 2020. 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 Wednesday July 1 or Monday August 3. Extended care is available for all full-day camps for an additional fee of $38.44.
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 2020 Trip Locations
Trip locations are subject to change due to weather and availability.
Trip Week A
- Putting Edge/Landmark Theatre
- PC Cooking School (The Real Canadian Superstore cannot guarantee a nut free environment)
- Black Creek Pioneer Village (not included during the week of June 29- July 3)
Trip Week B
- Crock A Doodle
- Cedar Park
- Toronto Zoo
- Lazer Quest
Trip Week C
- Cedar Park
- Ontario Science Centre
- Iroquois Park Skate and Swim (not included during the week of August 3-7)
Iroquois Park Sports Centre Camps
Multi Sport Summer Camp (Senior and Junior) begin the week of Monday, June 29, 2020 and end on Friday, September 4, 2020, operating daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no camp session from Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7. Extended care is available for an additional fee of $38.44.
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.
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.
Whitby Camps will only be welcoming volunteers at our Cullen Camp location this year. This is due to the large number of participants in our CIT programs. In order to volunteer, you must have completed the Whitby Camps CIT program. Volunteers can sign up to volunteer for up to 2 weeks, and can do so online through our ACTIVE Net site.
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.
Please visit the Inclusion Services page for more information.
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 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 for two weeks per summer, 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.
Morning Locations - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Carnwith Park
- Darren Park
- Pringle Creek Park
- Portage Park
Afternoon Locations - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Folkstone Park
- Willow Park
- Jeffery Park
- Peel Park
Community Connection Camps
Ormiston and John Dryden Public Schools
Camps begin on Monday, June 29 and end on Friday, August 21, 2020. 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 Wednesday July 1, and Monday, August 3, 2030. Extended care (7:30-9:00 a.m. and 4:30-6:00 p.m.) is available for all full-day camps for an additional fee of $37.00. Register for all 8 weeks and pay $95 on the last week of Kinder Camp, Arts and Crafts Camp and/or Sports Camp or $85 for the last week of Day Camp August 17-21. Please call 905.444.856 for this option.
The Counsellor in Training (CIT) course is offered in four separate two-week sessions at both locations. CITs gain practical and leadership skills working with campers ranging in age from 3-12 years. The second week will count as their Secondary School mandatory 40 hour Community Involvement Credit
All camps (Day Camp, Sports Camp, Arts & Crafts Camp, Kinder Camp, Young Chefs' and CIT), will participate in swimming on Tuesday afternoons at the Whitby Civic Recreation Complex. Campers are required to bring a bathing suit and towel. Campers attending Young Chefs Camp can choose to go swimming or remain at John Dryden to cook.
Specialty Camps are offered through the Town of Whitby in partnership with a third-party provider. This means that some services such as extended care, and inclusion services may not be available. Please review the details of each camp below for more information. Register online or in person today.
Kids Great Minds Technology Camps
These camps feature technology and daily outdoor activities. Campers will explore with intelligent screen time and create their own projects through programming. Camp will run 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Extended care, and inclusion services are not available for these camps.
Camps offered include: Virtual Reality Character Design Camp, Coding: Interactive Game Creation, Jr. Games and Animation Programming Camp, and Robotics and Engineering Camp.
Skateboard and Scooter Camp in partnership with Evolve Skate
Skateboard and Scooter Camp will run at the McKinney Centre during the weeks of July 6-10, July 20-24 and August 17-21. 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. It is required that campers bring their own skateboard or scooter, CSA approved helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards and kneepads.
Junior Firefighter Program
These week long camps teach fire prevention and fire safety to children aged 11 and 12 years old. Junior Firefighter Program begins Monday, July 6, 2020 and ends Friday, August 19, 2020, operating daily from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Children who have participated in previous years are not eligible to enroll due to program popularity.
Youth Council Leadership in Training
Youth Council Leadership camp will run at the Brooklin Community Centre and Library during the weeks of July 13-17 and August 10-14. The camp runs daily form 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and is geared towards youth ages 13-15 who have an interest in leadership development.
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 are 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 4:30pm-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.
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.