Camps and pre-school

On this page

  1. Day camps during COVID-19
  2. Descriptions, times and fees for day camps
  3. Youth leadership development
  4. Getting ready for camp
  5. Pre-school drop in

Day camps during COVID-19

The City of Waterloo's number one priority is the safety of our campers and staff, while creating an enjoyable experience for our campers. The following protocols will be in place during day camp.

Here is what you and your child or children can expect at the City of Waterloo day camp in 2023:

  • maintaining small cohorts who stay together to help minimize risk
  • attempting to place siblings in the same group to limit household exposures
  • making efforts to pair camper friends together at the request of parents
  • passive screening will take place every morning (asking if your camper is feeling well and symptom free). Proof of screening/vaccination will not be required.
  • masking is optional for campers and staff
  • to minimize the risk to campers and staff, parents will not be allowed beyond the screening table
  • hygiene and cleaning practices will increase:
    • increased frequency and supervision of hand hygiene
    • increased frequency of cleaning high contact surfaces
  • if your camper is feeling unwell, please keep them home
  • there will be no offsite field trips

Practices and protocols are subject to change based on the direction of the provincial and federal governments, and the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit.

Descriptions, times and fees for day camps offered during school breaks.

Winter break camp (ages 4 to 10)

  • takes place at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex from January 3 to 6, 2023.
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • $167.67/child
  • inclusion registration code: 28917 

Consent forms are mandatory for camp attendance and must be filled out one week before camp begins.

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Getting ready for camp

Lunches - returning in summer 2023

If your camp is at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex or WMRC, you can purchase lunch from our food services department any day of the week your child is in a camp or fun centre. Select the day(s) during the registration process or online up to the Friday before camp. Fees are $10.00 per day. Menu includes two snacks, a main and a drink. 

Camp leader certification

All camp leaders are certified in first aid and CPR, and all leaders have completed a vulnerable sector police reference check. 

Readiness for camp

Make sure your child is ready for camp by confidently answering “yes” to the below questions:
  • child is able to take instructions from a staff person and participate in programmed activity
  • child is successful doing daily activities (such as using bathroom) without a known guardian around and not have regular accidents
  • child feels comfortable interacting in a group environment, to the best of their ability
  • the child can participate in a way that is safe for themselves and others

Children at camp who are not ready can be withdrawn at the discretion of supervisory staff.

Assistance programs

If you're interested in camp but have concerns about fees or your child's abilities, visit our fee assistance and inclusion services page to learn more about how we can help.

Pre-school drop-in (ages 0 to 6)

The Tots at Play program features a large indoor floor space and lots of toys and tools to keep kids busy. Drop-in any time, no registration required.

  • Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the indoor sports fields at Bechtel Park
  • $5.90/visit for up to four children (cash or FitPass payment only)
  • This program is currently suspended

To search our registered seasonal pre-school offerings, visit ActiveWaterloo.