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Recreation - Camp Kidaca



Registration opens: March 30 at 7:00am

Download the Summer 2015
Camp Guide

(PDF 6.3 MB)

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2015 Forms

Camper Information Form (doc)
The Camper Information Form must
be received prior to the first day of camp.

Individual Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan (pdf)
Campers needing an epi-pen at camp, must complete the Individual Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan and bring it with them on their first day of camp.

Recreation Fee Assistance Program

City of Hamilton residents living with a low income may be eligible for fee assistance for recreation programs.
Learn more 

Contact Information

Phone: 905-546-3747

Summer Camp Programs

  • Camp Kidaca Preschool (ages 4-5, must be of age by December 31, 2015)
    This program is designed to introduce preschool campers to a full-day camp experience with a lower staff-to-camper ratio (8:1). Preschool campers will participate in age appropriate activities, with a focus on cooperative games, friendships, gross motor skill development, songs, circle time, stories and crafts. Campers stay on site all day and enjoy weekly special activities, such as outdoor water play (sprinklers and wading pools) and guest presenters. NOTE: Participants must be potty trained.
  • Camp Kidaca (ages 6-11, must be of age by December 31, 2015)
    Camp Kidaca is the most popular of our day camp programs and is a great way to spend the summer holidays in a safe, supervised, and fun camp environment. Campers will participate in a variety of age appropriate activities, including daily swimming, active games, sports, songs, cooperative games, crafts and creative time. Staff-to-camper ratio is 10:1
  • Camp Kidaca Youth (ages 12-15, must be of age by December 31, 2015)
    The City of Hamilton is excited to offer youth programs at the new Westmount Community Centre! All of the youth programs involve a skill component for youth to build confidence in a desired area. Experience new challenges, develop the skills and knowledge to take on new opportunities, including future employment and other recreational pursuits. Each day will also involve a learning component related to the skill week, swim time and time for social activities with peers.

Leadership Training Programs

  • Leadership Camp
    Brand new and redeveloped this year, Kidaca leadership camp starts you on the journey to becoming a successful Leader in Training. Each day of the one week intensive instructional portion will focus on the key attributes and skills that youth must know in order to successfully lead recreational programs and caring for young participants. Leaders in training will learn about:
    •  Group Leadership
    •  Communication
    •  Game & Activity Leadership
    •  Developing Positive Behaviour
    •  Managing Undesirable Behaviour
    •  Working Together
    •  Positive Learning
    •  …and more!
    This camp is specially designed to prepare youth to be a recreation leader in camps, Supie or year round programming. After successful completion of the one week instructional portion, youth will be guaranteed a minimum of one week placement at a City of Hamilton Supie Park or camp site (35-40 hours that may be used towards their high school volunteer requirements).
  • Creative Energy Camp
    This youth camp is designed for youth who are interested in artistic and creative pursuits. From script writing and movie making one week, to beatboxing and breakdancing the next, each week brings a new creative energy to camp life. Camp week will also include time for open swim, games and social activities with peers.
  • Ultimate Sport and Wellness Camp
    This Youth Camp is designed for youth who are interested in being active with peers. Youth will have the opportunity to choose between a variety of sport, fitness, and wellness sessions each day of program, as well as have time for open swim and social activities with peers. Examples of activity options planned include: volleyball, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, inner tube water polo, soccer, zumba, yoga, and nutrition seminars.

Special Needs Programs

To learn more or register for a Special Needs Program, please contact Courtney Groves by phone 905-546-2424 ext.1758 or send an email to

  • Camp Kidaca Support Program
    (Special Needs - ages 4 -11, must be of age by December 31, 2015)
    The Support Program is available for campers with disabilities or special needs who require additional support in order to integrate and participate in Camp Kidaca and Youth programs. Support staff encourages participation, while maintaining safety and care in a fun and stimulating environment.
  • Teen Connections Summer Camp
    (ages 16-21, must be of age by December 31, 2015)
    Teen Connections Camp is a summer recreation and socialization program for teens and young adults who have special needs or a disability. Participants can engage, recreate and form connections with other teens that have aged out of Youth Camp programs. This camp is led by dedicated program staff that supervise weekly activities and assist with age-appropriate games, trips, sports, hobbies, social activities and swimming.

Our Staff

Your children are in good hands with City of Hamilton summer Program Staff. Each of our camps is under the direction of a full-time staff with years of recreation experience in our facilities. Each site is run by summer supervisors who:

  • are college and university students
  • have a minimum of three years camp experience
  • have a passion for developing and implementing recreation programs for children and youth 

In addition, each group of children will have a dedicated Counsellor who:

  • is a university, college, or high school student
  • is certified in standard first aid and CPR and is trained to administer epi-pens
  • has been trained in the High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development
  • has specialized training in programming, safety and emergency procedures, group dynamics, and positive behaviour management

Our leaders are energetic and dedicated to providing participants with a fun, safe, and memorable experience this summer!