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Recreation - Camp Kidaca


Registration opens: March 24 at 7:00am

Download the Summer 2014
Camp Guide

(PDF 5.3 MB)

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2014 Forms

Camper Information Form (pdf)
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, 2014)
    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, 2014)
    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.
  • Camp Kidaca Youth (ages 12-15, must be of age by December 31, 2014)
    The City of Hamilton is excited to offer redesigned 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 time for swimming and social activities with peers.

Leadership Training Programs

  • Leadership Camp
    This 2 week Youth Camp is designed to prepare youth to be a Recreation leader, Supie or Camp Counsellor. Upon successful completion of the two week course, youth will be guaranteed a minimum 1 week volunteer placement in a City of Hamilton summer recreation program (35-40 hours that can be used towards high school volunteer requirements). Each day of the two week program will focus on key attributes and skills young leaders must know for leading recreation programs and caring for young participants, as well as time for swimming, games, and social activities with peers. Each youth will also receive certification in Red Cross Babysitting (12-13 year olds) or High Five’s Principles of Healthy Child Development (14-15 year olds).
  • Aqua Leadership Camp
    This Youth Camp is designed for youth who are interested in gaining aquatics leadership skills, pursuing employment as a wading pool attendant, or continuing on to become a certified lifeguard. Upon successful completion of the one week program, youth will be certified in their Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid. Each day will focus on land and water rescue education and performance, as well as time for free swim, games, and social activities with peers. There will be an exam to ensure all skills meet the minimum standard to pass the Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid competencies. The candidates will receive the Canadian Lifesaving Manual and will be required to pay an additional $61.85 (plus HST) to cover the material and exam costs. Must be 13 years of age for this course (with the exception of 12 year olds who hold their Bronze Star).
  • Creative Energy Camp
    This Youth Camp is designed for youth who are interested in song writing, script writing, and video production. Each day will focus on a different aspect of writing material that will be used in the production of a music or social message video at the end of the week. Each day 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, 2014)
    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, 2014)
    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

Each of our camps is under the direction of a full-time Recreation Coordinator with countless years of recreation experience in both our recreation facilities as well as our summer camp and playlot programs.

Site supervisors are college and university students with a minimum of 3 years summer camp experience, a preferred background in recreation and a passion for working with children and youth. Camp ratio is one (1) staff to ten (10) participants.  As well, all camp staff are trained in the High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development, Standard First Aid/CPR and are also trained to administer Epi-pens.