Summer hasn’t even officially started yet, and the “I’m bored”s are already ringing through the house. There’s a camp for everyone this summer in Edmonton area. From ages 3 to 19 and beyond (yes, adults, too – though we usually call those classes!), the number of summer camps in the Edmonton area is huge!
There are a few large organizations that run camps in multiple locations across many themes in and around the city. Due to the size of the organization these are often some of the best run and most affordable camps (but not always – if you’re on a budget be sure to shop around!).
The YMCA of Northern Alberta runs summer camps across Edmonton each and every week of the summer. There is a small discount if your child has a membership, but it isn’t necessary to attend camp. These programs are structured and the staff is well trained and supported. One hour of before and after care is available as part of the camp cost.
Some of the programs offered include: 1- and 2-week swim camp, art camp, cooking camp, biking, skateboarding, basketball, soccer, general sports, “field trip camp” (Y Explorers), science, and sport performance training (for 12-15 year olds).
City-Run Day Camps
The City of Edmonton move.learn.play program offers a wide variety of registered day camps for ages 4 to 17 all over the city (locations such as the City Arts Centre, Rundle Park, Victoria Golf Course, Edmonton Valley Zoo, Fort Edmonton, and various recreation centres). Some of the options include art, golf, nature, history, plants, outdoor adventure, and zoo camps.
Other cities in the Capital Region to offer day camps include: St Albert (famous for it’s children’s theatre camps, but offering much more!), Strathcona County, Leduc, Devon, and Parkland County. Be sure to check your local town, county, and recreation center websites!
NAIT offers badminton, basketball, volleyball, and hockey summer camps through the Ooks Athletics program.
MacEwan University has a sports stream (basketball, volleyball, and hockey camps) and a swim/rec stream for their summer camps for ages 8-16.
The University of Alberta has DiscoverE (5 engineering-based themes for kids entering grade 1 to 9 in the fall), Green & Gold Sport Camps (Aquatics, Basketball, Climbing, Curling, Flag Football, Hockey, REC Mix, Rugby, Soccer, Sport Skills, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling), and Science Camps (almost all full).
Offering full and half day camps. Encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for your children by enrolling them in our fun and exciting bike camps! Since 1995, we’ve been teaching kids to go from training wheels to trails by combining exciting lesson plans with amazing instructors and small class ratios. Pedalheads offers eight instructional biking levels to choose from, and with the addition of our NEW Pedalheads Mountain Biking programs, there is something for kids of any skill set.
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4 Cats Summerside
Offering 2, 3 or 5 day camps. OUR SUMMER CAMP IS DESIGNED TO PUT KIDS IN CHARGE OF CREATING THEIR OWN ART ADVENTURE. Throughout the day, kids are given the opportunity to choose their own projects from a variety of mediums, which encourages a love of learning, independence, creativity and artistic flow. Artists are encouraged to follow their own interests, and will earn badges as they participate!
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Offering half day camps. Many of the younger age camps are sold out but openings remain in most 6+ camps! Inspiring the love of dance! From Ballet and Hip Hop to Making a Music Video, J’Adore Dance offers summer camps for everyone using a holistic and conceptual approach to dance education that ensures our students move with purpose on the dance floor and through life. All camps include dance, crafts, music, and park time.
Dominelli School of Music
Dominelli Music Summer Camps is a great way to introduce children to the adventure of music! Please call to check available spots.
TELUS World of Science
Discover the WOW in science this summer! Create gadgets & gizmos galore, become a dinosaur expert, defy gravity, and more!
Spots are limited!
Our Parent & Child and Drop Off camps build upon our renowned Multi-Sport programs for expertly coached full and/or half-day sessions filled with creative fun, exciting games and skill-based sports. New themes for this year Storybook, Geek Week, Adventure, EPIC and more!
Camp Health Hope and Happiness
Camp Health, Hope & Happiness Society exists to provide safe and rewarding recreational opportunities to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. A not-for-profit, non-denominational organization situated on Lake Isle in Northern Alberta funded by public support. Check online/phone for available spots.
YouthWrite Camps…are all about wordplay – the concept of meaningful play! We want participants to learn about the craft of writing as well as have fun. So our instructors and supervisory staff work hard to make participants–new and returning–feel welcome and valued.
Check online/phone for available spots.